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Showing posts from May, 2012

End of May 2012

My 28-105mm wasn't working properly .. 3 months ago. Something inside was rattling. Found the rattlers. Now I need a new 28-105mm ... Snow in the Rimutaka's has sent chilly southerly's our way and despite the sun shining all day today, the temperature was a constant 8°C. We're out of Milo (Shai eats it dry while I'm not looking), so used Cadbury's Caramel Chocolate. Add some vanilla essense to it and it will take away the hideous taste that is immitation caramel. These mugs are older than me ( 33 25). They belonged to my great-grandmother and out of the set of 6 mugs and one jug .. there are only these two left. Sided with Arnotts Crownes, which are WAY better that Griffins Toffee Pops. For rizzle. That's my passport application at the back there. Mine expired in January. John Key, NZs Prime Minister who I voted for and am not sure why anymore, has decided that it's a great idea to restrict people with student loan debts from leaving the c

The 27th - Re: Larry

Weekend windup. Tyler. Shai. Sister & Jasiah. Three monkeys. Ano. Larell. Re: Larry Received the confirmation letter that he's been refered to the cardiologist for the heart issue. Still on Haemo. Still awaiting a surgery date. The worst part of the dialysis is the boredom, he says. Because he can't use the iPod that well (vision), the only solace he has apart from sleep, is when I call him to chat. Thank goodness for cellphones .. and arificial kidneys.

Larell's 4th Birthday

My sister is a Drill Sergeant little neurotic. She's been planning this birthday for about 2 months. I thought planning my weeks meals ahead of time was weird. I am a weakling in comparison. The birthday girl. She's #2 of 4 kids born the same year just from my siblings. This is the Dolly Varden cake the birthday was planned around. 3 choc german cakes dowelled together to form the skirt, between each layer was pink german cake frosting with my sisters signature marshmallow frosting on top. (I would have used buttercream). If you were to ask Larry one thing that he remembered more than anything else during the worst times of his initial dialysis treatments during our 12 weeks stay in Auckland .. it would be this boys scream. He has grown up since then and only screams sometimes and not all the time. The birthday girl with her Mum. Trampoline kids. The Pinata. I forgot I was supposed to buy the candles and when we didn't have any this morning, I had firewor


Ham, Cheese & Broccoli empanadas. A simple process. I did not have the olive oil sauce they serve with empanadas at Mercado's BA, but these were great on their own. This is my niece Rome. She's named after my two aunties who raised me. R ahunga O live M arva E dwards. Her parents wanted to name her Camilla originally, but I put in a formal complaint before her arrival so her middle name is Camilla .. it should have been Diablo, which Larry may argue is one in the same name. She wanted a new name today, so she and Uncle Larry came up with one. Unicorn Treehouse Tiny Toilet. Unicorn looks alot like my Mum in these shots.

20/47 - Milanesa

Add some Italian seasoning to the bread crumbs for the Milanesa. Use thin sliced top sirloin. 1 minute in the deep fryer at 190°C is more than enough. Larry said Argentines have a way with ruining a salad, so I went with tradition and sided this dish with a ruined salad, although I added Japanese Makoto dressing to my salad because if I wanted to eat an abomination I'd have my sister cook. (Love you. See you tomorrow kiss kiss). Just as tasty as Mercados Buenos Aires!

Missing people.

I had a random morning this morning where I woke up and missed two people who haven't been apart of our lives for years. Not sure where the feeling came from, but I wondered how they were doing, if they are safe and if they are happy. I believe in beginning again, but I'm not sure the rest of the world agree. It's just one of those days. Very random.

Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding. (19/47)

This is in the Edmonds cook book. I fancied it up by adding a melted chocolate & egg white concoction (souffle) to the mix just under the 'saucing' mixture. The cake batter is heavy, but it springs to life while cooking. Cake batter, souffle mix & sauce. Edmonds tells you 30 minutes at 180°C, but because I added the souffle mix, it was 1.5 hours at 180 °C. The sauce will seep to the bottom and steam the cake done while the souffle mixture in the middle cooks slowly, but surely, leaving a velvetty mess when you scoop it out to consume. Perfect served hot with French Vanilla ice-cream. The Edmonds Recipe 100g Butter (softened) 3/4 c sugar 1 egg 2 tsp vanilla Mix Sift together 2 tsp Baking Power 1 Tbsp Cocoa 1 1/4 c Flour Fold into the cream mixture. Place in cooking dish then set aside. Sauce: 1/4 c cocoa 1/2 c brown sugar 1 Tbsp Corn Starch Mix & sprinkle over the top of the batter. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over the batter & sa


"If you can't beat em, join em". When it's for a good cause and when it seems the right thing to do, I abide by that saying. For two years I've been on and off about Nursing school. There are several cons, the biggest being time that I really don't have. The Pro? Since medicine is going to be apart of our lives for the rest of it, it just makes sense. After a 5 page essay as to why I want to enroll, I start in Spring (August), and it's going to be OK. In other news. We're going Argentine this week for food. Mercados Buenos Aires was a restaurant we frequented in Van Nuys, they had the best empanadas. They also sold Havana Alfajores, which are fantastic. We'll start off tonight with Milanesas.

Saturday Rugby

MAC lost to Hastings this afternoon. I prefer my rugby games where I'm gripping the camera lens in the event I jump up and down overwhelmed with excitement. There hasn't been much of that this season. Hastings and MAC were, as of last week, even on the Total Competition Points table (18) with even wins - 4 each. They place 5th and 6th out of 10. They ran out of steam today. My nephew Jeston's game was this morning (MAC 7th grade). Love the Junior Rugby shirts this year.

New Dialysis Unit.

Hawkes Bay Hospital is moving up in the world. Construction has started on a new diaylsis unit. As it is right now there are 3 parts for kidney patients, Dialysis Unit 1, Ballantyne House and the Renal House, and they're all on different parts of the hospital grounds so if you were to walk, you'd get lost. Example, the time the Renal House sent Larry to the dialysis unit from across the grounds and he was having a bad vision day and fell twice (this is what orderly's are paid for).  I'm excited about this because those 3 places have become apart of our lives and if anything, it creates a one-stop shop for renal patients. Every renal house visitor will agree that the right turn from Canning Rd onto Omahu Rd is a car wreck waiting to happen. The number of dialysis patients are rising in The Bay and it surprises me when I hear stories from our nurses about people who miss treatments and come in days or weeks later bloated and feeling like crap. It's laziness and peop

18/47 - Southern style chicken

You gotta have mashed potatoes with your Southern Food .. sprinkle in some hickory spice. The secret is in the batter. Mine in particular was eggs, buttermilk, BBQ Sauce (Rich & Sassy by Famous Daves), Worchestershire & steak sauce. Always use tenderloin. The dry mix also has several herbs & spices, but for the life of me I can't remember them. Deep fry at 190 celsius for 6 minutes. When you don't have handy towels to drain the oil, use bread. The chicken was silky. The hickory spice in the mashed potatoes was an unfamiliar taste, but it worked. The white pepper gravy was the cherry on the top.