9 June 2019

Saturday at Hetzel House

I still have one spot in the blogging workshop and a few spots in the writers' group. Full details are here: https://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/2019/06/new-online-workshops.html  Let me know if you're thinking of joining us. Bookings close at the end of the week.

I've had a few people in the UK interested in joining the group but the Skype sessions we have now take place at 2am UK time. So if there is enough interest, I'm happy to arrange a UK and Europe set of workshops that would start at 9am, Saturday and Sunday, UK time.  They would be the same workshops in the link above. Let me know if you're interested.
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It rained most of yesterday and with the heater on, Hanno and Gracie watching TV, it was a good time to cook and clean.  I deep cleaned the kitchen sink and benches, baked bread, prepared apples for an apple cake to be baked today, sliced and salted cucumbers to be pickled today and made a hot beef and vegetable curry to go in the slow cooker overnight.  That will feed Hanno, Jamie and I at lunchtime today, and Kerry, Jamie and Jen (Sunny's cousin who is staying with them) for their dinner tonight. Kerry will work all day today so as he has to come over to pick up Jamie, it's always a good time to make an extra meal so he can take that home and relax without the extra work.

This lop-sided loaf was baked yesterday. I topped it with polenta.

We had KFC for lunch yesterday. 

We had KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) with potato salad and pickled cucumbers for lunch yesterday. This is based on Sunny's recipe but it's not as hot as hers. KFC is really popular in Korea. Kerry told me that every time they go there, the first meal they have is always KFC.  I can see why, it's delicious and very easy to make.  The recipe is in the comments on my Instagram page.  See below.

I did some washing yesterday: wool jumpers and white T shirts, I looked at the fridge about 10 times thinking of cleaning and organising it but didn't get around to it. Maybe that will happen today.  I've been fairly busy with this and that in the kitchen lately and the fridge is suffering because of it.  

One of those kitchen tasks was drying and turning about 50 or 60 red cayenne chillies into chilli flakes. The little container of flakes is now sitting near the stove, with the salt and pepper, so I can add a pinch to the food that would benefit from it.  I made mushroom and herb omelettes the other day and a pinch of chilli flakes elevated a somewhat drab omelette into something very tasty.

Don't have a little processor? You could pulverise the dried chillies with a mortar and pestle.

It feels good to make a few things like this. Those chillies out the back are producing like there is no tomorrow, and I have about a kilo in the freezer, so I'm sure there will be more chilli projects in the near future.  Hmmm, maybe some jars of chilli jam for gift giving later in the year.

In the coming week I hope to do some work in the garden and bush house. The oranges are almost ready to pick - and that's an event both Hanno and I love, and we have potatoes to plant, tomatoes to stake, net to put over the strawberries hanging under the garden arch and a few plants to pot. If I have the energy, I'll set up the table and garden benches under the sun umbrella. One of the benches rotted and after about 25 years of service, we sent it to the dump. We have another bench on the front verandah so we'll just load that onto our trolley and take it out the back.  All small, slow steps with plenty of breaks to sit and appreciate what we have here.

What will you be doing in the coming week?


I use free range chicken thighs which I cover with buttermilk and let sit for at least six hours, or overnight. When you're ready to cook (I don't have a deep fryer) I get a small stainless steel frying pan and quarter fill it with oil, and heat to 170 - 180C. While the oil is heating, in a bowl, make up one cup plain flour, one teaspoon baking powder (not bicarb), ½ teaspoon chilli powder (optional), ½ teaspoon pepper, ½ teaspoon garlic powder - and mix it together. 

When the oil is ready, take the chicken out of the butter milk and coat thoroughly in the flour mix and place carefully in the oil. Fry until it's golden brown for about 10-12 minutes. I serve it with potato salad, pickled cucumbers and chilli jam.
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