23 February, 2010

Weekends go too fast

It's always nice to have V home for the weekend. This weekend flew by and it seemed like we were working hard at things that don't give visual satisfaction. In the end, it felt like we did a whole lotta nuthin'. lol

 
We started our morning right! With fresh grapefruit... although i've learned that it's not quite a substantial meal and ended up snacking on things until lunch.
  
We drove to Lismore and picked up some of V's garden supplies on Friday night. A friend of his let V borrow his trailer to haul things that were stored in the sheep field. V had a myriad of things like fertilizers, potted plants, and a potting table that we brought home.
  
Unfortunately, the sheep got into where the potted plants were and knocked them all around. They ate parts of the plants- sometimes all the way down to the pot! We're hoping for some recovery since it happened in winter (a mean winter pruning, if you ask me)... but we do not remain too optimistic about some of them.
  
It's nice to have color along the patio! I'm anxious for them to start sprouting to see what survived!

 
All over the place, there are signs of spring. These snowdrops are not the only flowers that are showing their pretty faces! We also have daffodils, and i've even seen some of the little furry pussywillows sprouting on the tree branches! 
  

  
V is quite a good cook. Keeping in line with my recent vegetarian decision, he made a Polish dish called Kotlety Z Ziemniaków.
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Don't worry. I can't pronounce it either. Potato Cutlets for the Polish-Language-Challenged (like me!) lol
  
Here's the recipe - i think it's pretty close to what V did- if not, i'm sure he'll correct me, hehehe:

 Potato Cutlets (Kotlety Z Ziemniaków)
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed
  • 1 C onion, chopped small
  • 1 large beaten egg
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil for frying
In a large bowl, combine mashed potatoes, onion, egg, 1/2 to 3/4 cup flour (depending on moisture content of potatoes) salt and pepper. The potatoes shouldn't stick to your fingers.  It should be reminiscent of dough. Create patties with your hands about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick, and coat with bread crumbs on all sides. Set patties on wax paper or cellophane to dry for a while before you fry them... 10-15 minutes. Heat oil over medium heat, and place cutlets into oil. Brown on both sides, (then V likes to bake them to make sure they're heated all the way through- but if you want them crispier, don't bake...)
set on a paper towel to drain excess oil, and serve hot!
Twist it up by adding dill or garlic... it might be good to add dill and serve with a sour cream type sauce on the side. Maybe we'll try that sometime :)

I poured Cream of Mushroom soup over mine, and also tried another one with spaghetti sauce. The mushroom soup was definitely better. I even had one in between two slices of bread on Monday with ketchup and mustard as a sandwich. Yay for leftovers! 
Our landlords are out of town, so we had free reign of the wash machine. It was SO NICE to finally catch up on a month's worth of laundry. We had stuff from before V's trip to the states, stuff from the move, stuff we had accumulated during our stay here and hadn't been able to catch up on. During the week we are usually only able to get in about 3 or 4 loads before our landlord takes over and starts their wash. We FINALLY have only the dirty laundry that we have created this week! YAY!
  
The problem is- we don't have heat. So our clothes hang inside our house for a week to dry- and by the time they are finally dry enough to fold and put away, it's time to hang another batch. blah! V found this laundry hanger contraption broken in the landlords' washroom so he "borrowed" it to use while they're gone. We build a fire and place our clothes carefully in front of it... 
It's fine though- the fire doesn't put off much heat unless we put so much wood in it that it becomes a RAGING INFERNO... and even then the heat leaves the cottage quickly so we dont really get to enjoy it for long. Needless to say, we bundle up quite a lot.
  
I have re-discovered oatmeal. This particular bowl full of goodness is:
  • 1 C Oats
  • 1 1/2 C really hot milk
  • 2 Tbs Nutella
  • Homemade candied pecans
um... YUMMY! I never thought i'd say this but... *sigh* here goes: There is such a thing as too much Nutella. There i said it!!! Whew.
But seriously, this was really good- i just suggest maybe half of the Nutella i used. It was far too rich.
  
Here is V and me. We are so insanely happy together :-) I really, really love my soulmate. He takes me for exactly who i am and loves me despite my insane amount of bills and expenses. He works hard and does everything he can to make a better life for both of us. He is the most wonderful person. I am truly blessed.

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