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Posted by Irene Field 
May 19, 2015 08:15AM
No one has posted all day (unless you are hiding from me and posting behind my back - yes I mean you, and you and you). I have decided to break the mold and post.

What's for dinner tonight everyone? I shall make a confession for this particular household. I was out for the most wonderful lunch (believe me I am heading back there for dinner one day) at Chim Choo Ree, so my dinner will be Pate on toast. George is having leftover lamb shanks and mashed potato from last night's dinner.

So please share! Feel free to embarrass me and put my non existent cooking skills for the evening to shame....
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May 19, 2015 08:36AM
We had a fabulous dinner at Chim Choo Ree a few months ago Irene. The venison dish was outstanding but everything was really really good.
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May 19, 2015 08:57AM
We actually are spoilt for choice for some wonderful first class restaurants in Hamilton. I don't know why we have never made it to Chim Choo Ree before. Today was a lady's lunch for a birthday - but I am definitely making sure that the next time we dine out, that will be our restaurant of choice.

I am still drooling over our lunch - I have never ever had warm olives before - and they were beautiful. Lovely tastes of Star Anise and Orange Peel were through the olives. It was just sensational.

Actually if anyone is heading to Hamilton for Field Days, get yourself booked in to Chim Choo Ree for either lunch or dinner - it is well worth it!!
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May 19, 2015 10:32AM
We are having rissotto loaf and salad, vegetarian tonight! Trying to use up the last of the summer courgettes....
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May 19, 2015 10:32AM
Chicken, mushroom and bacon casserole, roast kumara, sauteed silverbeet and sweetcorn was the order of the day here. Quite tasty and warming.
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May 19, 2015 10:37AM
We're going to have a potato, mushroom and pork hash with Chinese flavours ( leftover red-cooked pork belly and its masterstock sauce plus some soy sauce and sesame oil) plus shredded cabbage fried with ginger, garlic and oyster sauce.
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May 19, 2015 10:44PM
We went to Wagamama to celebrate Jemima's 12th birthday. It was her pick, the service was fabulous and my chicken salad was absolutely fine, although it could have done with half the amount of dressing.
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May 19, 2015 11:12PM
The dinners sound lovely. Helen it's hard to believe Jemima is 12 now. I can't get over how many friends/acquaintances have a May birthday. In the couple of weeks, there have been 11different lots,and now Jemima bumps the May quota up to 12.
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May 20, 2015 12:13AM
We are in La Jolla California at the moment and had the most delicious meal at a restaurant called Roppongi. It was so nice we are considering going back there again tonight!
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May 20, 2015 05:42AM
Bev as I sit in my slightly chilly office and peer out to a very grey and damp day I would quite happily twinkle my nose and be transported to California!

Irene I also find it hard to think of my children as being that age and size. Freddie asked last night whether cars were invented when I was a child .... he almost didn't get an ice cream for dessert!
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May 20, 2015 06:00AM
Haha I think Freddie was being cheeky!!

My DH made butter chicken which was very nice, I was sick so it was great to have someone step up.
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May 20, 2015 06:42AM
Doesn't California sound lovely! I wish Bev and hope you are enjoying every warm moment. Helen, when my boys were younger one asked me if we had roads when I was little.

Tonight's dinner is courtesy of the crockpot. Wiener Schnitzel (not crumbed), lots of fresh garlic and Vegeta Stock. This will be my second outing for the crockpot this week (some weeks it gets out more than I do!)
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May 20, 2015 07:16AM
Irene that sounds like a nice meal.I don't use my crockpot enough. Can you explain that meal to me as I only ever cook Wiener Schnitzel crumbed.
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May 20, 2015 07:29AM
Marylew, the Wiener Schnitzel is my own recipe. I just layer slices in the crockpot and in between each layer sprinkle fresh garlic finely chopped, and Vegeta stock powder. Then I just barely cover with water. It sounds plain, but it is actually quite tasty with the garlic and stock powder. You could add a tin of tomatoes if you wish instead of liquid?

Lamb Shanks (had them earlier in the week), and I cheat with those and use a packet mix. Although there is a recipe I have done for Lamb Shanks from scratch. But cheating suits me fine on week nights smiling smiley
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May 20, 2015 10:41PM
Irene, you must know there's so many May birthdays! It's because our weather in August is nothing like California's. We have to keep warm somehow smiling bouncing smiley
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May 21, 2015 12:58AM

You may like to try this recipe I make with Schnitzel. It is hubby's favourite, to the point that I rarely do the breadcrumb way anymore.

Wilt a good amount of Spinach or Silverbeet, season, set aside to cool. When cool, squeeze the moisture out.

Lightly toast some Pinenuts. Cool.

Grate tasty Cheddar Cheese and add to other ingredients.

After bashing the Schnitzel , lay the filling on each piece , roll up and secure with a toothpick.

Brown the rolled up pieces on all sides in a little oil and braise on pan until you can tell that they are cooked through.

I always make a gravy to go under them on the plate, then drizzled over the top as well.

Serve with mashed potatoes and glazed carrots, or, vegetables of choice.


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May 21, 2015 04:09AM
Well Lorna, to prove that theory right, we would have to ask someone wouldn't we? Helen, I am not looking at you, really I'm not. Honestly the thought didn't enter my head, wellllllllll... but what were you up to in August/September of 2002? spinning smiley sticking its tongue out
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May 24, 2015 11:15AM
Irene, my family have proved the theory to be right over and over again. Both My mother's and my sister's birthdays were 21st September. My Daughter's birthday was 24th September and mine is 28th September. One of my grand-daughter's birthday is 12th September, and she's the only one born in this hemisphere, but it WAS Christmas time nine months before!
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May 24, 2015 11:52AM
We always want to suggest to people that they include a condom with their Christmas cards....September is always a busy month for us.
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