Sunday, November 28, 2010

Summer Madness

Today in Australia, it is a HOT day. Inside my house righht now it is probably about 30 degrees, and I had the aircon on until an hour ago. Outside, it is probably closer to 40 degrees celcius, and I do not particularly like this. So I am currently sticky, sweaty, overheated and slightly grumpy. And so to aleviate this grumpiness and make the day fun, I did something REALLY STUPID. I cooked.

Now, I know only a fool would do something stupid like that in mid Australain summer, but hey, I never claimed to be anything BUT. So I got up this morning, when my house was already feeling like a pressure cooker, and chopped up 5kgs of tomatoes and put them on to boil. I then waged war against the 4 onions I had to add to this mix, and while I started off on a winning streak having successfully managed to top and tail and skin them, the onions took the lead within seconds using organic warfare, and I rapidly conceeded defeat due to eye spasms caused by my eyes just wanting to die because they were swimming in onion juice. Score one to the onions. I claimed victory about half an hour later, eyes back in the land of the living and my tear ducts now feeling like storm drains, and with triumph added the onions to the now merrily bubbling tomatoes. To the person who told me to put the onions in the freezer for a few minutes, thank you. It actually worked.

Now that I had everything under control, I left the pot boiling, heating up my house as obviously we all want our own home sized sauna, and did some cleaning. Came back an hour later, pureed it all, put it back on the stove. Somewhere in there I turned the aircon off as it really wasn't making a difference anymore and besides, its a power hungry beast and I dont want it ruling my bills. Household appliances should never be allowed to get ideas of power. My vaccume already thinks its entitled to 6 full days rest after each use, and honestly, thats one entitled appliance too many.

So now, I'm sitting in a really warm house, slightly grumpy, and realising that the irony is I am more to blame than the weather. Well, either way, some of my Christmas cooking is done at least! Next week, Pickled Jalepinos...or will it be Gingerbread houses of doom instead? Either way, lesson learned, I shall schedule some rain on cooking day next time!

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