Good day

The beginning of my day: Adam has been making me awesome breakfasts for almost 20 years, this morning I said I was craving pancakes and bacon and eggs. I got up, had my shower, got dressed…et voilà! The middle of my day: I took Caitlin shopping. She ended up with FOUR pairs of shoes. They were: school shoes which cost a bloody fortune, long black boots at 25% off bought slightly big in the hope they’ll be good for next winter and 2 pairs of crappy flats from Kmart which cost $5.60 a pair and will probably do horrible things … Continue reading Good day

Huscarls hillside camp

We went camping with the Huscarls on the weekend and to be perfectly honest I didn’t have much fun. I don’t mind roughing it a bit but I object very strongly to not having any flat ground to sleep on – sliding feet first off my bed multiple times through the night does not make me happy. There were other problems too but I don’t really feel like going into them here. Suffice to say I’ve had better weekends. Which isn’t to say there was nothing good about the weekend. The kids certainly had fun. The weather was good. Clara … Continue reading Huscarls hillside camp

Menu plan 18 Aug 08

Damn I’m exhausted. There’s no way I can face both grocery shopping with the kids AND cooking tonight so home delivered pizza it is. I’ll drag myself up to the shops once the kids are in bed.Last week’s plan worked out pretty well. We swapped Wednesday with Friday and Caitlin had her instant noodles when we were eating roast goat on a spit on Saturday night. MondayPizzaFruit & yoghurtTuesdayHoney lamb casserole, rice and broccoliIce cream & fruitWednesdayBBQ seafood kebabs (garlic prawns, tuna, scallops), rice and stir fry vegCrepes – didn’t manage this last week, shall try againThursdaySausages, mashed potato & … Continue reading Menu plan 18 Aug 08

Vegan Indulgence

I received a parcel in the mail this afternoon. Inside it was this: My very lovely friend Leigh Drew (aka ZB ) has had her first cookbook published. Leigh is an awesome cook, she is creative and adventurous and her enthusiasm for great food is contagious. When she talks about her cooking you can’t help but be excited with her. This little book is packed full of taste-bud tempting treats and each recipe is illustrated with gorgeous photographs, makes you hungry just reading it 🙂 I was lucky enough to be involved in some of the taste testing of these … Continue reading Vegan Indulgence

Chicken and pumpkin risotto

I have cooked risotto once before but if I remember rightly I didn’t have half the things I needed and between that, trying to keep it kid-friendly and trying to short cut the standing around stirring thing it just ended up being a total flop, no-one wanted to eat it. When I was doing the menu plan for this week I thought “stuff the kids, I’m cooking this for me” and, because doing anything as simple as following instructions in a book is just boring, my first successful risotto is in fact my own recipe. 500g butternut pumpkin, dicedolive oil … Continue reading Chicken and pumpkin risotto

Things I want to try cooking.

What we have here is a bunch of stuff that I’ve been wanting to try my hand at for, in most cases, a very long time. Perhaps if I list them here I might even make some of them eventually. Soft pretzels – because OMG YUM! Mozzarella Fresca – I think this would be such an awesome thing to do with the kids, beats going to a cheese factory to learn about cheese making. Beef jerky – there are lots of recipes around, many of them seem to be characterised by a certain vagueness with instructions such as “add some … Continue reading Things I want to try cooking.

What we did at Winterfest

After a frantic week of shoe making, cloak hemming and costume tweaking we were more or less ready for our first whole family participation in a Huscarls camp. This was a paid gig for the group and our job was to come along, look authentic, talk to the public and have fun. I think we managed to meet all those criteria fairly well. We arrived at about 8:00am after stopping off to pick up firewood at the servo. Helped with the last bits of setting up camp, fortified ourselves with bacon and egg rolls, mini Dutch pancakes, hot chocolates and … Continue reading What we did at Winterfest

Adam and I had been trying to think of things to do with the kids…

…and then I followed a link on Blue milk’s blog to Gever Tulley giving a brief talk on the topic of 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do. Now we’re positively full of ideas! I emailed the link to the video to Adam and he replied thusly: Perhaps we could do all at the same time, I have an old laptop. We couldgive them a pocket knife they could use it to disassemble the laptop whileit is on fire and ripping music, in the passenger seat of the MPV….. See? Fun for all the family 🙂 Seriously … Continue reading Adam and I had been trying to think of things to do with the kids…

First of my 2008 goals done!

I went to my first lampwork glass bead making lesson today and made 5 beads. Only 3 had cooled down enough to bring home at the end of the session though. Here they are. I’ve signed up for an 8 week course (the one ZB pointed out to me – thankyou!) so this is just the beginning, next thing you know I’ll be buying a gas torch and setting up at home 🙂 If I hadn’t posted this as a goal for this year I doubt I’d have got round to it for many months yet, if ever, and it … Continue reading First of my 2008 goals done!