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Life is funny at times.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that the computer will cooperate and this post will see the light of day.

Doing battle with the computer.
Doing battle with the computer.

I am also hoping that soon all will be sorted on the insurance front. It is proving more of a job than I first realised. I think my insurance company must be sick of me. First there was the leak in the kitchen/dining/lounge room. When the inspector came he found that there was also damage from a long ago leak I never bothered to claim. I did not at the time realise the amount of damage it had caused to the flooring under the linoleum in the kitchen. So this then eventuated in a second claim. It took eight months to settle the first claim…now the second is in the works it will be interesting to see how long that takes. I hope it happens a bit faster as I can’t begin any repairs until it too is settled as it seems silly to repair one part of the floor then go back in again.

Then there was the lawnmower. It caught on fire…long story that you really don’t want to hear about, but the repairs came to $700.00+. May as well get a new mower then. Turns out after the excess and the loss of my no-claims bonus it costs me over $700 to claim $700.

It made me a little mad because after years of never claiming…and paying them buckets of money…what do I actually have insurance for I wonder.

But this weekend was a time top put it all aside as The Daughter was home. Which meant I got to cook. I made all the things she likes, and a few extras. One of the extras didn’t quite work.

Day 109 - 19.5.2013

Brown sugar meringues. They came out perfect actually…but a little big. They are supposed to be the size of a biscuit and be joined together with cream. I guess I got a little carried away and this was the result. Next time I will try to make sure they are smaller. In the meantime…I am enjoying an occasional sweet treat.

The break in has seen me going through cupboards and drawers to figure what is missing. During the searching I find myself getting side tracked a bit. I came across a box of old papers/cards/mementos.

With The Daughter home I pulled out a few to show her and she and I had a few laughs over some of the cards she has made me over the years. This one in particular had us both in hysterics. She was quite the little manipulator was The Daughter.

The front...and that is NOT my signature !!!
The front…and that is NOT my signature !!!

Homemade Mothers' Day Card (1)

Homemade Mothers' Day Card

In searching through drawers to figure out what was taken in the break in…and they did take some odd items…I found one item that I had thought gone. It is just a small item. And at the time though it seemed expensive to me it really wasn’t. But that one item has made me so happy to find it NOT stolen.

Day 104 - 14.5.2013

I gave it to my father for his birthday one year. It is old, it is worn, and it does need repair. But it means the world to me that I still have it when so many other items that marked a time in my life are now gone forever. I have decided to get it repaired and cleaned up and wear it myself. As a reminder of that time in my life and that the little stuff counts.

Things such as these make the computer woes seem minor indeed.

When a cake is not simply a cake…

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Come the 2nd of February this year this sweet boy is turning 21.

As I did for The Daughter…the plan was to make a cake. Something like this one…

Classy – maybe not so girly, but still – well – nice.

Thanks to The Daughter I am now making The Son a different style of cake…very, very different.

Cake number 1

A banana cake just out of the oven…

Cake number 2

Also straight out of the oven – but this time a chocolate one…

Any of you bright sparks out there figured out what this cake will look like when finished ??

I’ll keep you posted as I go shall I ??

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Homemade Broccoli Soup

Margaret's Broccoli Soup

I had this at a friend’s place for lunch one day and was addicted immediately.

700 g broccoli

1 small onion

3 cups chicken or vegetable stock

1/8 teaspoon dry mustard

salt & pepper to taste

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1. Cook the broccoli and onion in the stock until tender.

2. Add the mustard and blend (I like to leave it a bit chunky still)

3. Add a cup of cream or yoghurt

4. EAT

Even kittens know how yummy broccoli is…

Fresh Tomato Soup

This is a friend’s recipe – and it really is the best!!

25 g butter

1 onion thinly sliced

1 carrot thinly sliced

1 tablespoon flour

750 g tomatoes peeled and chopped (if you want to cheat – use 2 x 400 g cans)

3 cups of vegetable or chicken stock

1 bay leaf

a pinch of ground mace

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1. Melt the butter in a pan and add the onion and carrot.

2. Cook over low heat (covered) for 5 -10 minutes.

3. Stir in flour.

4. Add tomatoes, stock and spices.

5. Bring to boil and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes

6. Puree in blender/food processor.

7. Enjoy

Tuna, Cannellini Bean, Avocado and Red Onion Salad

This recipe will serve 4 people.

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400g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

300g good-quality tuna in olive oil, drained and flaked into large chunks

1 diced avocado

1 small red onion, finely sliced

12 cherry tomatoes, halved or 4 truss ripened tomatoes, diced

large handful fresh parsley leaves, roughly chopped

3 tbsp olive oil

1 small lemon, juice

1 tsp hot English mustard

1 garlic clove, crushed

salt and pepper, to season

fresh or jalapeno chillies (optional)

4 thick slices any good hearty bread

3 tbsp tomato paste or for a change you can use basil pesto

1 small lemon (extra), cut into wedges, to serve

1 To make salad, in a bowl combine beans, tuna, onion, tomatoes, avocado and parsley. In a separate bowl whisk 2 tbsp of the oil, lemon juice, mustard and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Pour mustard mixture over bean mixture and toss lightly.

2 Heat a griddle pan until hot. Brush bread on both sides with remaining oil and griddle for 1 minute each side until golden with charred lines. You can also turn the oven to 100% C and slowly cook the bread into melba toast – it takes approximately an hour.

3 Spread 1 side of toast with tomato or basil pesto. Top with salad and serve with lemon wedges (extra).

4 Another delicious alternative to the bread/toast is to wrap the salad mixture in an iceberg lettuce leaf for a refreshing snack.