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Ding dong dell, I was not feeling well!!!

There had been too much excitement in my life: well, brunch on Saturday, DVD viewing on Sunday and Dinner on Monday, and so yesterday I felt the after effects. I woke up with a headache and it lasted all day, along with dizziness and general lethargy, more than usual. In a way yesterday was a good day to be not well : the shortest day, and Winter Solstice. Less time to feel unwell in my twisted logic.

Three days of pretending to be a ‘real’ person and that was enough. I took my most powerful tablets and tried to recover. I didn’t even turn the computer on, so I was really unwell. This morning I felt relatively normal again, but I am taking it easy. There was no walk for the Labradors, no laced up shoes, and no cooking anything – boiling the kettle is allowed!!!

Dinner was delicious at La Carafe. Various people had baby octopus, steak, rabbit, mussels, cassoulet and it was all divine. I had peas and speck for entrée, then sugar cured smoked salmon and beetroot salad ( entrée size) for main and then two berry crepes for dessert, all topped off with a glass of bubbly.

Aunty Captain Mrs Archer liked all her presents and even though I was not well I dropped off what would have been tea : lamb chops on sticks smeared with mild English mustard and wrapped in bacon to be baked for 30 minutes in the oven, and a potato casserole thing – the  recipe follows!!! 

Now you would expect the Fibonacci Jumper to be finished as the birthday has passed, but after it was blocked, I was worried it would need more ribbing on the lower edge, and I was right. ACMA loved the colours but we both agreed it needed more length. So I will be ribbing on. It does mean that I can go on with something else though. The Winter 2003/4 Vogue Knitting magazine I bought on ebay arrived. It has quite a few things I want to knit: there are  some cardigans, a zip-up jacket, lots of scarves and lots of ads to tempt me, so I will need to buy some wool from the Bendigo Mill. They sent me a Shade card update of their newest wool. I will order some next week. First I want to finish my cardigan!!!

Oh, the Fresh TV show people have emailed me again!!! It seems my persistence has paid off at last. Apparently the threat of writing personally to Geoff spurred them into action and they sent me not one, but three addresses of shops!! Huzzah!!! Now I can write and ask about the cutters. That is all I wanted in the first place, they obviously knew the names of shops and just chose to be obstructionist. I feel all ‘people power triumphy.’

Potato Casserole

  • 1 kg potatoes – Desiree or Brownell, a mashing kind

  • water

  • 3 cloves or garlic, crushed, chopped

  • ½ a bunch of parsley, chopped

  • 400g tin tomatoes ( with basil and oregano)

  • 1 punnet of cherry tomatoes

  • olive oil

  • Brie or Camembert cheese

Peel and slice potatoes about ½ cm thick and cut the cheese similarly. Layer them , overlapping, in a flat casserole dish, season and add enough water to give a depth of about 1 cm. Bake for 30 minutes at 190/200 C. Then add the other ingredients on top and cook for another 30 minutes. I had bacon with the chops, but otherwise I would add some chopped bacon at the beginning stage.

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