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Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 17, 2021, 09:58:28 pm »
Smashed chickpea sandwich filling for lunches; a very unorthodox lasagne (the only part that was recognisable as lasagne was the pasta!) and a roast vege frittata.

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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 17, 2021, 09:56:37 pm »
LOL CC, I started a jigsaw with flowers on it back in November and I haven't managed to finish it yet!  I didn't realise it would be that HARD!!!

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Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 14, 2021, 07:13:44 am »
WOW, that looks great, Chookie.

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Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: January 14, 2021, 07:12:47 am »
Glad it worked.  When I am poaching eggs (or boiling them as well, for that matter) I am never quite sure of the timing for cold eggs or room temperature eggs, it is always a bit 'touch and go' with me.

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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 14, 2021, 07:11:06 am »
Happy anniversary Chookie and Ral for yesterday.  Glad you had a treat for dinner.

... have they left you with any blood at all in your veins, Chookie?  I often have the same problem, I think because my blood pressure tends to be lower than higher - not that I know that that is true, it is just my speculation.

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Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 13, 2021, 10:29:04 pm »
The fruit cake looks lovely, I might try that soon  :)

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Chit Chat / Re: What's for Dinner Tonight?
« on: January 10, 2021, 09:41:24 pm »
... love scrambled (or poached) eggs on toast.  I never scramble eggs in the TMX, but I poach eggs and they come out well every time.

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Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 10, 2021, 09:40:13 pm »
Cookie, RTE has a good apple muffin recipe which I have made once or twice and they turned out perfectly each time ... if I can do it, anyone can!

DH has recently decided SD which has spent the night in the fridge prior to baking is much better.


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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 10, 2021, 09:38:10 pm »
Margaret, I don't envy you the curtain alteration, much less when you have been given the wrong sizes.  We have a set of curtains in Guildford that desperately needs to be altered but there is absolutely no way I am going to tackle that - I will wait until we re-decorate that room then buy new ones!

Everyone sounds so busy, with a lot going on.  I rarely go into op shops ...just because I see something I really like but it is invariably the wrong size or colour and I get frustrated so I walk out again.  Having said that, we did buy a set of 8 dining chairs some years ago so I have had luck on one visit at least!

The heat on this side of the country just now is not great, but it is due to cool down later this evening so we might get a nice rest.


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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 10, 2021, 12:19:31 am »
Good to get out and have a walk ... even if it is cold and snowy, it is helping to keep people indoors and, in its own way, slowing down COVID a bit (I hope).  News reports are not good, so glad to hear that you are out and about and well.

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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 08, 2021, 07:02:17 pm »
I have been out of touch for a few days as my laptop in Guildford curled up and had a fit a day or two ago.  I am now back in the city waiting for my computer tech to get in touch with me whilst preparing to catch up on everything before we re-open on Monday. 

Our last couple of days on holidays were busy and fun.  Some friends came up from Melbourne so we took them out to Maldon for lunch then back to Castlemaine to a place at "The Mill" called ShedShaker - they are a boutique brewery and our DH and friends enjoyed sampling the beer before they headed back down to Melbourne.

The following night we were off to dinner with friends at their place.  We hadn't really had a chance to catch up with them since lock down finished, so we had a lovely night of gossip!

On our last day we went back to have a proper visit with Bess and Ral and, before we knew it, 6 hours had passed!  What a wonderful couple, tremendous food and fantastic conversation.  We had the loveliest of time with them.

Now, it is back to harsh reality and the usual daily grind.  This year I am going to try to cut back my hours a bit; the plan is to take the first Monday of each month off.  We'll see how that goes.  To be honest, I don't think it will last but it will be an interesting experiment.

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Chit Chat / Re: What are you cooking today?
« on: January 04, 2021, 06:56:25 pm »
That looks Luscious, Judy.  Hope you get some 'feedback'  from it, taste wise!

Cookie, one of our friends was a baker and when we visited him earlier this week DH spoke to him about not having success with 'free form' breads and our friend said when he was baking commercially the way to keep the shape was to have a heat source directly underneath the loaf (possibly a pizza stone or similar?).  I didn't hear the conversation, so that is why there is a question mark after the pizza stone suggestion.  It might be worth giving it a go sometime and see what happens.

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Chit Chat / Re: Anything goes for Uni
« on: January 03, 2021, 04:14:25 am »
Hope those fires are well away from you, Cookie - fires combined with hot, dry winds are so scary.

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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 03, 2021, 04:12:51 am »
After the storm of last night (which, fortunately, was not nearly as bad here as K Atie had it), it was so warm and muggy outside I used that as an excuse to finally, after much procrastination and all this time, finish off some of the documentation I didn't get a chance to complete during lockdown ... only one project left to finish and I will be all caught up!


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Chit Chat / Re: What have you been doing today?
« on: January 02, 2021, 06:39:53 pm »
Crumbs, K Atie, what chaos.  Glad all is well now.

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