Is there anything more delicious than a new diary or planner?
Wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy New Year for 2014 - we are off to the beach in Ruby!
Cheers - Joolz xx
I had a request from Judy Y for the recipes of two of the salads we had on Christmas Day ...
This is the Chinese Salad (or 2 minute noodle salad) that my sister Marilyn made on CDay...
This is the recipe she gave me years ago!
This recipe was sent by text to my by my sister, Janine so I have tried to make it into a recipe...
Creamy Garlic Potato Salad
1.5 kgs small chat potatoes or cut up new potatoes, leave clean skins on; 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped; 4 rashers bacon; 2 sticks of celery, finely diced; some fresh or dried chives; creamy roast garlic dressing (Paul Newmans or Deli brand from Coles); salt and pepper.
Par boil spuds with skin on, then quarter and brown in some oil, then cook bacon. Drain both and cool. Microwave sweet potato chunks in a little water for a few minutes until tender, drain and cool. Add to potato and bacon and mix all other things together when cool. Stir in creamy roast garlic dressing. Season with salt and pepper.
I hope that makes sense...
Marie in Sweden also wanted the Carrot Salad recipe so here it is!
2 large carrots, grated; 1 cup shredded coconut; 3/4 cup raisins; 1/4 cup white wine vinegar; 2 tblspn curry powder; 1/4 cup EV olive oil; 1 tspn salt; 1 or 2 tblspn brown sugar (taste when you make the dressing) and 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds.
1. Combine carrots, coconut and raisins in a bowl.
2. Place vinegar, curry powder, oil, salt and sugar in a jar and shake well until combined.
3. Best if all ingredients are at room temperature. One hour before serving, pour dressing over and combine. Scatter almonds just before serving.
(Recipe from Julie Goodwin - The Heart of the Home)
Cheers - Joolz xx
Just when I said Gus didn't need another fire recepticle to cook meat on ... we gave him another for Christmas! This is his new spit roaster - I can see many yummy meals ahead using this beast! This is a small leg of lamb which we all declared delicious!
The smell of the fat dripping onto the coals was amazing.
Morning quiet time - a coffee, some malt roll and a cherry ripe ball! We closed our business on Friday and Saturday to allow us and our staff 5 clear days off work. Its been lovely not having to 'get up and go'!
Someone put this list on Facebook and its exactly how I feel!
Gus made this Pork Tikka Masala on Friday night. I made fresh naan bread and the cucumber, mint raita and the meal was so yummy!
Gus got some pictures hung on walls - he is a Carlton Football Club fan and was given this Mark of the Century picture of his favourite player, Alex Jesaulenko by our staff for his 50th birthday back in June. He was very pleased with it. It is now hanging proudly in our hallway.
He also received this framed guernsey from his family. Go the Blues!
I received this print for Chrismas from Gus and the girls. I have been admiring it in a gift shop here in town for months ... I showed Kirby the other day and she was onto it!
Our 'new' house is just over 9 years old now and we have been very lax in putting up pictures (Gus hates drilling holes in stone walls!) so this wall had been bare all that time. Now it has the perfect print up which I love!
Kirby is at The Falls Music Festival in Lorne, Victoria with her friend, Matilda and some others. Four days of camping with minimal showering, no hair straightener or blowdryer (gasp!), dust, flies etc. We thought she went off well prepared (with everything but the kitchen sink!) but when she arrived she discovered that the tent we lent her had NO TENT POLES OR PEGS! Sorry, Kirbz! Parent fail !!
Fortunately, someone else they knew had a spare tent so they are using that! This is a view of where they are situated and where the festival is held (the big marquees in the distance). Apparently 30,000 people attend each year! I could think of nothing worse but she is enjoying it!
Yesterday, I had a lovely catch up with an old schoolfriend, Cindy, who lives away on a big sheep station out of Broken Hill, NSW. She has raised 3 children, home schooling them and also they did School of the Air (out of Port Augusta, SA). Another school friend, Heather, organised the get together with our other friends who are still local - Carmel, Kerryl, Pierina and Helen - we had lunch at our local Community Club. Lots of reminiscing and talk of kids growing up, comparing aches and pains etc. we hope to do this again in July when Cindy comes down this way again! We all turn 50 next year! :)
So thats me in a nutshell since Christmas. We are preparing Ruby so we can go for an overnight beach stay for New Years Eve then have a day at the beach NYDay. If I am good, Gus is taking me out to lunch today too!
What have you been up to since Christmas??
Cheer- Joolz xx