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Tuesday, July 25, 2017      7 comments

What a satisfying day I had yesterday. Put on the laundry and tidied as I prepped a slow cooker meal. It was lamb shanks cooked with vegetables and a good bundle of herbs from the garden. I put it on then went with my neighbour to Spotlight, ... Read more
Going green and frugal
Monday, July 24, 2017      8 comments

Another fine morning and not really that cold. I think I will go to the beach for a walk today. I will take a bag along and be sure to pick up any rubbish I see there.I have been thinking about doing away with single use plastic bags. These... Read more
Critter love
Saturday, July 22, 2017      9 comments

The new neighbours are so happy, and Ali, the chef bought a bag of chicken treats for the girls. They have never had such wonderful delicacies. He is so kind. Dora looked him up and down and was eating out of his hand in no time. Ali told me un... Read more
Another windy weekend
Friday, July 21, 2017      7 comments

There has been another storm, I think it is over for us now but still raging in the bottom of the South Island. Towns have been evacuated as more than a month's rain has fallen in one day, roads are cut off, and it is the end of the school holid... Read more
Sunday, July 16, 2017      6 comments

I was so excited to have the space and the weather to garden I went mad and made both arms really sore. Only temporary, I'm sure. But in the meantime, ouch. House is still something of a shambles. I have to focus now on helping my neighbou... Read more
After the storm
Saturday, July 15, 2017      12 comments

Here is a photo taken from my bathroom window of morning fog the day before the weather turned bad last week. We have had the most tumultuous storm h... Read more
I'm baaack
Thursday, July 06, 2017      10 comments

Where have I been? I dunno. Taking care of business. Not exercising quite as much as I ought. Gardening. Swimming. Working. Really busy at work. Helping my neighbour out with her English. Cooking vegetarian meals. Blobbing out to Netflix... Read more
Kefir, resistant starch, motor racing
Sunday, June 11, 2017      7 comments

I think I have got the hang of kefir now, I make it every day and have some on the go for a second ferment. Every few days I make a smoothie for breakfast, in the weekend it was mango and this morning it was feijoa and apple. Both delicious but ... Read more
Holiday weekend
Saturday, June 03, 2017      10 comments

Yet another domestic day, housework, made scrambled eggs for DH, swam, bit of gardening, then had a glass of wine with our new neighbour who was easily distracted from his chain sawing. It's a long weekend, Queen's birthday is celebrated on M... Read more
Domestic doings
Monday, May 29, 2017      5 comments

I made my first milk kefir today, a little more trouble than yogurt but apparently a zillion more good strains of probiotic. Haven't tasted it yet... Today was food prep day. It included making stock, and a jar of tamarillo ... Read more
In the swim with new shampoo
Monday, May 22, 2017      7 comments

I haven't been swimming as regularly as usual because I've been busy with other stuff. So it's nice to pick it up again. I overdid it the last couple of days so had yesterday off just to be sure I had DOMS (=delayed onset muscle soreness) and no... Read more
Getting real
Monday, May 15, 2017      8 comments

It's scheduled to snow somewhere in the country but thankfully not here. However the cold weather is with us now. In a spirit of hope I have hung out the washing but there is very little breeze so I think the dryer will come into play. I had... Read more
Saturday, May 13, 2017      8 comments

Cool here today, I think there would have been a frost down in the valley. I am getting rugged up to get into the garden and do a few things while the sun is still out. Week two of my new food delivery service will arrive tonight. Ginger b... Read more
The mystery of the disappearing meringues
Friday, May 12, 2017      8 comments

I know, meringues shouldn't be a part of Fifi's food vocabulary, but making aquafaba meringues really appealed to the thrifty side of Fifi. Aquafaba is the brine from a can of chickpeas, and it acts like egg whites if you beat it. So I made a ... Read more
Kitchen improvements
Sunday, May 07, 2017      7 comments

I'm presently recovering from our endeavours upgrading the kitchen in our flat. Here it is, just one unit but quite a bit of work Our tenants are ... Read more

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