Poppy helping me look after the chooks this morning before work.
Quite a few of my cabbages and caulies were decimated by grubs, but look at this fine fellow!
Poppy helping me look after the chooks this morning before work.
Quite a few of my cabbages and caulies were decimated by grubs, but look at this fine fellow!
My broccolini has bolted. In true Skinflint Sunday style, I pulled up two of them today and fed them to both sets of chooks. Waste not, want not!
Friday, midnight. Evan17 walks into my room with my mobile, saying, “Here she is”, before handing it over. I was totally asleep until that moment, and as I reached for the phone I’m going through the list of boys in my head, remembering who was home and who was out that night.
It was one of Tom22′s friends.
“Tom22 has tripped and hurt himself quite badly at Ormond station. Are you able to come and get him?”
I threw my duck down coat over my pyjamas, popped my ipad in my bag in case we’d have to wait in a hospital ER and raced down. There was Tom22 with head injuries, covered in blood.
It was a freezing cold night in Melbourne that night and he and some mates had gone down to Chapel st. On the way home, he was walking up the steps at the station, hands in the pockets of his jacket, when he tripped on a step. He couldn’t put out his hands to save himself, so he landed on the corner of the steps, face first. He had a massive gash on his forehead, the bridge of his nose had no skin left on it and there was a jagged wound less than a centimetre directly under his left eye. Clearly, he was lucky not to have lost his eye.
I bundled him in the car, feeling grateful that I’d accepted the offer of a loan car from the mechanic (my car isn’t well) and off we went to Monash Medical Centre. We got there just before 12.30AM.
At 5AM we were seen by a doctor. She said she’d sew up the cuts and all will be well. Now, call me crazy, but I’m thinking that facial cuts on my son aren’t really the sort of practise I want a medical student to be having. I ask for a plastic surgeon, all the while thanking the gods of all things financial that we have Medicare in this country.
Apparently they don’t do plastic surgery at Monash any more. We have to go to Dandenong hospital. But we have to wait another 3.5 hours before we can be released from Monash. Argh!
We schlep over to Dandenong. Tom22′s face hasn’t been touched in all that time. He’s still bleeding but it’s slowed down. He watches tv. I have books on my ipad so I start “The Millionaire Next Door.” By the time the battery fails, I’ve read 70% of the book. We were waiting a long time. By that time Tom22 was in theatre.
So glad I asked for the plastics people. The cut on his forehead is covered by bandages, but the cut under his eye has the most delicate stitching you can imagine. He’ll be scarred, but I’m hoping over time it won’t be noticeable.
We leave the hospital just before 5PM. Just a short spin down Centre Rd to get home.
We have a car accident.
No, I’m not kidding.
A P-plater backed into the car and punctured the back tyre. We weren’t going anywhere. And it wasn’t even my car!!!
Remember how I said it was a cold day? Remember how I said I was still in my pyjamas? We had to stand on the corner of Warrigal and Centre roads for 90 minutes in the icy fresh-from-Antartica wind, waiting for the RACV to come and change the tyre. By that stage, Tom22 hadn’t eaten for 25 hours. He stayed in the car and drifted in and out of sleep. The P plater was distressed and verging on being hysterical, so I calmed her down and then we waited…. Her Mum came and we worked out all the details.
Tom22 and I ended up getting home just before 7PM, after going to the machanic’s and letting him know what had happened.
We were greeted by Evan17 telling us that the toaster had died. I was so happy. The bad luck streak had ended. That was the third thing!
On Saturday afternoon I grabbed Ryan19 and we went to Harvey Norman’s to buy a $30 toaster. We came back with one. Also a jaffle maker, a dog kennel, a dog collar for Poppy and a new mattress for me. Only the jaffle maker was purchased at Harvey Norman. We just kept driving past shops that made me think of things we needed.
The old kennel we had is less than waterproof, as I discovered the other day. This new kennel allows the puppers to sleep around the corner from the door and be out of any wind. They love it, though I’m hoping Poppy and Jeff don’t chew the clear door. It was 20% off, so I saved a few shekels. I primarily wanted this for Bertie. He’s getting old and I know this will make a difference to his quality of life.
The thing I’m REALLY excited about is the mattress. I’ve had my current mattress for 19 years. I’m waking up with a bad back some mornings and I’m sure it’s because the mattress is old and needs replacing. Get this!!!!
Queen sized mattress…. floor stock. Has a stain where the glue has come through. (Who cares? No one will ever see it anyway.)
$4,000 reduced to $1,000.
On Wednesday night I’ll be sleeping like a baby.
A horrible day followed by a brilliant day. Isn’t life wonderful?
How clever is this chook feeder made from recycled materials?
