Foodie Friday

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It’s a chilly-ish, damp late afternoon in Melbourne. Yesterday afternoon’s pulse and vegetable stew has been decanted and labelled, and is now in the fridge.

I’ve spent the past hour putting together a traditional British curry, not unlike the one above, though using leftover roast lamb rather than leftover chicken. The kitchen – indeed, the entire house – smells wonderful. (I don’t make sweet curries often, but OH adores them, so – as the lamb needed to be used – I thought I’d be kind.)

I, however, will be dining elegantly on

(Image Credit: Tesco Real Food)

Anyway, I thought a virtual progressive dinner might be a good idea this evening. Please share your favourite dishes, beverages, music etc.

The evening’s entertainment will, as always, include a raffle superbly conducted by the Maestro of the Friday Raffle, Mr CK Watt.

Off now to have a glass of Chateau Cardboard with me mum, but moi will be backson.

Ciao, baby!

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289 thoughts on “Foodie Friday

  1. Fiona,

    A lady of many talents you are. Elna indeed is a good machine. I would assume that machine has a free arm which is feature the early domestic machines didn’t have.
    The first second hand sewing machine I bought at a school fate for $3.00 and when I got it home I took it completely apart till I had every piece seperated.
    It was a large domestic Japanese Myre brand zig zag machine.
    Was quite pleased with my myself after I put it back together and it worked better than before.
    Still got the machine and used it mainly for curtains.

    Since then I tended to look for the machines that have the cam sets.


    Glenn Lazarus alleges Clive Palmer offered ministerial positions in exchange for joining Liberal Party
    April 18, 2015 – 12:15AM
    Frank Robson

    Palmer United Party defector Glenn Lazarus says Clive Palmer proposed folding his remaining two senators into the Liberal Party at a pre-lunch meeting on February 6 in exchange for ministerial positions for the pair, in a bizarre deal Mr Palmer is claimed to have hatched with senior Abbott government figures.

    The extraordinary allegation, which, if proved, could amount to a claim of unlawfully seeking to influence an MP’s vote, is evidence of the toxic relationship between the former PUP colleagues who parted ways a month later amid bitter acrimony over the sacking of Mr Lazarus’s wife Tess.

  3. There is a longer Good Weekend article to go with that story

    Brick by brick: how Glenn Lazarus stood up to Clive Palmer
    April 17, 2015 – 11:00PM
    By Frank Robson

    Former rugby league front-rower Glenn “The Brick With Eyes” Lazarus was as hard as they come on the football field, but nothing could have prepared him for the brutality of federal politics – and Clive Palmer in particular.

  4. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    Life in Sydney!
    Jess Irvine nails it. We have a revenue problem Mr Hockey.
    John Birmingham justifiably gets stuck into the anti-halal choristers. A good read.
    Glen Lazarus makes some potentially explosive revelations here!
    Unions see red over Pyne’s $4m funding of the climate sceptic.
    A good article from Paul Bongiorno on Costello’s unfriendly fire.
    And Mike Seccombe says that Hockey finally recognises that we have a revenue problem (thanks to Howard/Costello).
    Stephen Koukoulas asks whether the interest rate cutting cycle is over.
    The 31 worst things the Liberals did yesterday.
    Bishop Heenan, already in tatters, will return to the Royal Commission on Monday.

  5. Section 2 . . .

    Abbott’s latest stinginess in the defence pay saga.
    Andrew Leigh in The Business Spectator says we should toughen up on the big end of town.
    Barnett – Whinger or victim?
    Michaela Whitbourn continues her good work on the Obeid family.
    More “on water operational matters” to deny!
    These excerpts from “The Gillard Project” are well worth reading. A great insight to the character of the woman.
    Judith Ireland on Kevin Andrews’ failed relationship vouchers program.
    Quentin Dempster on the Cunneen decision by the High Court that “created a hair and then split it”.
    The East West Link’s miserable planning process.,7596
    Abbott’s plans to “rid the Senate of ferals”.

  6. Section 3 . . .

    AGL vows to shut all its coal fired power stations by 2050.
    Never mind the physical stuff, this clown shouldn’t be allowed to teach children in any case!
    Are we heading for an ASADA – AFL cage match?
    The socio-economic divide in public schools.
    Sex education US style. What hope do they have?
    How Abbott is trashing the environment and the economy by pushing mining.
    Michelle Grattan says that there was more than one elephant in the room at COAG.
    Van Badham gives Leo Schofield some advice on bogans.
    Deflating the specious arguments of the anti-vaccination crowd.
    Abbott’s first auctions prove that Direct Action is more slogan than policy!,7597

  7. Section 4 . . .

    This SMH editorial says that mental health needs money and action as well as words.
    Alan Moir with an indication of Shorten’s current tactics.

