Friday, October 26, 2007

Time To Take A Breather!




















































I'm taking a break from blogging for a couple of weeks. There are a lot of things I have to attend to and never seem to have or find the time to do so. This, too, of course, is the start of the "silly season" for us all with the run-down/lead-up to Christmas.

In the words of Douglas McArthur, "I shall return", or later in the words of the now governor of California, "I'll be back!"

Before I disappear o'er yon horizon, I'll leave you with a couple of recipes to tempt your taste buds.

Shed no tears, for all too soon, I'll reappear to tease and torment you!


Beef Stroganoff

1 1/2 lb. lean beef (rump or sirloin work well)

3 Tablespoons butter
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 large onion, sliced
2 Tablespoons flour
2 cups beef bouillon or consomme
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 tsp. dry mustard (or Dijon mustard)
3 Tablespoons dry sherry or brandy
2/3 cup sour cream

Remove all fat and gristle from beef; cut it into narrow strips about 2 1/2 in. long, 3/4 in. wide and between 1/4 and 1/2 in. thick. Dust strips with salt and pepper; set them aside for about 2 hours, but not in the refrigerator. When you are ready to prepare the dish, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a heavy skillet and saute the mushrooms until tender. Then remove them and set aside. In the same butter, saute the onion until brown with a little crushed garlic; set aside. Add the last tablespoon of butter. When it is hot put in the strips of beef and sear them on both sides, but leave them rare. Remove them and set aside. Sprinkle the flour into the pan and blend it with the remaining butter, browning it well. Then slowly add the beef bouillon, stirring well to form a smooth gravy. Next add the sherry (or brandy), tomato paste, and dry mustard (or Dijon mustard), blending well. Now return the meat, mushrooms and onions to the pan and let the whole thing simmer very slowly over the lowest possible heat for about 20 minutes. About 5 min. before serving add the sour cream and blend thoroughly.


Double Chocolate Brownies

125g chopped chocolate
200g butter (unsalted)
1 cup of flour plain (sifted)
2 tablespoons of dutch cocoa (sifted)
2 cups of caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder (sifted)
4 eggs
Extra 100g chocolate chopped into chunks to add to the prepared mixture
Extra cocoa or icing sugar for dusting over brownies before serving.

Preheat the oven to 180c. Lightly grease a 20x 30cm rectangular cake tin and line with baking paper. Melt the butter and chocolate in a glass bowl over a medium sized pot with a small amount of water simmering (not boiling), keep stirring until melted smooth. In a bowl combine the cocoa, flour, sugar and baking powder. Add the melted chocolate mixture and the eggs one at a time, stirring well between each. Pour into the prepared pan and poke in the extra pieces of chocolate into the brownie mixture. Bake for 45 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer, the skewer probably won't come out clean, however the mixture should easily form into a ball when rolled between your fingers, not crumble. Once cooked, remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Slice the brownies into squares and dust with cocoa or icing sugar.

And just for the fun of it, here's a bit of nonsensical verse! (I must have had nothing more important to do that day!)


Nursery Crhymes!

Jack and Jill didn’t go up the hill

To fetch a pail of water

Tho’ they thought they oughta

Jack had other things on his mind

So Jill followed close behind

To see what she could find

At the top Jack looked around

Much to his surprise he found

Our Jill had arrived before him

And was lying prone on the ground


Humpty Dumpty

Had a lot of gall

Humpty Dumpty was after a brawl

When the crowd left

He became quite bereft

In finding himself all alone

And all that Humpty could do was groan


Little Bo-Peep has had no sleep

And doesn’t know when she’ll get any

When she left home

She forgot her comb

Now she has tangled hair of mahogany


Jerry found a little clam

When the tide was low

And every time that Jerry looked

On a rock he surely kicked his toe


Airy fairy out on the prairie

Strong does the wind blow

Where nobody dwells

And there are no hotels

And definitely no maids in a row!


When Jimmy Buffett

Went to the banquet

He couldn’t get his way

He picked up a cider

And felt like an outsider

He wasn’t having a very good day


The little fluffy friend above will watch over you while I'm away! The original pencil drawing by me hangs, framed, upon my wall.

34 comments:

  1. See ya when ya get back. Have fun.

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  2. Selfishly...ah, that is too bad, I love reading your blog...but I guess it will be even better after your hiatus......enjoy!!!!