Thermomix Recipes: Apple Crumble Custard
Bacon-Barley risotto Bit of a change from using rice.
Mini Italian Lamb Meatballs. I have some roast lamb left over, so I might make these tonight.
Cheese and herb Bread Twist More fun with bread.
Pizza Wheels These look FABULOUS for lunchboxes. The boys won’t know what hit them!
Wicked Good Tuna Salad Couldn’t be easier!
Pasta dough Fresh pasta, anyone?
VEGETARIAN RECIPE: Broccoli and Cannellini Bean soup
The cookie cutters arrived today, less one set, so I’ve sent them an email about it. Hopefully the missing set will arrive soon.
They came wrapped in newspaper, so I threw it all to the dogs to have a little play.
I’m slightly regretting it now; they played a little more vigorously than I thought they would.
I should’ve known: Jeff has taken to grabbing the end of the toilet paper off the holder and running away with it unrolling behind him as he runs down the hall. Just like the old Purex ad. I always thought that was just something dreamed up by the ad execs…
Not really a Thermomix recipe though it has many links: Bone broth Really useful and interesting link, both for thermomix and non-thermomix owners.
Also have a look at this condensed coconut milk recipe. Lots of interesting info.
Roll ups. I’m going to give these a try. It’s safe for me to mke these, because if they have banana in them I won’t touch them with a ten foot barge pole. (ugh. Banana… the devil’s food.)
Plus for the MANLY types out there, here’s some Bacon Jam (with chocolate.) Seriously.
Simple salmon family meal. Just to show how easy it is to have a good meal on the table quickly.
And finally: Tips on converting recipes to the thermomix.
I saw this on Facebook today. I’ve found a builder for a new chicken coop for the gerls in the big run and I want it automated and user friendly, (the users I have in mind being both me and the chooks.) I have to get the house painted first, but stay tuned. It won’t be a cheap job but I want to put something there that will last forever. Or at least until I’m old and dessicated.
Have to go and deliver a thermomix this morning. I’m due in an hour and ten minutes, it’s an hour’s drive and I’m still in my pyjamas. No pretty photos today, people! Have a lovely day!
Thermomix recipes: Chicken and barley soup This came up in the feed reader and I’m reserving it for when I finish the protocol. I love barley and for some reason I hardly ever eat it. Seems fitting to put this in a chicken coop post.
For those who like their soups with an Asian twist, here’s a chicken and corn soup.
And for those who love an interesting spice mix: Ras el Hanout. One of the advantages of being a consultant is that you get to hear about lots of interesting things to make.
And just for something a little different, how about some Paleo Pancakes? They sound delicious and very nutritious too. And breakfast IS the most important meal of the day!
For a vegetarian sweet dessert, or for those with egg and dairy intolerances: Chocolate and apple cake.
It’s so lovely to see your kids growing up and starting to live out their dreams and ambitions. And speaking of growing up – Poppy and Jeff turned 1 today.
I found a recipe for roast pumpkin dog biscuits and we had a manky old pumpkin in the fridge that I wanted to use up, so I’m in the middle of making them. I’ll post photos when I’m done. It’s the first recipe in the ‘recipes’ section at the bottom of this post.
The recipe asks for rice flour. At first I was going to sub with plain flour but then I thought of Jeff’s skin. I have a feeling rice flour might be better for it, so I took the rice, hit the scales button, weighed it in and then blitzed it to a minute on speed 10. From rice to flour:
I used up some grated tasty cheese we had left over from training some new consultants here last Monday. The manky pumpkin got used up in this recipe and my lunch, while the eggs and parsley from the garden were free. Noice!
I don’t have a bone-shaped cookie utter… (but I ordered one from here so I will soon!) and so I used the MC from the top of the thermomix. I’ve just put 34 dog bikkies into the oven.
I hope they like them.
It’s Poppy and Jeff’s birthday!!! I think they might like some Roast Pumpkin Doggy Treats.
Creamy Tuna Mornay/Muffins recipe
Beef and bacon stew with potato top. Uses a kilo of meat… so much for those who think the thermomix can’t feed a large family!
Larb Gai and rice – a Thai shredded chicken salad recipe. Looks good.
Lamb shanks in tomato sauce – I know! Lamb shanks!!!
Columbo Spice powder – this looks and sounds delicious. It’s a curry powder for West Indies curries. Every ingredient is easy to source and you can have fun dry roasting your spices. Imagine the aroma!
Parmesan Garlic bread wheel – I liked this because it shows how with a little bit of imagination you can jazz up a soup lunch or a pizza meal.
Vegetarian recipes: Chickpea patties
Ratatouille She waxes lyrical about this dish. I dare you NOT to make it after reading what she says!
Lazy Caramel slice – this recipe is all over Facebook at the moment. People are raving about it.
