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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 29, 2023, 09:20:10 pm »
Thought Iíd put this in a separate post.
Inspired by Judyís garden. This is what I see when seated at the table.  From the left, tomatoes, parsley and basil, geraniums and clematis. All in pots, a mix of flower and veggies. I also have French beans and lettuce, chives and most herbs.
3 sides of our block has been planted with Bay bushes to act as a screen. Iíve pulled a couple out but will trim off the lower branches to make space for more pots.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 29, 2023, 09:04:50 pm »
Need to make bread. ??? So many choices.  Will make SD crumpets for friends and freezer.
We are in for a cool week so may be able to find time to do some baking.

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: January 29, 2023, 08:54:00 pm »
Chicken tenderloin dipped in a very light SD batter and sweet corn, green beans steamed. Last night.
Grilled fish and AF chips, salad

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 29, 2023, 08:48:43 pm »
Had a great day with DS. The doorbell he originally put in was faulty. We took it back to JB Hi Fi and it was replaced. Works well now. While there I did a little shopping. Bought, on DS recommendation, cads to slip into our iPhone wallets so they can be traced if lost. ( we have just spent 2 weeks looking for Rals phone . Finally found under car seat)  will last 2 years as has own battery. Issue with other tracing devices built into iPad is that if iPhone battery goes flat, you canít trace it.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 28, 2023, 11:28:05 pm »
Wow, Cookie and Mab, 2 lovely loaves. Iíve just seen a recipe for a lemon cake that uses SD starter. Tempted to make one. Might make it into muffins and the I can have one and give rest away.
Cooking sweet corn, fish in SD batter and salad for lunch.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 28, 2023, 11:20:08 pm »
Judy, both front and back look lovely.  Iím learning to garden in pots so Iím interested in what you are doing..
KAtie , great to see the kids getting ready for a new school year.
Today DS is coming up from Melbourne to again look at our internet, door bell and security. He shifts all the stuff around trying to find the best spot. He can monitor our internet from Melbourne so knows when itís not working properly. We tap away in ignorant bliss.
A/C worked well yesterday but lovely and cool today.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 26, 2023, 08:36:09 pm »
Judy, you amaze and inspire me with how you keep trying. Although you have issues with taste and texture you still give it a go.
Cookie, that strange mango trifle I make could possibly change into strawberry or raspberry quite successfully.
Mab, sounds like your TMX scales canít be relied on. The success of the Portuguese loaf relies upon 2 things. The first is the proportion of water to flour and secondly the 40 minute hydration. Iíve tried messing about with both of these and the loaf isnít as good. The only trouble Iíve had is with the baking. Iím afraid my Euro oven is rubbish. Small cakes ok but bread burns and after 10 minutes I have to cover loaf with foil.

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: January 24, 2023, 09:11:55 pm »
We are having crumbed chicken and vegetables tonight. We get a respite from the 36į+ on Friday. Then on Saturday it goes back up to 36į.
Oh Cookie,  and I was thinking 29 here today was uncomfortable.
Spag Bol and salad.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 24, 2023, 09:06:40 pm »
Thanks for the kind thoughts for Ral. He is having a full dose of this Chemo with blood tests every 2 weeks. His reaction is similar to when he was having the frequent infusions. Think it might be cumulative. It is a strange lifestyle we are living. Sometimes we eat lunch late afternoon. Then just fruit for dinner. Yesterday, roast chicken, chips and salad for lunch and just trifle for dinner.
Man coming today to check that the installation of blinds is possible.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 23, 2023, 10:48:40 pm »
Oh Cookie I feel for you in the heat. When we had no A/C we went to the local Bistro at the Golf Club and had a very leisurely dinner.
Judy, great that you can enjoy a fresh Peach.
K Atie that is very sad that your DD wasnít allowed to visit her GM. I think the COVID is quite bad in Ballarat at the moment so they are restricting hospital visitors. If the person who was visiting was prepared to leave for a short while, your DD may have been allowed to go in.
Rals not very well after the last Chemo infusion. Thanks to the the tennis he is able to relax in front of the TV.

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: January 23, 2023, 10:34:27 pm »
Mab, your meals always sound great.
Need to microwave another batch of potatoes to go in the fridge.  Going to get warm up here in next few days so will plan ahead so I donít have to cook on the hot days.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 23, 2023, 10:28:25 pm »
Mab, the Portuguese loaf is a very soft mix. Did you measure the ingredients in the machine or with scales? I made another loaf yesterday and it was good. Iíve made 4 loaves now from this recipe and each has turned out slightly different.  Iím still getting used to my new ovens so canít really say yet why there has been a difference.  I know one was nearly a disaster as this was when I realised the the TMX scales were not correct.
This recipe fascinates me .
I made Spag Bol and after cooking it on the stove, popped it in the TMX and made a smooth sauce. Tastes good.
Made Trudyís lemon Muffins and gave half to the little visitors from next door.
Today Iím making another Mango trifle. Sponge roll soaked in booze and topped with Mango Fluff.
Also saw a recipe for Italian Breakfast biscuits. Looks interesting. Might try them today.

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: January 20, 2023, 07:27:46 pm »
Bought some fresh sweet corn. Left it in its husks and microwave it , 2 minutes for each cob. The corn is at its peak right now. Might try RTE corn ribs for dinner tonight.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 20, 2023, 07:22:47 pm »
Cookie, so good having the A/C fixed.   
Ral is taking some special pills. He takes 4 a day. They are out of stock at our chemistís warehouse . They are too expensive for the Chemist to keep on the shelf. Finally he got some so we will make a special trip to collect them.
We have lent our Bissell carpet shampooer to friends. Will collect it today.
It is lovely mild weather at the moment.

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: January 20, 2023, 09:23:21 am »
Tomato soup and toasted cheese, mango

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