Life has been pretty busy since I decided to give this whole cooking thing a go. I feel like I have been chasing my tail the past week, trying to get ahead but feeling like I am getting nowhere. It is non stop action around these parts I tell you. From baking to cleaning to disciplining kids (oh dear lord – send help) to unpacking stores….it is a thrill a minute and totally glamorous. Here is what I have been up to the past week. I just know you are dying to see what has been going on so here are some visuals…
I have really been enjoying my early morning walks lately. The weather is just glorious (as my Aunty Theresie would say). It is so peaceful strolling through the bush, of course I listen to podcasts as I go along. I listened to such an interesting one the other day – Converstations with Richard Fidler: Leila Abukar. It was a new one and only released on Thursday. You need to listen to it, this lady was fascinating. All it says in the “info” section is: “Leila Abukar was born in Somalia and spent her teenage years in refugee camps”. But let me tell you, this lady is amazing and the story will have you dropping everything to listen. Onto it people.
Of course life has been busy cooking cooking cooking and more cooking….. here are a few things I have whipped up…. last week there was sweet corn and bacon pies, crumbed steak, butterscotch pudding, anzac slice, chocolate slice, roast, beef curry and last night I decided it was an easy night: hotdogs at the rec club.
Here is my little offsider/apprentice chef. He does love to help….can’t say I am all that thrilled about his eagerness though. We all know my thoughts on cooking with children. Yes, he does have his shirt on the right way in this photo, but don’t worry, it is inside out. Oh well, at least he can dress himself.
On Saturday I decided to eat a big fat frog… I cleaned the dreaded stove top and oven. I have been thinking about this for weeks. It is possibly one of the worst jobs ever. 2.5 hours of solid scrubbing not to mention nearly passing out from the fumes of the “Predator” cleaning agent…even sounds nasty doesn’t it. But it works an absolute treat. Feels so good to have it done. Don’t have to worry about it now for another month.
A heap of frozen/cold items came on the plane last week, we were flat out fitting them on the resort buggy. Looks like no one will be going hungry for a while now. See…
The stock camp have been out mustering the past 4 days which has been SO SO NICE. This means I don’t have to do smoko or lunch for them, which gives me a chance to catch up a little bit. On Friday I was so over it that I offered the kids chip sandwiches for lunch. Did you used to have these sometimes as a kid? God I used to love a chip sandwich. Mr Chardy then introduced me to grated cheese and sauce as an extra and I have never looked back. Stop turning your nose up and give it a go. You won’t regret it. Although my children were not as enthusiastic as me. Who the hell are they for goodness sake, they can’t possibly be mine if they don’t like a good old chip sandwich. I was shocked.
I can feel my captain cranky pants about to explode. I definitely need to get the hell out of here pronto. You can tell I haven’t been to town for months, I am going bonkers. This time next week we will be in Mt Isa and I cannot wait to drive out of here on Sunday. So much to do between now and then though, so I best get to it people.
What did you get up to on the weekend?
Are you turning your nose up at my chip sandwich or are you a lover? Stop being such a snob and go and try it.
Are you onto the Podcasts? Any new ones for me? I am loving the TED Radio Hour.