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{ Monthly Archives } February 2010

The simmer – Part 1

I think my favourite cooking techniques are the slowest.  Today I slow-roasted some red capsicums and tomatoes: (mmmmm, can’t you hear the sizzling?…I rubbed them with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper, and then left them at 150°C for about an hour). Then I chopped up some carrot, garlic, chillies, ginger and onion, […]

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The pile on the bedside shelf

How do you choose the next book you want to read?  The majority of mine are currently being selected from either: (a) a pile I put aside when we were putting the rest into mid-term storage (while we’re living with family) — I saw this as a good opportunity to force my hand and try […]

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What’s important?

How the hell would I know?  I’m a short-arse with blue hair and a predilection for polski orgorki straight from the jar. I think about this question a lot, usually while munching said polski ogorki.  The same answers come up, over and over, from almost everyone you ask.  Family. Health. Etc.  Those are givens.  That’s like […]

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Knitting report! Stat!

Okey dokey folkeys, let’s talk knitting. M got me a new camera for my birthday before we headed to NZ, and I have been ROCKING that baby.  And its macro setting. UFOs! (bold text to indicate sub-heading!) Silver sands scarf: not wild about the striping, but I’ve decided it’s not for me anyway.  Hoping to […]

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Awashed away

This morning, when I got up, it was too early.  I was tired and slept unevenly — not badly, some of it was quite nice, like waking up and hearing all the rain whooshing and frogs going beserk with glee.  And I spent some of it trying to invent a new word to adequately capture […]

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I guess I’m back

I put off unpacking my suitcase as long as I could.  It’s as though, in the dim, kindergarten parts of my brain, I felt like unpacking would be the step that prevented me from going overseas again. Not the necessity of going back to my day job, not the lack of funds, no sir: washing […]