Thursday, November 17, 2005

On Top Of Spaghetti

All covered with cheese...

For anyone who is interested, this is my I-don't-have-to-look-up-the-recipe recipe for Spaghetti Bolognaise.

1 brown onion, finely chopped
1-2 cloves of garlic (or as little/much as you like) or 1-2 tsp of crushed garlic from a jar
500g beef mince (4 star quality)
800g tinned diced tomatoes
slurp of your favourite red wine (1/3 of a cup)
1 tsp dried mixed herbs or tbsp of torn fresh basil
light olive oil
pinch of salt
400g Angel Hair spaghetti (for those among us who, engrossed with making the sauce, forget to cook the pasta)
grated cheese, to serve (Parmesan is the traditional, however some prefer cheddar)

Heat a large frying pan on medium. Add olive oil, onion and garlic and cook until the onion is transparent.

Add beef mince and break up as it cooks with whichever utensil you prefer (fork, wooden spoon, etc). Cook until mince is brown.

Stir in tomatoes, wine and herbs. Bring to the boil and simmer for approximately 15 minutes depending on how much liquid you prefer in your sauce.

In the meantime, boil a saucepan of water and add salt. Add spaghetti and cook for approximately 2 minutes.

Place spaghetti and Bolognaise sauce in serving bowls and top with cheese.

Serve with garlic bread.

Mmmm, yummy.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I Only Want To Be With You

I spoke with my Nanna last week and she tells me that one of my cousins has landed a job as Assistant Stage Manager for this show:

Dusty - The Musical

Well done Katie Mac!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Tagged - 20 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me

1. I have an uncanny ability to innocently say things that others turn into a double entendre.

2. I can't remember important dates from history.

3. I learned to read at age three because my Mother, a Primary School teacher, spent a lot of quality time with me while she was at home with my younger sister and I. I have developed an uncanny ability to spell words correctly (except when my fingers on a keyboard get ahead of my brain sometimes) and am appalled at the lack of attention many people give to the importance of correct spelling. I have happily proof-read Boo's assignments before she submits them to her lecturers to make sure that the spelling and grammar is as accurate as possible. It is my duty as a big sister!

4. I too had really bad acne at school. And it's back again. It is upsetting because it attacks my back, chest and face so I have had to modify my wardrobe so that other people don't have to look at it. Swimsuits/bathers are not my friend. If you see me with a rashie on this Summer it's not just because I'm being "SunSmart".

5. I have never broken any of my bones although I have dislocated the little finger on my right hand. I washed my hands before dinner one evening and came out of the bathroom shaking (the water off?) my hands. I whacked the little finger of my right hand against a bookcase and was in agony. Mum told me to settle down and eat my dinner, that it wasn't that bad. (This is how it is stored in my memory, anyway.) I remember it being painful. My finger eventually turned a purple-green colour and I was taken to my Dad's Chiropractor where they had a look at it, took some x-rays and then put my dislocated finger joint back in the right position giving me a few exercises to do to make sure that my ligaments and muscles and everything went back to normal. I was around 10 years old. Finger looks okay.

6. I can sound eerily like my Dad's sister. This is not a bad thing. I find it interesting. My handwriting is also a lot like hers.

7. I don't sing so much any more. I don't play on the expensive piano keyboard that my parents gave me.

8. My longest relationship is eight years, nearly five months, and still counting.

9. I like the Haileybury boys (who held doors open for me, helped me with my homework, made beautiful music and treated me like a human being) better than the Peninsula boys (who were loud and vile and threw things at cars from the bus we all caught in the afternoon). Except for Jamie who was always a sweetheart, even in Primary School.

10. I don't drink alcohol. Unless you count that skerrick they put in a Lemon, Lime & Bitters. I don't smoke or do other recreational drugs. Any drugs I take have either been prescribed or are used for medicinal reasons (paracetamol, antihistamine, etcetera).

