Anyway, that has nothing to do with anything, except that I simply had to get it off my chest.
Today Miss 4 is much improved. The burns on her hand are no longer painful and so far she is enjoying the novelty and attention of being all bandaged up. Took 90mins at the doctors to get the dressing changed which did not thrill any of us, and we have to go back every day for the next few days sigh. Bribed the kids into good behavior with the promise of a trip to the $2 shop. They bought kites and I have spent a lot of today running around in dog poo and 30 degree heat trying to get the wretched things in the air. I hate kites.
When Miss 5 folornly said, "I think we should give up Mummy."
I agreed with shameful haste.
As usual the Universe was quick to punish me.
A Lorikeet flew into the house through the french doors. Much hysteria (kids), swearing (me) and barking (dog) ensued. I quickly caught it in a towel and let it go outside, no harm done. Or so I thought, until I saw the neat line of bird poo over the two baskets of clean washing on the table.
Juiced all those cider apples I had. Juice is now deposited in two demi-johns Dad gave me, campden tablets have been added - these kill wild yeasts, which can ruin your batch of home brew.
Then all it needs to do is actually start fermenting.
For dinner this evening I did homemade chicken pesto pizza. Was rather chuffed that a lot of it was home made. The Pizza dough done in the bread maker, the tomato paste (that I made back in January), and the pesto. Was especially pleased with the pesto as the basil was out of the garden.
Pesto is one of those ridiculously easy ones to make (like hommus).
My fave recipe is adapted from The Silver Spoon...
25 fresh basil leaves
100ml Olive oil
40g pine nuts
50g grated parmesan
Put the basil into a whizzer with olive oil and pine nuts and a pinch of saltSee easy peasy.
Hommus (if you happen to be interested. This is based on Bill Granger's recipe)
400g can chickpeas, drained
1 garlic clove
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
Whiz the chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil in a whizzer with 2 tablespoons of water
Stop when smooth
Add more water if gunky
Add S&P if you want