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On a Sticky Wicket Chicken Drumsticks

You can watch a little film about the Sticky Chicken Drumsticks here. (Well now you can, at first you could only read about Stargate)

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken drumsticks
     
  • ¼ cup Lee Kum Kee soy sauce
     
  • ¼ cup Fountain hoisin sauce
     
  • ¼ cup Coles squeeze honey
     
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
     
  • 1 tsbp finely chopped and peeled fresh ginger
     
  • 2 tsp Masterfoods sesame seeds, toasted
     
  • Coconut rice:
  • 1 cup Sunrice long grain rice

  • 1½ cups chicken stock (Massel stock cubes)
     
  • 1 cup TCC coconut milk
     
  • ½ tsp salt
     
  • Coles grated coconut, lightly toasted, for garnish
     
Method
  1. Mix soy sauce, hoisin sauce, honey, garlic and ginger in a re-sealable storage bag. Add the drumsticks, seal bag, and toss to coat. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, maximum 2 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven and line a large, rimmed baking tray with heavy-duty foil. Place drumsticks on tray and grill in the oven, not too close to heat, turning occasionally for 25 minutes, or until drumsticks are cooked through and have a glazed look. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.
  3. Rinse the rice in cold water. Combine stock, coconut milk and salt in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to near boil. Reduce heat to low. Add rice and stir for 1 minute. Cover pan and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes or until the rice is almost tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Remove pan from the heat and let the rice stand, covered, for 10 minutes, or until it is tender and all the liquid has been absorbed. Lightly fluff rice with a fork.
  4. Serving suggestion: Serve with steamed bok choy
Sticky chicken wings

Ingredients: I swapped the Coles' Honey for a jar of local honey which was less expensive and definitely better. The money I saved was splurged on buying my favourite brand of Coconut Milk. Is is wrong to be biased against a brand you don't know?? The drumsticks were on special and so cheaper than normal. I usually buy my chicken from the local hormone free chickenery!!! I didn't buy the coconut for garnish.

Method: The rice was very easy to cook, and it pottered along at the same time as I was cooking the chicken. The drumsticks were easy to prepare and I liked the fact that you only needed to marinate them for an hour. I didn't like the grill method of cooking. I had to keep an eye on them all the time and be turning them and prodding them with my tongs, and they cooked a little too much maybe. My next door neighbour cooked them and I suggested she tried baking them for 25-30 minutes in the oven and they were very successful. I also pan fried a few and they were OK as well.

Taste & Presentation: Both the chicken and the rice were very tasty and very pleasing to the eye.

Cost Effectiveness: The meal came in under budget, but each serve consisted of only two drumsticks and once cup plus one tablespoon of the rice. I don't think this is really a proper meal and you would need a green salad or some steamed greens.

I give this 7/10. I marked it highly for taste, but took off a smidgen for the small serve. I would definitely make this again.


From This Day Forward, For Better or Purse.

The little coin purses are on their way. I expect I have made some terrible mistake along the way, so please bear with me if I have!!! Actually, I could have pretty much stood on the verandah and thrown the envelopes into the wind and they would have made their way around the globe, no worries at all. We are having storm fronts crossing the state again. I don't know how long they will take to wend their ways. I often think letters are individually rowed across the Strait: our post can be very slow. Did I mention that Lorelai Gilmore was almost whacked by The BareNakedLady who blew over in the wind???

This is what greets me most days when I come home lately. This is mild, there's usually a lot more mud!!! I won't open the gate until someone sits down and is calm. I spend quite a while waiting at the gate......

Stargate Labradors

There have been outings: to the gorgeous Greek restaurant up the river, whereupon no-one remembered to take photos of the delicious platters. And to the Me Wah, where we did!!!

I like Chinese food 

It was the Devil's Spawn birthday and I made her a Handbag-That-Is-A-House for Susan the Doll. I am not sure if it is the right size, but The DS and Susan can play Land of the Giants if it is not.