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  3. Those are well yummylooking...

    if you get da chance tho, tell me my "meme" answer: who was your favourite childhood Bear?

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  4. We all need a breather. I just take mine more often than others. I wish you well during yours. Thanks for sharing the recipes. I might have to give them a go.

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  5. Lee,
    Enjoy; a change is as good as a rest.
    rel

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  6. Thanks for all the stories, recipes, and your sense of humor. Have a great time, keep the tomahawk sharp, and I look forward to your return. :)
    Lance

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  7. Corn Dog, Rebecca, gledwood, Robbie, Remiman and Gtotracker...thanks for your kind words, y'all! :)

    I imagine I won't be absent long...I just need a bit of a break, that's all. Keep the home fires burning! ;)

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  8. May you renew, refresh and put tons of memories in your memory bank so you can share them with us when you return. May the silly season NOT over take you. ;)

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  9. Enjoy your break, have a good time and come back to us refreshed and ready to start coping with the "Sily Season".

    Love the little dog...

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  10. Did you mean RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES?
    You will be missed. Have FUN AND BE A LITTLE SELFISH WHILE YOU ARE GONE.
    Peace

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  11. Have a great time doing whatever it is you are doing. Fun stuff I hope although probably a mixture of good and dull.
    Thanks for the great recipes.
    See you.

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  12. I'll watch for your return. Try to include some rest in your list of things to do.

    Yum to the recipes!!

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  13. Lovely recipes and pics, Lee, especially the doggie! Come back soon. Auguri from Sicily.

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  14. G'day Sandra, Robyn, Lady Di, jmb, granny and Welsh...I'll be back before you can say "Jack Robinson! :)

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  15. I'm REALLY HUNGRY for that chocolate brownie!

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  16. Aw, Lee you done made me hungry again.

    Torture I tell you! Pure Pure torture!

    I alreeady ate too!

    Janice~

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  17. Hi Lee, hope you have a great time, great recipes. I loved your poem and the paintings.
    Cheers Margaret

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  18. Such yummy pictures. And the recipes to go with them! You're so thoughtful.

    I hope when you return you do a blog on what you did when you were away. I like to read such stuff.

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  19. Hi Lee
    You have been prodigious poster so many interesting stories, poems and paintings. Enjoy your break and I look forward again to your company soon
    Best wishes

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  20. Well I hope you're happy. I've gained another pound from the pic of the dessert.
    Well, I'm back and you're gone. Come see me sometime.
    Loved the pencil.

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  21. Hurry back Lee, hope you are enjoying yourself.

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  22. First it was the chocolate cake - now it's the BEEF STROGANOFF making me hungry...

    hope you're having a charming time!

    Take care
    have a cheery weekend!!

    Gledwood
    "Vol 2"...
    ;->...

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  23. HAPPY BURP DAY AND I HOPE IT IS AS SPECIAL AS YOU.
    NOW WHERE IS MY GLASS TO TOAST EACH YEAR.
    OH MY MY 251 MEANS I MUST SHARE OR PASS OUT.
    RED OR WHITE, DEAR.

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  24. It's November 10 here which means it's 11-11 there. A little bird informs me it's your birthday.

    Happy birthday Lee!!

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  25. Merle said to drop over and wish you a Happy Birthday, hope you had one great day.

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  26. Hi Lee ~~ Half the time I can't open these comments (can't find server)
    But I do hope you are enjoying your break and are soon back with us.
    I hope you had a great day for your birthday on the 11th. I see a few of my friends followed my suggestion to visit you to wish you a Happy Birthday. And where were you ?? Gone
    Take care, my friend, Love, Merle.

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  27. Hi Lee, hope you have a good break and tidy up those chores or whatever, returning soon when hopefully we also experience more rain!! . Best wishes

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  28. Hey! It's Nov 15. Just thought I would poke my head in and say HI!

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  29. Hope you're having an entertaining time still

    ;->...

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  30. I know that this is an American holiday Lee, But Happy Thanksgiving day from us.

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  31. Happy belated birthday and I hope to see you soon renewed with a new spirit of joy and great stories for all of us to read. Come back soon I miss you and your recipes and stories.

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  32. Are you coming back Lee? We all miss ya!

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