Archive for April, 2003

A funny thing happened

Wednesday, April 30th, 2003

A funny thing happened on the way to work (“the forum” – did that as a play when I was a kid and had a great time!) Anyway normally I get on my motorbile and ride off to work with me and only me for company in my helmet. Usually I think about work and life and soon find myself wingeing and negatively affirming what it is that gives me the shits about life, my work my lack of work my petty frustrations and then I start to struggle with the various fears that seem to continuely swim around our daily pursuits of a joyless – oops I mean joyful life. You know what I mean.
Today a funny thing happened!!! I got on my motorbike and stuffed my head and my thoughts into my helmet and rode off to work. Up the road I rode and the next thing that happened was I realised I was singing!!! Yep singing – I mean what the heck is going on here. I was singing a bit from ‘guys and dolls’ and then I started singing the Billy Joel song I sung for my Monty audition – “piano man” – then a bit of jazz here and some blues there and before I knew it I arrived at work with not a cross thought had or a negative imagining imagined!!
I enjoyed the start of my day. I enjoyed the trip to work. And when I think of it now – after a full day at work and some rather grumpy and close to rude customers dealt with – I still feel good.
I often whistle at work, in the bath, on the loo and whilst walking. I am usually humming something somewhere and the movies I often remember, the ones that still uplift me years after I watched them are all musicals – though I must add here Eat Drink Man Woman is one of my all time favorites!!
What am I getting at – music is food for the soul – wether you be the singer, whistler or hummer. I have heard of very good race car drivers singing to themselves whilst racing at very high and dangerous speeds just to keep themselves relaxed. I tried it when I was racing a couple of times it helped me.
Lift up your spirit and sing yourself a song.

Coopers Club

Wednesday, April 30th, 2003

Coopers Club night this Thursday night at the Gunn Island Brew Pub in Middle Park!!
Meet the Coopers family and staff and drink some flamin GOOD beer.
See ya there!

Ricotta Tart with a Belgian Cherry Lambic Sorbet

Saturday, April 26th, 2003

Tart from Tuscany the Beautiful Cookbook by Lorenza De

Rita

Saturday, April 26th, 2003

This is a good friends recipe and bloody great winter fare.
2-3 carrots dices
2 onions chopped
2-3 sticks celery chopped
butter
oil
1 smoked pork hock or 400g bacon bones smoked
375g lentils

MY DAUGHTERS FAVOURITE PASTA SAUCE

Saturday, April 26th, 2003

Olive oil
1 small – medium onion finely diced
2 – 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
a big pinch of dried basil
fresh ground black pepper
Sea Salt
2 425g of peeled canned tomatoes with no added salt, sugar or preservatives.
4 tbls leggo’s tomato paste
15 – 20 kalamata olives (salty Greek black olive, my favourite!)
pinch of sugar
splash of red wine or port
Heat oil in pan add onion for a minute or so

MUM

Saturday, April 26th, 2003

The Collins English Dictionary lists Ambrosia as:1 Classical Myth. the food of the gods, said to bestow immortality. 2 anything particularly delightful to taste or smell. Sounds like a perfect dessert. This recipe was given to my Mother in 1960. I started eating it around 1963 although it was blended then (I didn

ROO ON THE BARBECUE

Saturday, April 26th, 2003

Kangaroo is the leanest meat available and it

RABBIT AND STOUT CASSEROLE

Saturday, April 26th, 2003

1 white farmed rabbit cut into six segments
fresh sage and rosemary
leeks – sliced thick
carrots – sliced thick
2 tbsp plain flour
23 cup coopers stout (voted Australia

CAJUN CHICKEN WINGS (HOT)

Saturday, April 26th, 2003

This is not my recipe – I found it in a magazine years ago, it is certainly one of my favorites!!
12 wings
2 tsp onion powder
34 tsp thyme ground
34 tsp cummin ground
2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp coriander
34 tsp mustard powder
1 tbls flour
1 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients, except chicken, into a dry clean and intact plastic shopping bag. Mix by shaking bag. Add wings and shake thoroughly so as all wings are coated well. Cook in oven at 190 deg C for 30 – 35 minutes. Wings can also be cooked on the barbecue grill. Serve with a lusty Greek salad and a well chilled Coopers Pale Ale, you will need it as these wings have one heck of a bite!

Beer Braised Beef Osso Bucco

Saturday, April 26th, 2003

Flour
Salt
Pepper
1tsp finely ground cardomon pods
Osso Bucco 1 large piece per person
Put flour salt, pepper and ground cardomon into plastic bag. Place Osso Bucco pieces into bag and coat thoroughly.
Oil
3 x 330ml Belgian ale