Thursday, September 29, 2011

"When Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil"

The first rose - Gold Bunny



The inseparable pigeon pair

Meyer lemon
making Lemon Drizzle Cake 
a treat for hubby
only one slice a day!!

Orange Blossom

More Azaleas

Delicate Hellebore

Post title quote: Bishop Reginald Heber 1783-1826

Monday, September 19, 2011

Taj's beach visit; Hubby recovering....

Tajma Hall

Husband Michael has been in hospital the past two weeks and had his bypass last Thursday - a quintuple!!  The hospital is 2 1/2 hours from our home in the country and the turn-around trip is quite exhausting.  Our friends, Rick and Mani, kindly invited Taj and I to stay over. While I visited Mike, Rick and the little girls, Amber, Lauren and Bianca took Taj for a walk to the beach and the park.

He loved the waves!

Yawn!  I'm pooped!!

I'm happy to say that Mike is doing well; he told me that "the dreaded Physio" was coming this morning to get him on his feet.  It will be a long haul but I'm sure he will feel great down the track and get back into his flyfishing. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Beautifully dressed or tarty?

Got your attention?  Nothing to do with clothes.  One blogger described my humour as 'droll'; well, probably.

I haven't bought Mayonnaise since last summer.  I found this recipe online but I'm afraid I've forgotten where, so my apologies to the person who thought it up and thank you!

2 egg yolks
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground mustard
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, or lime

Place the first 5 ingredients into blender and blend on low speed for 2 minutes.  

Still on low speed, gradually drizzle in half a cup of oil, add lemon juice and slowly add the remainder of the oil.

Depending on the vinegar used, you can get a different taste.  I'm currently using White Balsamic Vinegar and love the taste.  

I once made it up, did the taste test at the end and it was really tarty.  I realised that I had left the salt out!  That tiny bit of salt really takes the edge off. 

I make a very tasty Coleslaw by adding a few dollops of this and a few sloshes of Caesar. 

Beautiful, creamy Mayo!

Tartare Sauce
Make the basic recipe above and add 1 tbsp chopped capers and 2 tbsp chopped gherkins. Optional extras are 1 tbsp flat leaf parsley and 2 tsp grated lemon rind.  

The end result is a delicious tartare sauce to have plate-side with fish or spread on wafers under tomato and spring onion for lunch.  

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Warm Breezes of Spring...

"A girl without a friend is like the spring without roses." ~ French Proverb

"In springtime, love is carried on the breeze.
Watch out for flying passion or kisses 
whizzing by your head." ~ Emma Racine de Fleur

"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!' ~ Robin Williams

"Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear
that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, 
not the composer" ~ Geoffrey B. Charlesworth 

"Spring has returned.  The Earth is
like a child that knows poems." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

"There is no winter without snow, 
no spring without sunshine,
and no happiness without companions." ~ Korean Proverb