Sunday, 25 April 2010

Sunday Sribblings "Dinner"

It is Sunday, so.......the Sunday Scribblings prompt for this week is 'Dinner".
It is dinner time here in Australia as I am writing this post. The clock on the computer screen reads 7.45 exactly.
I have dinner prepared and am just waiting for my hubby, Pete to finish work. He has been doing a 12 hour shift at the jail where he works and dinner will be waiting for him as he comes through the door.
Years ago it was a sunday night tradition to have the roast leg of lamb and all the veges cooked up for the family to share as their evening meal. Well sometimes I do do that, but not always.
Tonight I am having what I call roll ups. The picture above shows my table set and waiting to go. Others call them wraps, or burritos. What ever you like, I call my version roll ups. That gives me lee way to play around and not follow thw recipe, I like doing that, using whatever I can find in the cupboard at the time.
Wholemeal tortillas,chicken strips, tomato, salad leaves, cheese, cucumber, avocado, capsicum, taco sauce. Cut up into strips because they sit inside the tortillas easier that way.
I cooked the chicken breast in a little olive oil (I always use olive oil) with an onion and lots of peri peri seasoning then thickened the juice with a teaspoon of cornflour. Can't waste that juice.
Not as good as the traditional family roast, nothing compares, but my dinner should be o.k. A bit of a novelty, we don't often have meals like that but when we do they are enjoyed by all.
I am listening for the car to pull into the driveway, then I will jump up and reheat the chicken mixture and finish setting the table.
Today I was sick of sitting around the house. The day was cool and sunny here with probably 40% cloud cover for most of the day after yesterdays rain. Nice. I went to the nursery at nearby Yarralumla, and bought a pretty miniature red cyclamen. That is it you can see sitting on the dinner table. Then I thought Mmmm, now I need a nice white, inside pot to display it in so I went to the hardware shop and got a square plastic pot. Looks good. I also got a punnet of viola and planted them out. They will survive the winter and if I am lucky will keep flowering for quite a while to come. Other than that I have been playing with old pohtos and have put them on my face book page. My daughter is complaining about me embarrassing her with them Hahaha. Love it. That is what Mummies get to do when their kids are this age. My eldest son is quite enjoying it but my second son hasn't commented as yet. A ice way to spend a Sunday.
I made a batch of little carrot cakes and put cream cheese and passion fruit icing on them, they turned out well. No recipe, I made it up as I went along, I like doing that. Basically you know what goes in and how it should look so you just balance it out and it works.
Today is ANZAC day in Australia. There is a public holiday tomorrow to commemorate it. I did not go to the march. I am bad. It upsets me to see the old soldiers march and honor their lost mates. I even get teary at the songs they play on the radio on ANZAC day There are no first world war diggers left now. The ranks of the 2nd world war marchers are very thin too. Not all of the Vietnam veterans march either and their numbers are falling. One day there will be none of the original participants from these wars left to march on ANZAC day.
Unfortunately there will be others.
So sad.
Lest we forget.

Is that a car now? No........ wrong car, it didn't stop. It is getting late, I want my dinner. I will write a bit longer. What. He should be home very soon. Ah that sounds more promising, I heard a car door.
Love Linda.


jaerose said...

Hi Linda. I love how you find pleasure in the 'everyday' things -cooking,the garden and taking care of people (though that's not easy all the time!). Your sense of colour and the smells and tastes are fantastic. And lucky Pete coming home to that dinner! (thanks for your visit last week by the way. I did reply and said how pots can also be a place of growth - your site full of lovely flower pics reminded me of that) Jae

Winterwood said...

hi linda - I wrote about Anzac day too! Hope your rolls up were yummy?

enjoy the day off tomorrow too!

sg beatty said...

Old Grizz would enjoy a meal like that..enjoyed another little part of Australian life...itis always a treat to read your posts

Americanising Desi said...

you left me slurping literally !!!


Mountain Mama said...

Your cyclamen is so pretty and the white pot is the perfect compliment.
i haven't made roll ups in a long time, but I did make up a dozen burritos' for the freezer a while back. They sure are handy to have on days I don't feel like cooking. Jut pop one in the microwave for a minute or so and throw together a little salad and it'a a meal. A healthy one too.
Thanks for sharing.

Janet said...

Yum! Your dinner looks delicious. Roll ups are so fast and easy - just my kind of meal.

Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday. It's always nice to see new faces.

Anonymous said...

Mmm, your dinner sounds delicious. I'll bet hubby was happy it was waiting for him.

Nara Malone said...

Lovely table. It's so nice that you take the time to make it special. The flowers do look beautiful. Nice touch.

Denise Moncrief said...

Hi Linda

I loved the picture of your table set with the ingredients for your wraps. Sometimes my table looks just like yours, and I'm here on the other side of the world in Louisiana, USA. Mission tortillas...and isn't that Pace picante sauce I see in the background?

We call it Mexican night. I hope you enjoyed your meal. Made my mouth water. Maybe we'll have Mex tonight.

Dee Martin said...

That meal sounds wonderful to me but these days I prefer simple! Hope hubby got home before you starved :)

Tammy Brierly said...

Your Sunday dinner sounds good to me. Enjoy! I play Scrabble w/Granny Smith on Facebook. :)

oldegg said...

What a great post, not only the food but also the reminder of Australia and New Zealand's really special day.

A wildlife gardener said...

Sunday dinner is always special...and yours made me hungry while reading... :)

Love the header with the poppy seedheads and the butterfly :)

Debbie said...

Linda, I stumbled onto your blog and have enjoyed reading your ramblings. Austrailia is one of my dream places to visit, along with Italy, probably won't make it to either but one can dream. Anyway, just wanted to say Hi and tell you how much I enjoy your blog.

Martha said...

Hi, Linda, thanks for checking on me. Have been going thru medication changes and not feeling myself yet. Loved this blog and the other ones I "missed" reading on time. Sunday Dinner when grandpa was alive usually meant pressure cooked roast beef. Wonderful scents! Later on the after-church crowd down-graded to hot dogs but still had lots of fun crowding into the kitchen. Food always brings memories.