Posts Tagged ‘nature’

Barefoot in the Kitchen

The weekend was of the lazy kind – in other words … a little boring. Saturday mornings are always filled with wonder though, since GennaVIVA goes horse riding then. She’s in love with Bella, of whom she is the official rider, since no one else can get her to respond but G. Domo has been reading up furiously on horse keeping and the correct etiquette, in the hope that he and GennaVIVA can buy Bella over somewhere next year.

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Domo has also been looking into ‘Barefoot’ saddle technology. GennaVIVA is considering getting one after seeing a second hand one in the local Horse and Tack shop for a MERE R4500!

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With the lack of available activities, much progress was made with the book Eragon. To lighten to load of boredom, GennaVIVA jumped straight to baking some YUMALICIOUS rusks! Here’s the recipe for one of the best batch of rusks she’s made so far.

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Whole-wheat Rusk’s

500g butter or margarine

270g (375ml) brown sugar (preferably Demerara sugar)

1kg (1785ml) self-raising flour

15ml baking powder

390g (750ml) whole-wheat flour, sifter, husks replaced

80g (500ml) digestive bran

200g (330ml) seedless raisins (preferably sun dried crimson raisins)

100g dried cranberries

500ml buttermilk

2 extra-large eggs

  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Place butter and sugar in large bowl, microwave on high power for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add sugar mixture and blend.
  4. Add whole-wheat flour, bran, raisins, and cranberries, mixing well with fingertips.
  5. Beat together buttermilk and eggs, add to flour mixture, and mix well with hands.
  6. Butter baking tin. Roll little balls with the mixture and place snugly beside each other in tin.
  7. Bake till golden brown and baked through. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  8. Dry out in a slightly cracked-open oven.

These were super yum and really easy to adapt with pretty much anything!!!

Here’s Domo being his unstoppable-self and jumping right into the eating!

Here’s Domo being his unstoppable-self and jumping right into the eating!

Some rusks being enjoyed with tea.

Some rusks being enjoyed with tea.

So Impatient!

So Impatient!

The Chinese have a saying that holds much truth in Domo and GennaVIVA’s household:

“Rather go for three days without food, than one without tea”

And to top off the ethereal Saturday a scene of extreme glory was recorded right outside Domo’s house! This beautiful blood red, pink, and gold sight was seen. As the rain came down, it created beautiful sheets of pink sleet rain.

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A multitude of DVD’s (a.k.a. cheap entertainment) was “enjoyed” shall we say?

First off was Big Nothing.

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Tense, cruel and hilariously absurd all at once, it may, as its title suggests, not add up to so very much, but it is a deliciously entertaining journey into the night which, at under 90 minutes, never overstays its welcome.

Well, this was a bit random and violent – very much like ‘Burn After Reading’. Although entertaining, it’s not really Domo’s kind of movie.

The Band’s Visit

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Very Original and most enjoyable Comedy. The Band from Alexandrian Police comes to Israel and goes to Beit Tiqva instead of Petah Tiqva by mistake. Beit Hatiqva is a far out town that has one bus a day in the desert. All though the film is very funny there are hints to serious issues. In our fast paced emerging market Society, People are left behind.

In the sort of taste of ‘Lost In Translation’, this was beautiful. Stunning pregnant scenes. A definite add on to Domo’s list of must haves.

All thanks to the Beefy, the duo also watched Terminator 2. Not normally their scene, Domo found the whole time loop concept quite fun. What?! They had to prepare for the new one with awesome Christian Bale in it!!!

Since the sun was out in winter (what?! No! Can’t be!) photo’s were taken of the still existing roses in the garden.

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GennaVIVA has a thing for leaves against the sky. But the history behind that obsession is for another day.

GennaVIVA has a thing for leaves against the sky. But the history behind that obsession is for another day.

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And since the weekend felt just a little fruitless to GennaVIVA since she did nothing much at all, Domo wrote a little cheer up message as surprise. Made GennaVIVA feel all fuzzy inside, and a little more prepared to face the week ahead.