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Cleaning out...

Today I spent a lot of time cleaning out our hall settle, the hall cupboard, the floor of my bedroom (where all the clean washing had landed yesterday) and the camphor chest. It took ages but filled five bags for the charity bin, four for the rubbish, one for recycling, one for the Bazaar in a year's time and it feels great. I have the linen cupboard to go, then the laundry shelves and perhaps the medicine cabinet. I have also made a new emergency bag to grab in the event of something cataclysmal - we are in earthquake land here.

I've been cooking great meals in slow cookers. My mother gave me a huge oven tagine for Christmas and I slow cooked a whole enormous chicken with onions, mango and eggplant, Moroccan style, and it was great. Today I used the electric slow cooker and did a Malaysian curry using a whole beef roast that had been sitting in the freezer for ages. It's so cool to be home all day to plan things like this and with practice I might be able to set things cooking before I go to school so dinner will be ready when I get home!

I'll post some more pics tomorrow of our trip if I get time. I might paint the living room... it's late right now and I want to get some writing done. It's already after midnight but with the children around, I don't get much peace and quiet even though they do their own thing. It's still food (but at least they mostly get their own now) or dishes (it's ordering people to come and do them - we have devised a list of words that cannot be spoken, and if someone uses a word off the list, they have to do the dishes that night. It's really cleaned up their expletives LOL!) or driving or just co-ordinating... still, I love the holidays. LOVE the holidays.

Do you ever do anything impulsive that you regret straight after? I do! It's so annoying. I'd sometimes like to be one of those unspontaneous, planned and organised people who don't do anything they wish they hadn't. Is that possible? ...Gosh, that felt like a little earthquake right then! oops, I digress. Imagine being calm and cool and being able to resist the temptation to jump right into a conversation and then you wouldn't have to wish you hadn't... *snort*


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Jan. 13th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
Slow cookers!!! Colin bought me two - one for here and one for Portugal - and they didn't come with instructions... What do I do?? Pleeeeease!!!

And doesn't everybody do things they regret, even if it's only tiny things? Just, maybe, not always obvious to other people!
Jan. 14th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
-and they didn't come with instructions... What do I do?? Pleeeeease!!!
I have a heap of recipes but I haven't tried them all yet.
Best basic thing to do is use a pan to brown things like onions, garlic, ginger, some tomatoes, zucchini and herbs and/or spices, then toss meat in the pan to brown it, then dump it all in the slow cooker with a cup or two of liquid (coconut milk and water for curry, water for other things, you can add some stock or tomato juice...).
Soy sauce is good as the slow cooker doesn't brown stuff.
Add potatoes cut in chunks, yams, kumera (sweet potato), pumpkin, eggplant or any veges you like and later on mushrooms, tomatoes, greens, more delicate stuff.
You just cook for about six or eight hours, turn meat or stir occasionally. Add liquid if meat is drying out.
It's amazing!

-Just, maybe, not always obvious to other people!
That's true. Things I regret are mostly in my head LOL!
Jan. 14th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
Oh thank you! You've answered two of my pressing questions - whether it browns things(and what to do about it) and whether you can add things later!!!

I will be wonderful in Portugal to start things when it's cool enough to work, in the morning, for dinner on the balcony later!! And here, to prepare things when I'm full of energy, in the morning again!! *g*

How much liquid? Should it cover the ingredients and if so do you end up with very thin gravy?
Jan. 14th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
You have been busy!

Just think how boring life would be if no one did anything on an impulse*g*

I hope you will take some time to sit and relax in between all this cleaning and sorting:)
Jan. 14th, 2010 06:00 am (UTC)
-I hope you will take some time to sit and relax in between all this cleaning and sorting:)
Oh Marg I so want to take some time to sit and relax and concentrate on writing (which has finally gotten going again) but there is always so much to do! A friend phoned and talked for an hour today, and I managed to half clear the linen cupboard while she talked, and then the neighbour came over and he talked for ages too!! Aaaargh!
Still, there is still some holiday to go so surely I'll get some time to just be me!

-Just think how boring life would be if no one did anything on an impulse*g*
You know, that's very true and quite encouraging *g* .
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