Cooking, Renovations and Fun Stuff

Monday, January 16, 2017

Week 03

Daily Exercise

minimum (before work): 40-minute walk, 30-minute yoga

optional (after work): 40-minute walk


Smoothie w rice protein and banana

Fruit-free muesli with Greek yoghurt and berries.


Dinner leftovers


Yoghurt, fruit, nuts

possible smoothie after walk


1. Harissa beef with spiced carrot and chickpea salad

2. Green shakshuka with hummus and crusty bread

3. Lentil linguine with basil and parmesan cheese

4. Goat cheese, pecan and roast veggie salad

5. Pumpkin and beet quinoa salad

6. Sweet potato and spinach curry

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Week 02

Daily Exercise (morning)

40-minute walk

30-minute yoga


Smoothie w rice protein and banana

Fruit-free muesli with Greek yoghurt and berries.


Dinner leftovers




1. Curried lentil pies with mixed salad leaves

2. Green rocket & pesto pizza

3. Asian tofu with crunchy veg and noodles

4. Baked chicken & sundried tomato risotto

5. Harissa beef with spiced carrot and chickpea salad

6. Sticky pork meatballs with rice noodle salad



Thursday, December 26, 2013

Xmas Day Food

The Recipes

Baby beetroot, fresh out of the garden on Christmas morning

Roast vegetable salad (with the beetroot out of the garden)

Garlic prawn salad

Prawn racks

Chocolate pavlova


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Garden Update

In September I set up some raised garden beds in our back yard:

We planted some seedlings in early October, and after a false start (the mulch made great hiding spots for earwigs, which nibbled all the green leafy veges), they're growing well.

The back bed (to the left of the compost bin) has beetroot and lettuce, the middle bed has parsley, coriander and bok choy, and the front bed has three different kinds of tomatoes. We've been harvesting the coriander for a week or so now, and will have the first of the bok choy tonight.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Around the House

I haven’t blogged much lately, but I’ve been keeping busy around the house.

I painted the hallway. ‘Before’ pic below (with some sample colours painted on the left-hand wall)

hall 1

The green made it feel dark and old-fashioned. ‘After’ pic below – much lighter!

hall 2

I also set up some garden beds in the back yard. I wanted them to be raised, as we have a large dog, and also because an apple tree has the prime spot and I needed to work around that. To save money I used bricks we already had to form the edges of the beds.


vege garden 1


vege garden 2

Will be planting the garden beds out with veges in the next few weeks.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

TJ’s operation

A couple of years ago Rob noticed a small lump on TJ’s flank. It slowly got bigger, so last year the vet took a biopsy of it. It wasn’t cancerous, just a lipoma (soft fatty tissue mass), but we were advised to have it removed within the next six to 12 months. It continued to increase in size so we decided to go ahead with having it removed as we were worried about how many stitches TJ would have to have if it continued to grow. So yesterday he went in to have the lump removed.

tj lump

I took him down to the vet (about 10 minutes’ walk from our house), and Rob and his friend Luke went to pick him up. They managed to get him into Luke’s  car OK (TJ loves going in the car!) but he didn’t want to get out. He was still dopey from the anaesthetic, and every time he moved towards the door of the car he banged the Elizabethan collar around his head and yelped from the discomfort of the wound. We ended up building a little ramp from the car door down to the driveway, then I got in behind TJ to encourage him to get out, and Rob coaxed him from the front. He finally got out and I got him into the house.

His ‘after’ pic below, but be warned, it’s  pretty gory! He has a tube in to help drain away fluid and infection from the site, so he’s dripping a bit, and finds it hard to get comfortable. We all had quite a restless night! The drain will come out in about five days, and the stitches another five days after that. In the meantime we have to restrict his activity. That should be fairly easy to begin with – I took him outside to go to the toilet this morning, and he just huddled against a bush then wanted to come inside again. I think he’s feeling the cold with a big chunk of fur missing!


tj after op 3

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bathroom Renovation - Complete

Come in, let me show you around…

The first thing you see on entering the bathroom is the basin. The shower screen is to the right:P1010016

The shower screen is hinged so it can be pushed to one side when it’s not in use, to make the room seem bigger:


The shower head is on a rail, so it’s height adjustable. It’s also detachable and on a hose, so you can use it to clean the bath and shower area (or the dog):P1010007

There’s a recessed shelf to keep our soap and shampoo in:P1010004

And a ‘soaker’ bath (extra deep and extra wide):P1010015


Before and After Pics

Originally the shower was the first thing you saw when you entered the bathroom:bathroom 2

Now the basin is the first thing you see. You might be able to spot the little panel heater just behind the door in the pic below. It has a timer on it so it’s set to come on before we get up in the morning so we have a nice warm bathroom:

bathroom 2 after

We used to have to walk to the end of the bathroom to get to the vanity. The space was narrow and you could only fit one person in the bathroom at at time:bathroom 3

Now the bath is at the end of the room where the vanity used to be:bathroom 3 after

The space is much more user-friendly now. Rob and I can both use the bathroom at the same time, and there’s even a spot for TJ:


We also had the toilet renovated, with new floor tiles to match the bathroom, and a new toilet suite. I also painted the toilet, as it used to be green and white, like the hall wall to the right in the pic below. Changing that is my next job…