Merry Christmas and something for the BBQ

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Thanks, Al, for our lovely reindeers

I would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas.

I hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow, a wonderful week and a healthy and prosperous new year. For those who work, have a big rest and to those who don’t, thank your blessings.  I know I do, everyday.

I have had lots and lots of new followers lately.  To them, I would like to say “Hello” and “Welcome”.  I hope you stick around and enjoy what you see.

To the old faithfuls, “I love you lots.”

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Spaghetti with slow-cooked cauliflower & broccoli

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We are eating broccoli, snow peas, asparagus and avocados at the moment and lots of them.  The other day, Maus even said that she was sick of avocados.  Now that is a problem.  We have two trees laden with the buggers.  It is near the end of the season, though.  Soon she will be spared.  It will be tomatoes with this and cucumbers with that.

The broccoli situation, as I predicted, is serious.  As with everything you grow, it came all at once.  In one week, I picked seven broccoli heads.  Luckily, I saw enough people to find homes for them all.

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Hoisin pork with beans, snow peas and noodles

p1000688copyThe snow peas have really gone mad.  We are, at last, getting some sunshine (although it is raining as I type) and now we have more snow peas than we can possibly eat.

We also have more avocados and asparagus than we can eat.  And soon it will be broccoli with this and broccoli with that.

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Aromatic Baked Chicken

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The other day, we had one of those rare days in WA when it rains all day.  A couple of years ago, I wrote a post called ‘One Perfect Day’.  It was one of those days.  I just love rainy days.  You can’t go outside and work.  All you can do is stay inside and play.  Yippee!  Well … I guess you could do housework but that would be silly.

Because we had all day, I thought we would make something a bit different for dinner.  If we are busy outside, we usually have what we can whip up in the shortest time. Continue reading

Chilli con carne

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Another grainy photo, this time, however, graininess is not a theme of the post.  I can’t wait to get my hands on my camera.  I swear I will never forget it again.

Chilli con carne is something I used to make quite a bit but haven’t done for ages.  The recipe I use is from the Australian Women’s Weekly and, of course, I don’t have it with me.  Such are the woes of living between two houses.  There are Australian Women’s Weekly recipes on-line but it is such a long time since I made it, I didn’t know which, if any, of those I was reading was the actual recipe I used to make.  In the end, I went with the taste.com.au recipe – on the basis they are, usually, reliable.  And it was very enjoyable. Continue reading

Penne alla senese

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That is: penne with sausage, walnuts and cream.  It sounds so much more exotic in Italian.

The day I made this dish I wasn’t looking for anything exotic.  I was just needing something, anything in fact, for dinner.  Sometimes, when you have lots of cook books, it is harder to find something to cook than if you have only a few.  It is a bit like when you have a limited wardrobe – it doesn’t take long to figure out what to wear but, when you have several wardrobes of clothes, the decision is significantly harder.

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Chicken Waldorf salad

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Maus went shopping the other day and on the shopping list was half a celery.  We were going to make a chicken dish that required one stalk.  I had already thought I could make a pot of pea and ham soup to use up some of the celery I knew would be left over.

Instead of half a celery, Maus came home with one very large celery.  It appears that the half celery was nearly as expensive as the full one and Maus can never forego a bargain.  I did explain to her that it is only a bargain if you need it but I have made that point, off and on, for over 35 years now, to no avail. Continue reading