Another only in the country…

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So Country Town 2.0 has 2 supermarkets and I don’t mean Coles or Woolies or even IGA.

I mean two small little supermarkets that often run out of different things, two little supermarkets that get meat and vegetables in once a week.  They don’t even get milk or bread on a daily basis.

So this sign saying that all the meat is sold out is nothing really unusual.

Mind you there is a small butcher’s shop in town…but it also has fruit, vegetables, milk, bread, and a few other things like pies and hotdogs.

Like I said…only in the country.

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Cave exploring

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Mammoth Caves in the Margaret River region of Western Australia.

Lesson learnt that day was never go deep into a cave when you have two ear infections…holy heck that was a painful experience!!!

Road tripping

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So this photo was put on Instagram.

I took it someone in NSW along a stretch of highway in January 2015, somewhere between Melbourne and Country Town 2.0 when I was heading back to Country Town 2.0 after the Christmas holidays.

My Kitchen Rules… #MKR is back to the country…off to Mt Isa we go

Got to love another instant restaurant…this time off to Mt Isa for Jac and Shaz and an airport welcome by their family.  Then “have you got the keys darl, we’ve got to go, ay.”  Gee we’re back in the country and I like it.  Oh god love them cooking barra…barra is seriously amazing and barra from the Gulf of Carpentaria is second to Kimberleys barra in my humble opinion.  Guess what they get back quite quickly, well there aren’t a huge amount of shops in Mt Isa, more than in Country Town 2.0, but not as many as all the other teams can access.  Oh lord Will thinks he’s a proper Aussie now he’s in red dirt country…mate come out to Country Town 2.0, it makes Mt Isa look like a city.  Oh dear, they’re having pastry issues, that’s the problem with pastry and living in the heat…there’s always difficulties.  Oh dear poor Drasko isn’t coping with the heat and the humidity and he only just jumped out of the car.  Now Will is relating Crocodile Dundee to Mt Isa…oh heck this is going to be fun.  Drasko thinks it is the posh version of the outback…until they spy a beetle and a lot of the girls scream…seriously it’s a damn bug.

Oh dear…poor Will is in long pants, a thick shirt and a singlet and is somehow coping in the 40+ degree heat, as he thinks it is what Aussies do…mate we sit in air-conditioned comfort when it’s that hot.

Entrée – oh Drasko you’re killing me “surprise, surprise they look good”…oh so so annoying!!

Fried squid with chilli jam – Pete had this and says that they know what people like, it mightn’t be the flashest dish, but it tastes good.  Eva and Debra love the dish, especially the chilli jam.  But our old mate Drasko reckons it doesn’t have enough chilli and he wants more herbs, am I surprised???

Prawn and leek tart with basil pesto – Manu had this and thinks the pastry was perfect as were the prawns and the pesto.  Will loves the pastry.  Ash enjoyed it and is really impressed.

Main – now personally I would want the barra, but I wouldn’t be keen on the salad as oranges and I don’t agree with each other, but barra….mmmmm…I’m like Homer Simpson is with a donut when it comes to barra.  I love that everyone else is over Bianca and Drasko, especially Ash, oh look Drasko says that in hindsight they would have changed their menu.  Ash and Camilla start a Mary Poppins singalong, oh girls I adore you both.  Oh dear they have no idea if the roulade is ready, at least not until they cut them, I feel for them right now…then there’s a similar thing with the barra.  Girls why didn’t you make an extra one to check.  First cut of the chicken it looks good.

Sweet potato and chicken roulade with white wine jus – Manu had this and says a comment in French and poor Jac is confused.  But he says it is perfect and crispy and has a beautiful sauce, but he probably wouldn’t have put the vegies in the middle of the roulade, but he was happily surprised.  Will thinks it is fabulous, especially that the potatoes resemble the stacks in Mt Isa.  Guess what part of Drasko’s chicken was over-cooked and he wanted more acidity and less salt…shut up already!!

Macadamia crusted barramundi with beetroot and orange salad – Pete had this and said they’ve stepped it up a notch, the plating was sensational and the fish was cooked to perfection.

Dessert

Of course Ash and Camilla order the pears as they’re the only ones who were at this instant restaurant last time and they remember the failure that happened with the pears last time.  Oh love it, poor Eva and Debra struggle to say cherry short stack and keep saying sherry short stack.  Just when it is all going well Jac drops the coulis as she gets it out of the fridge…poor love.  They decide on a brush stroke of coulis then the soil, then the stack.  Personally I think both dishes look lovely.

Poached pears with cinnamon ice-cream and hazelnut crumb – Manu had this and thinks the pear was poached perfectly, the ice-cream was creamy, but he is missing flavour in the dish as there isn’t much spice in the pear and he can’t taste the cinnamon in the ice-cream.  Oh dear, Bianca thinks that the ice-cream tastes eggy.  Ash says it is a lot better than their last pear dish.

