April 2009 - alvers.info

Just a place for my old thoughts

It must be getting colder...
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 12:52 am

Creamy chicken soup has been added to the recipe page.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009 2:18 am

Did the creamy chicken soup break all the graphics on the recipe page, or is it just my pc?

Deb again
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 2:19 am

Actually, I edited some typos in your paella recipe earlier, so maybe I broke it :(

Wednesday, 29 April 2009 2:21 am

Right, they're back, ignore me. I blame our network.

The perfect paella still eludes me...
Thursday, 23 April 2009 1:20 am

We had Carole, Jen and Denise (who we met last year on our Spain trip) around last night for dinner which was great fun. We made the Sangria, which was absolutely awesome, Denise made entree and I had another crack at the paella.

It took longer than I had wanted mainly because the recipe I was using is an amalgam of a couple of versions and I don't think I had the quantities quite right in terms of stock vs rice.

But I have a plan. Each time I make it I will use the recipe and then modify it afterwards if I think something can be improved. That way I might actually end up with a working version.

This can only be a good thing
Monday, 20 April 2009 3:15 am

Rose Sangria

I need to lay down now
Sunday, 19 April 2009 11:04 pm

That was a full on weekend. JT has recently got Telstra wireless broadband because it was the only thing that would work in her location. I have great fears for the supposed National Broadband Network actually thinking it can run optical fibre to the house when no service provider is willing to provide ADSL over copper wires already connected to JT's place. Silly.

Anyway, we went over to JT and Jason's on Friday for dinner and to try to get the broadband router to work. It turns out that fortunately my initial fear that the network ports were dead turned out to be false. And I did briefly blame the cheap arse network cable that had been provided but it turned out to be the network card in their PC.

So I didn't get it working Friday but JT did cook a very nice pasta and Deb got to drink half a bottle of a rather nice red.

Saturday we hit the house hard. The insides got a very thorough going over with every surface getting a polish. All up not too bad at all. For dinner Deb cooked a beef, potato and peppercorn stew which was pretty good. Unfortunately we couldn't source the same beef as she used last time and the supermarket stuff just didn't do the last previous one justice. But very good none the less.

Sunday we went for a run but my body just wasn't in it. We covered 2km before I just putted out and ended up walking back home. It may have been for the better because Deb's ankle is still playing up. Once home we went nuts on the outside of the house with the yard, car and desks getting a good seeing too.

JT and Jason then came over to cook red curry and for me to install a new network card in their PC. We then sat around and played poker. Deb ended up winning by about 30c which is hardly fair.

Today both Deb and I are wrecked and looking forward to a quite weekend.

And Olivia decided that if we are going away again she is coming with us.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009 12:32 am

It seems that heading away for Easter and eating and drinking WAY too much is becoming a standard part of my existence. And this Easter was no exception.

We headed away with JT and Jason to Hervey Bay and had an outstanding time. It seemed way too short actually. As we were driving back last night I just felt like we were getting into it when we had to pack-up and leave.

Oh well, I guess that will just leave me wanting more. I won't bother with the actual details because JT has done a perfect job of detailing all the highlights of the weekend. Checkout her blog for the low down.

I do have a few pictures I snapped out on the jetty on Sunday night as we spent a few glorious hours feeding the fish. (aka: Fishing)

Sunday, 5 April 2009 11:00 pm

Well, that was a pretty big weekend given that I had expected it to be quiet.

Friday night we met up with Libette in the city and went out to Urbane for dinner. I had previously tried to book there for Valentines Day but discovered that trying to book anything less that 6 months in advance was impossible.

Urbane is probably one of Brisbane's best restaurants and for three confirmed foodies it was complete heaven. Although not cheap we couldn't resist going for the tasting menu and matched wines. And they didn't even blink when I asked if it was possible for Deb and Libette to share one of the tastings rather having one each. This turned out to be a wise move because there was a lot of wine.

Oh the food. It started off with small delicate flavours so perfectly executed and built in intensity towards the end. From the first morsel to the final desert course it was truly amazing.

If your out for a steak and chips this isn't the place. If you have ever wondered what "Torched foie gras, French toast, spiced pineapple & fennel emulsion" tastes like then you have got to try this place. Truly awesome.

From there home and quickly to bed. Whether that was because Libette had to fly out very early for a holiday in Vietnam or because we were in a food coma is hard to tell.

Saturday we headed out for a little shopping and to pickup ingredients for butter chicken curry. Deb has this awesome recipe that beats restaurant versions hands down. We did pickup a few plants and headed home for a quiet afternoon and dinner in front of the TV.

Sunday we headed out for more gardening supplied. We had previously planted to sets of bamboo in the backyard but they have never done really well. The spot they are located is quite exposed and never seems to retain enough water in the soil so we built up a retaining wall in the front and planted another bamboo. Hopefully all the cooler weather, good soil and water will make that one perform better than its stunted predecessors.

And now I just have to make it through four days and we are off to Harvey Bay for Easter. Sweet.