erika_sanely: (Reese is quietly smug)
Hmmm, gotta admit that I'm struggling a bit today to find the happyfuntime of the day.
Metallurgists; the bane of my existence.

Oh, got one! A friend at work sent a picture of his 5 month old daughter and she was wearing a onesie. I find no matter how cute a baby is that is magnified by a factor of 10 thousand when they're wearing a onesie. And then I must admit to wasting 10 minutes to searching and finding Baby Avenger onesies.
Very.
Cute.

And speaking of babies.. another happy thing (that isn't from today, but still makes me smile to think of) I'm going to be an Auntie again! I'm definitely looking forward to meeting the little person - sometime towards the end of November/early December they'll be born so I shall be able to spoil them at Christmas time.
erika_sanely: (Default)
Am utterly exhausted. Spent all day hanging out with the kids swimming in the pool. Is 630 too early to go to bed??

FYI

Feb. 22nd, 2012 09:11 am
erika_sanely: (Travel)
I'm going on a mini-holiday tomorrow (Thursday 23rd) and won't be back until Sunday the fourth of March. My brother, sister-in-law and niece will be in the country and we're all meeting at the coast for a week of sun, sand, cocktails by the pool and niece-hugs.

I've come up in the world, and have a smart phone, but I am bordering that age where technology is starting to get too fancy-pants for me. Will try to post from the phone, as I'm enjoying the post-a-day thing, but expect incredibly bad spelling and awkward auto-corrects. But, if you don't hear from me, it's because the two year old has worn me out, and not that Audrey has finally snapped and eaten me.
erika_sanely: (Nan)
The last time I went home, Mum gave me my Great-Grandmother's recipe books to copy out. My great-nan died in 1991, and I think she was about 80-odd back then. A lot of these recipes are very 'old-school'. Not only are they all the measurements written in the imperical system, but she has used a bigger variety of ingreadients that I would have given her credit. Or, as my mum put it "She was a woman who wasn't afraid of a frozen prawn."

My favourite is when you're looking through it and you see a recipe for "Mock chicken loaf." And do you know what the 'mock chicken' is??? It is rabbit. I can't help but wonder why she didn't just call it Rabbit Loaf.
She also uses Ox/beef tongue more than once, and she isn't afraid to use a sweet and sour sauce on anything.

I keep getting excited when I find something that I remember her cooking for us when we went to visit her. I rang Mum excitedly one night because I had found the Lemon Butter recipe. Now, did I like Lemon Butter? No, I did not. But, I can remember her keeping it in a glass jar, with plain cotton covering the lid of the jar, and it was just like being in her kitchen all over again. I still have not found her recipe for Powder Puffs, which she always made for my brother. It is vital I find this recipe as this was the GREATEST BISCUIT/DESSERT DISH EVER. When Mum told Scott and I that her Aunt had given her the books, we both mentioned the Powder Puffs in an excited breath. We have not had this treat for almost 20 years, and while I small part of me is sure it would never be the same as her, I am desperate to make this. It is so light and fluffy and they look exactly like the powder puffs grown-ups used to use on their faces. Except, Nanna D's powder puffs had jam and cream in them. (Real honest to goodness homemade jam!)

Mum asked me to write down the Rum Ball recipe when I found it, and unfortately for everyone, I am only into the second of 6 recipe books and I have already found 3 differnt rum ball recipes.

The hardest part of this is reading Nanna D's writing. She has very spidery writing, with loops an twirls in the oddest of places. The best part is reading Nanna D's writing. It's like she's right in the room, and she's about to give me a cooking lesson. Part of me just wants to start making cakes, and relishes and whatnot, and another part of me doesn't want to , in case they're not as good as I remember. I may have a try making her marble cake though - if only so I can say that I have made one from scratch and not just bought it at the supermarket.

I also still have her savoury recipe books to go through yet, which I am very excited about. I am trying to impove my diet by eating more fresh fruit and vegies, and I definately think trying things that were popular over 50 years ago will help there. I can see stews and pies in my future (No Ox tongue though. I do have lines I cannot cross.)

I gotta tell you, I think I"m having more fun reading the books than I would trying to recreate them.
erika_sanely: (Nan)
The last time I went home, Mum gave me my Great-Grandmother's recipe books to copy out. My great-nan died in 1991, and I think she was about 80-odd back then. A lot of these recipes are very 'old-school'. Not only are they all the measurements written in the imperical system, but she has used a bigger variety of ingreadients that I would have given her credit. Or, as my mum put it "She was a woman who wasn't afraid of a frozen prawn."