HTIAS for Susan 

Open House 

There has also appeared a Dads' Army Hat for Baby Electric. I am about to start a Dads' Army Cardigan with a border of red bunnies on a green background that segues into the blue sky, and at MrsDrWho's urging, there may be a few clouds in the shoulder area at the back. I love the bunnies: Run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run run.....

Dads' Army Hat 

MrsDrWho and I are watching the last season of Stargate:Atlantis and so I needed some easy knitting: ergo the Rendez-Shoe sock was born, it's for MrsDrWho. But wait!!!!! Even more exciting than that is the news that Michael Shanks, who plays Daniel Jackson in the Stargate franchise, is in the Southern Capital making a film (which will probably go straight to DVD which can only be in our favour really!!!). How excited are we?? There were elbows and shrieks and girly giggles. It did cross our minds, fleetingly, that we should drive south and be weird nerdy anorak wearing fans, but we are too old and lost the will quite quickly, but you never know.......

One Rendez-shoe sock 

Now I have blathered on too much and so I will post anon with my review of Coles' Feed Your Family for Under $10 Meal #2: Sticky Chicken Drumsticks!!!


(Ri)Sotto Voce

But more about the recipe later......

Where has the time gone?? I have been busy and tired. Busy with a birthday, busy with a boatload of cupcakes, busy with Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (again) and busy watching new DVDs,though without our memory aids it's a wonder MrsDrWho and I ever get anything done!!

Harki is still well and thoroughly vaccinated, though Gilly jumped on her yesterday and hurt her leg. Peri is starving because she is on a diet too. The weather has been stormy and wild again, but we still go for a walk and they both still hop into the creek. They love the water!!!

Wet'n'wild

Lorelai Gilmore is mortally and totally afraid of the new broom and the bag of pine bark. She is not afraid of anything else, and regularly performs death defying feats, which is why I am keeping the front windows closed. Poor long suffering Peri.

Lorelai High

The Labradors have been helping me do this:

Coin purse central 

The coin purses are almost on their way. I am a slow assembler!!!

Now, to Curtis Stone and Coles' first Feed Your Family for under $10 recipe:

Mushroom and Parmesan Risotto

Ingredients

  • 8 cups vegetable stock (Massel Ultracube)
     
  • 1 brown onion
     
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
     
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
     
  • 200g mushrooms
     
  • 2 cups Riviana arborio rice
     
  • 4 tbsp Coles butter, chopped
     
  • ½ cup Coles shredded parmesan cheese
     
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
     
  • 1 tbsp Coles lemon juice
     
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
     
  • Pantry:
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (from pantry)
  • ¾ cup dry white wine (optional)
  •  
     
  • 1. Bring vegetable stock to a low simmer in a large saucepan. Heat the oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion, garlic, and thyme leaves (discard stem), and sauté for 2 minutes, or until onions are tender but not browned. Add the rice and sauté for 30 seconds to coat with the oil. Stir in the wine and cook for 3 minutes. Add in the stock one ladle at a time, stirring constantly, until it has been absorbed. Then continue adding one ladle of stock at a time until each addition has been absorbed. If 8 cups of stock is poured in at one time it may make it gluggy. You may not need to use all the stock. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is al denté (the centre of each grain should be slightly firm).
  • 2. Add sliced mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes. Remove risotto from heat, and add butter, grated parmesan. Stir until butter has melted. Finally stir in parsley, and lemon juice, and season generously with salt and pepper.
  • 3. Serve the risotto in 4 warmed serving bowls. Garnish with the shaved parmesan and serve. 
  • Serving suggestion: Serve with a side salad of rocket with balsamic dressing.

    Ingredients: The recipe wasn't clear about which packet of rice to buy, so I bought the larger one to be safe. There was no fresh parsley to be found in the store at all.

    Method: This is not a meal you would whip up quickly after a long day at work. I stood at the stove stirring and chopping and stirring some more for about 45 minutes all up. You can't leave the pan with this risotto. Personally, I like the mushrooms to be sautéed a little before they are added at the end, I think they taste different. There are some much quicker risotto recipes for the oven or microwave.

    Taste & Presentation: This was not my favourite risotto, I made it strictly to the recipe, but I like a richer stock, more cheese and cooked mushrooms. The picture on the recipe card shows the risotto topped with shaved parmesan. This is not included in the cost, neither is the side salad and dressing.

