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Garlic Shoyuzuke August 10, 2010

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I found out yesterday what happens when a bulb of garlic explodes in the microwave. Not a clove, a bulb. Basically what happens is you're left with an enormous smelly mess that you spend the afternoon cleaning up.

So, the garlic gaga goes on. I bought the bag of australian garlic because there was a suggestion to store them in olive oil. But when I did a bit of reseach I found out this is not recommended AT ALL because there's a very high risk of botulism.

The way to go seems to be to pickle them instead. Then I found this simple recipe that just uses soy sauce. And she said that since its such a pain in the arse peeling six bulbs of garlic, and easy way to skin them was to cut the tops off then put them in the microwave for three minutes. I wouldn't suggest this myself because I was out in the laundry after about two minutes when I heard it explode.

So peel all your garlic, I only used three bubs as they were enormous.
Have a jar sterilised and ready to go.

You need enough soy sauce to cover the cloves in the jar. Then just heat the soy sauce, put in the garlic, simmer for 5 minutes then put it in the jar and seal it up. Put it away in a dark cool place for two weeks.

Then after that you have tasty little garlic cloves to use in whatever or just snack on. And you have tasty soy sauce to use in your stir frys or dressings.

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Room August 8, 2010

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Two really good books in one week. It's almost too much to hope for. I'll have weeks of ordinary now I guess. I'm reading one thats just okay but it's set in Russia. And they have such ridiculously complicated names I can't pronounce. So I have to make up other names for them and then I never really know who's who.

But this book I loved is called Room. I've taken a photo of my cover because when I looked at the one on Amazon it wasn't as nice. Why is it that we always have better book covers here in Oz. Anyway I would have loved to have read it in one sitting but it took me three in the end. Started one night, woke up at 5am and read more then finished it off that afternoon. I knew I was going to love it as soon as I read the first sentence. I never buy or borrow a book without reading the first sentence then the back then running my hands over the cover.

If you see it lying about in your travels give it a read. I read another book by this author that I also enjoyed and it was totally totally different. I like it when authors do that. So many of them just seem to produce the same story time after time.

This is the blurb from Amazon.

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

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Sun Snoozer August 7, 2010

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Betty catching some rays on a beautiful winters day.

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Papa’s Slidebox – Decorated Tiles August 6, 2010

Well it ain't Bondi Beach thats for sure.

It's Lyme Regis, Dorset, England.

Still in England.

Vasteras, Sweden. This would be the bus they travelled around Europe in. Isn't that how you spell travelled, spell check says its wrong.

Lappland. Reindeer skin boots for sale. I don't know it it's called Lappland anymore. I think it got split between Finland and Sweden.

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The Shit In The Bottom Drawer August 5, 2010

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Do you ever open the bottom drawer in your office and say


What do those cords and headphones get up to while I'm sleeping. How do they get so tangled, when all they do is sit there. And I have no idea what they're all for either. I'm pretty sure I've never used any of them.

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The Passage August 4, 2010

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I really enjoyed this book. The problem when you do really like a book though, is that the next few you read seem very ordinary.

So of course the cover caught my attention. I saw it at our local newsagent and it was $ 35.00. Books here are expensive. So I went into Big W to look for it because they'e usually about $21.00 there. But of course it wasn't there. So I came home and looked on the Book Depository site which is where I buy just about all my books. And they had it. $ 23.00 which included postage to Australia from USA. Well, of course when I went to Big W the next week they had it, AND they had a book sale on so it was only $ 18.00.

I guess there's a lesson in there somewhere for me.

But when I'm really looking forward to reading a book, the anticipation and waiting for it to arrive in the mail just adds to the whole experience. In fact I recently told the delivery man that he was my favourite man in town.

If you live in Australia (or anywhere for that matter) and buy a lot of books this site is worth checking out. Sometimes Amazon will have cheaper second hand of the same title but I find their postage price makes a lot of books not worth buying. Book Depository is cheap, the cost includes postage and they turn up within 10 days. I often find the UK site a bit cheaper than the US. Oh, and that little option to Watch People Shop can become addictive. People are buying some crazy shit.

Book Depository

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The Scales August 3, 2010

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I stepped on the scales this morning and yelled in frustration

Oh for fucks sake!!

I mean really, what does it take to lose those last 3 kilos.

Last year I lost 10 kilos but 3 of them found their way back home. Fat is like that. Its very loyal. Once you have it, it doesn't like to leave.

And its not like I sit on my arse all day doing nothing. Yesterday I ran 9 kilometres for gods sake. You'd think that'd budge a few grams. And I know I did have Domino's on Saturday but thats the first time I've had takeaway in six months and I ran 5 kilometres that morning.

So anyway I'm willing to give it away for free. Free to a loving home. It's been well cared for and as I said once you have it you'll probably have it for life.

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