05 August 2007

Sunday Night

Well, here we are...almost the beginning of a new week. Where is the time going? I mean, we're on the downhill roller coaster ride to Christmas!

This morning I got up about 5.30 and even though it was cooler compared with the last couple of days, it wasn't too bad. I did a bit of work then decided to start my laundry. I glanced out the window and saw Fred preparing to dismantle my washing line. I opened the back door and yelled! He came over and told me he was moving it because the tree lopper would be coming within the next few days to take down some trees that were too close to the house. However, when I told him I'd started my washing, he decided to leave the washing line where it was until tomorrow.

That over, when the towels had finished, I took them outside to put on the line. Oh, I meant to mention that Fred was wearing a T shirt and shorts. I was in winter clothes and when I saw him, thought it must be warmer outside than in. I was wrong! It was freezing and I called out to Fred and asked him if he was cold. He made some smart remark about me being a Kiwi as he walked over towards me. I asked him again if he was cold, his answer was to put his freezing hands on my cheeks. Ohhhhh! I had goose bumps on the goose bumps!

Later on, when I was having a cup of coffee with Jane, I noticed that Fred had a sweater and trakky daks on...mad bugger!
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My cannelloni was absolutely delicious. I hadn't made it for ages and forgotten how much I loved it. If you are interested, here's the recipe:

Baked Cannelloni Milanese

500 g pork and veal mince
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 two eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to tast
12-15 cannelloni tubes

375 g fresh ricotta cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated cheddar cheese

Tomato Sauce
425 ml can tomato puree
425 ml can tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Preheat oven to moderate 180 degrees C. Lightly grease a rectangular casserole dish.
  • In a medium bowl, combine mince, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, beaten egg, oregano and seasonings. Use a teaspoon to stuff the cannelloni tubes with mince mixture. Set aside.
  • To make tomato sauce: Place tomato puree, undrained, crushed tomatoes and garlic in medium pan. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add basil and pepper and stir well.
  • Spoon half the Tomato Sauce over the base of prepared dish.

  • Arranged the stuffed cannelloni tubes on top. Cover with remaining sauce. Spread with ricotta cheese. Sprinkle with combined parmesan and cheddar cheeses. Bake, covered with foil for 1 hour. Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes, or until golden. Cut into squares for serving. Enjoy.
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Thank you all for your concern and caring advice in the comments to my last post which included the paragraph about the flu we're having here. Believe me, I do wash my hands a lot...sometimes I wonder about myself. But it's because the practice I work at in the city takes up a whole floor of the building we're in. This means that staff and patients use the same toilets and, although this is really gross...a lot of people do not wash their hands after using the facilities.

So not only do I wash my hands thoroughly, but after opening the doors and going back to my desk, I also use the Milton hand rub stuff I carry in my purse, which is a very good antiseptic and disinfectant product. That way, I not only avoid the flu, but avoid horrible gastro viruses carried by people who are not very particular in their habits.

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Poor Jane has still not recovered from her illness and Ken, her father, who had been over to help her out, is coming down with it. Now Ken is a pretty healthy guy but he's 78 and at that age, anything like this is a worry. We're hoping he doesn't get it too badly.

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Well, that's it for this evening. I hope you all have a wonderful week and don't work too hard, either at home or at work.


Peter said...

Hi Robyn, your Cannelloni sounds nice, must try it out.

Gypsy said...

I'm not much of a cook but that looks like something I could manage. The kids will probably turn up their noses but I'm game!!!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Wow! That’s a great recipe: I can almost taste it. So I’ve copied it and am waiting for the kitchen to be cool enough to use the oven.

PEA said...

Fred would make a good Canadian...we wear shorts when it's only 10c out there! lol Thank you so much for sharing your Cannelloni recipe, I've copied it down:-) It sure sounds and looks delish!!! Oh dear, now Jane's dad has that flu...as you say, it's more worrisome when they're older like that. Robyn, you're right about that Angel Trumpet flower, it's very poisonous...I was reading up on it and now I don't know if I want it! lol You take good care! xoxo

Gattina said...

hello from England ! I had a nice trip and until yesterday nice weather too ! Had a gardem party and a lot of sightseeings ! It's so beatiful here with all these little old houses. i HAVE TO TYPE ON AN ENGLISH KEYBOARD AND THAT'S A FIGHTING I am used to the french !

Gledwood said...

it is absolutely BOILING here.

"only 31C" yesterday but humidity TOWERING high ...

the mince looks well yummy!! I wouldn't go for the pork option ... i'm a non swine eater myself !!

sorry not to have been by for a while i'm still in organized chaos ... what's new ... take care!

All the best


Walker said...

The canneloni looks great I got to try it and have copied the recipe. I love to cook.....ok I love to eat so I have to cook LOL

Now as for shorts and T-Shirt, i have been known to wear them and go to the store in sub zero weather. I guess its a Canadian thing.

I rememeber reading a story once that took place in Floirda around November.
There was a group of seniors looking out on the ocean all wearing sweaters when a buss pulled up and a group of people in bathing suits came out and ran into the ocean

One senior turned and said that they must be crazy people.
Another looked at him and said no, they are not crazy, they're Canadians.

Have a nice day

meeyauw said...


OK, I'm done.

And you know where that recipe is going, right? (to the blog if you don't mind!)

Lee said...

Great recipe, Robyn. I reckon cannelloni is going to be on everyone's menu very soon! :)

Noel Coward said/wrote "mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon-day sun"...with Fred going around half-naked in the chilly morn, what does that make him? ;)

T*mmy said...

What a good looking meal you had there and a recipe to boot...thanks!!
I have a lotion antibaterial I keep in my purse that smells of melons...lovely and keeps me safe too!

Merle said...

Hi Robyn ~~ Good looking recipe that I have copied to try sometime soon. Thanks for that. Take care, Love, Merle.