Vegan recipe: Cherry coconut truffles A good sweet for everyone…
Murphy the chicken killer’s lost his edge. Mum and Dad are in Vietnam so Murph’s here for the duration. In some ways he seems younger… he and the puppies play like crazy. But in other ways he’s older. Lady Grey, the chook who lets herself out of the run, walked straight past him the other day and neither of them batted an eye. ‘Hmmmm’, I thought, bcause she’s a very light grey and Mum always said that Murphy is used to chasing seagulls. If he’d leave Lady Grey alone, maybe the Isa Browns would be safe if I let them free range?
I thought about it. I reasoned that the Isa Browns are pretty clapped out anyway and if the crows are stealing their eggs I’m not going to be losing too much if he suddenly ran amock. (I’d miss Buffy though; she’s been with me from the start.) Two days now and it’s been working a treat. Actually, Poppy’s the one who’s most likely to chase them, but we’re working on that. Murphy’s been great. The only downside so far is that Buffy’s taken to popping into the kitchen for a quick hello, just as she used to do back in the day.
Poppy (right) and Jeff (left) are nearly one. It’s sometime this month but I can’t remember the exact date. No doubt Jenny, their breeder, will enlighten me. They are from the same litter and it’s interesting to see the differences in them.
Poppy is fuller boned and is a lovely, compact shape. Temeramentally she’s more serious than Jeff. She enjoys her obedience lessons and she loves being my ‘helper’ around the yard. If ever a Cavalier could be a one person dog, she’s the closest to it I’ve ever seen. (And I’ve owned a LOT of Cavaliers in my life.) She’s definitely MY girl, though she adores the boys as well. She’s happy to meet and greet people when we’re out and about, but she’s not fond of having visitors on the house. I think it upsets her sense of order. She observes from a distance and makes up her mind about them before cosying up. (Though I have to confess that she’s my favourite.)
Jeff, on the other hand, is a frivolous beast. Life is a game to this young man. His coat is longer and more ‘fly away’ than his sister’s and he’s finer boned and with a longer body. My nick-name for him is “Rockinghorse Boy” because when he’s thrilled about something he runs with both front legs first so his whole body bounds along rocking back and forth, which is a very endearing trait. Jeff loves everyone. Everyone loves Jeff. Evan17 is especially fond of him and they’ve got a special bond. Unfortunately he’s got skin allergies and he’s sensitive to grass, which I’ve never experienced before. I’ve got them all on a diet with dry food specially formulated for sensitive skin and I feed them raw chicken in the morning and the dry food with a ‘BARF’ patty at night. (BARF +bones and raw food, which mimics what the animals would eat in the wild.) His skin has become a lot better, though it’s still pinker than Poppy’s skin and I have to keep an eye on him for flare ups. Poor little man, though it doesn’t seem to affect his nonchalant attitude to life at all. Jeff also looks after anyone who’s ill or feeling bad. Dr Jeff looked after Bertie’s sore eye, licking it frequently until it was better. I’m convinced he did more good than the $100 eye drops I was using.
I’m so pleased I made the decision to bring Jeff home after Poppy and Bertie didn’t bond. The pups are absolutely devoted to each other and they are never willingly apart. They’re also the only dogs I’ve ever allowed to sleep inside, though to be honest that wasn’t by choice. The 3AM possum barking adventures were the cause of that. (They’re not an unmixed blessing….)
Happy birthday Poppy and Jeff.
Whenever it is….
I really liked this post by Rhonda.
Hideously cold rainy day here. I noticed at 7AM when I checked my timetable that I had a year 9 class in a portable that is sometimes heated and sometimes not. I switched rooms into a room in the main building. Sweet sweet warmth… my year 9s will love me.
We had a soup competition at our team meeting last night. Everyone brought their Best Ever Soup recipe and a sample of their soup and we tasted them all and picked a winner. It was a lot of fun. The winner, who is a new team member at her first meeting with us, now goes onto our branch meeting in a fortnight to compete against the 5 other teams in our branch. Go the Hotcakes!!!! (That’s our team name.) Everyone left with 8 new soup recipes and very full stomachs. There are benefits to being a consultant!
David20′s band had their first day’s shooting for their music video. It’s so exciting to see your child living the path he always wanted to tread.
Argh! Bell’s gone! Off to work I go! Holidays start in a few days…
Thermomix recipe: Quinoa spelt bread rolls
Just for something a little different.
Pine nut dressing
Sweet potato/Black bean burgers
Sprinkle cookies Versatile cookie base that you can add anything to.