    Matt Golding and the anti-vaxxers.

    Cathy Wilcox and Abbott’s mouth problem.

    Pat Campbell with domestic violence at COAG.

    Mark Knight has a Star Wars Abbott at COAG.

    Bill Leak has Mesma taking her domestic issues to Iran.

  8. I will not comment on last nights tales of gastronomy delights…I can se that i am out-classed…in the company of angels!….bon appertit’ !

  9. Kevin Rudd’s chances for the top job at the United Nations have been dealt a blow by experts, who say there is a stronger candidate who ticks all the right boxes.

    Bulgarian Irina Bokova, the current head of the UN’s largest agency UNESCO, announced her candidacy for the post of secretary-general earlier this year.

  10. Is it just me, or does Turnbull’s head look too big for his body in this, i.e. like it’s been badly Photoshopped onto the neck?

  11. ” Is it just me, or does Turnbull’s head look too big for his body in this,…” … fact, I would have thought he acts as if it should be twice the size!

  12. Photo-shopped and then some – Turnbull doesn’t look like that these days, he looks much older, and his hair is different, there’s a lot less of it. The photo was taken two years ago, for this GQ piece, Turnbull was just too busy to pose for new photos this time.,22392

    Turnbull’s ‘official’ photo is also a couple of years old. He must like it, he uses it on his website, for Twitter and for electoral stuff. It’s obviously photo-shopped to make him look more ‘statesman-like’. The eyes have definitely been highlighted, I’d say the jaw line has been sculpted too. It still has the big-head look.

    Turnbull looks a lot older these days, a LOT older.

  13. Why all the Star Wars cartoons? Because the latest trailer for the latest movie was released yesterday.

  14. On the subject of eating insects and ‘Petrie-dish steak”…I’m with Puff on this one…INCL’ Moreton bugs!!….while I still have to remember how to tie shoe-laces, i consider myself above foraging for insects alla fresco OR cuoco!!

  15. Oh yeah!!…Abbott promises to bail out his mate in WA. but cuts funding for Victoria…Dirty bastard tactics by the LNP… usual!!

  16. Petri-dish steak –

    Ever seen stuff called Quorn in the shops? It’s a meat substitute and apparently it tastes OK,I can’t say because I’ve never tried it. Don’t EVER think about buying it. It’s made from a fermented fungus – aka mould – grown in vats. It can make you seriously ill, even bring on an anaphylactic reaction. The label says ‘Mycoprotein’, you are meant to assume that means mushrooms. It’s not.

    If you want to avoid or cut back on meat then use beans, or eggs, or cheese or some other natural source of protein. Leave the Soylent Green laboratory grown stuff in the shops.

  17. Oh yeah!!…Abbott promises to bail out his mate in WA. but cuts funding for Victoria…Dirty bastard tactics by the LNP… usual!!

    Not surprising, punishing Daniel Andrews for defying him.

  18. Indoor BBQ. tonight…take the plates off the old wood stove and put a grill on..glowing mallee-stump fire lit with dry eucalyptus twigs and leaves to create that “sitting by the camp-fire” aroma…the OH. flicks a few light greens on a plate w/ a tad dressing and yours truly “embarrasses the porterhouse steaks”….nice and thick from Marinos butchers…infiltrate some wine-of-choice into a couple of goblets and viola!….”Paradise by the BBQ glow!”……God!’s good to be decadent!

  19. Remember this, fellow gustos’ ??
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    La Grande Abbuffata
    La Grande Bouffe.jpg
    Directed by Marco Ferreri
    Produced by Vincent Malle
    Jean-Pierre Rassam
    Written by Marco Ferreri
    Rafael Azcona
    Starring Marcello Mastroianni
    Ugo Tognazzi
    Michel Piccoli
    Philippe Noiret
    Music by Philippe Sarde
    Cinematography Mario Vulpiani
    Release dates


    Running time
    135 minutes
    123 minutes (censored cut)
    Country Italy / France
    Language Italian / French

    La Grande Bouffe (Italian: La grande abbuffata, English: The Grande Bouffe and Blow-Out) is a 1973 French–Italian film directed by Marco Ferreri.[1] It stars Marcello Mastroianni, Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Piccoli and Philippe Noiret.


    1 Plot
    2 Awards
    3 Reaction
    4 Cast
    5 References
    6 External links


    The film tells the story of four friends who gather in a villa for the weekend with the express purpose of eating themselves to death. Bouffer is French slang for “excessive eating”. (the Italian abbuffata means “great eating”).

