A soul soothing day. I sat under a lemon tree with two of my oldest and dearest friends while the kids paddled in the wading pool and drove plastic cars around the yard. Special-k drove all the way over from East Melbourne to pick us up. She can’t know how much that meant to me today when I was still in what I will call my Munch mood. I came home feeling a whole lot better.
Special-K works for Oxfam and I have to say that I am hugely impressed by the stories of the work that she and her organisation are doing. They are putting in the longest imaginable hours and are really getting aid organised and out there. I highly encourage you to donate what you can to Oxfam and the other aid organisations who are pulling out the stops in their Tsunami emergency efforts.
And on the home front: Big-P and I have decided to join the ACMI so that we can borrow from the lending collection. I stumbled upon this in the phone book while looking up video stores that might stock obscure and ancient titles. Upon hearing that you could get the movies couriered to your local library (thanks mcb!) I was all the more keen to join. Their collection seems immense and it seems that it will be the answer to finding the more difficult to locate movies from our 100 Best list.
And finally – I have discovered that cooking steak sandwiches (recipe can be found in yesterday’s Sunday Life magazine) with no exhaust fan working in the kitchen on a 30∞c+ day is a really bad idea. It was tasty but by the time they were ready I was way too hot and smoked out to enjoy it. Lovely simple tip though – 2 red onions cut into thin wedges fried in olive oil and butter until soft – add tablespoon of brown sugar and tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and serve with steak. Tasty.
That lemon tree sketch is so cute.
at the other, cold and wintery, side of the world you story reminds me of the Spring that is coming. With Xmas over I look forward to some sun. your day sounds excellent 🙂
It is often disconcerting to read your blog as I look out my window… we got winter yesterday with a nice snowfall. I can still see the remains of our snowman. So to read about sitting under a lemon tree, and 30-degree temperatures (I know, celsius)… I have to shake my head and remember where you are. Am I just figuring out how the Internet brings us so close, and yet so far?
i must agree with karin & dawn as we prepare for a night a snow/sleet/freezingrain. however, i take comfort in the fact that i also slaved over a hot stove yesterday for sirloin & potatoes and loved every minute of the warmth!
By the way, those caramelised onions, in larger quantities, are great on pizza with a bit of blue cheese crumbled on top …
mm! that sounds good. We will definitely have to give that a try next weekend.
Yum! Thanks for the reminder about how yummy caramelised onions are. I did some on the barbie tonight to go with our satay pork steaks and fried peppered tomatoes! Yum yum yum!
love the lemon sketch..and how it appears that you did it, possibly quickly, in photoshop…but in such a deft way.cute! cool!
you guys are really making me hungry too..stop it!!