    Risotto

    Cost Effectiveness: The herbs are very expensive, $2-95 a bunch, and you only use a small amount so you really have to freeze them to make sure you can use them again, but the recipe came in under budget. The risotto made 1 3/4 cups for each of the four serves, and I am not sure that it is enough by itself to feed a growing teenager?? The addition of the salad and extra shaved parmesan would enhance the whole 'meal' experience.

    I give this 6/10.


    The postman brought us a bag of Luxury from Bendigo, four balls of 8ply Leaf. The blanket underneath is new Op Shopped for The Labradors. It was nice and clean this morning until someone or other put their grubby paws all over it!!!

    Luxury Leaf for Lorelei 

    Next time, my exciting Lino printing adventures and Recipe #2!!!!


    Ten Things I Love About You

    Today is Harki's birthday and she is ten: ten is a number we never thought we would reach and embracing the positive, she is being vaccinated again this Thursday!!! To celebrate, Harki went to be weighed at the Vet. Her mass is 45.8 kg, so this week she lost 1.4kg (3 lbs) Poor baby, I shall have to feed her a little more this week, but she is 22% of the way to 40 kg.

    Harki is very happy to be ten,

    Harki is ten

    and Peri and Lorelai Gilmore are happy too because there are squeaky toys galore and special biscuits from MrsDrWho (and Pigs' Ears I forgot to photograph) as well. All of a sudden The Labradors seem interested in a career in food and toy styling!!!

    Gifts galore 

    Thank you to everyone who commented on the last post with the 20 little coin purses. You can expect an email tomorrow. It has been very hectic here over the last few days and tomorrow I am not going out at all if I can help it!!!

    Thank you too, to Kiri from Yay! for Yarn who very promptly sent me a copy of a knitting magazine I wanted, and gave me a discount on the postage. Much appreciated!!!

    It was Mr Reno's birthday and I knitted him the Turn a Square hat, though Mr Reno is very cool and so he would never actually be a Square!! I used Naturally Sensation in Black and then some baby wool doubled for the variegated. He put it on and wore it straight away: he liked it so much. The hat fits very well, I steamed the decreases at the top as suggested and they smoothed right out. The hat was squooshy and warm!!! He can expect a hat every year now!!!

    Turning a Not Square

    I have spur-of-the-momentarily bought a pattern from the new Twist Collective, how could I not when it is named Lorelei?? The yarn they use is 100% corn, and they say it is a 5ply or Sport weight but the tension makes it an 8ply so I have ordered some Bendigo Luxury in Leaf.  I am not sure if I am allowed to put a photo here, with acknowledgement, or not, so I have erred on the side of caution!!!

    The weather has been wild, windy and wet with thunder and lightning. There have been floods on the East Coast and quite near here too. Our flood levees seem to be holding, and the Gorge and the dam have become tourist attractions!!! (NB the water is quite loud)

    Coles Supermarket has begun a promotion with chef Curtis Stone and a series of recipes to Feed Your Family for Under $10. As a community service, and whether you like it or not, I shall be cooking my way through these recipes and assessing them!! I shall investigate their cost effectiveness, the ingredients and method, the taste and presentation. First up will be Mushroom and Parmesan Risotto, which I am cooking tonight, followed closely by Sticky Chicken Drumsticks and Rigatoni with Italian Sausage. Off to start right now!!!


    She Ain't Heavy, She's My Brother.

    The sewing machine so cleverly regenerated by Uncle Dutch finally gave up the ghost and so now we are the proud owners of a new machine!!!!

    She ain't heavy

    In my mind I had a few things I really wanted my new machine to be able to do: automatic reinforced beginnings and endings so there were no ends to tie off, needle up/down, and a good buttonhole attachment. I also wanted it to be less mechanical and more electronic. High expectations indeed. The lady at one shop was really only interested in selling me a very expensive machine with lots of embroidery stitches. My old machine had a bazillion and I hardly ever used them. I like to embroider by hand. The nice lady at SewWorld knew exactly what I would like and I would have bought it immediately, but I made myself try some sewing and I asked some questions while she showed me how it all worked. I am very happy with my new machine!!!!!

