Posts Tagged ‘Dolce’

Sydney Duststorm No 2

October 16, 2009

skywatch Friday

Three days after the red dust storm we had a few weeks ago, we had a second – this time it was yellow, not as severe and was gone by 8.30am. But it did provide a very eerie atmosphere.
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I almost missed seeing the sun!

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You can get an idea of how hard the wind was blowing in the next photo – which was good – it was all clear by mid morning, but billions of tons of our soil had been dumped in the Pacific ocean and New Zealand gained some too!
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Miss Dolce cat was most perturbed by my being out there in the weird light and wind.  She was crying from the upstairs balcony!  Poor baby.

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You can see more Skywatch Friday photos here.

random answers

May 28, 2009

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I have been procrastinating (my favourite thing to do) about posting. I won a year’s free hosting at Theobloggers but I haven’t got my act together about getting a domain name set up and transferring my photos across.

But I liked the questions Joolz (whose blog I found at Kris’) and had to respond!

Joolz is having a giveaway to celebrate her 150th post. Go and have a look!

# 1 What’s for dinner tonight?
I’m making osso buco and saffron risotto for C.   MissN has to try it (she has never had it before.) I’m not sure what I am making for me. I don’t eat meat.  I had coffee with my church ladies on Tuesday in Cammeray and Rebecca recommended the butcher there, so I got some veal to treat C.  He LOVES osso buco (despite once getting a shard of bone stuck in his throat and needing medical treatment to remove it.  Luckily there was a medical centre right acroos the right from the cafe where we were lunching!)

# 2 What’s your favourite cute animal picture?
See above. Miss Dolce loves water. She will only drink from a running tap and loves lying in the bath. She just fits in the basin. She is a small cat – her legs are pretty short but she weighs 5.3kg!

# 3 Who does the dishes in your house?
I do. But C stacks (or restacks!) the dishwasher. He has superior spatial skills.

# 4 One a personal note, regarding toilet paper – Are you a Scruncher or a Folder… or a Fruncher/Scrolder, he he!
Does anyone need to know the answer to this?

# 5 What jar (brand) of (tomato based) Spaghetti sauce do you use for Spagetti Bol?
I don’t use jars of sauce when I cook. I have only made spag bol once (for C and MissN) in the years since I stopped eating meat (1985..) and I made it the old fashioned way.

# 6 Do your children make their own beds and put out their clothes or do … you?
MissN makes hers when I remind her to. She puts her own clothes away (needs some reminding at times but she is improving). Not sure what you mean by putting clothes out. Out for laundering? She does put hers in the laundry box outside her door.

# 7 Can I have your favourite recipe for a dessert you love?
Coffee and chocolate self-saucing pudding was my first ever blog post!  I make it often.

# 8 My ironing board is permanently set up – do you labour over baskets of ironing or do you fold, put away then iron as you need…. like me?
I tend to iron for an hour or two at a time, with my music blaring, praise and worship usually.

# 9 Do you wear makeup each day or go Phhhffft! Stuff it! How often do you go to the hairdresser?
I wear make up each day. I feel naked without mascara at least(very blonde lashes), and look better with some mineral make up smoothing out my age induced blotches freckles. I usually get my hair cut every 7-8 weeks. I wear it short and grows out of style if I leave it for any longer (needs a cut now!)

# 10 What is your ultimate personal indulgence eg. relaxation/treat
A day in bed with a book and my family bringing me tea/coffee/meals/chocolate on demand.

Dolce and Cannoli Cream

September 2, 2008

Dolce is “sweet” in Italian.

Dolce is also the cat who shares our home, our lives and our hearts.  She was MissN’s 10th birthday present.  MissN kindly shares her with us and allows me to feed her, brush her, clean up after her….  you get the idea.  MissN is very generous in a lot of ways!

2005 was not a good year for me.  My dad was dying of cancer (in South Africa).  I had health issues.  Many times that year especially I gave thanks for the little moggie who had entranced us by coming into our lives just at the right time.  We have had a few cats over the years but Dolce is the most lovable, vocal, adorable, affectionate, companionable, crazy cat we have had.

And it’s been a while since I posted a recipe.  Here is a super easy “dolce” dessert C and I make often.  (He knows how to wield the Bamix!) It’s low fat, with protein and calcium and quickly made in the food processor.

Cannoli cream is from here – a wonderful cookbook C bought me over a decade ago.

Cannoli Cream with fresh Berries

11 ounces ricotta (1¼ cups) (I buy 500g)
1/3 cup orange marmalade
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 pints fresh raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries

Process the ricotta in a food processor, scraping down the sides of the bowl from time to time, for about 2 minutes, until the curds disappear and it is perfectly smooth.

Add the marmalade and pulse just to combine; you want to retain some small pieces of pulp.

Transfer to a mixing bowl. Fold in the chocolate, Grand Marnier, and vanilla. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 2 days.

Divide the berries among 4 individual serving bowls or wine goblets. Pour the cannoli cream over the berries and serve.

Serves 4 to 6 (lol not in our house!  Leftovers, if there ARE any, make good breakfast!)