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Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: Today at 01:37:55 am »
Not much here today, just cauliflower and mushroom in cashew cream and mixed vege stew

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: Today at 01:36:40 am »
Bon Voyage - safe and happy travels and holiday DJ

Chit Chat / Re: Nuts and Bolts
« on: Today at 01:34:08 am »
DJ, if you go to the original Mrs Masons Nuts nuts and Bolts recipe on the forum there is a bit of discussion about the UK equivalent of Nutri Grain - I think this is the link posted by Chookie:

Chit Chat / Re: Nuts and Bolts
« on: December 02, 2023, 02:25:35 am »
I bought the soup mixes today - the chicken one was labelled " Cream of ..." so I hope it will be OK.  I am working on the assumption that the soup has never seen a chicken, but the "chicken" in the list of ingredients comprises chemicals mixed to taste like chicken; I am not sure what the "Cream" part is but hopefully it will work!  It is actually quite hard to find powdered soup mixes these days, they are all in tins or pre-made in plastic 'pouches'.

Thanks for the roast nuts suggestion, Chookie, roasted nuts always taste that much better so I will definitely got for them.

I will probably make these next week in plenty of time to hand them out to the various recipients.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: December 01, 2023, 05:54:05 pm »
Chookie, Judy, Cookie - thanks for the smiles over chilli jam this morning.

Chit Chat / Re: Nuts and Bolts
« on: December 01, 2023, 05:45:02 pm »
Thanks for the link Chookie.  I am looking forward to trying them.

Chit Chat / Nuts and Bolts
« on: November 30, 2023, 06:55:08 pm »
I have often seen references on here to Nuts and Bolts, but have neither tried nor made it, but this year I think I will give it a go for small gifts to neighbouring businesses who have supported us this year with great service.  What is everyone's favourite recipe?

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: November 29, 2023, 12:06:59 am »
Cookie, where can I find your gran's Fat free fruit mince recipe please. Ta

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: November 27, 2023, 10:27:24 pm »
What a night!!! What a party!!  Glad it went so well K Atie.  There was certainly heaps of work, preparation and thought put into it.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: November 27, 2023, 06:51:23 pm »
That's very thoughtful of you DJ, I am sure she appreciates it.  I also send a meal over to my neighbour each week which he says is a god send.

I just thought I would throw the pear and almond fruit mince I made at the weekend into the discussion as it was really lovely ... sweet but tasty.  I have always hated fruit mince because when we were kids my mum made fruit mince tarts each Xmas with commercially produced fruit mince and they were foul, but we had to eat them!  It has taken me 60+ years to accept there are much tastier options!

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: November 27, 2023, 06:46:41 pm »
Yes we do Judy. Quite a bit of stuff from DD's house went on that.
We went and picked up all the air con bits this morning. We took my ute and a trailer and still had to make 2 trips. It seems as though we may have to wait until January to get it all installed.
With the temperatures you have got over your way at the moment, Cookie, waiting until January for the air con installation will be challenging.

We have had ours in for just a week now and the difference is fantastic ... an expensive addition to the house, but worth it.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: November 25, 2023, 11:57:11 pm »
A batch of pear and almond fruit mince to go into a fruit mince slice which is now made, Spanish bean stew, Tomatoey smoked chickpeas and a Macaroni salad.  Admittedly not all cooked today - some was yesterday.  This lot should keep us going for the week.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: November 25, 2023, 03:58:20 am »
I got my shingles vax on Thursday.  Our doctor says it is available, but in very limited quantities. I booked DH in for his next Monday.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: November 24, 2023, 09:38:12 am »
Hi DJ, good to hear from you.Hope all is going well and you have a wonderful holiday season and 2024

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: November 24, 2023, 04:39:19 am »
What a day.

I decided last week that I really needed to get a pair of sandals for summer and decided to go in to town early this morning to get a new pair and perhaps a few Xmas gifts as well seeing as I was at the shops. I also needed to get a new body brush from the market, so went there first. The place was heaving with groups of students with their teachers, I could barely move!

Anyway I got the body brush, so on to the sandals.  I had a fair idea of which brand I wanted and had a vague idea where the shop was so away I went.  On the way there I thought I might stop in somewhere for a bite of breakfast but everywhere I went was full to overflowing … it was about this time I began to realise where I had gone wrong with my planning – it is the black Friday sale today!

So, with the help of Ms Google, I managed to find the shoe shop I was heading for and, thank goodness, the one and only pair in the shop that appealed to me was perfect – and with a 25% off BF sale tag, I was happy.

On I trudged to my next shop, which had now changed beyond recognition so I didn’t even go in.
Time was getting on and it was getting quite warm in the city so I thought I would call it a day (well, a morning) and head home.  Had to wait a while for the tram and when it arrived it was fairly full, but I managed to look pathetic and some kind person offered me a seat, thank goodness.  Unfortunately the heater was on in the tram and it was terribly uncomfortable. 

We got about two tram stops when the driver announced that we all had to get off as there was a rally coming down the street and she couldn’t take the tram any further.  I am not sure which group was involved – it was either a group protesting about the war on Palestine, another group called climate extinction (that may not be their actual name, I don’t think, I have forgotten the correct one – they were very active during the protests against lockdown during COVID days) and, the third group of placards and banners I saw was for sex workers.  Perhaps the three groups joined together and had one huge rally! So, here I was totally knackered, politely kicked off my tram on a hot crowded street in town in the middle of the dreaded BF sale chaos, whilst I tossed up my options on how to get home.

I noticed a large office building across the road with a very large door which looked likely to go through to the next street (as they do in Melbourne) – the building that is, not the door, so I gambled, crossed over and walked through and was lucky enough to see a similarly large building with another large door just across the next street that would lead me to another street that had trams running on another route (sans rally interruptions) that would take me close to home, so I eventually stumbled through our shop door and enjoyed a very brief break before heading up to G’ford where it is pouring rain and quite cool.

So, here I am now, not quite recovered, but a bit more less stressed than I was earlier.

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