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Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: March 30, 2023, 11:38:55 pm »
Lemon Butter in TMX.
I bought some Laucke, Sprouted Wheat flour. Bread a bit heavy. Tastes ok. Next time will make it with 1/2 white flour.

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: March 30, 2023, 11:35:50 pm »
Possibly Lamb shank soup from freezer.
Made scones. Ran out of cream and used light Sour Cream.  Not good. Ok toasted. Rather heavy. Should have added some baking powder.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: March 30, 2023, 11:31:44 pm »
Love handmade quilts. KAtie and Mab, go for it. I have bought handmade quilts in both Beijing and Norway. 
Yesterday spent morning with Solicitor and afternoon with eye specialist. Said I wonít need glasses  after second eye done next Wednesday. Perhaps for reading. Just those cheap magnifying ones.
DS stayed overnight. Has discovered that the a local SD bakery called 16/18 sells the best Hot X buns. They are the closest I have tasted to the ones that I make. The texture and spice is just right. Iím tempted to not make any this year.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: March 27, 2023, 08:20:44 pm »
Iíve got everything from the pantry shelves stacked in a pile in the kitchen. Joiner is booked to come on Friday to put drawers in. Canít wait.
Ballarat is hosting the National titles for the Canoe Polo, Easter Weekend. DD has asked me to help with catering. Iím making Protein Balls, Scones with jam and cream and as many slices as I can manage. A friend is coming to help. She will bring her TMX and with 3 bowls and 2 ovens we should turn out a lot.

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: March 27, 2023, 08:06:36 pm »
More butter chicken noodles.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: March 27, 2023, 08:01:25 pm »
I had to Google egg hoppers Chookie. That was lovely of your neighbours. They sound lovely.
I also had to Google it, with the help of my 6 year old friend from next door.
Yesterday GS called in while I was making SD crumpets. He ate 4.
I shredded the leftover butter chicken, made Zoodles and added all to some cooked pasta with the sauce. Made a lovely meal.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: March 26, 2023, 09:45:12 pm »
Recently had ride in Tesla and shown how to do Quordle. Like Wordle but more complicated. Found a suspicious transaction on my credit card. Rang bank at 9 pm last night. Told me to ring Woolworths which I did. They explained that the Ď free delivery Ď which I have been having for 3 years has a charge. ! Not a lot of money but pretty sneaky.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: March 26, 2023, 09:36:24 pm »
Yesterday my Sri Lankan neighbours brought in a prepared meal for my dinner. ( new experience for me) curried chicken and egg Hoppers. The Hoppers are a completely new experience. Will certainly have a go. Ni cooking today. Leftovers.

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: March 25, 2023, 08:17:44 pm »
Iíve been making my DD falafels. First lot Zucchini and next lot used a container of beetroot dip that I didnít Like.
There is a simple formula and they are baked in a very hot oven and not fried.
 Basic formula,350 g vegetable, minced in TMX
                      150 g minced seeds in TMX ( or commercial Falafel mix ) do this first.
                       1 egg
                        Heaped teaspoon Cumin powder
Mix, speed 6 for a few seconds to bring together.
If mixture is too wet add chickpea flour ( Besan) or corn or potato flour.
Line large baking tray with baking paper, oil well.
Using 4 cm spring loaded icecream scoop , put blobs on tray. Press down lightly. Spray with oil.
Bake 12 minutes or until brown. Makes about 16
Can add additional spices, S and P , and use a mixture of veggies.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: March 25, 2023, 07:56:59 pm »
Had visitors for lunch yesterday. Made Butter Chicken, sauce from a bottle, ( no flavour ) so added extra spices. Easy and they loved it. Served with Black Pepper and Sage Risotto from my Blog and a packet of bought salad to which I added heaps of Avocado.
Iíve always made everything from scratch. This new me is easier but when Iím settled I will return to my old ways. I I also made fresh No Fuss rolls,  nothing like fresh bread. To my amazement they ate most of them and DD finished off all the leftovers when she called in.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: March 25, 2023, 07:46:29 pm »
Cataract op went well. 2 hours in and out. Little cloudy next morning but within an hour was clear.  Thank for asking.
Friend did amazing job looking after me.
Had visitors for lunch yesterday. They brought the sweets for lunch. RTE lemon Coconut cake. Lovely.
Ballarat hosting Water Polo, on the lake  today. Very rough and great fun to watch. Will have a coffee In Restaurant next to where nets are set up and enjoy the fun.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: March 21, 2023, 02:50:18 am »
Thanks for all the good wishes. It has turned very cold here. Drab sort of day. Iím making Lamb shank , barley and veggie soup. Then Iíve found a Ď Stonesoupí ( blog) for Zucchini falafel. I bought a Beetroot dip which wasnít very nice, so might turn this also onto falafels.
The leftover Butter chicken that we had on Sunday has 2 meals left. That worked out at $2 a serve, with brown rice and veggies. The veggies were free and the rice was one of those 90 second microwave pouches.

Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: March 19, 2023, 08:35:46 pm »
Just catching up. Cookie well done with the diabetes test. KAtie, sorry to hear about the COVID. Iím adjusting to my new life but get incredibly tired. Not surprising. Iím having the first Cataract done on Thursday and a friend is coming to stay for a few days. Iím looking forward to the visit. She also has a TMX but doesnít use it as much as she could, so we will be doing some cooking.

Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: March 19, 2023, 08:21:16 pm »
Leftovers with extra veggies. Next door neighbours gave me a box of homegrown veggies. I think there is an informal swap happening in this new neighbourhood. I have been making jam , and giving it to neighbours, and it would seem that I have therefore been included.

Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: March 19, 2023, 08:12:52 pm »
Cookie, I love the look of the Kringle. Well done.
Yesterday was my DS birthday. We had an informal family get together. I cooked Chicken in butter sauce which I bought in a packet from the Supermarket. It was boneless and very nice. I steamed veggies in the Varoma and served with brown rice. I also made a berry and apple crumble. They bought a box of small biscuits and cakes from Brunettis in Lygon St.

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