If You Could Read My Mind

November 17, 2009

Happy birthday Gordon Lightfoot.

Peter Cook

November 17, 2009

Peter Cook would have been 72 today.

Tuesday’s answers

November 17, 2009

Monday’s questions were:

1. Which mountain’s name means the five treasures of the snows?

2. Who said: “Why was I a writer? Why hadn’t I gone in for soemthing easy like running the country?”

3. Who wrote the poem which begins A little piece of heaven fell from out the sky one day.It landed in the ocean not so very far away. . . and ends  . . . But that wouldn’t bring three million, seven hundred, and sixty eight people back. Would it?

4. What is a korimako?

5. What is New Zealand’s oldest daily newpaper and who was its first editor?

Paul Tremewan gets an honourable mention for inspiring the first question but I didn’t take the bait for his other four answers.

David W got two right, a half for the Himalayas and a bonus for amusing me with the oddity.

That makes him equal winner with Swinestien with three right and a 1/2 point bonus for naming the poem as well as its author.

Woollcombe got 1 1/2.

Tuesday’s answers follow the break:

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There’s no ‘just’ about nine dishes

November 17, 2009

The average British mother relies on “just” nine meals to feed her family.

Just? There’s no “just” about nine different recipes.

I cooked lunches for our staff for 20 years and thought I was doing well to have five variations on soup and something in winter and salad and something in summer.

The somethings were pizza, quiche, roulade, cheese toasties and pasta. I tried very hard to serve something different each day in a week but didn’t even pretend to try to vary the diet from week to week.

My dinner staples were even less imaginative – grilled meat (usually chops, lamb rack or rump) served with salad or steamed vegetables and potato. The potatoes were boiled with mint in summer and baked in their jackets in winter (because if God had wanted me to peel potatoes he’d have called them oranges).

Occasionally the lamb was replaced with steak or blue cod and every now and then we had a roast. When the fussiest eater in the house grew up  and time and energy allowed I got a bit more imaginative. But then as now most meals I cook regularly are those I can make on auto pilot as quickly as possible.

I enjoy cooking when I can choose to do it or not. But every day meals are a duty which I aim to do in the shortest time with the least effort possible.

Families with a mother who serves nine different meals should count their blessings.

P.S. Did anyone ask how many meals the fathers have in their recipe repertoires? Or is Ex-expat right that cooking is still women’s work?

Key invited to Washington

November 17, 2009

The NBR reports that Barack Obama has invited John Key to Washington.

Could this be another tiny step on the long path towards a free trade deal with the USA?

Nicola Shadblot joins Fonterra board

November 17, 2009

Nicola Shadbolt has been voted on to Fonterra’s Board of Directors.

She is an Associate Professor in Farm and Agribusiness Management at Massey University and has been a partner in a Pohangina Valley farm running 960 cows for 23 years.

She has worked with MAF, Wrightsons and Agriculture New Zealand, is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Management and co-authored the textbook ‘Farm Management in New Zealand’.

Sitting directors John Wilson and Colin Armer were re-elected but Stuart Nattrass was not.

Is it a credit or debit card?

November 17, 2009


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