April 1, 2011

Friday Wrap-up: Surprises, Silliness and Sauce

Filed under: Children, family, Food, Librarian — liberrydwarf @ 2:02 pm

The week that was!

One Good Thing: Made it through March without surprise baby showing up! Yay!

One Bad Thing: By not being at work, I will have missed out on all the university April Fools Day jokes. In the past we’ve had some wonderful things, from reported “loose animals” to fake voice-recognition on photocopiers. No giggles for me…

One Thing I Learned: How to make bechamel sauce. And, having stuffed up the original Italian recipe from the Margaret Fulton Italian cookbook utterly, how to cheat on bechamel sauce

March 11, 2011

Friday Weekly Wrap-up: Fantasy, Frozen Treats and Family

Filed under: Books, family, Food — liberrydwarf @ 8:27 pm

The week that was!

One Good Thing: I have rediscovered and started re-reading Jim Butcher’s “Harry Dresden” books. I’d have to say, for my money, definitely best paranormal/urban fantasy books out there, haven’t yet disappointed by devolving into the usual pornographic drivel that these things usually do. And laugh-out-loud-awkwardly-on-the-bus enjoyable!

One Bad Thing: They’ve closed the Cold Rock Ice Creamery near my place! And in summer! Booh, shame on  you!

One Thing I Learned: My awesome mother-in-law was back in the country for a whirlwind 4-day visit, so we caught up and I learned lots of things about my husband as an infant – you know, the kinds of things that are probably very genetically relevant that men have absolutely no clue about? It was good to clear a couple of things up and get some idea of what to expect from that side of the gene pool. (Plus, she bought little vests, hooray!)

January 28, 2011

Friday Weekly Wrap-Up: Labour, Leaving and Lamb

Filed under: Australia, Food, Health, Librarian — liberrydwarf @ 11:33 am

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Got the nice comfortingly comprehensive list of drugs they’re perfectly happy to give me in the delivery room. Feel lots lots better (and haven’t even been given any of them yet!)

2) One Bad Thing:  Said farewell to a good friend and colleague at work – ostensibly for a 12-month secondment, but I’m pretty sure nobody would be surprised if he never came back. It’s always the fun, intelligent, proactive and passionate ones that get soul-destroyed and leave you, isn’t it?

3) One Thing I Learned: Despite rumours to the contrary, if you’re an Australian who doesn’t eat lamb on Australia Day you do NOT spontaneously combust. Myth  Busted!

Despite what the Lambassador would have you believe...

December 10, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Classes, Crashes and Crunchy Stuff

Filed under: Children, Food, Librarian, Scouts, Uncategorized — liberrydwarf @ 3:23 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: not only did I teach an unplanned IL class because the students pestered their lecturer non-stop until we organised one for them, but they actually all showed up! And stayed an extra half hour! And clapped at the end! (Non library people – this never ever happens usually. None of it. Hence a good thing!)

2) One Bad Thing: One of our little Scouts tripped and fell at the Sleepover on the weekend, gashed his head and needed 3 stitches. Thank goodness for Army-trained parents, because I just sort of froze in horror at the blood and shrieking. And thank goodness next week is my first aid course!

3) One Thing I Learned: That children do not, repeat NOT, eat salad by choice. And that salad you made for 15 children and 5 adults takes a looooong time for two people to eat… *burps*

November 26, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Cocktails, Cricket and Communication

Filed under: Education, Food, Librarian, Sport — liberrydwarf @ 3:41 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Found the gummy snakes I thought I’d lost on the way to the cocktail night for my local professional association (AKA geeky librarian club), in time to have them in the signature Bookworm cocktails which were a big hit!  Watermelon and guava cocktails with red jelly snakes = delicious! (I’m sure someone took a picture, will share if I can find…)

2) One Bad Thing: Have to work all day tomorrow. Through the cricket. Which is just about the only sport I can stand watching. Booh! (Although on the plus side there’s air conditioning. And a free day off…)

3) One Thing I Learned: More about the vocal expression of emotion than I ever wanted to, after sitting through 90 minutes of the most boring research study ever, listening to voice actors say the same 2 phrases over and over again conveying different emotions… ah well, all in the name of science. I’m a good little guinea pig!

November 22, 2010

Monday Meme: Top 5 Foods

Filed under: Food, Memes — liberrydwarf @ 2:14 pm

Holiday season is upon many of us (and others of us are just celebrating the chance to eat whatever we want, pretty much, without judgment being passed…) So this week, we’ll explore the top five things that, given the choice between anything else, I’d scoop up and chow down on any time…

1) Toad in the Hole

Toad in the Hole

It’s probably horribly horribly bad for you, but there’s just something about smothering your leftover barbecue sausages in Yorkshire batter, baking it up so it’s crispy on the outside and soft-and-still-a-bit-gooey on the inside, and then coating it all in gravy…

2) Cheese Twisties

Cheese Twisties

No other country in the world has these, as far as I’ve seen. And no other cheese-flavoured chip-style snack in any other country I’ve tried has the same texture/consistency or flavour. Another reason why I would never survive if I didn’t live in Australia.

