January 30, 2009

… or lack thereof. We’re currently watching an awesome tennis match between Nadal and Verdasco. Unbelievable stuff. But it’s getting pretty late (or early). I’ve sort of been burning the candle at both ends and while Kate has the luxury of sleeping in most days she has a human tumbleweed inside her which at the moment is moving like a crazy thing. (Verdasco has just held serve again after 3 break points). People keep warning us to prepare for a severe lack of sleep. If only we could store it up in a sleep bank or something. The cricket was predictably disappointing but this game is worth giving up a couple of hours. Sunday is set to be a cracker whoever wins!


Lemon Meringue Tarts

November 8, 2008

lemon-m-tartIt’s Kate’s birthday on Monday so I made these for her and the girls to take on a picnic on Friday evening. I thought they’d be less hassle and mess than a whole pie.

The pastry is Mum’s recipe but I found a new lemon filling recipe here and it’s awesome! I added lemon rind to mine for an extra bit of zest. I blind baked the pastry cases in muffin tins then removed them to be filled and topped before baking all together. Fortunately I made some extras for the boys for the pre-roast lunch yesterday. Feedback was that the pastry to filling ratio was a bit high (thinner next time) but otherwise delicious.

I still had some lemon filling and meringue left over which I threw into a pie case made from frozen pastry – it’s tasty but no where near as good as homemade pastry.

Looking Forward

June 21, 2008

This last uni assignment is dead set horrible and it’s making me sick with anxiety – not a nice feeling. I used the word insurmountable to describe it earlier and it still fits nicely. We do however have things to look forward to:

Sophia’s baptism – in less than 10 hours.

Cooking on the Norwest Anglican young adults weekend away – next weekend. Check out the preliminary menu below.

Visits to the new apple store and Cordial.

Catching up with friends including Steve and Sam

School holidays for Kate – I think she’s planning on painting the kitchen in an attempt to move away from the groovy 1970’s / ‘Papa Giuseppe’s Pizzeria’ vibe we’ve got going?

I’m looking forward to handing this assignment in…

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June 1, 2008

We’ve a small stack of cheap ex-rental DVD’s bought recently that we haven’t had time to watch. We buy them instead of hiring which is almost as expensive and means other people can borrow them (and Kate can watch the chick flicks over and over 🙂 ). Kate has almost finished her reports but I’ve a way to go with uni assignments. Patience, patience…

No Country For Old Men – Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem

Rescue Dawn – Christian Bale

27 Dresses – Katherine Heigl

Flyboys – James Franco

The Guardian – Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher

P.S. I Love You – Hilary Swank

Lions For Lambs – Redford, Streep, Cruise

Michael Clayton – George Clooney

Bee Movie – Seinfeld, Zellweger

The cupboard was bare…

May 28, 2008

Young Matty Toose, came home to the hoose, to get his brain some caffeine.

When he got there, the cupboard was bare and had to make do with a tea.

We’ve run out of beans! We were looking forward to a coffee this afternoon before bible study especially after a late night writing reports and finishing a uni assessment.


February 14, 2008

It’s valentine’s day not that it really means much to us seeing as our wedding anniversary is tomorrow but it gives me an excuse to talk about food.

What the?!?!

I love food, my wife too of course, but I love food. We watched Ratatouille today (Kate was home sick) and I loved it. The movie, not Kate being sick. It was all about food ( and a rat and a young French guy) and it was brilliant, funny and touching. We then had spag bol for dinner of which I made extra for one of the girls at work who just left hospital. Supreme comfort food, cooked for over an hour, pasta al dente, freshly grated parmesan – I love food!

ps If you get a hold of the DVD watch the obligatory Pixar short film ‘Lifted’ – nuff said!

Recent Photos

November 13, 2007

One of the cicadas that inhabit the trees around us and make a hell of a racket. This one jumped onto the footpath when I went to hang out the washing. It’s a green grocer (according to my Dad)

We went to visit Liz and Liam and their new addition Aidan last night. Very cute (I mean Aidan not Liam)!

I gave Kate this wall hanging (from India – from the Oxfam Fairtrade shop at MacCent) for her birthday. Sweet!