Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Busy Woman

It is Sunday nite.
As the picture above suggests, I've been a Busy Woman this weekend. This suits me much much more than lolling around like a Disgruntled Slug oozing Ennui. Not that I do that v. often. But you know the saying, 'The Price of Peace is Eternal Vigilance.'
I should just v. briefly tell you what Taste Tempting recipes are found inside the pages of the above cookbook which I discovered to my delite yesterday morning, rotting in a pile of other Abandoned Books at 'BednobsEtc'. It was rather like discovering an old discarded friend, which is something that I know quite a lot about.
Anyway, this book was my Cooking Bible in 1973. It contains such fabulous culinary gems as Salmon Mousse which is made with tinned salmon & liberal amounts of gelatine. It also gives wonderful suggestions for Starter Platters involving Cocktail Pickled Onions, cubes of cheddar cheese & tins of smoked oysters.

None of the above items were on the menu for last nite's dinner. It was a Slight Birthday Celebration for my daughter Maeflower & also Me. In fact, it was So Slight that we didn't even mention the word Birthday much less have a cake or sing 'Happy Birthday'.
I've always Loathed my birthday. Perhaps because I am adopted. But that's a whole other story that I'm just aching to tell you about. But not now.
My stepson Tyler is seated next to his friend Hunter. Then there's Maeflower. And then there's Aunt Jenny.
Look at what appears to be a large hat in the middle of the table. It is a Tagine which is supposed to be Moroccan. Maeflower & Me made Chicken with Preserved Lemon & Green Olives inside the Tagine. It was far tastier than anything I've ever made before. So I'm now recommending you get one. It will transform your culinary dishes into masterpieces.

Tyler kindly brought over a large heaving suitcase full of Forsaken Clothes that I hadn't seen for over eighteen months. They came from what used to be my Beach House in Sydney's Northern Beaches. Now Mr. Ex-Middleaged lives there. Perhaps alone. Perhaps not.
I got a little emotional when I opened the bag & almost an entire shop's worth of skirts, tops & dresses spilled out all over the floor. And there was this depressing smell too.
Most of the stuff was Pretty Puky . But I thought this skirt which I bought at 'Anthro' in LA was wearable.
So I wore it today. Sooo enjoyed wearing my Zebra Neklace with it.
And, in keeping with my Pollyanna Policy which means I'm Perennially Glad , I'm having another market stall with my friend, The Ex-School Nurse on the 27 March. So, I will turn the Forsaken Clothes with the depressing smell into something positive. And I'll be Glad.

Yesterday arvo, before the Slight Birthday Dinner, Maeflower & Me went shopping for an Enchanted Coach. And believe it or not, we found one. Just like Cinderella's!
Our only problem is, where can we put it?

Here's a Slight Birthday Gift that Aunt Jenny gave Maeflower. She was v. worried that the bright orange would clash with Mae's Titian hair, but we didn't think it did.


Rebecca said...

The skirt is very attractive. I enjoyed my brief visit at the non-birthday table. Happy non-birthday wishes along with on for great success at the stall in March.

You've tantalized my tastebuds. The 70's were my cooking prime years and some of the dishes you mentioned sound frightfully familiar.

Rebecca said...

ONE (not "on")

janavi said...

like the new/old Anthro skirt. Amazing that you found a book you had used in the 70's. Happy Slight B day.

Della Street Dreaming said...

thank you Janavi. My bday is not for another couple of weeks & I'm currently practising not dreading it.
Hope wedding plans are going along smoothly.
Best wishes

Anonymous said...

HB to you even though you don't really like your birthday. I hope you find something really special at BednobsEtc.

I really love your blog so much and I don't want to embarrass you so I won't go on and on. It's just have this way of cracking me up and you're so clever and funny and , and, and... Oh I think I'd better stop now.

see you there! said...

That cookbook looks so 70's, the tunic, the hairstyle, all the orange/brown of it. I never had (or wanted) the brown, harvest gold or avocado appliances tho.

Excuse me, I have to go play a Joan Baez record now.


janavi said...

When is your Bday? Mine is the 22nd. Going to Switzerland on the 26th- all the paperwork is done & hopefully wedding will be mid April. Will try to post my outfit. A little dressy for City Hall, but who cares?

Della Street Dreaming said...

I just loved getting all these wonderful comments! Thank you.
Rebecca - I do soo love how you are a stickler for Correct Usage.
Zizzi - I could hear that kind of stuff on an endless loop on my iPod.
Darla - I always loathed Joan Baez's shrill voice even though I tried to like her when I was 13.

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