    So I have been doing a little sewing on my old, and then on my new, machine. I have made 20 little coin purses. They aren't lined and they aren't perfect: I have been getting to know my new machine!! Two are contrary and have their little tabs on the opposite side!! I used some of the 166 zips I was given so I feel virtuous. The fabric is from my stash, my much ironed and lovingly folded stash!!!

    20 little coin purses

    I am giving them away, one each to the first 20 people who leave a comment saying they would like one. Each little coin purse has a number, so if you'd like one especially, you can say #1 for example, in the comment, otherwise It will be lucky dip!! I will email you to ask for your posting details and send them off next week!!!

    No-one is too far away from here, they fit into an ordinary envelope. Well, maybe a galaxy far, far away is too far away!!!

    Thus Far We Have:

    Amy-#2

    Inkberryblue-#3

    Samsara-#5

    Highland Quilter-#7

    RoseRed-#12

    Donyale-#16

    TinkingBell, Michelle and Jan-Lucky Dip.

    Monika, Shan and Sasha- 'Other'!!!!

    Harki is feeling very loved, what with all the lovely comments she received. Peri is having a little conniption because Harki growls when Gilly is nipping her ears and she thinks Harki is growling at her and then needs to lie on me and be patted. Harki never growls at Peri, so she is a little confused!! 

    Harki and Peri on the bridge 

    Lorelai Gilmore is loving all the rain and mud, she loves to walk in it and she loves to dig a muddy hole, jump in the paddle pool and then jump all over me!!!

    Gilly's muddy walk


    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Socks.

    A few weeks ago one of my friends* left me a surprise on the back gate. It was a knitting bag replete with old needles, pattern books and an unfinished pair of socks. There was a lady called a Margery who lived up the road and around the corner and in fitter years Vundy the German Shepherd and I would walk past and we were on waving and smiling terms. Sadly, she died, but when her family asked if anyone would like her knitting bag, my friend thought of me. So I am finishing her last pair of socks. They are The Outdoor Man's Socks and I am almost past the gusset on the second of the pair. It is quite contemplative knitting these socks.

    Man Outstanding sock and a half

    I have been beastly careless lately. This week I have mostly sat on the couch and watched 26 episodes of Medium. I have two more to watch to be completely up to date. If you asked me to tell you about all the plots, I couldn't, but I enjoyed the experience. I did a little hat knitting but I haven't finished the top, and it's too dark for a proper photo now.

    On Friday Harki's tooth lump reappeared. $113 later we had the antibiotics and by Sunday her face was most symmetrically pleasing again. I have to hide the capsules in peanut butter as she carefully spits them out otherwise. She went to be weighed yesterday and Dr Malcolm was so pleased and we don't have to have an appointment for a while: she lost 800g in one week. We do have to go along every Monday at 2-30pm and she has to have her mass recorded on the computer. This is as much a discipline for me as it is for her. She has been so much happier and more playful, she's even been playing in the paddle pool.

    Happy Pool Harki 

    Peri is extra happy because Harki is happy. She is always full of the joys of Life, with a waggy tail and a big smile.

    Peri goes wheeeee 

    Gilly has been helping with things around the house: that would be digging in the mud and bringing huge branches in through the dog door. If at first she doesn't succeed, she tries and tries again until she does. 

    Me, muddy...I don't think so 

    This afternoon I met the lovely Mrs Bishopstone in person, and her mum and dad too. I am always so pleased to meet Imaginary Friends and find that they are as kind and familiar in person as they are in the ether. We both drink Earl Grey tea!!!

    Tomorrow I am off to get my hair cut and some of those K-Tel record holder flippy foil things too. I think there is a good chance for a photo this time too. Last time I failed miserably. Tomorrow, all being well (ie ME being well) I will have some exciting news, well I think it is exciting, about something I bought yesterday and it's not a oven!!!

