Thursday, October 27, 2005
The Half-Nekkid Chef!
It's Half-Nekkid Thursday again, and I know we're supposed to be doing Halloween pics but I kind of did that last week with the "Muchkin in a Pumpkin" picture, so sorry to disappoint but there's no ghoulies or ghosties here!
However, I present to you a series of three photos taken by my wife of myself making pizza dough.
Friday nights have almost always been pizza night for us, but here in the UK good pizza is a rare thing. Pizza Hut is probably the best if you can be bothered to drive out to get them, since our nearest is a good 10 or 15 minute drive away and they wont deliver. The places that do deliver quite frankly suck! I've yet to have one that didn't.
So we took to making our own pizzas, first buying ready made bases at the supermarket until they decided to pull them from the shelves in favour of completely ready made pizzas. As a result Friday pizza night was a bummer because I'd have to trawl across to Pizza Hut on my way back from work, wait in a place full of screaming kids for 20 minutes, and trudge home to enjoy luke warm pizza.
Step in my sister and her Jamie Oliver cookbook (AKA the Naked Chef - which seems appropriate), and a rather spiffing and basic pizza dough recipe. we haven't looked back since then, although their preparation can be time consuming. However, this way we get exactly what we want on our pizzas, they're hot from the oven every time, and nobody has to drive anywhere! What more could you wish for? OK, you can also make a batch and FREEZE them for another time too! Satisfied now?!
Anyway, I tend to be the chef in the house so it's usually up to me to make these, and my kneading skills are excellent!
Since it is supposed to be a Halloween post you also might like to percieve picture number three as pair of dismembered hands groping through some oozing zombie brains. Talk about giving you value for money on HNT today!
Have a great one!
Saturday, October 22, 2005
This first one was taken at a great playground in Owen Sound which had a bit of a dinosaur theme going on.
This is at the same playground - this is one of the coolest swings I've ever seen, although I was worried that Audrey would keel over backwards and fall off.
So here is the carved pumpkin after we'd finished with Audrey standing inside it. Martha drew the face and I carved it. The "teeth" happened by accident, but I liked it enough to leave it.
And here it is at night with a candle inside it! Spooky!
This is sunset at a place called Mitchells Bay about a half hour drive from where Martha's parents live. We had a nice meal at a restaurant after this shot was taken. Also Martha worked at another place just down the road one summer to raise enough funds to get her through her next term at University - she was a chef and apparently exposed a coworker who had been serving up chicken sandwiches, but inadvertently filling them with fish! How none of the customers noticed I guess we shall never know!
Left under a bit of a cloud - ten minutes before we were supposed to leave for the airport Martha announced she'd lost her Canadian bank card - you know, the one we need to buy petrol for the car with, and supper and stuff at the airport...we never found it and half an hour later she'd called the bank and cancelled it.
Nonetheless we got to the airport in time - woofed down a burger at Harvey's on Dixon Road, and dropped the car off with a full tank having just enough cash to do it...inside the terminal we were told we were over our weight limit...
Get this, we were 12 kilos over, and they charged me $84 Canadian for the privilege of letting it on board...what a rip off! Get this too, because we got a "free" ticket for Audrey because she is still classed as an infant, she has no, zero, zilch, baggage entitlement! Does anyone with kids think this is completely daft or is it just me? Two adults and a toddler and MOST of our luggage was for Audrey, yet she's the one who has no baggage entitlement!
As usual I am happy to name and shame - this was Air Transat. Cheap, yes, helpful, no. At Christmas we flew BA in much the same manner and Audrey was allowed luggage. I guess you get what you pay for...
I got pretty fumed about it, but Martha told me to stop making a scene and cough up the dough. Boo!
Picked up some duty free booze and souvenirs for people who'd asked for them and waited and waited and waited...
Anyway, the flight itself was OK - Audrey screamed her head off on takeoff, maybe because of the ear problem, but soon settled down and went to sleep for the entire flight. She was a bit wriggly which meant Martha and I couldn't really nap or get comfortable, but we did manage to blag that extra third seat again which made a big difference.
I was still kind of cranky when we arrived, and got peeved when some women (British, I hasten to add) hogged the baggage conveyor belt - yeah, lets assume OUR luggage is so important it will be first out! WTF?! In the end it was actually OUR bags that came out ahead of theirs and I had to push past them (politely asking them to get out of the way). They didn't exactIy part like the Dead Sea so I nearly missed one bag and ended up stomping on one of the women's feet...was I sorry? - heck no! Grrrrr!
Anyway, the drive home was uneventful and we came home to a mountain of post (bills of course!) and spent the rest of this afternoon recouping. Martha went to bed for the best part of 3 hours, and I looked after Audrey who was surprisingly chipper.
I really struggled, but had a spurt of energy and got everything unpacked, did 3 or 4 loads of laundry (I lost count), defrosted the fridge, made Audrey her supper, and together we gave her a bath. And yes, I do wear a big red cape with an "S" on it and sport underwear over my tights!
Audrey is now sound asleep - for how long is anyones guess!!! I am suddenly feeling ridiculously alert and awake and ready for a quiet evening until bedtime...
I promise I'll post photos of our trip soon, but not tonight! I need to sort through them!
I'm off to catch up on what I've been missing in blogland!
Thursday, October 20, 2005
We also got a cute hat for her which had black bats on it, but you can't see them. I think the pose is rather like "Bewitched".
Although this isn't really an official HNT post, since it's Thursday, I'm off to Osbasso's site to log it as one.
Oh, I cut a face out afterwards and hope to post a few pics of it another time and of our trip in general...
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
It's Half-Nekkid Thursday once again, and the last one I'll be doing for a couple of weeks since I shall be away having a well deserved holiday.
I've decided to double post this to my Myblogsite blog, and separately to my Blogger account which may just be a haven for my HNT posts generally...we'll see what happens.
So, I finally got the HNT picture I've been dying to share with you for 4 weeks now, so I hope it lives up to expectations.
This was taken by our swimming instructor during a special session we had where we paid for the photo to raise money for some gear they needed for the pool. They have a website at www.aqua-vie.com where you can see many more similar photos and get an idea of what they do!
The pool we swim in is a special needs one so they can put disabled people in using an overhead crane. They also use the pool for families like us who want to teach our babies how to understand and respect the water and learn to swim safely without fearing it. It's a lot of fun, and Audrey loves it most of the time! We are actively encouraged to submerge them once or twice each session, unless of course the child patently says they don't want to. Audrey's never really minded although she hasn't entirely got the hang of spitting out water when she accidentally gets a mouthful!
I also realise that for some of you this will be the first time you've seen a photo of my wife, Martha, and I have to tell you she's not overly pleased about it being the first one, so I may have to rectify that in a future post with something a little more pleasing to her.
So the deal was that we all submerged together and as soon as we saw the flash of the camera we could come back up. This of course meant keeping our eyes open, which I don't enjoy doing underwater, but I think it makes for a better photo.
Anyway, Happy HNT all, and see you in a couple of weeks!