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27 responses to “Lazy Sunday”

  1. Paul Norton

    I went to see the AFL match between West Coast and Brisbane, which is one of the very few Saturday afternoon matches to be played at the Gabba in recent years. I’ve seen better displays of the game’s skills but it was an absorbing struggle and was very much alive as a contest until nearly the end when West Coast broke free with a run of late goals. The match currently under way between Adelaide and Greater Western Sydney is turning out to be, shall we say, a less interesting contest.

  2. paul burns

    Still reading Sumption’s Vol. III of The Hundred Years War. Still enjoying it immensely. About 3/4 of the way through. Though the print on the maps in this edition is too small and I have to resort to my magnifying glass to read it.
    Also reading Gordon S. Wood’s Empire of Liberty, vol. 2 of the Oxford History of the United States. The material is roughly familiar, but I’m enjoying Wood’s artistry as an historian.

  3. akn

    Because there is no soil to speak of here in Drastic, The Strapper and I have adopted straw bale gardening in which the bales form the edges of beds as well as being a type of instant bed in which I’ve been drilling 6 inch wide holes prior to filling them and planting out.

    Today has been a very fulfilling planting day – veggies, at last, silver beet, brussel sprouts, snow peas, garlic as well as two passion fruits, two berry canes and a variety of natives including grevilleas, a weeping Lilli Pilli and an Illawarra flame tree.

    Returned from an expedition to Barrington Tops NP that included a run through Ellerston, the Packer family estate, Nundle, Hanging Rock and a truly terrifying long gravel run on a back country road on which there is active logging. Do the empty timber jinkers share the road? Not effing likely. The experience makes a UHF radio a good idea as you’re able to talk to the drivers so they know you’re on the road.

    The road from Ellesrton to Nundle is a goat track, it runs through people’s back paddocks, the highlight of which is an astonishing Grass Tree forest that runs alongside the road for about two k’s – thousands of grass trees. Never seen anything like it before.

  4. Jumpy

    Lazy day in the garden myself. Repotted a couple of Tamarind tree seedlings too. Anyone want some bananas or avocados, swimmin in the things.
    akn, I grew up at a place called Grasstree Beach, for good reason, so I can relate.

  5. Mindy

    Cleaned out all the spent raspberry canes, mulched them and put them back on the garden. One less thing to irritate me by its ‘not being done-ness’.

  6. David Irving (no relation)

    Took a few things up to the Paddock this afternoon, including a slice of rainwater tank that’ll make a good raised bed once I put it back together. (I had to cut it in half to get it on the ute.) I started spraying out some spots I’m going to plant seedlings in a few weeks, but it started raining. It’s the only time recently I haven’t been pleased to see rain.

  7. mindy

    Has Tim been back with an update on his finger or must we wait another week?

  8. jules

    Paul norton @ 1, 2 words – Majak Daw.

  9. Russell

    Family gathering passed without incident. I had slaved the whole morning making rounds and rounds of mock chicken sandwiches only to find all nieces and nephews AWOL – I could have made a quarter the amount.

    At least there were no hysterical scenes in the kitchen, as there were the last time I made the mock chicken sandwiches, and couldn’t find my sandwich cutter.

  10. paul burns

    Russell @ 9,
    Er … What is mock chicken?

  11. jules

    i used to live with a guy who grew up eating mock chicken. Its a mythological thing from the distant past. No one knows the one true recipe for mock chicken. Its long sought after but lost in the mists of time.

  12. Russell

    Jules and PB, my mother wrote this one in her recipe book, sometime in the late 1920s I guess:

    Mock Chicken
    3 tomatoes
    1 onion
    1 egg
    cheese the size of an egg
    2 teaspoon mixed hers

    Cook all together for 10 mins.

    From experience I know it was always a white onion. And that you have to heat slowly, stirring constantly so the egg doesn’t congeal into bits.

