Sunday, July 26, 2009


My Grandchildren love to do their mothers.....and so do I

There is nothing better than to spend time preparing something delicious to eat
waiting patiently while it cooks, and then....
serving it up to the hungry hordes waiting in the wings

Eliza (pictured above) is preparing a delicious chocolate cake as a special treat for
her Grandfather's Birthday.

Note the little apron we always keep on hand for her when she visits.....

Also please note the look of total satisfaction on her face as she gets down to this serious business of baking !

In the picture below, Zoe is busy making scrambled eggs as a surprise for her Mum on Mother's Day
utter concentration as the eggs are cracked one by one into the bowl

and here is the finished dish, light and fluffy, served up on wholemeal toast
How delicious !
and how did the chocolate cake turn out?

Here it is, with rich chocolate icing and decorated to within an inch of its life

Truly a masterpiece !

Yes, people love to cook, and this was reaffirmed by the popularity of

"Masterchef "

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the trials and tribulations of the amateur chefs as they turned out average....not too bad..... pretty good....wonderful..... absolutely fantastic dishes

I watched their joys, their disappointments, their tears as they left the show, till finally there were only two .....

Only one could win of course, but in my eyes they were all winners.....
and I thank them all,
and the visiting chefs
and the judges
For stirring the pot, and getting thousands of viewers, potential chefs to start this wonderful adventure
of sharing a meal, with family and friends, prepared by their own hand.

How great is that !
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Thursday, July 23, 2009


It's that time of year again...the burn off !

And this is the spectacular fire which precedes the harvesting of the cane crop.....

For anyone unfamiliar with cane country, seeing a cane fire for the first time is an amazing experience, accompanied by the great roar as the fire takes hold....and then it's gone

This is a controlled burn, ridding the cane of pests and trash before the big harvesters go in, and the real work starts. Not as hard as it once was, with men, blackened by the soot, hand cutting the entire crop with a sharp cane knife....back breaking work.

But for people living in the vicinity, the harvesting is a mixed the blackened trash, thrown into the air with the upward draft then wafts gently to earth....settling on lawns, gardens, pathways, on the roofs and the tops of tanks, and worst of all, on freshly washed clothes blowing gently in the breeze.

"Black Gold " they call it.......I could think of a few other words...

I wonder what the carbon emissions crew would have to say about this lot !!

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