Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Weird...

Just something I noticed today, why do most, not all, coffee drinkers look as if they're being pulled along by their takeaway coffee?

Weird!

I suppose I'll never understand because I'm not a coffee drinker.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I'm with stupid

Yes, it's true, I did a silly thing...

In my absent mindedness, I decided to wander up to Museum station this afternoon on my way home and catch a train home from there, I get to the platform and start wondering why the trains are so few and far between. Finally when I see one I can catch, I suddenly find myself at St James station, then Circular Quay.

Doh! Wrong platform! and going the wrong way!

Never mind, I stayed on the train and headed to McDonald Town and walked home from there.

I think I'm going to pay more attention next time.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Cure all?

I regularly call my mother for advice on many things, usually medical (being a nurse and all), and so last night I called my mother for some advice on taking Glucosamine to help with the Arthritis I've inherited from my parents.

Mum said that Glucosamine was good, but it takes a while to build up in the body (mum said months), and at nearly $30 for 50 tablets, it was an expensive option. Mum then suggested that I try a couple of teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar diluted in a glass of water as it has 'Amazing healing properties'.

So, we bought a large bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar and thought I'd give it a try, you can't go wrong with 750ml for approx $2.50.

After a quick Google Search, I found some interesting claims, so I'm willing to give this a shot, anything to relive the dull pain of arthritis in my hands.

Earth Clinic gave the most comprehensive coverage on this 'cure all' Apple Cider Vingegar. Additionally, it's meant to help with "sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, candida, acid reflux, sore throats, contact dermatitis, arthritis, and gout". in addition to this, "Apple Cider Vinegar also breaks down fat and is widely used to lose weight."

So here I go, I just had my 1st glass of Water & Cider Vinegar, and while it tasted acidic, and like a bad lime cordial, I'm giving it a shot.

I'll keep you posted on how things go...

Monday, March 19, 2007

Chicken and sweet corn soup

Ive watched Dad make this for 20 years... I dont use measurements when making my own but for the sanity of others here are the guesstimates.

  • 1 litre of chicken stock liquid
  • 500g skinless chicken minced, finely chopped
  • 1 cups of corn kernels (optional)
  • 1 x 420g cans creamed corn
  • Salt and Sugar
  • 2 egg beaten
  • ½ cup shallots sliced
  • Sesame Oil
Method:
  1. On a med heat, Put the 1 cup of stock in the pot, add the minced chicken, stir to break up the mince into individual bits. The hot water will seal the meat.
  2. Add the Cream corn, corn kernels and remaining stock in and stir well. Simmer, season to taste with sugar and salt, (MSG allowed but in tiny quantities)
  3. After seasoning bring to boil, then turn down the heat, stir in beaten egg, DO NOT allow another boil.
  4. Serve in a big tureen or individual bowls, garnish with a few drops of sesame oil and some chopped shallots.
Serve with a bowl of steam rice (Suggestion: mix the two – childhood favorite)

Notes:
  • The consistency depends on your cream corn and stock ratio. I always liked mine chunky. (I’m a texture girl) so I minimized the stock and added HEAPS of corn kernels. If you find that you’ve added too much stock, add more cream corn and vise versa.
  • Don’t boil the soup after adding the eggs or you get yucky egg scum. (its edible but looks gross)
  • Shallots are for dressing, don’t add at the beginning or they go soggy.
  • Chicken can be breast or thigh, thigh is more succulent but breast is healthier
  • Chicken Stock - make it or fake it. It’s a matter of preference. I don’t have enough freezer room so I fake it. But if you fake it you should at least use good fake stuff. Try Knorr Chicken Broth Powder. It doesn’t have the oil or the green bits issue that Maggi chicken stock has.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

One out, two to go

Today I had to extract a wisdom tooth.

Three injections of numbing stuff, my mouth felt like it was full of cotton balls. As we were waiting for the numbness to set in, the Dental Nurse was telling me her horror wisdom tooth extraction story! She had two out on either side and ended up drooling from both corners, while she was on the bus going home!!! Gross! Even the Dentist chided her for telling me horror stories.

It was a bit scary during the extraction, every time he reached for another tool it seemed bigger than the first! I was starting to wonder if he was going to bring out a hammer and chisel!

Fortunately not, its out and its done. Now the numbness stuff is wearing off, and I'll be living on Nurofen Plus for the rest of the week.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Gaming kills...

So it's true after all!

Chinese gamer dies after 'marathon' session

As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald February 28, 2007.
The 150kg man from Jinzhou, in Liaoning province, collapsed on Saturday, the last day of the holiday, after spending "almost all" of the seven-day break playing online games, the China Daily said, citing his parents.
Waah! And I thought Eva's brother Edmund was bad!

Honkers here we come!

Yep! We're off to Hong Kong again this year for some relaxation, shopping and sightseeing.

We were originally thinking of going in July/August, but due to some other commitments around that time, we've decided to change the dates to the end of May, much to the delight of Kathleen, who is also going to 1. be in Hong Kong at the same time, and 2. probably be staying around the corner from us.

When Eva told Kathleen the other day, reportedly there were squeals of "Oh My God!" and the one that she was hanging out for, "We can go hardware shopping" together...

I just want to do the Central & Midlevels Escalator trip, of course, Eva's mother laughed at me when Eva told her... Ok, I'm crazy, but I'm sure I can persuade Andrew to join me :O)

We're also looking for cool things to do in Guangzhou as the guide books give a good overview, but nothing that jumps out at you. So any suggestions welcome!