Deboned duck

Yeah, I spent way too long deboning and stuffing a duck. Thank goodness for YouTube guides. With a grain allergic child, chocolate soufflé with cornflour was a great Xmas pud substitute. Put a dry rub on a brisket for smoking tomorrow too. Have had worse Christmas days.

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Snapper and oysters

Yup. Charcoal cooked snapper, Sarawak style. Big advantage of Malaysian in-laws.

I seem to have accidentally kept my falcon. Oh dear. Three cars. That wasn’t the plan. My Dec 99 AU may be an example of ‘survivor bias’, but it still is a very reliable and comfortable tourer. Though it has been down graded to beach car – partly because modern cars don’t have keys. Only weird battery operated fobs. Ever tried surfing with one of these? I never feel comfortable leaving the ‘keys’ in a bag on the sand. I’d much rather have the key tucked safely in my leg rope pocket.

Oh well, time for a beer.

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Hot crossed buns

I have been making at least a few batches of hot crossed buns every year for many years. But Amelia turned out to be so sensitive to wheat that initially I couldn’t even cook wheat containing meals in the same kitchen. I tried making various wheat free versions. But now that we are wheat, egg, rice and corn free…. I’ve not succeeded in making an acceptable tapioca bun.

This year, things are under better control. I can make some wheat things like pancakes without bad reactions, so I started a small batch of buns last night

When I baked them today we got tasty light buns. So happy.

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A view that no longer exists…

 

A photo from 2009 when we still lived in the flat in Sutherland.

Now there is a block of flats and a rail commuter car park where this photo is looking.

Our house is great, but we can’t see the horizon for sunrise or sunset. I miss sunset especially in autumn as it mostly coincided with cooking the evening meal. The photo is much the same view as I had from the kitchen. So, life moves on I guess.

Because pookie daughters REALLY like sushi

So, this is right side up on the iPhone, upside down on Chrome/Windows7, not supported by Firefox/Windows7, and I can’t be bothered testing elsewhere.

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Best so far

20120120-210247.jpg best pizza i’ve made so far. It’s a shame that with Amelia’s wheat allergy I don’t get to cook like this much. But I do love sourdough made with wild yeast. Not that I’ve made much for the last few years. I’ve made some very bad wheat free things though. Some gems, sure (Yorkshire puffs, hazelnut meal chocolate cake), but generally it’s been poor. I can’t complain too much, I eat way more veggies and other stuff. So I guess it is doing me good.

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