Mrs Popplesfield keeping an eye on the winter tomatoes that Laura from work gave me. There’s 4 tomato plants at the back that were planted a week before the two little ones at the left hand front. Amazing what difference a week has made! Laura told me that the tomato plants will sit and sulk all winter and not do anything much, but they’ll get a head start in Spring and we’ll be gorging on tomatoes in December. Sounded like a worthwhile experiment to me!
To the right of the tomatoes are a couple of green caulies that she gave me as well. These two were the only ones that survived from the punnetful they arrived in. They’re not looking terribly happy, so I’m guessing they were planted a bit too late. Still, time will tell.
I had some leeks to plant, so I popped them in among the tomatoes. Most of them have survived, so hopefully come Spring we’ll be enjoying potato and leek soup.
San Choy Bow Yum!
Chickpea Curry (Vegan)
Chicken and Chorizo Pasta Anything with chorizo… I’m in!
Phew! Reports are over! I’ve been head down bum up for the last two weeks taking care of THAT little job and now it’s over for another semester. Just one more week to go till the holidays are here and I for one can’t wait.
I haven’t just been writing reports. I’ve had my leave approved for term 3 next year, so my trip to Europe is ON LIKE DONKEY KONG! I’ve already booked a week in Paris in August, (a guy I work with has an apartment there and Scott and I got it for ‘mates rates’) and so now the rest of the bookings/stays with blog friends/tour up the middle of England have to be made to dovetail neatly around the Paris thing. What could be easier?
On the gardening front; I was driving to a demo last Sunday up in the Dandenongs. I’d never met the hostess, but she contacted me through Facebook because we belong to the same seed swapping group and she was interested in seeing the thermomix. Anyway, I was nearly there and I was actually going to be slightly early. (A bit of a rarity with me, unfortunately.) Anyway, I was driving down this winding road when I passed by a nursery on the left hand side of the road. They had a sign, which included the magical word ASPARAGUS.
I can’t get asparagus crowns in melbourne yet for love or money. I drove past, thinking, ‘Damn! By the time the demo’s finished they’ll be shut.” Then I started thinking…..
‘She’s a gardener herself. She’ll understand…. She knew I was coming a long way and she said it didn’t matter if I was a little bit late….’
That did it. I screeched a u-turn and drove back. I ran in like a crazy woman, shouting, “Where are your asparagus?” The people behind the counter looked slightly startled, but pointed right behind me. Thank goodness. Nice and quick.
“I’ll take …. um…. 10!” I announced and then they started counting. They had 9, plus a runty pathetic looking one that they threw in for free. I drove off to the demo, arriving bang on time and feeling triumphant. I planted them today and I hope they’ll keep me in asparagus for the next 30 years. Kara, my host, loved the story and it all ended well. I’ll be back there in a week or two to deliver her thermomix and (assuming the asparagus crowns grow) I’ll have a perennial reminder of her demo. She’s a kindred spirit… chooks and veggies.
With regards the Hcg thing, I’m still losing weight, even after I finished the injections, though of course it’s slowed down. So far I’ve dropped 12.2KG and I feel fantastic. I’m in a maintenance phase now where for 3 weeks I have to totally avoid starches and sugars. My rapturous reunion with pumpkin was a beautiful thing. Then I found out I shouldn’t eat it yet so I backed off. Still, those two days with roasted pumpkin still live on in my mind as a thing of wonder.
It’s the simple things, people. The simple things.
Thermomix recipe: Chewy Butterscotch bars I’ve had a weakness for butterscotch ever since my Gran made me a butterscotch self-saucing pudding when I was a kid. These sounds very more-ish. I can’t eat them yet but you probably can.
Today is a public holiday, so I hied me out into the veggie garden to tidy up a bit. My usual companions were with me, (Jeff, Poppy and Daphne the cat) but surprise of all surprises, Bertie decided to wander out too. Once the gate to the right hand veggie bed was open, he sauntered in and took advantage of the sun warming up the dark concrete tiles. Jeff seized the chance too.
I didn’t do a great deal, but it took quite a while. I had to sweep up all the dirt that the chook tractor gerls had scattered all over the paths beside their cage. This I threw onto the asparagus bed, along with the autumn leaves from the silver birch and the wisteria. I was hoping to plant asparagus crowns here this weekend, but there was none to be had for love nor money, so at least I topped up the bed in readiness.
On the way back in, I saw that the beans in the wicking bed were still producing. In June!
Thermomix recipes: Chocolate Ganache tart. This blog link has the title of “The best vegan dessert you will ever eat.” Sounds intriguing…
And another vegan offering: African Stew. Good for ‘Meatless Monday” people. And vegans. :)
Then I saw this fabulous looking recipe for Mayonnaise. The garlic and chilli would be fabulous in a salad.
Who in the world doesn’t like Olive Bread? Here’s a post on olive/chia bread.