28 February 2011

washing dishes is dangerous

Here's a new excuse: "I can't wash the dishes, I might get bitten by a redback spider." Now who would believe that one? Well it very well could be a valid excuse after my experience today. I filled the sink to wash the dishes at work today and then looked across the bench for the sponge. I found it and brought it over to the sink when I noticed a spider on the inside of the sink. Wierd place for it. Don't know where it came from. AND IT WAS A REDBACK! (Redbacks are one of our poisoness spiders.) I took a photo....coz I just had to. Pity my phone doesn't do close ups well. Then the kids came in and were naturally interested. While I asked the eldest not to lean across the bench explaining that this spider is poisoness I smooshed it with a spoon. Sorry spider, but you'd attack if I invaded your home.

14 February 2011

pasta dessert

I cooked up the last of my chocolate pasta last night. Shared it with the others in the house. I made a marshmallow sauce with marshmallows, cream and vanilla essence which was super sweet and runnier than I had imagined. I mixed in some berries to counter all the sweetness too. It wasn't too bad but I still think chocolate pasta is a let down. There are other desserts that are so much more chocolatey than this. It really does taste like plain pasta with a hint of chocolate. Interesting to try.

That was the last of the gluten consumption for a while. My body has been wierd for a while now and bloating has become an all too common occurance. I got tested for coeliacs last week (as you have to be eating gluten to test for it) and those results came back fine. So now I'm testing for an intollerance. And the only way to test is by not eating it for a period of time and see if my body gets happier. We'll see how I go. I'm hoping I'll lose some weight as a by product coz I have to think a lot more about what I eat and I can't just eat anything. Gluten is in lots of stuff. The only gluten consumed today--to my knowledge--was in the ice cream I ate and THEN checked the ingredients list. (Glucose syrup from wheat). Tonight I'm gonna try a gluten free bread mix in the parents' bread maker. Maybe toast for breakfast? At least I have some gluten free chocolate cake to share at home group. :)

12 February 2011

stage six complete

Second to last move! Moved back in with my parents for my last stint in Australia before my UK adventure begins. Still got a few pieces of furniture to move but I'll get them tomorrow. Sleeping here tonight in my old room (revamped to a couples guest room) with the remainder of my possessions piled all around the floor space. Now to sort and stack what's left and cull some more where I am willing. In the meantime, I'd appreciate responses from the contacted families in the UK. Thank you.

And thanks, Mum and Dad, for having me back again! ^^

07 February 2011

fun food

Does this look delicious or what? I was given some rainbow pasta for Christmas and I finally cooked some of it up last night. I used pesto as my sauce so I could still see the stripes on my fettuccine and threw in what veggies I had in the fridge and ate a yummy and fun dinner. I'm gonna go eat the leftovers for lunch.