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Not utopia here & comfort food in a thermal cooker

As I type the trees in front of the window I'm looking out are showing their flexibility with a bit of gale.  There's what sounds like sleet.  I'll probably get some more hail later.  Thankfully in Hobart we generally do not get the golf ball sized hail stones they do in the mainland.  It's not utopia though, we certainly do get extreme weather events.  Unfortunately, this has always been something that we've contended with. 
I'm grateful that at the moment my power is on.  I have not left the house today so I'm not sure if the road is blocked with fallen trees.  Everything I can see is okay.  The odd pot has lost it's contents and there's a bucket in the yard that I'm not sure is mine.  Tomorrow I'll have a chance to have a proper look.  I just remembered that I do not need the watering system on!  
I didn't hear the mail this morning but I guess that can wait a day.  That's one job I have a habit of forgetting to do.  It would mak…

Home made ginger probiotic drink experiment (edit)

Last night I tried my probiotic ginger and lemon drink with a touch of mineral water.  It sounds fancy but it's not really.  
I just added about a tablespoon of ginger powder (fresh would likely be better); a tablespoon of raw sugar; a pinch of probiotic powder (one eighth of a tablet) and half a cup of cool filtered water to a small plastic tub.  I suspect I would get more fizz with more powder, or longer inoculation.
Then I placed the tub in my yogurt thermos and left it for about 8 hours.  Placed it in the fridge overnight.  The next day I repeated the experiment and fed it with a tea spoon of sugar and ginger powder.  It was supposed to be bubbly, I should have left it in the thermos overnight but all the recipes I read freaked me out.  
It finally got a little bubbly when I added the zest of a lemon and left it for a while.  I drank a shot last night with carbonated fizzy water which tasted like old fashioned ginger beer.  Today, I've added the small sugar and ginger fee…

The Taming Of The Agrophobia Monster

I was brought up with the adage of "take one day at a time". That's really important when dealing with a serious problem. There's only so much our hearts, brains and body's can take on. It's important to plan and be responsible too obviously. Some people use the concept as an excuse. For me, and mine, it was a healthy coping mechanism.

I'm prone to agoraphobia type feelings as a result of surviving trauma.  I do not let the agoraphobia feeling win.  My rule is when I feel it creeping into my psyche I make myself go out.  It tends to keep the agoraphobia monster at bay.  
At it's worst I did not want to leave my room and it took courage every day to make myself get out of there.  During that period I was doing active therapy and physiotherapy so I had to leave if I wanted to get better on every level.  The Agrophobia Monster was strong then.  It's since loosened its grip a bit.  
I keep on facing The Agrophobia Monster by doing simple things and tr…

International travelling spinach

It's raining here in Hobart.  I love it when it rains and I'm inside.  It's a total pain though getting caught in the rain with a heavy bag of books walking up a hill home like I used to as a young teen.  In my twenties walking in the rain from work certainly had its moments too.

Rain is truly delightful when inside nice and warm with a fresh cup of tea.  I'm happy in the knowledge that earlier today I planted out some lettuce seedlings that had decided to grow uninvited in a pot.  I've even got a gluten free, dairy free, high veg and home grown herb lasagne in the fridge awaiting my hunger to eat for my evening meal.

I'm eating stranger than normal as the house is vacated in lieu of international travel for a few days.  Though after the last flight involving turbulence I think a caravan and domestic trips may be in order.  I had carrot sticks and left over healthy dip from last night.  Salad for a snack.  Chickpeas and spinach for lunch.  I'll make up t…

Ahh, afternoon coffee how I love

I told you I'm human.  The one cup of coffee a day regime lasted for a couple of weeks.  Today I succumbed to a delightful second cup of the black gold.  Mmm...                                                          
I also took a few risks and had a minor chuck out of festering frozen old bolognaise and other things my mother has hiding in the freezer.  In my defence there's not enough room in the Freezer 2 for me not to make some quick decisions as there is food throwing itself from the garden and groceries being acquired that are not festering.  I need a bit of room if I am to cook!  I also had a small clean and dust in her office, vacuumed the house, dusted here and there, cleaned the stairs and bannisters etc...  

Did a load of dishes, hung out a couple of loads of washing...Went out into the garden for about an hour, or so.

No wonder I needed a second cup of coffee!  The good stuff.  Mmm...

Unpacked dishwasher, unpacked groceries.  Currently eating frozen fruit cove…

An apple a day, instead of a vat of chocolate.

I may be sleeping better overall with only one caffeinated coffee and a couple of decafs.  I'm not convinced my pain management is better, in fact that may be worse than with two.  I do enjoy my largely drug free sleep though.                                                                                                                      After an argument involving tourism bookings, and a bit of a shouting match, I now have a bit of a headache.  Even with the addition of lavender and citrus peel to my pot of tea I still feel that it's possible I am coming down with a migraine.                                                                                                        All I want right now is a vat, or three, of chocolate freckles.  One of the stranger things I crave sometimes.  Instead I am eating an apple and drinking water and waiting for dinner to cook in my skinny jeans.  Humph!

Home style quick soup in a mug

Some days I will quite happily have a cup of coffee, and something small to eat for breakfast if I'm hungry.  Other days I do skip it if I'm not hungry enough.  This morning I was in need of calories stat and not in a cooking mood so I threw a few things in a mug, heated it up, and realized I'd made a home made cup of soup.                                                                                                                                         Home style cup of soup: Ingredients:- two tablespoons corn flour (gf), half tea spoon paprika, one tea spoon stock, one tea spoon olive oil, a few diced pieces of veg/ frozen veg, water and about a inch of soy milk, generous sprinkle of salt and pepper.  Heat for about 45 seconds.  Eat to keep the blood sugar stable.                                                                                                                                                 It's cool and wet in Hobart today so that was the perfect …