    *On Wednesday 26th of August at 9pm-ish there will be a show on WIN/Channel 9 called The Gift. My friends will be on the show about Organ Donation talking about their beautiful boy, and how after his death they were able to help other people. They urge you to Think, Talk and Tell your family if this is what you have decided to do. Thank you,  Aaron.


    It's A Sinus Of The Times.......

    Yes, I blog like a bus: first there are none and then they all come at once!! I have been a bit poorly with tooth, face, ear and throat ache: sinus I think. Nothing too bad, but I have spent a few days in bed just sleeping. Consequently, I have read other peoples' blogs but couldn't raise the energy to comment, and I haven't replied to my comments yet. I am so unreliable!!!
    So I have not rinsed the Apple Cider Vinegar out of my hair when I wash it, but everything hirsute seems to be going well. There should be a better girly word than hirsute, like hairical. My hair is good hair, it basically does what I want, it's thick and wavy and I don't ever 'do' anything to it, except for some straightening on special occasions!!
    Harki went to see Doctor Malcolm today. She has been crying a little bit over the weekend and she was definitely crying today so off we went. Apparently, she is A Miracle Dog. Doctor Malcolm said he only really expected her to live for two months!!! Because she is A Miracle Dog, she could live for another six months. Or six days. So she has to go on a diet!! All my letting her have whatever she wants because she is going to die soon has to stop. She is....48kg. So she has to have boiled cabbage and celery and some dry dog food and No Treats.  She does have multi-million dollar new tablets, I think they are about $5 each and she has 1 1/2 a day. She's worth every cent and more.

    Harki and a sun beam

     
    Peri is very happy, she has been escaping from the Evil Clutches of Young Lorelai Gilmore.You might think these are pictures of Lorelai Gilmore, but if you look to the right of centre, you can see Peri opening the gate with her paw and nose, and then going through!! Free!!

    Peri Houdini 

    Lorelai Gilmore has learned to ask with her Paw and her Other Paw and just today she learned Gentle, which means taking a treat without nipping. The power went off and on four times and then stayed off last night. We went to bed and lit the green star candle and I listened to my radio with batteries. Gilly was very upset, she didn't like the on and off again power at all and the total darkness even less. She has to be cuddled and soothed. The rest of us were devil may care-ish!!

    I have been knitting the Pop Tartigan again. I am up to the first decrease on the yoke, only 270 stitches now and 6.5cm till the next decrease. Babylon 5 has Grey 17. I shall call this Black 17.

    Black 17

    I need a little change purse, I want to buy a kit to make one with a snap closure frame, but while I dithered, I made this. It is very cute and clever. 

    Coin Purse 

    The Lovely Yarnivorous chose me to receive a kind of Pass It On present.  I am sooo lucky, she sent me such wonderful thoughtful fabulous things!! Thank you Lynne!!!!

    Yarnivorous Fantabulous

    There is a very cute sheepy card, some gorgeously lime green ribbon with farm animals and four wonderfully emerald green dragonfly buttons. Then there is the absolutely wonderfully soft and scrumptious cashmere for me to knit up. It even smells delicious!! And to top it all off, there is a green cupcake drawstring bag, lined with green and with tiny Labradors machine embroidered around the top. PLUS she sent me a huge piece of the actual cupcake fabric. For me to lovingly iron and then definitely use. That's my 'thing' at the moment: to use the lovely fabric and yarn that I have, rather than keeping it for a special day or purpose. Harki reminded me today that Every Day is worthy of being special.

    Remembering that I am a somewhat unreliable blogger, but also that I work best under pressure to meet and surpass deadlines, I think the idea is that I Pass On to some other people. So at some time over the next year three people will receive a Serendipitous parcel of things I have 'created'. I am not quite sure how the choosing should work: lucky dip of the names of all the people who are interested or the first three people?? Because I am so wishy washy I won't say Go (that's the way you start a pudding race!!) until my next post. 

    The last episode of this season of Spooks is screening tonight, so I need to make some tea, and settle down to enjoy MediaWatch before it starts!!! (As if I would be answering my comments: I've just used up all my words after talking to MrsDrWho on the telephone for 98 minutes and blogging!!!)