Saturday, December 25, 2010

Whew .. almost over for another year

I hope all my Aussie friends have had a lovely day and those on the other side of the world are enjoying their Christmas. It was wonderful having the family here together for the day but its now time to relax a little. Grandson has gone home with his new drum kit and peace prevails once again in my house. The only casualty around here was me !! Managed to do a fair bit of damage to my little finger with a very sharp veggie peeler but thankfully it won't interfere with my crochet and knitting and obviously, I'm still able to type ok.

Apart from lots of lovely goodies from my family, I received a very nice gift from my partner Kathy in the AustraliaCrochet Christmas Gift Exchange. Here's what Kathy sent ..

A great gift which is much appreciated - thank you Kathy. By the way, the card is hand made and that is a lovely little crochet snowflake glued to the front. Oh and the smell from the sachet is divine.

I mentioned an interesting sounding salad in yesterdays post. Well I made it and it was really, really nice, albeit quite different to what we usually have. Here's the recipe.

Orange and chocolate salad
60ml (1/4 cup) orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or cider vinegar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Freshly ground black pepper
2 oranges
80g mixed salad leaves
2 tablespoons flaked almonds
30g dark chocolate

Put the orange juice, vinegar, oil and mustard in a small jar, season with pepper, seal and shake well.
Peel the oranges and remove the white pith, then thinly slice into rounds.
Put the orange slices, salad leaves and flaked almonds in a large bowl. Drizzle with the dressing and gently toss to combine.
Place in serving bowl. Using a vegetable peeler, shave chocolate into curls and sprinkle over salad to serve.



  1. What a great recipe...thanks for sharing. Oh my, me and Mr. vegetable peeler have met several times. I hope your finger mends quickly! I would imagine the beating of the new drum kit distracted you from any discomfort for a while anyway! Glad it's time to relax now. Here's wishing you all the best in 2011!

  2. Thank you Clara and my best wishes for 2011 to you too. The finger seems to be healing ok, thanks to Rawleighs Antiseptic Salve - do you have that over there ? Its magic. Yes, today is the day for relaxing - still in my jammies and its 12.45pm !!


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