I went for a little excursion into the country on Friday. I saw horses, alpaca, sheep and cattle. It's fairly rural just 15 minutes from town. I drove for about 30 minutes there and 30 minutes back which is the longest trip I have made for, well..... since I was first sick. The countryside was not very green, but it was not too bad either. We will just have to hope for rain. Isn't the individual cattle (I think it's a bull, but I am afraid of livestock , especially cattle and sheep and goats and horses) so very obliging? I lined up the shot and then s/he moved to the side and stared at the camera. I thought this might be a preamble to a charge so I didn't stop any longer.
Harki and Peri met bicyclists on our walk. Cyclists are not supposed to be on the walking track, but they persist. Peri was so good, and didn't leap, and came to get her lead on, but Harki stood like a guard dog between the cyclists and me. She wasn't moving until I told her it was OK!! She's a very brave and true dog.
This picture pretty much sums up The Labradors: there's Harki looking a tiny bit quizzical but happy. Then there's Peri looking like a dill with her tongue hanging out!! Honestly, she sees the camera and all she want to do is run towards it. After I do all the 'Stay, Wait' things, she's too bored to look cute anymore. She want to run and play in the creek and then have a big drink in the car. She's a happy Labrador.
I have been knitting another small thing: The Binary Hat Hat. I made it for Mr Reno. It was his birthday and we all went to Mr and Mrs Reno's house for tea. I took tiny tasty sweet bites(recipe follows) Mr Reno appreciated the mathematical thought that went into the Hat Hat. If I had thought of it earlier, I would have knitted his name into the beanie. He is modelling it for your viewing pleasure. MrsDrWho took the snap as I am photo-unabled at the moment. Can't take a photo to save my life (Oh how appropriate- inside joke there for you MrsDrWho)
Today I filled a gap between the wall and the cupboard in the kitchen. Such fun, I used pink expandy foam in a can. I could just fill gaps everywhere now. It is addictive. ( I have just filled three more teeny tiny gaps!!!)
I have bought Fiona McIntosh's new book and I am saving it to read later in the week. I haven't even read the blurb on the back: she's an automatic buy for me.
Here's the Lemon Tasty Bite recipe. I was inspired by ye olde fashioned Lemon Meringue Pie filling and some Lime tartlets. I like lemon and I think it goes so well with raspberry, or any berry. The lime tartlets had chocolate on them: that's just wrong.
Lemon Tasty Bites
- 1/2 cup of softened cream cheese (Philly cheese) full fat, not light
- 1/4 cup of sweetened condensed milk
- 40-50ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- grated zest of 1 or 2 lemons, depending on your taste.
- 20 tiny baked tart cases*
- 20 raspberries
Whip the cream cheese and the condensed milk until it is light and fluffy- about 5 minutes. Then add the juice and zest and beat till combined. Refrigerate for at least an hour or until is is 'set' or less wobbly. I think the lemon juice encourages it to jell. Spoon into the little cases and top with a raspberry. Mine were frozen and they defrosted nicely by dessert time. I didn't find the need for cream, but you might like some.
*At the corner Deli I can buy 20 little cases, already cooked, for about $3-50.