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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tummy fillers...

My huz doesn't like cauliflower (or broccoli, cabbage, parsnip or brussells sprouts)... 
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Don't tell him...but I smuggled half a cauli into the mashed potatoes ...
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...that I topped the Shephed's Pie with.  He couldn't tell!
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last night I made Jamie Oliver's Squash & Spinach Rotolo ...
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It's a veggo dish but I added mushrooms and finely sliced chicken breast as we are meatlovers!
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As always we had a side salad with it.
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http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/squash-spinach-pasta-rotolo

I made this once before and it was just as good this time around.
Cheers - Joolz xx

 

 


 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A throi for the carch!

The home straight! 
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The hand stitched binding...
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The top stitching ...
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The ta dah moment!  I'm really pleased with it. I used it last night to keep me warm while I zapped my sore neck with my Dr TENS machine. My neck is very sore after spending Sunday bent over hand sewing.
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You attach the sticky pads to the affected area then choose the frequency of electric current to course through your muscles. It really is good.
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The other thing I used when I went to bed is Zen natural linament.

Zen Liniment helps relieve

  • Muscle pain
  • Arthritis and rheumatism
  • Minor sporting Injuries
  • Joint pain
  • Bruises and sprains
  • Muscle Spasms

Zen Liniment contains:

Angelica to help enhance circulation

Arnica is trusted worldwide for its relief of stiffness, bruising, trauma and associated pain

Boswellia to help reduce pain, stiffness and swelling

Pseudoginseng & Commiphora to help relieve pain

Spatholobus relaxes tendons and relieves joint pain

Dipsacus helps relieve stiffness and joint pain, and minor sporting injuries

Drynaria to help repair ligament damage

And pure essential oils Japanese Mint and Cajuput, powerful pain relievers to warm and soothe.

- See more at: http://www.martinandpleasance.com/brands/zen-joint-and-muscle-pain-relief/about-zen-herbal-liniment/#sthash.EFHiolQX.dpuf
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So it is a finish of sorts, although the hard work was already done for me.  It did challenge me to work out the best way to do it.  I think if I ever finish that strip quilt top, I'll be getting someone to do the rest for me!


Finally, my inspiration for the throw - Kath and Kim!
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Our spring weather has gone and its crisp here this morning after some good rain last night.

Cheers - Joolz xx


 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Finishing off the throw rug ...

Attatching the last of the binding...
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I thought I'd show you some of the intricate hand quilting my mother did on this quilt...this is the reverse side.
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Pinning the binding ready to hand stitch...
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Lots of hand stitching! I have worked out why I love baking more than sewing! Its not nearly as painful!
Fact: it take 3 minutes for a pricked finger to stop bleeding!  This happened many times!
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Gus made Kylie Kwong's Coconut Pork Skewers ...
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Really yummy!
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I will finish the quilt off by top sewing the binding, this afternoon. I need to get some ecru coloured thread as I dont think I have enough on the spool to do it in one go!
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Cheers - Joolz xx
(The baker, not sewer!)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

From quilt to throw for the couch...

Remember the quilt I started taking the frill off to make it into a throw rug? 
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I unpicked the frill....originally, I was going to throw away the frill thinking I wouldn't need it but then I thought 'how am I going to deal with the raw edge?  
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This is the raw edge...
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So I pulled out the gathering thread from the frill and ended up with just over 11 metres of it, with a great seamed edge on it - perfect for homemade bias binding, no?
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Now, as you may know, I am not much of a sewer and I am definitely not a quilter but my mind tells me I should be able to attach this bias binding to the quilt to made a neat edge. The paisley blue is the underside of the quilt.
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I experimented with a short strip, making sure I had the width right and pinned it how I wanted it.
Okay, next step is to cut the frill to make the bias binding...
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Quarter of an hour later and I had 11 metres of fabric, ready to be pinned then sewed.  Now for the epic pinning session...
I think I will first sew the bias onto the raw edge using a dark thread  then when I turn it down to make the neat edge, I'll top sew it using ecru thread.
Oh, you quilting ladies will be slapping your foreheads and groaning, I know, but I think it will work this way...
Stay tuned!
 Joolz xx

 


 


 


 

Lamb kafta rolls and Lebanese bread ...