    The first protagonist, Ugo, owner and chef of a restaurant, “The Biscuit Soup”, decides to commit suicide, probably because of misunderstandings with his wife. The second is Philippe, a somewhat important magistrate who still lives with his childhood nanny, Nicole, who is overprotective of him to the point of trying to prevent him from having relationships with other women, and who fulfills her own sexual needs with the judge.

  20. A menu I would have liked to have done;


    Pan seared WA blue marron with dry sherry,shallot and burnt butter sauce.


    Grilled, spinifex smoked kangaroo fillet with rosehip, chilli and quandong chutney accompanied by warrigal greens.


    Lemon aspen and desert finger lime tart, served with wattle seed ice cream and sugar bag….( native bee honey.)

  21. ” A menu I would have liked to have done;”…Ian..guaranteed ; you serve it up, we’ll be around come hell or high water to eat it!

  22. Ian,

    Be merciful – it’s nearly lunchtime, and I have nothing as delectable as that in prospect!

  23. “La Grande Bouffe” … most unsavoury movie I’ve ever seen. Piccoli’s constant farting even filled my lounge room with an aroma that was totally unlike that of your bbq, jaycee.

  24. “..most unsavoury movie I’ve ever seen…” There were some wierd flicks about in those days of the early seventies…I remember one such with Joe Dellasandro…I think it was called “Black Moon”…I try to recall what it was all about…I couldn’t work it out then and I’m still confused!!

  25. Here it is..
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Black Moon
    theatrical release poster
    Directed by Louis Malle
    Produced by Claude Nejar
    Written by Louis Malle
    Joyce Buñuel
    Ghislain Uhry
    Starring Cathryn Harrison
    Joe Dallesandro
    Alexandra Stewart
    Music by Diego Masson
    Cinematography Sven Nykvist
    Edited by Suzanne Baron
    Distributed by Cinema International Corporation (France)
    Filmverlag der Autoren (West Germany)
    20th Century Fox
    (United States)
    Release dates

    24 September 1975 (France)

    12 February 1976 (West Germany)

    Running time
    100 minutes
    Country France
    West Germany
    Language English

    Black Moon is a 1975 French/West German avant-garde film directed by Louis Malle and starring Cathryn Harrison, Joe Dallesandro, Therese Giehse, and Alexandra Stewart. Shown at the 1975 New York Film Festival, it was distributed in the United States by 20th Century Fox. Despite the film’s location in France the film’s dialogue is in English.

    The surreal mise en scene centers on Lily, a confused teenager (Cathryn Harrison) who witnesses a war between the sexes and finds herself involved in numerous dream-like situations at a country estate. An underlying subtext offers a commentary on the Women’s Movement of the 1970s. The film is dedicated to Therese Giehse, who plays the character of The Old Lady, who died shortly after the end of the film.

    Malle himself has said about this film: “”Opaque, sometimes clumsy, it is the most intimate of my films. I see it as a strange voyage to the limits of the medium, or maybe my own limits.”[1]

  26. This was another one..
    Herostratus (1967)
    142 min | Drama | June 1967 (UK)
    Your rating:
    Ratings: 7.1/10 from 196 users
    Reviews: 9 user | 8 critic

    When Max, a young poet hires a marketing company to turn his suicide-by-jumping into a mass-media spectacle, he finds that his subversive intentions are quickly diluted into a reactionary … See full summary »

    Director: Don Levy
    Writers: Alan Daiches (idea), Don Levy (original idea), 1 more credit »
    Stars: Michael Gothard, Gabriella Licudi, Peter Stephens |

  27. I’ve seen a few Louis Malle movies, more the realistic ones such as “Murmur of the Heart”, “Lacombe, Lucien”, etc. I wasn’t aware of his more surreal ones.

  28. Getting a bit chilly this arvo’…think I’ll crank the jotel up as a bit of back-up heat for this evening…dunno about the horses, think I’ll leave them in their stables…the OH. has been working them so they’ll be a bit weary..nothing out in the yards anyway, ‘cept cold!…I was going to clean their stables out and replace the sawdust for a nice soft beddy-byes tonight…it’ll have to be tomorrow.

  29. Terrorist arrests – funny how they always happen when Abbott needs a bit of a poll boost, or has had a bad week, or has said something ludicrous. It can’t be coincidence.

  30. This govt’ is a compilation of the worst examples of humanity you’d not want to meet!…The whole lot of them are either ; weird, conniving rats, liars, deceivers, cowards, psychopaths or traitors to overseas corporations…they have to be the low-water mark in Aust’ politics.

  31. hey!..what happened to my “book” on the odds of Abbott making a complete goose of himself and us over Anzac celebrations?…too much of a sure thing, eh?

  32. I’m offering odds-on he’ll make a local f#ck-up…evens he’ll make a f#ck-up with the veterans, and 3 to one he’ll insult Turkey somehow!…any takers?

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