Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Another cruise ship tied up in town yesterday. That made five in the past week.
The Queen Mary 2 was absolutely huge and looked quite impressive against our parks and buildings.

 The buildings are Parliament House and the Supreme Court. The trees are not tiny little shrubs.

 There is another cruise liner in the background and a cargo ship.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Oh dear, It has been rather frantic this week.
Thought it might be a good idea to get a paid job. Well, not really qualified for the types of jobs that are available. I am not keen to be a cleaner but am willing to start at the bottom of some other ladders. Centrelink was not particularly helpful the first, second, or third time. Did better the fourth time though. WISE Employment were not helpful at all. The interviewer was ghastly, arrogant, and rude. Culturally inappropriate behaviour by the bucketful. Sent in one application and had an interview. Not sure if leaving things out of the job description and then asking for them at the interview is indicative of a good boss. Will persevere.
Tackled some neglected cleaning at home. Of course there is more; that will never end.
Baked a massive batch of biscuits for morning teas.
Managed to go to Chorale this week. Big step as I am still bandaged. People there are so very kind and lovely though.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Big day around town. Today was the ceremony for the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin. Excellent ceremony and wonderfully organised. This year I sat in the audience for a change. I even got to sit in the section reserved for the elderly. So many medals on so many proud chests. So many uniforms. Just marvellous. Great speeches from the Governor General, the Lord Mayor and the leader of the Federal Opposition. Poor speech from the Prime Minister however. The guest speaker was the daughter of the wireless operator who announced to the Air Force that the Japanese planes were on their way. What a shame they took no notice. I had not known that the Tiwi Islands had been bombed that day.
This link has interesting photos.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Cook like a winner

Found a recipe on the internet. Sounded interesting. Started to make it. Not quite right. Followed some ideas and found the recipe to be a quasi- version Americanised beyond recognition. Fiddled about. Now have a bigger, better, and more accurate version. The whole thing is delicious though. This dish is meant to be really hot and fiery. Adjust the chilli influence to suit the diners.

Kung Pao Chicken
4 servings

¼ cup Chinese rice wine
1 Tablespoon light soy sauce
400g chicken meat, diced
1 cup celery pieces
1 cup shredded cabbage
1 cup sliced carrots
½ cup sliced water chestnuts
1 cup diced red capsicum
1 cup diced green capsicum
¼ cup mayonnaise, divided into halves
¼ cup smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 Tablespoon vinegar
2 teaspoons chilli flakes or hot chilli paste
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon minced ginger
Dash of sesame oil
1 cup unsalted peanuts


1. Marinade the chicken in the Chinese rice wine and soy sauce for one hour.

2. Cook the vegetables until crisp-tender. Keep warm.

3. Create the sauce by combining half the mayonnaise with the peanut butter, tomato paste, vinegar, garlic, ginger and chilli until well blended.

4. Cook the sauce for 1 minute stirring all the time.

5. Add the chicken and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

6. Add the remaining mayonnaise.

7. Cook 5 to 7 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and the sauce is thickened, stirring frequently to scrape up browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

8. Add the vegetables.

9. Add some sesame oil and stir through.

10. Add the peanuts. These may be stirred through or left on top.

11. Serve over rice.

Have not quite got the hang of formatting this at this stage.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Home again, home again, jiggetty jog. Oh, so pleased to be home. My own space. My own mess. My own words. Away is nice and filled with adventures. Home is where my heart is.
Collected Lexi. She is talking to me and quite annoyed that I do not respond appropriately. But I do not speak Cat. We are trying.
The stitches on my face have been removed and those behind my ear will gradually dissolve. Avoid any pressure, heat, force in these areas. I must keep applying a dressing until things are set well in place. Should be good by May. Ghastly to look at. Rips the determination and courage to shreds.
Dealt again with the people from the Powerhouse Museum. That was the visit from Hell. So badly run. That place must contravene almost every workhealth and safety law in the country.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Silly in Sydney

Had the surgery yesterday. The hospital seemed very big. Am hoping for a good result. At present I am covered in sticking plaster. This might come off tonight after my shower. Hope the dressings will not be too scary. So far so good.
My beloved sailed on a tall ship on Sydney harbour today. Seems to have enjoyed himself.