blue cheese dressing - for salads, or dare i say, wings

  • ½  cup mayonnaise
  • ½  cup sour cream
  • ½  cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk

whisk ingredients together  ◊  add pepper and salt to taste


pasta with eggs, garlic & pancetta (for 2)  regrettably, with greedy form i have gobbled the lot

  • 200g spaghettini
  • 4 free range eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 50g thinly sliced pancetta (or bacon etc)
  • 2 cloves of garlic squashed with knife blade
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 knob of butter
  • grated parmesan cheese

cook spaghettini in boiling water with salt  ◊  in a large frypan add oil and cook pancetta and garlic over a medium heat until the garlic is golden, approximately 5 minutes  ◊  add hot pasta to pan with butter  ◊  season with salt & pepper  ◊  add eggs and parsley and toss until eggs are just cooked  ◊  sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top  ◊  serve


beef, barley & vegetable soup - talk about hearty … hits the spot after a long day birding.  good for freezing and taking on the road

best cooked in a crock pot.  a slow cooker to the new age.  you need a big size for the quantities i am suggesting here.  you also need a fry pan.  takes about 6 – 8 hours of cooking

  • 1 cup of pearl barley
  • 2 medium potatoes, diced medium fine for soup.  listen up, for some reason ruby lou always seems to work best.  i don’t know why, but you will get the best soup if you use these spuds
  • 2 big brown onions, finely chopped
  • 3 or 4 sticks of celery, sliced and chopped into soup size
  • 3 bay leaves
  • olive oil for the frying pan.  i use chilli infused for the tiniest bit of bite.  please yourself
  • 1 kg of beef, diced into soup sized bits.  choose your cut according to taste but make sure you cut any fat off
  • 1 or 2 cans of diced tomatoes, whatever suits your taste.  i use the type with added herbs.  please yourself
  • 1 large packet of frozen peas, beans, carrot and sweet corn.  i used to do this fresh from scratch but i am too lazy now.  it takes a long time to chop all this stuff
  • 2 litres of stock.  use whatever you think works, beef, vegetable, chicken, or a combo
  • seasonings

… do these things in this order

put the pearl barley on the bottom of the crock pot, ok slow cooker Longhorn Skullput diced spuds on top Longhorn Skullfry the diced onion in the olive oil until golden brown, put this on top of the spuds Longhorn Skullput the celery on top Longhorn Skull drop the bay leaves into the crock pot  Longhorn Skullbrown the diced beef in the frying pan Longhorn Skull put the browned beef in the crock pot on topLonghorn Skull pour the can of diced tomatoes over the beef Longhorn Skull spread the frozen vegetables over the top Longhorn Skull add the stock until the crock pot is just below fullLonghorn Skull  add whatever seasoning to tasteLonghorn Skull probs only needs pepperLonghorn Skull cook on low for 6 hours Longhorn Skull stir all the layers together Longhorn Skull have a taste Longhorn Skull cook longer if required Longhorn Skull think about the consistency you want, add more stock if required etc etc