New Site “Feature”

I had a deluge of comment spam overnight; so I’ve added a little checkbox to the comments form.

It’s a kind of honesty based spam filtering. I saw it on another site; but I can’t remember where. Thanks for the idea, whoever you are!

So, as long as you click the “I’m not spam” box, your comment won’t be eaten (Oh, the horror!).


I survived Christmas #1 [Barbecue at my house]
I survived Christmas #2 [Christmas with the in-laws]

All I have to do now is survive Christmas #3. Which begins at about 1:30AM on Boxing Day morning, when I will be rudely awakened to get my act together before I get picked up. To go on a boat. Which sails at 3AM.

The start of Christmas #3 is not looking good. The start of Christmas #3 is not far away.

Ergo, the end of this message.

[Oh! And Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it; Happy Presents Day for those a little more cynical; and Happy Gluttony day for those with a soul! (:]

Xmas Eve Dinner

I’m having the family around for a Xmas Eve Barbecue. The menu is looking like this:

Grazing Platter

  • Boursin style cheese (Made myself!)
  • Kirima (A camembert style cheese)
  • Kikorangi (Gorgonzola, by another name)
  • Muscat raisins
  • Dried mango
  • Dried cranberries
  • Cherries (Gorgeous, gorgeous red cherries. They commanded to be bought)
  • Macadamias
  • Cashews
  • Crackers
  • Baguettes

Then, for the main event..
Manuka smoked salmon (Cured with citrus)
Grilled mixed vegetables (Red onion, capsicum, broccoli)
Mushrooms with garlic oil
Rocket/Walnuts/Pear salad, with White truffle oil dressing

And for dessert..
Pavolva (It’s an Australasian thing. Like a cake sized meringue, with a marshmallowy center)
Orange blossom cream anglaise
Nectarine jelly
Brandy snap-style biscuits (Maybe.. depends if I run out of time..)

Photos will surely be taken as it all comes together, and will be posted tomorrow some time, most likely!