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We went to have drinks with one of the neighbours last night. My friend there poured me these huge drinks made of vanilla vodka (wow, who invented that? Yum!), ginger beer, lemon and mint leaves. I can't remember what it was called but it was really refreshing - the weather's really hot here at the moment. It's kind of weird because last year I taught two of her daughters and this year all three will be at my school (although I don't think I have any of them this year). A bit close to home!!

Trying really hard not to miss Shyler. Before she left, Christy made Finn a 'Shyler folder' on the Desktop of some of our Shyler photos and mini movies - for him to look at if he felt sad about her. Christy can be really thoughtful and perceptive.

With Christy at Parachute http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10553217&ref=rss and Asher at Waikanae, Finn was an only child today and found out how hard it is to entertain oneself! He hadn't realised lately how much he relies on the company and stimulation of his siblings. This evening my friend came to dinner with us, and I cooked dinner using my new tagine (she gave it to me at Christmas), a Moroccan style cooking pot. Photobucket
It sure makes the meat tender. I cooked beef with dates, almonds and pistachios, and it tasted great. I used turmeric and cinnamon as well, and they are both good for us, apparently.

We're going up to Waikanae tomorrow to have some relaxing time at our friends' bach. We might dig for pipis at the beach and cook them on the barbecue. Photobucket


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Jan. 24th, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't eat meat but otherwise your tagine-cooked dinner sounds heavenly, as does that vanilla vodka drink!

Have a good weekend :)
Jan. 25th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
You don't eat meat? OMG! I'd die without it, I'm sure. I could live on chicken alone.

But yeah, vanilla vodka is Very Nice *g*

Thanks xx
Jan. 25th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
Heh. I've been vegetarian since I was 10 - I didn't really like much meat anyway and at that age I got into the whole animal rights thing. These days I'm not so political about it all... it's more the thought of eating flesh that creeps me out.

And, on the plus side, it's much easier to eat healthily as a vegetarian than as a meat-eater over here: cheap meat is available but tends to be poor quality, so as a student on a budget I'm better off being veggie for now anyway.

Though I do miss roast chicken... :)
Jan. 24th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Vanilla vodka drinks are always great!

Enjoy your getaway tomorrow!
Jan. 25th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
-Vanilla vodka drinks are always great!
It was my first - I don't get out much *g*

And thanks, we had a great time out for the day.
Jan. 25th, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about Shyler. It's awful losing a beloved family pet - it leaves such a hole.

I hope you have a relaxing time at Waikanae and enjoy the remainder of your holiday. May it be peaceful and stress free.
Jan. 25th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your kind words. We keep doing things like checking the front door for the cat, saving her bits of meat, that sort of thing.

We had a great day out, good waves, warm water, hot sun, great food, nice conversations with close friends! What more could one want!
Jan. 25th, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
The tagine cooking sounds good.

I don't usually like vodka but the addition of vanilla might help!

Jan. 25th, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
I love my tagine already but now I want a bigger one! It kept overflowing onto the stove. Maybe limit the liquid...

I love vodka and vanilla just made it a whole lot better *g*

Jan. 25th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
I had a tagine and it was too small and I gave it away but I haven't replaced it.
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