11. I used to hide my money from myself so that when I found it I could be happy that I had some spending money that I had forgotten I had. It was like receiving an unexpected present. How nice of me to think of me.

12. I can often be found staring into space. Not outer space. Just... space...

13. I'm not a party girl but I can throw a good party.

14. I am a firm believer in living with someone before you marry them. I used to be a firm believer in not having sex before marriage.

15. I believed in Father Christmas until I was nine years old. Same goes for the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. I'm glad that my parents managed to maintain the illusion for so long. EG and I then kept those characters real for Boo until about the same age. (Plus it meant that we got extra presents.) I don't want my future kids to miss out on that sort of thing. I used to wish that the Tooth Fairy would give me wings. (Now there's Red Bull, ha!) I was also fascinated by the television shows "Bewitched" and "I Dream Of Jeannie" and I think the Fantasy books that I read now indicate that I have never really grown out of that sort of thing.

16. I still cannot believe that my cousin committed suicide.

17. I would like to live and work in a foreign country one day. When I do it will probably be in the UK, which isn't all that foreign I admit. France, Belgium, Canada...

18. I went through a period where I would only buy a CD if it was by a female vocalist because I felt that I was buying too many albums by male vocalists/groups. I have a more balanced collection now.

19. I miss Grandad and Pa. Grandad used to buy me chocolate Freddo Frogs. He died when I was five years old and I was so traumatised on the day of his funeral that I was sick and had to stay back at the house. Pa was a big influence on the music in my life, even though we didn't spend as much time together as I was growing up. I cried when I read in Florence, Italy, an email from my Dad telling me that one of Pa's fingers had turned gangrenous and had to be amputated. I had not expected Pa to be alive when I returned but I did get to see him one more time before he passed away. I enjoyed the adult relationship that had grown between us since I had started at University and was sorry that he had not lived to see me married. I am trying to cherish each day that I have with my two remaining Grandparents, Nanna and Mama.

20. I enjoy getting together at the dinner table on special occasions with my parents, sisters and other relatives if only for the stories that are brought out for an airing. EG cracks herself up with the things we used to do together, or inflict on each other and my parents have similar stories themselves. Laughing is good - there has been too much sadness for our family in the last few years.

Yorn desh born, der ritt de gitt der gue

Orn desh, dee born desh, de umn bork! bork! bork!

I picked up my Lay-by today from The General Trader, my favourite kitchen supplies store.

Well, half of it.

The other half has been delayed on the Sydney docks at Customs after the recent implementation of their new tracking system didn't work so well.

That was also after the first shipment had been diagnosed as faulty and had been returned to the manufacturer.

So I only have my new Scanpan ceramic titanium frying pans. (We were getting a little worried about the old Teflon coated ones as the Teflon was starting to come off and, as it is carcinogenic, who wants to eat Teflon?)

When the other bits arrive I can bid goodbye to my K-Mart saucepan set and use new ones where the handles are bolted on and won't come loose or undone as they age. It's probably time that I graduated to a professional set and I'm looking forward to using them.

I also got a pretty good deal as I happened to be served in the store by the woman who helped Logan and I put together our Wedding Registry. The frying pans were on special and she told us that there was a special pack that was coming that combined three saucepans at a reduced price, so I preordered, and then because she sees me in the store buying the odd thing every so often (and she likes me), she gave me 15% off as well!

I feel special.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Five Hundred, Twenty-Five Thousand, Six Hundred Minutes

Five hundred, twenty-five thousand moments so dear...

I did not know until today that this was happening! How could I have missed it?!?!

Jonathan Larson's RENT has been made into a movie with as many of the original cast as was possible and is to be released on the 23rd of November.

The countdown begins...

Click here for the official website.

Everywhere You Go

You always take the weather with you...

I found this while I was looking at widgets and have decided to keep it in my sidebar for a while to see whether I like it.

The WeatherPixie

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down...