Curry!

by Administrator21. July 2008 04:10

Friday night was curry night at the Quays apartments. James and Nads came over and were willing guineapigs for my attempt at lamb bhuna, pilau rice and bombay aloo.

All cooked from a new book I have called "The Curry Secret", the recipes which I had tried before as a practice run (well the curry and rice anyway) and was amazed at how they turned out, just like english indian restaurant curries, rather than the traditional home-cooked versions that most cook books have.

They were just as good the second time I tried, and the bombay aloo was fantastic too, even though I say so myself! :)

James and Nads liked it as well, so much so, I've had to order a copy of the cook book for them! :)

The other funny thing is that it made the whole place smell of curry, even the lobby where the elevators are. Mmmmm, lovely!

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Busy weekend...

by Administrator16. July 2008 15:16

It's been a busy one this weekend, James & Emma arrived in Sydney on Thursday, they stayed at James & Nad's house, but Emma wanted to go shopping in the City so they all came in on Friday, and used the free parking facilities (e.g. my parking space, as I don't have a car). The girls went shopping and James, James and I went out for some lunch. Oh, and a beer of course!

After a few games of Motorstorm, where both James Sh and I consistently came 15th out of 15 in the races, we all headed back up to the northern beaches and the awaiting curry house :)

The end of the evening saw James Sh showing us his skill on SSX tricky, which involved landing on his head most of the time.

Saturday night, James Sc cooked up a storm, with a fantasic dinner, and a few of their mates came over, and a considerable amount of beer and wine was drunk.

Which meant Sunday was a slow day, spent recovering. James and Emma were staying until Tuesday at my place so we headed back over to the city, with Emma planning out the rest of her shopping time :) James and I ended up in one of my local pubs, Jacksons on George Street, for beers and pool.

The weather has been fantastic all weekend, blue skies and sunshine, and around 20 degrees, it's been a real tough winter. So much so, James and I had to spend the afternoon in the pub (well the opera bar) drinking Boags and watching the crowds build up for World Youth Day. This is this thing that means the Pope's in town, and they are expecting massive crowds of pilgrims... and it's looking like they are right, the place has really filled up, many people carrying round flags, and there's nuns and vicars galore. There's also lots of cheering and singing, which is a little weird as it only seems to be one song, something with hallelujah in it. It's a bit creepy, and cult like if you ask me :P

Last night we went out to a restaurant in Woolloomooloo called Manta, a fish restaurant, which was just down the road from Harry's Cafe de Wheels, and the food was fantastic. I had raw fish tasting plate to start, there were all sorts of fish, ocean trout, king fish (and a couple of others that I can't remember) and then a whole grilled flathead for main. mmmm. I'm getting hungry again thinking about it!

James and Emma flew back home to Perth this afternoon, and things quietened down around Circular Quay for a while as everyone seemed to disappear as they headed to Darling Harbour for the start of WYD and their big mass or whatever it was they were doing.

I think it finished around 10pm as there was a massive fireworks display, wondered what was going on at first, then I grabbed my camera and tried to take a few shots, I only managed to get them towards the end of the show and the sky had filled up with smoke, but I guess it's good practice for NYE. I'm leaving my camera and tripod out just in case they have some other shows, as the World Youth Day goes on all week... The Pope is doing his first gig on Thursday, and they are shutting the Harbour Bridge on saturday at 2am until 5pm... I guess he's wanting to have a walk over it once he gets out of the nightclub up Kings Cross at 2am... oooh, i might be going to hell for that one!

Anyhoo, here are the shots I took (click on the pic for more):

Well that's all folks, I'll keep you posted on whether or not I see the light and become a member of the god squad, most likely I will lock my door and not see the light (of day) until it's all over!

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The things that I see out of my window...

by Administrator11. July 2008 03:21

...got up this morning and what should be there when I opened the blinds? A hooj cruise ship parked up, or moored, or whatever the nautical term is for parking a massive vessel outside my house.

Should have expected it really, what with that bit of the harbour over there being the overseas passenger terminal, and that's where the ships stop to let people on and off. They have had the QE2 there as well apparently.

You see all sorts of things out of my window, the other night I saw a police helicopter, with search lights on and the red and blue flashy lights flying around across the harbour, looked like it was going under the bridge, it was really low.

Then yesterday three choppers flew really low from the harbour back over the city, all very exciting.

I reckon it has something to do with this World Youth Day, that has a lot of the city shut down for a week or so. It's some religious thing, the pope is visiting, and they reckon there will be about 500,000 extra people coming to the city. There are massive road closures, which is causing the delivery of my table not to happen for another couple of weeks, so I'll have to keep using the ironing board. :( God has a lot to answer for!

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Another weekend in Melbourne

by Administrator9. July 2008 05:24

Just got back from another weekend visiting James, Amelia, Mollie & Jess in Melbourne. It's James's birthday this week and so Friday night was a bit of a do for him. He'd borrowed a Wii from his cousin and a few of their mates came over for mexican food and a wii-athon. It was good fun, we played bowling the most and also Andy brought his PS2 and a copy of Buzz music quiz, so we had a few games of that too. Also James and I had a bit of a tennis tournament going over the weekend, I think I won, 2-1... I'm sure James will correct me if that's not the case!

The weather was a lot better than when I went last time, blue skies and sunshine for most of the weekend, but it was still very cold, a lot colder than it is here in Sydney :)

We went out on Saturday and Sunday and I got to see a bit of the area, we went to Sorrento on Saturday morning, really nice place, nice beach, and it's where the ferry leaves from to go to Queenscliff, the north heads of the bay.

On the way back we stopped off at Arthur's Seat, which is one of the highest points in the area and has great views over the Mornington Peninsula, a lot better views than the last time when Amelia took me there, the weather was pretty bad then. You could just see the city skyline way across the bay this time.

On Sunday morning we took a trip to Gunamatta beach, again, it was sunny but cold, but there were lots of big waves and plenty of surfers out catching them, and a lot of beach fishermen too.

In the afternoon we headed out to a nearby winery, Stumpy Gully, and had a taste of a few of their wines, all very nice, I bought a couple of bottles, a Pinor Noir and a Merlot.

Hehe, didn't go overboard though, like we did in the Hunter Valley, Dan. ;)

All in all another great weekend.

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Funny name corner...

by Administrator2. July 2008 14:40

...and this week it's what Aussies wash their clothes with...

Omo, and in fact, small and mighty omo!

So now my clothes are kept clean and fresh by a small and mighty omo... whatever next!

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