My favourite is when you're looking through it and you see a recipe for "Mock chicken loaf." And do you know what the 'mock chicken' is??? It is rabbit. I can't help but wonder why she didn't just call it Rabbit Loaf.
She also uses Ox/beef tongue more than once, and she isn't afraid to use a sweet and sour sauce on anything.

I keep getting excited when I find something that I remember her cooking for us when we went to visit her. I rang Mum excitedly one night because I had found the Lemon Butter recipe. Now, did I like Lemon Butter? No, I did not. But, I can remember her keeping it in a glass jar, with plain cotton covering the lid of the jar, and it was just like being in her kitchen all over again. I still have not found her recipe for Powder Puffs, which she always made for my brother. It is vital I find this recipe as this was the GREATEST BISCUIT/DESSERT DISH EVER. When Mum told Scott and I that her Aunt had given her the books, we both mentioned the Powder Puffs in an excited breath. We have not had this treat for almost 20 years, and while I small part of me is sure it would never be the same as her, I am desperate to make this. It is so light and fluffy and they look exactly like the powder puffs grown-ups used to use on their faces. Except, Nanna D's powder puffs had jam and cream in them. (Real honest to goodness homemade jam!)

Mum asked me to write down the Rum Ball recipe when I found it, and unfortately for everyone, I am only into the second of 6 recipe books and I have already found 3 differnt rum ball recipes.

The hardest part of this is reading Nanna D's writing. She has very spidery writing, with loops an twirls in the oddest of places. The best part is reading Nanna D's writing. It's like she's right in the room, and she's about to give me a cooking lesson. Part of me just wants to start making cakes, and relishes and whatnot, and another part of me doesn't want to , in case they're not as good as I remember. I may have a try making her marble cake though - if only so I can say that I have made one from scratch and not just bought it at the supermarket.

I also still have her savoury recipe books to go through yet, which I am very excited about. I am trying to impove my diet by eating more fresh fruit and vegies, and I definately think trying things that were popular over 50 years ago will help there. I can see stews and pies in my future (No Ox tongue though. I do have lines I cannot cross.)

I gotta tell you, I think I"m having more fun reading the books than I would trying to recreate them.
erika_sanely: (YAY)
Yesterday was Australia day, where we celebrate our freedom to drink cold beer and cook meat on the barbie. (For the record,I have never met a fellow Aussie who throws "shrimp" on the barbie. We may throw some fish on there, but we're primarily a 'red-meat is for outside cooking' kind of country)

Anyway, like last year I was very happy to see a scientist win the Australian of the year. Last year's winner is searching for a vaccine to some sorts of cancer lke cervical. This year's scientist winner is leading the charge in saving the planet and stuff.

Those sorts of people winning national recognition make me proud to me Aussie. I had been afraid that a cricketeer would win this year, since a few of the guys who helpd win the Ashes 5-zip are in the middle of retiring. But, once again, brains have beaten brawn.

But that's not why I'm posting. My grandfather - or rather step-grandfather - was awarded an Order of Australia for his charity work. He helped build a pre-school, and has raised money for returned soldiers and things like that.

As you can imagine, the family is very proud of him. Though my grandmother who is the most horrible person on the planet thinks it's all rot. I'm sure she's just jealous.

But yes; congrats to my mother's step-father. He earned it.
erika_sanely: (YAY)
Yesterday was Australia day, where we celebrate our freedom to drink cold beer and cook meat on the barbie. (For the record,I have never met a fellow Aussie who throws "shrimp" on the barbie. We may throw some fish on there, but we're primarily a 'red-meat is for outside cooking' kind of country)

Anyway, like last year I was very happy to see a scientist win the Australian of the year. Last year's winner is searching for a vaccine to some sorts of cancer lke cervical. This year's scientist winner is leading the charge in saving the planet and stuff.

Those sorts of people winning national recognition make me proud to me Aussie. I had been afraid that a cricketeer would win this year, since a few of the guys who helpd win the Ashes 5-zip are in the middle of retiring. But, once again, brains have beaten brawn.

But that's not why I'm posting. My grandfather - or rather step-grandfather - was awarded an Order of Australia for his charity work. He helped build a pre-school, and has raised money for returned soldiers and things like that.

As you can imagine, the family is very proud of him. Though my grandmother who is the most horrible person on the planet thinks it's all rot. I'm sure she's just jealous.

But yes; congrats to my mother's step-father. He earned it.

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