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    Zurie
    Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:12 am
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    This is where you can chat about everyday matters, and tell us about your day!!

    Here you can moan, groan, laugh, and post pictures!

    Any newbies: if you have a food question, post it as a regular topic below the Stickies! Thanks!! icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif


    Last edited by Zurie on Sat Sep 29, 2012 5:08 am, edited 1 time in total
    Bokenpop aka Madeleine
    Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:59 am
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    Thanks! I was not getting any notifications for the last one - I guess that happens when the thread starts getting too long!
    Zurie
    Wed Mar 31, 2010 2:03 pm
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    Bokenpoppie, I do notice that people are complaining about not getting notifications. It might be a general Zaar thing. I never ask for notifications (I seldom check the e-mail addy I gave them) so don't know.

    So how are things??? Are you busy this weekend? As you know, in SA it's still a 4-day holiday. There are wayyy too many holidays in March, April and May ... icon_evil.gif

    We want to leave for StBosch next week, but ye gods, on Monday 5th we will first have to entertain some close family members. We love them, but that will be a day down the drain.

    I always have to prepare some spread ... You know us Afrikaners -- it's eating and drinking when getting together. I suppose like Greeks. icon_wink.gif icon_lol.gif And many other hospitable nations!! icon_rolleyes.gif icon_lol.gif
    Bokenpop aka Madeleine
    Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:33 pm
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    So far, all is well in the Land of Mad. Not without it's ups and downs, but then again, whose life is not like that, eh?

    Good Friday and Easter Monday are not "day off work" holidays here so this will be the first Good Friday in years that I will have the opportunity to attend a church service. We are also a mixed religion home (Christian and Jewish) so we get to do a lot of praying and a lot of eating! Friday night we are having a traditional seder and Sunday we will have Easter lunch.
    Bokenpop aka Madeleine
    Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:35 pm
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    Zurie wrote:
    I always have to prepare some spread ... You know us Afrikaners -- it's eating and drinking when getting together. I suppose like Greeks. icon_wink.gif icon_lol.gif And many other hospitable nations!! icon_rolleyes.gif icon_lol.gif
    '

    Any reason is a good enough reason to have a meal with friends IMHO!
    JoyfulCook
    Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:08 pm
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    ok. moan - sorry as a host i have not been about that much I am still on callipers - and we had australian visitors for a couple of days and they left this morning so no rest for me, I feel about as strong as a wrung out face cloth icon_smile.gif I also have totm to do, but we are now on our own - I am so tired, but am sitting here with brandy and dry before I go to bed.

    I am so fed up with not being able to do what I eel I should be, but just give me a couple of more days, and you will all wish I was quiet icon_lol.gif
    Zurie
    Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:29 am
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    Take your time, Joy!!!

    All is well and peaceful in Zaar land, so recuperate properly.

    I know that TOTM takes up a lot of your time. I've done those recipes-with-photos too, and I know how much time it takes.

    Yes, we miss your chats, your lovely flower arrangements ... But for now, your health comes first!
    JoyfulCook
    Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:02 am
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    I am still about, and I dont want TOTM to take up too much time because i want to be here as well, we had visitors from Australia that left yesterday mid morning.

    Back is improving - but its slow, i have a lovely lady who comes in and does two hours work which is the vacuuming and some cleaning, like the kitchen floor - and what did I do... I dripped over the darned vacuum. didnt fall over but it didnt do much good. anyway, have a laugh, I picked a lot of daffodils from the garden a few days ago, as I could reach them from one side where the wall is lower than the garden, they looked lovely - next day the were dead...... stupid me - forgot to put water in them.!!!

    but Zurie, Simon bought me some roses 10 days ago and this is what I did with them, and they lasted until yesterday, which isnt bad!

    Photobucket
    Zurie
    Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:13 pm
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    What gorgeous roses, and what a lovely arrangement, Joy!! Thanks for posting that! A joy to see, specially as we are enduring a drought of Biblical proportions.

    (Well, actually, we had some rain off the sea for a night, about 15 mm, but it won't help the inland dams we depend on. icon_sad.gif Seems the rain, very light, was only along a coastal strip).

    Now how could you be so careless as to trip over the vacuum cleaner?? icon_lol.gif icon_eek.gif

    But oh, some help with those jobs are wonderful. Once a week (but not always!) I get a girl who washes the tiled floors, vacuums, dusts, and cleans the bathrooms. And oh yes, she checks for our numerous little spiders with a long-handled duster!

