sourdough bread I have baked for weeks. I also baked rolls to go into the freezer for work lunches.
Week 1: I had a plumber look at the oven and replace the gas hose so we had better gas flow. Which was a relief because our oven has never baked very hot. The oven went on and we had a day or two of confidence. Then it reverted to either not staying on once lit or, worse, seeming to stay on until I checked the oven to either put something in or take something out and find it had gone out.
Week 2: the plumber returned. He diagnosed it was the thermostat. He said once upon a time he could have bent a pin to fix it but these days the manufacturer had to replace the whole thing. Curse you, planned obsolescence.
Week 3: the manufacturer sent out someone who was very rude because his phone calls did not reach me (though eventually I got a phone message despite not receiving phone calls). He said it was the thermostat but he did not have the part.
Week 4: the manufacturer's guy came again and put in the thermostat and - touchwood - since then I have been baking again. Just in time for Easter and the cooler weather!
lemonade or limeade. Sylvia quite likes making her drinks look a little fancy. Like the above limeade.
Sydney visit. Very little made its way back to my kitchen. But I could not resist buying a packet of [chocolate] Wombat Poo. I was particularly amused by the claim that it was "realistic shape and colour". Who spends time inspecting wombat poo to make sure the chocolate version is realistic? It was quite nice and yes, for the curious, it was square in shape as apparently wombat poo is.
Turkey Gravy Salted Caramels!)
Fortunately for me, my mum and my brother in law have worm farms and have helped give me confidence to fill the bin and not worry about stressing the worms. It is great to buy a head of cauliflower or bunch of celery and be able to give the trimmings to the worms. I have been ripping up newspaper and cardboard to keep the worm farm from getting too wet. The worm juice is great as a regular plant food for our pots.
If you are interested in waste reduction, there have been interesting posts about Celia and Joey's experience at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial and Flicking the V's lately.
quick pasta and chickpeas (pasta e ceci) because it sounded the sort of plain food that appeals to Sylvia. However I was surprised as I made it to read it served 3 kids or 1-2 adults. E had to fend for himself with a Sargents Vegetable Pie from the freezer. Thank goodness the oven was working again!
Now I am off to enjoy the Easter Monday public holiday while Sylvia is staying at my mum's. There is much to do around the house!
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