Monday, 20 April 2009

moar wildlife

GF and I want for a night-time walk through Star Swamp again, and we saw an owl and another Tawny Frogmouth but we also heard a big mass of eerie sounding Moaning frogs but we couldn't see them.

The next day we discovered the forgotten rocky path leading to the end of the Hillarys marina, where we stopped and watched crabs crawling around on the rocks.

Current Mood: Content

Friday, 17 April 2009

cooking made fun

I have re-discovered cooking and how much fun it can be*.

I managed to make 2 awesome supreme pizzas topped with:

  • Capsicum
  • Tomato
  • Chilli
  • Pepperoni
  • Ham
  • Bacon
  • Anchovies
  • Cheeses (Mozzarella/Cheddar/Parmesan)

I also learned how to make a customised Waldorf Salad (GF showed it to me) and a Beetroot Dip with Yoghurt and Mint.

I am also experimenting with potato bake's but I don't cook them very often because of the "nutritional value" of the meal :P

I regularly cook a 4-day supply of customised (low-cal) Ratatouille.

*Except with my step-dad, because he doesn't like to experiment when cooking something new for the first time (perhaps he is just old-fashioned), whereas I like to play around and be more impulsive and daring when cooking.

Current Mood: Happy

Thursday, 16 April 2009

bday and stuffs

Since loosing my job I've had a lot of time to get personal stuff done like; application for newstart (centrestink), consolidation of my super, full medical check-up, Car service, Study and misc tech projects.

My birthday has also been and gone and I was pleasantly surprised by an array of small gifts from my girlfriend and a wine tasting tour on the day of my birthday!

We went to Waters Edge via Captain Cook cruises. While there we bought some very nice Tawny Port.

From there we went to Charlies Estate Wines and tasted some more wine (and nougat) and bought two cleanskins of a very nice experimental wine that was made with raspberries and a Chenin Blanc.

Next up we went to an Unknown winery (seems to be near the end of Gnangara Road), where we had a lovely platter lunch made up of Dukkah, Cooked Salami, fresh black olives, Smoked Salmon, Cheese and Picked Beetroot with cloves etc. Before we left we were able to sample the $68 Muscatt Muscadelle (very nice)!

We then went to Lancaster Wines for a cheese platter which consisted of Edam (made backwards :P), and an assortment of cheddars; garlic and chilli/chives feta and others, which was a shame because everyone was full from lunch! From the wine tasting we had here, we picked out (and bought) three lovely desert wines: Late Picked Chenin Blanc, 2006 Sticky Shiraz and Reserve Liquer Muscatt.

After that we went to the very crowded Margaret River Chocolate Factory where we tasted some of their chocolate including a cherry and mint chocolate truffle *yum*

Finally we finished up at the Ironbark Brewery where we tried a rice beer and a Cherry Ale (I think), which we both found were quite average (compared to range available at the international beer shop!).

Once I got home I opened the 12th present that my girlfriend gave me :-D