    Of course you have to peel the tomatoes. My lazy sister-in-law was once entrusted with making the mock chicken sandwiches and she used tinned tomatoes!! – well sisters-in-law are like that aren’t they – never allowed to make them since.

    I don’t understand the 10 minutes either because I always end up standing there for an hour stirring the stuff. Quite a bit of finely chopped lettuce goes into each sandwich.

    I’m only guessing about the name, but perhaps it tastes like the stuffing for a roast chicken (the mixed herbs) – I can’t be sure because I’ve been vegetarian almost all my life!

  13. akn

    Mock Chicken was a recipe handed down by the Jade Emperor. It is mysterious and robs the cook of immortality or hope for this life.

  14. Russell

    I should have mentioned that the end result should have a spreadable texture – sort of hummus like, not too dry, not too wet.. A lot of chopping and grating involved – unless you have modern gadgets like a food processor.

  15. Russell

    “robs the cook of immortality”

    excellent, I can’t think of anything worse than immortality.

  16. Jumpy


    and couldn’t find my sandwich cutter.

    You lost the knife you chopped the lettuce with?

  17. David Irving (no relation)

    Many above – wouldn’t real chicken be a lot less effort? (And also nicer, let’s be honest.)

  18. Russell

    ‘and also nicer’ ….. well, not for the chicken.

  19. David Irving (no relation)

    I see your point, Russell, but it’s their Destiny.

    My roast chicken dinner was pretty damn tasty, but I’m beginning to be dubious about the vendor’s claims of “free range”, having finally checked their website.

  20. Russell

    Jumpy – If I’m to make sandwiches they will be perfect sandwiches.

    A sandwich cutter is a square piece of metal, slightly smaller than a slice of bread. There is a ridge in the metal running diagonally across – that ridge makes a handle, and also allows a knife to be inserted.

    You make your sandwich, then place your cutter on top with firm but gentle pressure. You can then slice off the crusts that are sticking out from the cutter: top, bottom, right, left. Then you place the knife in the ridge and cut your sandwich diagonally this way, turn and cut that way …. and voila, you have created 4 perfect little sandwiches. No torn edges, no bruises in the bread from uneven hand pressure.

    Jumpy, these are not just some sandwich you make to take to work. These are afternoon tea sandwiches. Honestly, I see civilisation crumbling all around me.

  21. Jumpy

    Russell @20
    Thank you and, please, pardon my crude upbringing.
    Tell me, is there a protocol for eating this OCD sandwich?
    Number of bites per 1/4, chews per bite, in which order one removes the corners ( 90deg corner 1st, 2nd or 3rd ), is it shameful to hold the sandwich vertically rather than horizontally, that sort of thing…?

  22. Paul Norton

    Russell @12:

    2 teaspoon mixed hers

    Did your mother tell you what this ingredient was and how it could be obtained?

  23. Mindy

    Russell – do you give lessons, I can see that my education has been sorely lacking in this department.

  24. paul burns

    I’m getting sick laughing.
    Wonderful ripostes.

  25. Russell

    Well, I suppose I could make a Youtube video on sandwich making, but would it hold back the looming dark age? I fear it’s a case of apres moi, le deluge ….

  26. akn

    Mock chicken, as well as mock fish, duck bacon and so on are also defined by having been killed by an excess of harsh ridicule.

  27. j_p_z

    Oscar Wilde would be very cross with the lot of you. Perfect mock-chicken sandwiches are not a thing to be scorned in the least; indeed they are to be prized above competent statecraft. Indeed if we had more people who understood the true value of perfect mock-chicken sandwiches then we would not even require any statecraft, whether competent (which we will not get in any case) or otherwise (which, to quote Dr. Frank N. Furter, we SHALL have…in abundance!!!)

    Someone above said they thought immortality was not such a good deal. I was reminded of Nietzsche’s quip, “An immortal St. Peter —– who could stand him??”

    I don’t agree of course, but I am forced to admit that THAT’S funny.