Cherry short stacks – Pete had this and questions if it is a dessert and is underwhelmed by the dish.  Camilla thinks it loks like a petit four and not a dessert.  Yay…Eva and Debra managed to say cherry short stack.

Scores

Drasko and Bianca – 6

Eva and Debra – 6

Will and Steve – 6

Ash and Camilla – 6

Entrée

Manu – 7

Pete – 8

Main

Pete – 8

Manu – 9….sorry Bianca and Drasko they’ve past you as they’re now on 56!!

Dessert

Manu – 5

Pete – 4

Total score 65/ 100 putting them 2nd on the leaderboard, next we’re off to the last instant restaurant and it will be either Drasko and Bianca who go home or Ash and Camilla and I know who I am cheering for!!

Write, every day of your life 4/365

Well boys and girls we’ve made it to day 4…given that I only made it January 31st doing this last year 4 days straight is a good start.

So the topic today is…Quote me…Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

You know I honestly don’t think I have a quote that I return to over and over.  At least not one that moves me.

However if you ask the cherubs that I had last year I’m sure they will say different.

Apparently I’ve been known to say, “J… will you be quiet already” quite a lot.  Followed with “How many times do I have to tell you that you don’t fluff in class?  If you need to fluff then you need to go outside.”  Another one is a response to a cherub saying “I’m going to get my mum and tell her what you’re doing” to which I generally respond with “Go on, get your mother and I’ll tell her what you’ve been doing.”

God bless the cherubs and their sense of humour, especially when they repeat my words to another cherub before I get the chance to.  That’s when I know that I’ve says something too often.

2014..my year that was

Well given that 2014 started with a bang…especially in terms of this blog and has then had a few bumps and hiccups…both life and this blog it is time I think to get back into the swing of things.

So here’s what my crazy, somewhat hectic 2014 looked like.

In a nutshell I moved from Country Town at the end of 2013 and moved to Country Town 2.0 during January.  Before that though I managed to meet my favourite footballer as well as a great chef or two and sweat at the Australian Open.

I learnt about the drought and what life is like for farmers and had the luck of getting bogged after not a huge amount of rain…it’s all the drought’s fault and I experienced all the animals that the bush provides, even when they’re inside your house or right outside your front door, and managed to only flatten a couple, including a massive lizard.

I travelled around Australia a bit, up and down the eastern states with the drive from Melbourne to Country Town 2.0 and then holidays in the Gold Coast for the AFL and then on to Cairns flying over a cyclone to get there…well that was a slightly bumpy ride, then the Gold Coast and Brisbane for the next one to catch up with friends and then to go to the rugby union and Sydney for the next one to see The King and I at the Sydney Opera House and see Strictly Ballroom as well as to go to the Robbie Williams concert as well as the Justin Timberlake concert before coming to Melbourne for Christmas, as well as a trip to Sydney for a night to go to the rugby union…as one does.

I went back into the classroom full-time with a class of my own and they taught me plenty.  I learnt about pigging, I learnt about bulls and poddy calves and bull-riding and they gave me plenty of laughs as the year went on.  I also learnt that when I’m told “Miss he said the K word” that they actually meant the C word…but hey, who am I to argue with that???

I worked, I studied, I watched a bit of tv…and blogged about it, who knew that me writing my views on reality tv would be so popular, but hey…people seem to like reading about Masterchef, MKR, When Love Comes to Town and all that sort of stuff…not that I’m complaining at all.

But now it is time to bring on 2015, thanks for the memories 2014.

Country women aren’t hicks from wherever!!!

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So this woman made news headlines yesterday and the story hit a raw nerve with me…I couldn’t care less that she wasn’t allowed into the Members Reserve at the SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground) because her dress didn’t fit under the regulations…it wasn’t knee length and the requirements are that it has to be knee length.

I cared because she said ”I am a corporate solicitor.  I know what is appropriate and not. I am not some hick from wherever.”

That really peeved me off…country women know what is appropriate and what is not, quite possibly a lot more than what city women do given a lot of the outfits that I have seen while I’ve been on holidays in the city.

But since when are country women hicks???  I’ll call myself a country bumpkin…that’s one thing.  But a HICK???

The definition of hick is ‘a person who lives in the country, regarded as being unintelligent or parochial.

Ummmmmmm well I might live in the country, but I’m definitely not unintelligent and I’m probably more intelligent that this lovely lady.

The definition of country bumpkin is ‘an unsophisticated or socially awkward person from the countryside.’

Well I’m from the countryside and I wouldn’t say I’m unsophisticated or socially awkward

I would love to question this woman about her knowledge of country people as I’m thinking that she hasn’t often ventured out of the concrete jungle of Sydney that she lives in based on her simple quotes above.

Common sense says if you’ve been a member of somewhere for 25 years then you should well and truly know the rules and not spit the dummy when someone tells you that you’re not dressed appropriately.

Just my opinion!!!

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