Saturday 31 January 2009
Thursday 29 January 2009
Tuesday 27 January 2009
I keep meaning to do a post about the two wee boys who walk 2 km's from the luas to school - and I DO mean wee, 5 and 7, MAYBE 6 and 8. BREAKS MY HEART. As I am walking to the luas in the mornings they are headed towards my house...and the school not far from there. Seriously, the older brother clutches the little guys hand and keeps him safe, you can just see the responsibility in the set of his young jaw. I am so lucky, can you imagine being that parent with no option but to allow such littlies to make that journey ALONE? I have not seen them since Christmas so now I wonder where on earth they have gone to, maybe they finally get to go to school in a nice warm car...getting dropped off at the door. I hope so I really do.
And yes...I have pointed them out to my children, who get a lift to school with their father and moan if they have to walk the 1 km to the bus stop on the odd occasion that he cannot take them. That sure put a stop to their protesting!
And look at that, another blog post is born...hmmm wasn't all that bad I guess.............
Thursday 22 January 2009
Thursday 15 January 2009
Saturday 10 January 2009
I popped into Super Valu on my walk home from the luas for the yeast and bread flour - a grocery item I have not noticed on the shelves at Aldi, my new favourite shop in THESE times. I was going to buy the ham, tinned tomatoes, mushrooms and bacon too until I saw the prices and realised that a walk to Aldi AFTER my walk home with the dough fixings would be well worth my time and effort.
By the time I got home from all my shopping excursions - by foot, thus saving petrol and being eco friendly, it was already 18h15 and I had not even started the dough! Luckily my ever faithful Magimix was able to assist, as much as I enjoy the kneading process sometimes a girl just has to take advantage of modern conveniences! Another handy little trick I have learned is to aid the rising process...cover the bowl with clingfilm, microwave for 10 seconds and then stand for 10 minutes. Repeat the process 3 times and 30 minutes (yes and 30 seconds to be pedantic) later your dough is ready to be rolled. Nigella Lawson comes through too with a fantastic pizza base recipe in her "How to be a domestic goddess" book.
While the dough was rising the secret weapon was bubbling away on the stove, to make a good pizza fantastic it all starts with the tomato base....according to my family anyway. Toppings are important too but that red sauce is crucial.
I grated cheese, sliced vegetables, drained artichokes and anchovies while Kirstin fried up the bacon into a nice salty crispness. I measured the dough into 4 equal portions and we all set about making our own pizzas. The kids were only interested in the bacon so we decided to let them hog it (ha ha). I had bought little cooked shrimps anyway so I knew that Malcolm would not be too bothered by the bacon. We all set about rolling out our dough and smothering it with the tomato sauce before part baking the strange shaped discs in the oven, Malcolm and I had got greedy and divided our portion of dough again as we wanted 2 different lots of toppings on our pizzas! We learn something every day and the thing I learned was that there is nothing quite like the gathering in the kitchen and preparing tasty and kid friendly food together, oh and there is nothing quite like fresh basil on a pizza....AFTER it has come out of the oven.
And remember, if you decide to go for Jessica's bacon, avocado and basil (she put hers on before baking) put the avo onto the pizza AFTER it has come out of the oven! One more thing....make a bunch of bases, par bake them and have a "Bring your own pizza topping" dinner with friends...recession puh!
The secret is in the sauce....
Four little dough balls...
Busy little bees
Friday 9 January 2009
And if this does not make you tap your foot, bounce in your chair or jump up and dance....well then this song does not affect you the way it does me!!!
Not to mention that some of the lines have a particular appeal and Dublin is a place that so far "I have had nothing to fear in this city..."
Thursday 8 January 2009
Monday 5 January 2009
Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness. - Robertson Davies
Sunday 4 January 2009
Flo Rida LOW
Saturday 3 January 2009
Thursday 1 January 2009
Fortunately we got to leave work at 15h30 so the three shoppers joined me in town and we went to Kehoe's for a couple of drinks before heading home to get ready for the evenings shenanigans. I unwrapped cheese, arranged crackers and got ready for the evening, we made the mistake of making pizza for dinner, if we had known how big the mountain of food would be once everyone brought their contributions I think we would have foregone that option!
When it all first kicked off we had 4 screaming children under 8 and it has to be said that it seemed like the adults would be outnumbered, but the other adult re-enforcements soon arrived and the balance swung back into our favour. The 12 + age group snuck off to the quiet relaxing attic while the youngsters watched DVD's and played with the doll house. a few altercations were dealt with and I made Kaprioskas, a cocktail made with lime wedges, brown sugar, vodka and ice, a party starter of note. Once all the adults were nicely intoxicated the music got louder and before I knew it I was dancing with the under 8's and having a grand old time. MUCH later in honour of my little sister I hopped onto the coffee table and did an honouree Tracy dance - she will be so proud!At 04h00 we said goodbye to the last guests who were leaving and made beds in the lounge for the bodies that were staying, seeing all those sleeping people in my lounge is a weirdly satisfying sensation for me.
January 1 only began at 11h00 for our household and we had coffee and a delicious panettone for brunch and then Nicky and I walked to the store to buy fixings for a roast lunch. I could not find a big enough beef roast so I ended up buying a small fillet of lamb, a beef roast and a chicken....I made broccoli and cauliflower cheese, crunchy roast potatoes carrots and parsnips and sweet corn. We feasted and celebrated the beginning of a New Year and finished off with Irish coffees and bread and butter pudding....now the diet has to begin, I am sure I have gained at least 3 kg's over the festive season!