Saturday, November 28, 2009

Christmas apricot florentines

  • 60 g butter
  • 1/3 C brown sugar
  • 2 Tb flour
  • 1/2 C slivered almonds
  • 1/4 C finely chopped dried apricots
  • 125 dark chocolate
Cream butter & sugar until just combined and add flour, then almonds and apricots. Drop 1/2 tsp on lightly greased (I would recommend using baking paper) baking trays allowing room for spreading. Bake in moderate oven about 5 minutes until golden. Remove from oven, loosen with spatula and use it to push into a round shape while still hot & soft. Let them cool a bit and then lift onto a wire rack to cool fully. When cold spread the back of each with melted chocolate. Keep somewhere cold like in the fridge.
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Misty Saturday

So there's not a lot to say today. I'm really posting to try out the new Flock browser that I've been testing - it has a built in blog editor and many other very cool features and I am really liking it. Kiwi's leg is much better and today we're having a visit from the naked dog training lady. She's going to give us some games / exercises to play to teach Kiwi a few commands. At the moment Kiwi will come when called only if there isn't something more interesting going on so I need better control of her than that if we're going to go to the off-leash dog park. Hopefully the weather will have improved by then because its raining mistily right now. Our biggest piece of news is probably that one week after Kiwi hurt herself chasing a hare through a fence, did almost the same. He rushed through an electric tape fence and cut one of his hind legs up quite deeply. We have had many vet visits to clean and bandage the wound and lots of shots to fight off any infection. That was a Wednesday, so its been over a week and it is a lot better too. Nick spent Monday and Tuesday of this week at a special riding clinic with a western riding specialist from the US and really enjoyed it. He rode Lovejoy, his mother's horse. Lad's a bit old to really learn any new tricks. I expect that its only a matter of time before Nick starts looking for a young horse to train - although maybe he'll do that with Jack. I'm still not riding at all.
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Day before

Well the Crown Tourney site at Waipara should have opened about 10 minutes ago. But we're not on our way because we've decided not to camp. Last weekend it was a bit touch and go - I've had a bad few weeks and while I've had all week to rest 'it' sadly doesn't work quite like that (although I am feeling better than at the beginning of the week). Things were going pretty well until Nick decided to take Kiwi harrowing on Monday. Harrowing the paddocks means towing an assemblage of steel chain etc around and around the paddock breaking up the poo so that it can naturally degrade into the soil. Around our place you are always walking on shit. Anyway they'd pretty much done when Kiwi saw a hare - she took off after it and made it safely through the first fence (three wire fences so there's a gap), at least so I am informed. But she didn't do so well with the next fence. Nick brought her into me and she was feeling pretty sorry for herself but walking fairly OK but then we noticed that her right shoulder was very puffed up. Half an hour later she could barely move - she has ended up with a bruise that covers the inside of her right chest, down her front leg and right around the shoulder and has been on anti-inflammatories since then. She is a lot better now and walking normally but chased another hare this morning when out for toilet and we walked a bit far so her leg's a bit puffed up again. But at least she's not in pain. Anyway the stress of that did little to improve things for me. But I have got few things done. I've finished relining my old blue velvet cloak so will have that for this weekend. I have finished a lucet band that I was working on - a two coloured version that is new. I've almost finished dry cleaning the silk sleeves that I mentioned a few weeks ago and they look like they're going to be OK. Kiwi's new kennel is almost done - just needs another coat on the ceiling and two on the base. I've even done some prep for the peerage meetings that I have to go to. Right now I am baking an asparagus, bacon and gruyere tart and bread for lunches over the weekend. It will be an experience day-tripping, but I'd still rather camp for Canterbury Faire. Its just that the set-up really takes it out of me, and the pack down too but to a lesser extent.