Tuesday, 29 May 2012

My to do list

This week I plan to:

  • sew a new dress or two with the ace fabric I found
  • drop off the plans for the house addition to the draftsman
  • keep my house tidy (I did a super blitz on the weekend)
  • catch up with a good friend
  • bake a cake
  • walk every single day
  • roast some more coffee beans
  • keep on top of the laundry
  • read a chapter of a book
  • investigate buying a new lens for my DSLR
  • sit down for at least 10 minutes on the couch before the kids are in bed
Do you write TO DO lists?
I tend not to as I feel like such a failure when things don't get done.
I try & make sure I write something nice on my list now to take notice a little more of the fun and goodness in amongst the drudgery.
It helps me remember a little of 'me' in amongst the stuff I do for everyone else........

Winter seems to have hit early.
Soups are happening a lot here.
I love them.
They tend to be the kind of  'a bit o' this and a bit o' that' recipe that I LOVE.
No hard & fast rules except using great ingredients.
This was a bit of an experiment.
And me oh my what a RIPPER.
The orange imparts this lovely fresh zing to the anise flavour of the fennel. 
It is both comforting & refreshing.
Easy and super delish!
My kids LOVED it and took the leftovers in a Thermos for lunch.

  • 1 whole organic Chicken
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 bulb fennel, sliced fine
  • 3 potatoes, cubed
  • a good bunch of Italian parsley, including the stalks, finely chopped
  • 1 orange, cut 3 large pieces of rind (see pic below) and also the juice.
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • water to cover the chook
  • S & P
  • EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
Heat a large pot on the stove to medium.
Add a splosh of EVOO. 
Add onion, garlic, fresh fennel & seeds, Orange rind and parsley.
Fry till onions are translucent.
Now add the carrot and stir for a couple of minutes.
Now place the whole chook on top.

Pour enough water to just cover and add diced potatoes & plenty of S & P.
Cook gently for an hour.
Remove chook and take all the meat off the bone.
Place back into the pot.
Add the juice of the orange.
Stir through & bring back to simmer.
Serve with good crusty bread.

I LOVE Iggy.
L O V E. 
I may have fainted when I found this......


  1. Can you pop me on the Walk TO DO for tomorrow at sparrows?

  2. That sounds like a fabulous week! I'm a list lover - fits in beautifully with my paper obsession ;) - and love having something in there that's just for me too. Enjoy your lovely week! xx

  3. Extension to la casa? I guess J13 needs his own space now he's becoming a man.. I am a list writer but don't always get through them-I still persist,however!

  4. i do write to do lists and i too also feel guilty if i can't complete them. i need a list this week... this soup looks delicious btw! x

  5. I am that friend Soula, who will see you this week. Its on my MUST DO list. You're cute.

  6. You will need to go onto Kogan.com and get yeeself the lens that Roberto gave me for Mothers Day. Canon 50ml 1.8 it's $100 and bloody fab.

    I'll make this.

    Deal? x

  7. I love to-do lists! I don't do them enough, though!

    As we drove to school this morning, on this glorious summer's morning, Edmund, while checking the forecast on my phone, noted that is was the same temp in Melbourne. They didn't believe me when I told them it was winter there! And there we were loving our lovely Irish summer LOL! Poor us. Still, we are delighted with ourselves.

    Soup looks delish!

  8. Love list! I will actually put things on a list that I have already done that day just so I can cross them off & feel very efficiant! I know it sounds silly but it's like a little mental boost to say "see you DO stuff & you can do this other stuff too."
    Soup...mmmmmmmm yum!


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