    (They love the humidity and has been known to set off the house alarm at night when they run over the little alarm beam lights).
    Zurie
    Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:04 am
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    A happy and peaceful Good Friday to everyone who happens to pass by!! icon_biggrin.gif

    We're a having blissfully cool and salty-smelling sea fog keeping the heat at bay. I know, because I've been out shopping for several things, and only 3 km inland there's no fog and the sun is hot, hot!

    I had a fat Easter bun with apricot jam and coffee. Lovely. icon_biggrin.gif
    JoyfulCook
    Sun Apr 04, 2010 3:42 pm
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    Its Easter Sunday, and we had a lovely lunch today with friends - she had prepared two boned and stuffed ducks for the 6 of us, cooked to perfection with so many vegetables

    A beautiful roulade - for desserts or fresh fruit, finishing with a lovely cheeseboard.

    We started with some lovely appetisers and a glass of a lovely New Zealand Champagne.

    Now its just us relaxing at home, not wanting to have anything else to eat at all today!
    Zurie
    Tue Apr 06, 2010 2:30 am
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    Oh gee, how wonderful, deboned ducks!! I debone chickens quite often, because it's so nice to stuff and then roll them. Always delicious.

    But I never thought of boning a duck. The critters have so little flesh on them.

    Lovely dinner, Joy.

    I had to laugh ... Because we want to go away, I unearthed a large duck (over 2 kg) from the freezer as it was really time it should be used.

    I roasted it, and made a nice orange-liqueur-ginger sauce to go with it. I cut off a breast piece for myself (not very large after all) and a leg (which is always small).

    Next morning I asked DH what he'd done with the duck leftovers, as I hoped to scrape off some for a breakfast sandwich.

    Turns out he'd slowly (I think over 3 sittings!! icon_rolleyes.gif icon_rolleyes.gif ) with a small sharp knife cut off and ate the entire rest of the duck!

    (Well, that's his story. He's taken a fancy to the rare, shy wild genets which flatter us by visiting at night to see if there are meat bones ...

    I think the genets got a duck carcass with generous meat on it still!!) icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif
    Bokenpop aka Madeleine
    Tue Apr 06, 2010 4:26 am
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    Zuri- love the duck/husband story!

    I once watched a friend's husband feed an entire Christmas ham to his dogs (without his wife's knowledge) because he had forgotten to buy dogfood and apparently was too lazy to go to the store to get some. Needless to say, the argument that ensued when she found out was horrific enough to make us hightail it home!

    Tsk, I left my best tray and some Christmas dishes there and have never been back to get them.
    JoyfulCook
    Tue Apr 06, 2010 4:50 pm
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    Bokenpop aka Madeleine wrote:
    Zuri- love the duck/husband story!

    I once watched a friend's husband feed an entire Christmas ham to his dogs (without his wife's knowledge) because he had forgotten to buy dogfood and apparently was too lazy to go to the store to get some. Needless to say, the argument that ensued when she found out was horrific enough to make us hightail it home!

    Tsk, I left my best tray and some Christmas dishes there and have never been back to get them.


    icon_eek.gif icon_eek.gif Oh my I dont blame you for fleeing - thats awful. bet ou never got your dishes back either!
    Bokenpop aka Madeleine
    Wed Apr 07, 2010 5:59 am
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    Wow - you were not joking when you said the forum is very quiet!

    Joy - it is wonderful to see you up and at it again. I do hope you are feeling much better and that your health is improving daily.

    Not much on the go here besides getting all the spring cleaning done before it becomes too hot to want to do any of it! We are having an unusually hot early spring with temps soaring into the high 90's (33+C). Ugh. I am hoping this is not an indication that we are in for a brutally hot summer. I wilt when it is only slightly hot so the height of Summer usually does me in. I can do without the extra heat!

    Over Easter I made a very tasty feta cheese and olive spread that I served with matzos. I found this recipe on the internet somewhere and saved it along with the picture of it they had on the site. Husband and I are not so fond of feta cheese, simply because we find the commercial brines a little too salty for our tastes, but I found an artisan feta cheese at Sam's Club which I thought I would give a try. Oh man, I am so glad that I decided to ignore the whiney voice in my head... it was delicious!

    So lemme share the spread recipe with you:

    6 oz kalamata olives, pitted & diced
    3 oz sundried tomatoes in oil; drained & diced
    2 green onions (tops only), thinly sliced
    1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
    Handful of golden raisins
    4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
    1 T Extra-virgin olive oil
    Salt & pepper

    Combine everything except the feta. Check taste and adjust the lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper as needed.
    Gently stir in the feta and chill well til needed.
    Serve in a pretty dish with unsalted crackers.
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