Sunday, November 11, 2012

Which colonel is head of which Country's army..

Colonel Gaddafi? not anymore...

Colonel Sanders, he feeds a lot of people..

the winner is...

Ol'Big ears..Colonel in Chief, Australian Army!

Monday, November 5, 2012

nambawan pikinini bilong misis kwin

what uniform is that! checkout the P.O.W.'s medals!!
the Prince on tour in Papua New Guinea speaking in Pidgin...coming to Oz today

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Chicken with Okra

I received a bag full of home grown okra the other day from a new friend, for those who don't know it is a long green or purple vegetable that looks like a chilli but is not hot.  It doesn't have a lot of taste, but has soft texture when cooked well.

This dish was made in a French style, with butter and cream, you can just use vegetable oil and stock if you wish.

4 chicken legs, skinned
1 1/2 cups home made chicken stock
good knob of butter
1 tbsp grape seed oil
1 onion, diced finely
2 tbsp dijon mustard
2 handfuls of okra, cut and washed

In a frying pan, brown the chicken legs in hot butter and oil. Season with sea salt.
Set aside in a warmed casserole dish (I use my italian dish)
Add onion and fry gently for a couple of minutes in the oil and butter until clear (about 2 minutes)
Add stock to the pan and deglaze.
Pour the onion and stock over the chicken
Add sliced okra, and spoon dijon mustard over the chicken.
Season with more a little more salt if necessary (be careful if stock is store bought)
Cook with a lid on in a medium oven about 180deg C for 50 minutes
To thicken the sauce, remove chicken and okra from the dish, and pour stock into a sauce pan, bring to boil, add a knob of butter and 1 tbsp cream.
Pour the sauce over the chicken and okra in a large serving bowl.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Vine Pull in Griffith

In a sign of the times, there are many blocks like this around Griffith

Piles of vines waiting to be burned

Abandoned, too expensive to maintain, and no market
Glad I didn't invest in the wine industry 10 years ago :)

Italian food here in Griffith

Griffith has a long history of Italian culture. Last nite I was fortunate to receive a beautiful feast with my friends Natalie and Rick. Natalie is Italian descent.


gondoletti (Italian crumbed steak)
tuna and rice balls crumbed with parmesan
potatoes with olives and herbs
char grilled capsicum with olive oil and chili
salad of mushrooms, tomato passata, sweet corn
lovely sweet potato in olive oil, baked in foil
garlic bread

wine from my cellar, a crisp dry white
set amongst the ripening shiraz vines on a cool summer evening...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Australian Politics' Finest Hour?

Multiculturalism is a divisive subject; similarly immigration. But when I saw this piece about Immigration I just had to laugh.

Teresa Gambaro, Opposition Spokesperson on Citizenship has suggested new migrants on work visas are not integrating into the mainstream as they should. 

"Without trying to be offensive, we are talking about hygiene and what is an acceptable norm in this country when you are working closely with other co-workers," she said.

Wearing deodorant and waiting in line politely were about "teaching what are norms in Australia". *

Since when has wearing deoderant and waiting patiently in line being one of the 'important norms' of Australian society?

What about Ms Gambaro's level of personal hygiene?  How is it rated? Looking at her press photos, her hair looks out of place.  Is that a sackable offence?  Go back to your electorate you grubby politician!

From her absurd comments I would assume she never smells in public, or pushes ahead of somebody in the supermarket queue like the rest of us...and anyway, who would care if she did?

As for other parliamentarians: I suspect Mr Abbott would need a bottle of Brut 33 after running a marathon, the chubby Ruddy always looks in need of aircon, and Senator Conroy, being a pom probably only has a bath once a week...

teresa gambaro 
Teresa Gambaro (pic lifted from the net, oops)
* Daily Telegraph 10/1/12