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Kitten has finally arrived

She was a perfect little sweetie in the car from Wanganui to Wellington. After the initial shock, she entertained herself with a scrap of sheepskin for a bit before curling up to sleep the rest of the way. [singlepic=13,320,240,,]

When she got home she found the spare room with the boxes in it.

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Death to the laser pointer!

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Salmon Vegetable Ensemble

  • Two 150g salmon fillets
  • Two large field mushrooms (at least 10cm across)
  • 1 large head of broccoli
  • 150g spinach
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 glass of white wine

Sauce:

  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • A few capers
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • dash of milk

Mash anchovies, garlic, rosemary and capers in a mortar and pestle to a paste. Stir in sour cream and enough milk to make a good sauce consistency. Set aside to allow flavour to infuse.

Steam the broccoli for 5-6 minutes. Meanwhile, chop the spring onion and saute in a pan with a little oil, salt and pepper. Add the mushrooms to the pan, stalk-side-up, add the wine and cook covered for 2-3 minutes until just tender.

Place the mushrooms on heated plates stalks-up, and assemble the spring onions and broccoli on top of each mushroom. Keep plates warm.

Meanwhile, steam the spinach, and add the salmon fillets to the pan skin-side down to cook for 2-3 minutes, and 1 minute on the other side.

Pile the spinach on the vegetable ensemble, and place the fillet on top of that. Drizzle any liquid from the pan over the food if desired.

Garnish with the sauce prepared earlier and serve.

Games at Heather’s


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It’s Queen’s Birthday weekend, and there’s nothing like a nice Sauvignon Blanc and a spot of boardgames on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Some Settlers of Catan, some Hacienda and good company.

LAN Photos


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Here are some photos from a LAN a couple of weeks ago. Civilisation, Joint Operations, Halflife 2 Deathmatch, far too much bacon corn fritters and Rocket Fuel sauce, and of course Mystery Science Theater 3000 “This Island Earth”.