Gus had picked out a recipe for Saturday night dinner so I made some Lebanese bread to go with it.
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Most breads take a few hours and so did these. Mix the dough, let it prove for one hour.
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Roll in to balls, let them rest for 10 minutes...
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Flatten out each ball on a floured surface then roll out to 20cm round (ish)!
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Cover and rest for another hour...
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Preheat oven to 240C (hot!) and place tray in to heat also.  Then one by one, bake each round on a sheet of baking paper until puffed.

They didnt brown much but I guess the bought ones are not very brown either...
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Gus made these Lamb Kafta rolls ...
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This is the yummy filling of spinach, onion, pinenuts, almonds, raisins, allspice, salt and pepper and lemon juice.

He pan fried the rolls then baked them in the oven to finish off.
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We served the kaftas with steamed veggies and tzatziki dip with my lebanese bread. Very, very good!
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Apple crumble for dessert but it was a bit too sweet. I used pink lady apples and plump raisins and really didnt need to use sugar with them, just in the crumble topping.
 The crumble is: 2 tblsn plain flour, 1 cup rolled oats, 2 tblsn brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tblsn diced butter. Mix dry ingredients and spread over apples (I zapped apples in micro for 2 minutes to soften slightly) then dot little cubes of butter over crumble. Bake for 30 minutes at 180C. Add cream!
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This coconut is going to be in tonights dinner so stay tuned for another of Gus' kitchen masterpieces! A Kylie Kwong recipe...
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One more thing to share with you - I worked out that when freezing leftover curry and rice ... It is best to put the rice on the bottom of the container so it doesn't dry out in the freezer!  On the left is a curry from 2 weeks ago (which will be lunch one day this week) and on the right, the Thai green curry from Friday with the rice at the bottom.  Rivetting, mind blowing stuff, people!  
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I've finally got my first cold this year, right at the very end of our winter - sore throat, throbbing sinuses and a nice dull headache! I'll be taking it easy today but I do hope to get onto that quilt and sew the edging so I can use it as a throw.
Cheers - Joolz xx


 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Spring around the corner...

We've had a wek of beautiful spring weather, blue skies and sun that warms your back...
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I bought new cross-trainer shoes for walking as my old ones were losing their tread and I skidded on the bitumen the other day. After work, I got all kitted up - 3/4 gym pants, fluoro Tshirt, new shoes and my iPod. Away I went, just for 30 minutes. Lovely sunshine!
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This is the lemon, cucumber, ginger and mint water that I am trialling. I steeped it overnight and had a glass first thing this morning. Not horrid to drink so I will drink the rest over the day.
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I made Thai green chicken curry for dinner as thats what huz requested. Deeelicious!
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Hoping to prune a few roses this arvo, but I need to take it easy. My neck is getting better but I am nursing sore muscles from a very deep, deep massage I had on Wednesday. So slowly, slowly 
does it....
Cheers- Joolz xx


 


 


 


 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Through the week...

I've had a chippy choppy week, using the Dicer Express...
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It made great chips which I drizzled with bit of olive oil and sprinkled with Moroccan seasoning. 
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Yum!
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Do you like sardines? I've been told to eat more oily fish for bone, muscle and heart health...
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I flake them up then add worcestershire and tomato sauces, salt and pepper. Spread on toast, its delicious (or an acquired taste, you decide)!
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This entire fruit salad was made using the dicer - strawberries, banana, apple, orange and kiwi fruit...so good!
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I did a  stir fry cooking demo at Weight Watchers and used the dicer on a few of the veggies.
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It was really yum and even better was the fact there was enough left over for Gus' and my lunch!
Everyone liked it and we had the fruit salad with vanilla yoghurt for dessert. So healthy!
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I am going to give this drink a go, it cant hurt to try it!
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I thought this was a bit cute!
Oh well, thats all thats on my phone at the moment until I get into the kitchen and out in the garden again. Oh dear, my garden is a terrible mess. It always goes to rack and ruin each winter then I tidy it in spring and it bounces back. I have lots of bark chips to mulch with so the weeds will have a hard time growing back this time! Pictures to come when I start tidying.
Cheers - Joolz xx


 


 


 
 


 


 

 

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