Archive for March, 2005

Toasted Hazelnuts

Monday, March 28th, 2005 by Scott

I hope you all had (or are having (dang that date line)) a great easter weekend. Ours was pretty good at this end of the planet. We had a couple of high points, the first being dinner out at our local commune, the Riverside Community. Now they have a SUPER resaurant. The food was devine as always and the service … well just what you would expect. I tend to call it “dreamy”.

I had the lamb in case you were going to ask. As a starter, we had a platter of nice nibbles …. one of which was Hazelnut dukkah. YUM!

The next morning I started shelling the bin of nuts that I have. As they came out of the shell I toasted them in the oven and took the papery husk off them YUM … freshly toasted hazelnuts! I made a snack with the toasted nust, honey coated with a little spice .. YUM ….. leigh and sam had to be physically restrained (and if they are good I’ll let them out of the cupboard tomorrow) to avoid all the nuts being eaten right then.

Anyway, I’m going to make a big pile of the dukkah for next weekend.

We nailed 4 geocaches but the weather in the hills made it impossible to do any geodashes. Sorry.

Chuck and Camilla

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005 by Scott

Hey ho .. I just heard on the news. The Prime Minister said that New Zeland has had a whip around and decided to buy Chuck and Camilla a gift certificate to the garden centre as their wedding present. No fooling.

What are YOU doing??

Wart Update….

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005 by Ian

Performed minor self-surgery on myself this evening and dug out the stupid warts. The nurse warned me “it’ll be deeper than you think”, so I was expecting to dig clear up to my knee…nothing so exciting, a couple millimeters. Now soaking in acid in an attempt to kill the rest of the little buggers off.

Okay! I know it’s not as exciting as HONEY but it’s all that’s going on right now!

Honey Harvest

Sunday, March 13th, 2005 by Scott

The harvest is 80% in and the judges pronounce it good. The mix this year has lots of active manuka and mixed floral (heavy on the clover) and is scrummy. About 40 kg is in the bin and I hope to flick you all a little taste over the next couple of weeks.

Tonight I will try home grown hazelnuts roasted and stored in fresh honey.

Warts: Sit Rep.

Thursday, March 10th, 2005 by Ian

4 of 6 treated warts are definately dying.
Big black splotches on the bottom of my feet.
Time to start digging them out.
More treatments in 2 weeks.

End Sit Rep.