Monday, July 21, 2014

It's the wet season

It's been a very wet month. So much rain. 

I took these while out driving with the girls. Sometimes I just have to chuck them in the car and drive. I am not sure how that works when we get cabin fevered in a house and then I go stick us in an even smaller space and everything is cool.

I think the change of scenery works wonders.

It's taken on Mayurra Road(a back road out of town), at the intersection of Bakers Road. 

The colours of the paddocks and the amount of water laying about really caught it my attention. It took my breath away. 

There are so many times I see a sight like this and just keep driving. I have been making a point of stopping, not letting that feeling go, and capturing what I see.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tandoori Chicken

Yesterday was one of those days. I was particularly dreading an appointment late in the day, and I was sure I was going to need wine after it. Surprisingly and thankfully, it went well. It was a huge relief, I think for all involved. Hopefully it continues to be a positive step forward.

I didn't feel like the wine at all, but right now, I'm drinking it anyway!

As the girls went to sleep, all I felt like doing was slouching on the lounge and letting the world fall around me. Watch a bit of Masterchef, relax.

I then remembered the things I wanted to blog about. Some things that I know no one probably wants to know about. But things I wanted to blog about anyway. 

As I filled my wine glass I thought how clean my floor looked. I remember how dirty it looked WAS in the natural light of day, and realistically, still was. I should really sweep it. It will take me half a day to vacuum and hopefully mop it. I will deal with it tomorrow( or today, as you are reading this).

So here I sit, on this wet, windy night. Reclined, cloaked in a warm blankie, wine next to me, watching Masterchef, and blogging. 

This is the recipe for the Tandoori chicken I took along to an Indian night at my sister in laws. It was a great night. Everyone brought along an Indian dish, most of them dressed up, which was highly entertaining. 

As usual I went all out, and loved making the veggie curry and the condiments to go along with it. 

Tandoori Chicken
4 chicken Marylands, or a 1 kg, whole chicken
-Make three slashes in the thighs and breast pieces(if using a whole chook).

1/4 teaspoon hot chilli powder(I wimped out on the heat and used paprika)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
salt and pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoons melted butter
-Mix these ingredients together and rub all over chicken and in the slashes. Set aside for 20 minutes.

1 clove of garlic, peeled and chopped finely
2 cm piece of ginger, finely grated
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice 
slight pinch of powdered saffron(I just used a 1/4 teaspoon turmeric or a drop of yellow food colour)
1 small dried red chilli, chopped finely(or use chilli powder, or if you don't want heat, paprika)
1/2 cup greek yogurt
-Mix all together and spread mixture all over chicken. Cover and refrigerate for 12-24 hours.

Place chicken on a rack over a roasting pan and place enough water in to cover the bottom of the pan.

Spoon any left over marinade over chicken and drizzle with 2 tablespoons melted butter. 

Bake at 190C for 1 1/2 hours or until cooked. 

Cover with foil and rest for 10 minutes.

Cut into serving pieces and enjoy the crap out of that finger licking flavour! 

And after all that, I have just realised that a Heath Ledger movie is on! Yum!(on a different level ha ha) I really should get an early night!

Three things I know at the end of this day. 

  1. Tandoori chicken is bloody yummy.
  2.  Bad decisions as a parent will, eventually come back and bite you on the arse.
  3. Good decisions as a parent will keep rewarding you for the rest of your life. And that is the truth. 

Do your friends have themed dinner nights?
What cuisine night would you host? 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Down the beach on a wintery day

I took the girls for a drive down to Southend to get out of the house. It was cold, and it rained on us in the end. But we had a good afternoon. 

I have been mucking around with photo editing on my laptop. When I saw these on my PC the colours and settings looked odd. So excuse if they look a bit funny. 

The angle of the laptop screen changes the way I see the pictures, so I might just stick to doing on the PC :)

My place in time #7 - Destruction
The seas have been high. It happens every year, but it seems more and more of the beach gets eaten away by the wrath of mother nature.

This is by the sailing club, which in years to come may well be in the ocean too! 

Looking back over to the sailing club

Joining in a Wordless Wednesday with Trish
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