Not ever to be confused with the chicken variety, which are absolute poison, and an evil trap for newcomers…

3) Tabouleh


Belittled as “Goat Food” by pretty much all the men in my family, there’s nothing quite like a fresh tabouleh salad, with just the right ratio of lemon juice : olive oil and really fresh tomato. Sadly on the “banned while you’re knocked up” list…

4) Camembert/Brie Cheese


Yes, I know these are different, but I do love them both – room temperature when they’re a bit oozy, on a crisp thin wafer cracker. Pure unadulterated creamy bliss. Also on the BWYKU list… (booh!!)

5) Honeycomb


Mind you, it’s got to be the right sort of stuff. Not that aerated melt-too-quickly Cadbury stuff. Not the violently-splintering Nestle stuff. Actually, plain is better than chocolate-coated, to be honest. I’d have to say sweet treats are not a favourite of mine, but honeycomb somehow manages it, especially home-made stuff. Really good honeycomb is a little creamy in texture and tastes all summery. Beautiful!


Now I’ve gone and made myself hungry… 😦

November 5, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Countdowns, Cold Cuts and Communication

Filed under: Food, music, Scouts — liberrydwarf @ 9:28 am

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: It’s only 6 more weeks until I’m on holidays now!! (That’s assuming I can make it through 6 more weeks, but think positive!)

2) One Bad Thing: Overate at Melbourne Cup Lunch. Still groaning days later… And just like with WW wine, there was tonnes of cold meats and those delicious French soft cheeses, none of which I can eat anymore. Salad and I are uncomfortable friends now…

3) One Thing I Learned: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” in sign language. At least mostly learned. I hope none of our kids try this on a real live person with a hearing impairment, just in case we inadvertently switched “like a diamond in the sky” with “your grandmother is a goat” or something similar….

October 29, 2010

Friday Wrap-up: Witching Hour, Withdrawals and Wine

Filed under: Books, Food, Librarian, Scouts — liberrydwarf @ 2:33 pm

The week that was!

1) One Good Thing: Got the older kids (14-18) to run a Spooky Night for our little Joey Scouts last night (Halloween being off-limits in case someone found it offensive. Schools and church youth groups can do it, but not us apparently.) Anyway, they had great fun digging in cold spaghetti for lollies, hunting for “eyeballs” (round wooden beads) in gel polymer with their toes, making masks and playing “pin the frown on the ghost”. Only one set of tears, so night of success!

2) One Bad Thing: Looking at throwing a whole lot more old books out of our work storehouses. Death by Spreadsheet. My backside is numb…

3) One Thing I Learned: They make Weight-Watchers-friendly wine now. Of course, now when I can neither drink nor diet, they would come up with this. Not two years ago when I was happily (or not so) trying to balance both. #fail.


October 18, 2010

Meme Monday: The Last Recipe meme

Filed under: Food, Memes — liberrydwarf @ 3:00 pm

Apologies for week of silence (especially after such a big announcement last post!) – my mother has been in hospital back in her country hometown, and 4 hours of commuting round trip to go visit and get updates takes it out of you…

Anyway, today’s meme is to post the last recipe you made. So, from Sunday lunch, we have…

Spinach Quiche (with thanks to’s Donna Matthews – I make my crust from scratch too and have great respect for others who do the same!)




Prep Time: 30 minsTotal Time: 1 1/4 hr

  1. Cook frozen spinach and drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, mix all ingredients for the crust together.
  3. Press (or roll out) into a 8 or 9 inch deep dish pie pan.
  4. Set aside.
  5. For filling, combine together the milks, eggs, onions, and seasonings, beating well.
  6. Gently stir in drained spinach.
  7. Pour into crust.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees F (200 C) for 15 minutes; then at 325 F (160 C) for 20 minutes.

October 6, 2010

Wednesday Weekly Links

Filed under: Celebrities, Food, history, movies, music, Nerds, TV, YouTube — liberrydwarf @ 9:15 am

Here are this week’s linky treats. Enjoy!


Ten new alien movies set to invade cinemas in the next year (yay!)

Yet another reason why Johnny Depp is awesome


Britain’s biggest new chart star – Winston Churchill?


I’m sure the whole planet has seen this by now but…


Great photos of complete nutters having fun re-enacting the Battle of Hastings

Do Not Eat This! (Speaks for itself, really…)

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