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Sunday night is Spag night

Well it is either seen as the end of the week, the beginning of the week or the middle depending upon the job you do and the way you see the world this is called a Sunday. Some religions use the Sunday to encourage rest and prayer where others use a Saturday. It doesn’t really matter, what matters is how you see it, enjoy it and spend your time.

When children were younger it was the end of a busy sport, family and friend filled weekend and the day where washing, homework, church and generally preparing for the working week was enjoyed. It was the ‘slack day’ where in winter ironing was done with relish, the only other person I know who enjoys ironing is my friend Kate Swaffer, we share this love, I as a farm girl miss it, farmer in the house does not need his work clothes ironed and as I never ironed sheets or anything like that I now don’t have the need.

What I do have is still the need to eat, we would make Sunday night if not with family having a beef or lamb roast would have spaghetti Bolognaise. When children were younger I would put vegetables in so finely chopped up that it was denied that they were in-fact eaten, along with other things such as cracked pepper, paprika and onion. I would always use good beef mince, it is relatively cheap and can be purchased anywhere in the quantity amount that you want. Sometimes to mix it up we would use thin spaghetti pasta, but the favourite when she was little was thick, then we moved on to fettuccine. We would also make home-made garlic bread, where we would buy a bread stick, cut it butter it and wrap in AL foil and cook it.

Now days when I do it, I put red wine, olives and anything else that take my fancy. The good thing about home-made spag bol is that kids love their own parents, we all seem to have a different way of cooking it, adding ingredients but one thing that unites kids all over the world is that when taking them out they will at least eat a restaurant bowl of spaghetti bolognaise. I shall post my recipe in recipes, what’s your favourite ingredient? It is a family secret or something you developed to add taste or to get the children to eat it. I make enough now that I make lasagna for the next night or lasagna cups for single serves.

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cooking at home versus fast food

It this really busy world where women and men are out working, being parents, playing sports, being on committees and numerous other roles unmentioned in this blog. There is always that nagging feeling when coming to the end of the working day, even if you do not work in paid employment after a day working, it comes to about 4pm and your mind starts thinking about the dreaded chore of preparing the evening meal. Remember the ‘frustrated Chef‘ from ‘Sesame Street’ well cooking daily makes me feel like this

There is no speech by your parents when you grow up about how laborious this chore is, yes they talk about sex, making babies, financial responsibilities and school and growing up but my mother never told me how this could be the worst chore ever invented and how necessary it is to daily functions. My mother also never told me how frustrating it is when you ask people in the house what do they want to dinner and have responses like “anything as long as I’m with you” as nice as it sounds it’s a cop-out. In Australian language that means I have no idea and I’m not prepared to offer any suggestions, this is frustrating to say the least, or what would be nice occasionally is to have someone say, “I know” and get up and prepare it and present it themselves.

We sit and watch shows like ‘Masterchef‘, ‘My Restaurant Rules‘, Huey’s kitchen and every other ‘lifestyle’ program has a cooking segment on it and we (pardon the pun) devour these shows, in my case I love some of the dishes and want to see who wins, that’s the competitive nature in me coming out there. But sometimes these dishes they don’t relate to normal life do they? Who really has the time (other than paid contestants) to spend 5 hours preparing meals? Not me I could not think of anything more boring. Preparing and presenting a perfectly cooked meal, consuming it and then CLEANING up.

There are some days when I think, can’t I just go and buy dinner? I live where there is no identifiable (no golden arches) fast food places within 150kms or in American terms 93.20 miles so when I do feel like this I rely on the trusty freezer, to have meat, oven fires and frozen vegetables and normally use this opportunity to do a mixed grill, rump, fillet or lamb chops which I will crumb, eggs from our chooks, sausages either our beef or lamb, then bread cooked in our bread maker and frozen oven fries cooked in the oven. This really is our choice, I don’t keep frozen ‘fast foods‘ like hash browns or others, these can be high in fat and salt.

But sometimes just sometimes I would love someone to come in and cook and clean. The last time farmer was out for dinner I cooked a microwave bag of popcorn and ate that, nothing else but white wine with it. When we travel to the city to see family and friends it normally is for a celebration so food is part of this shared experience, I have a family of cookers, they bring salads, hot vegetables, desserts and we cook either a leg of lamb or roast some of our beef. There is nothing nicer, but if we dine out, I note farmer goes for the seafood or steak, I normally go the steak option, it is just nice to have food prepared and presented to you. We also like Asian foods which I also cook when I feel I have time, but overall home cooking is always much more flavor some and healthy for you than ‘fast foods’ but for the convenience fast foods will win this mental trauma every time and this is back by the statistics, people would rather drive through than shop in.

My advice, find a great fresh home delivery company that will bring fresh fruit, produce and meat to your door, plan your meals so that you only order what you know you are going to eat. This will help reduce the high calories intake and save you from opening your purse. Put that money towards a long desired holiday where, when you get it you can PAY someone to cook what you want and clean up.

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Our first for our Friday Feast

I have decided we need to have a bit of fun or at least something to look at for a friday and I have decided rather than do a blog post I would post pictures of a ‘Celebrity’ one that perhaps we would like to have a meal with.

I welcome suggestions on who you would like a Friday Feast with.

Here’s my first choice Will Smith – one of my favourite sayings – by Will “Stop Letting people who do so little for you, control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions”

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