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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Thursday, December 22, 2005
Christmas Message
Well, this is it. My last post for the year. Going on holidays for a few weeks, not really, we're painting at home. Wish we were going on holidays. Maybe Easter. M. is going to her school holiday program, which she loves.

Braved the Xmas traffic to get my piece of salmon for gravlax. Take some to my mates place Christmas morning, to have with champagne, some to the inlaws for Christmas Eve. Back to the inlaws for Christmas day when I will roast a whole rump of beef. Still waiting to see what brother-in-law J. will bring; he can't cook to save himself, but always brings something at the last minute, usually prawns which he likes fried in breadcrumbs. As if we didn't have enough to do. Last time J. bought salmon which I promptly turned into a ceviche, the look on his face, when I told him it wasn't cooked, after he had eaten it, was priceless. J. is sort of a well done kind of guy.

It will be a bit sad for J. this year, as his mum died a few months ago, this will be the first Christmas without her, so maybe no food tricks ~ this time. My wife D. has taken over the pierogi making from J's. mum and changed the filling from cheese and potato to cabbage and mushroom, but there will be no stuffed quail, her signature dish. We will still set a place for her of course.

I would like to thank everyone that has taken the time to read me, especially those who left comments. Promise to tidy up my profile and list the music I like, but for those who want a taste of my music, you could do worse than to hire 'School of Rock' on DVD; it's a comedy ~ of course, but there isn't a song on there that I don't like. Listen out for AC/DC's 'Long Way To The Top.'

In case anyone was wondering, yes, half of the post 'No Bull' was a joke; it kind of flowed on and I was powerless to stop it, and yes, I did eat what I said. For my Spanish speaking readers, I will try to learn a few words, so look out for that next year. Should be back by the 16th Jan., unless I can't stand the painting.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.
  posted at 4:55 pm

At 6:06 pm, Blogger Angela said...

Merry Christmas! Hope you have a happy holiday. I have to agree with you......the 'School of Rock'soundtrack is one of my favorites. I play it so much my daughter (who is 2) knows the words to 'Edge of Seventeen'. Kind of scary. Good luck with the painting!

At 2:24 pm, Anonymous kitchen hand said...

Have a good one TuT.

At 11:31 pm, Blogger Melissa CookingDiva said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog :) Have a wonderful wonderful time with the family, cooking and painting the house! why not? of course you can have fun painting :) Happy New Year!

At 12:21 pm, Anonymous Gin+Tonic said...

Hi TUT - That Gravlax was so delicious!! And that unusual 'fizz' went down very well too. So glad D could join us this year - I hope the neighbours are enjoying M's new binoculars, that your wine is chilled, and that D is swanning around smelling delicious! Can't wait for the next event . . .

At 4:01 pm, Blogger neil said...



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