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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #9260 on: April 05, 2020, 08:14:26 pm »
Apologies for the hijack, Mr & Mrs Zogs and Zogglies, but aren't these just adorable?!!

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #9261 on: April 06, 2020, 12:20:10 am »
Apologies for the hijack, Mr & Mrs Zogs and Zogglies, but aren't these just adorable?!!

Hijacks with doggies are always allowed! Thanks @BigEd , they are adorable! With a mischievous glint in the eye, too! Trouble is brewing!  ;D
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #9262 on: April 06, 2020, 12:34:06 am »
Well my day started out really rotten. I discovered that my debit card has been compromised, someone charged $75 at a gas station. So I was on the phone to the bank and had to get that sorted. It seems to happen more and more often. Just last month it happened to my credit card. But I got the card blocked, a new one is coming in a couple of days, and the fraud charge was reversed. No loss, just annoying.

It put me into a funk all day, I'm not processing all this COVID shit too well. I'm worried about all the family overseas - my mom in Germany and of course everyone in SA.

Mid-afternoon we finally got the rain we so sorely need. I put all my indoor plants out: Vern the Fern, Bart, Bart Jr., and Fred. They've been squealing with delight. You just can't hear them  ::)

So I did what I've been doing lately to deal with shit - I call it stress baking. I've been doing a lot of stress baking. And stress cooking. It's a problem.  :o

Today's pantry and fridge rummagings yielded an apple crisp and spaghetti bolognese. Do not underestimate the stress-busting powers of cooking and baking while blasting music at a very high volume.

1. Bart, hangin' in the rain.
2. Bart Jr. and Fred soaking it up.
3. Spaghetti bolognese in progess - thanks again for the red wine, @Tom van Brits - it's the last bottle - I've been rationing  ;D
4. Simmering along
5. Apple crisp, fresh out of the oven. We have ice cream in the freezer, it's all good.

Have a good next week, everyone. Stay safe and well.



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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #9263 on: April 06, 2020, 01:28:34 am »
 :drif:

Reminds me of an old pasta advert in SA

"ah spaghetti contuti ala feroinina"

"Ah Na' spaghetti alamanda"

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #9264 on: April 06, 2020, 04:05:14 am »
Trust me on this one, Mrs Z CAN cook..... :3some: Made some great meals with wow factor when I visited!
 
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #9265 on: April 06, 2020, 04:19:18 am »
What meat do you use in your Bolognese sauce, Mrs Zog?
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #9266 on: April 06, 2020, 07:48:09 am »

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/lifestyle/zog-international-emmys/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

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'Meet Zog, The little dragon with the big heart.:thumleft:

Sounds just like our Mr. Zog who also overcomes all obstacles and makes it work out in the end. He even captured an American Princess in the process, Mrs. Zog  :3some:

 

 
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #9267 on: April 06, 2020, 08:53:23 am »
...With a mischievous glint in the eye, too! Trouble is brewing!  ;D

Funny you mention that  ;D

These two are now 5 months old and are the best behaved dogs we've ever had! Touch wood! The male, Zorro, tends to bark a little too much, but that's it! We are so amazed by these two. Forever playing with each other. As I type this they have circled the inside of the house 3 times while growling and rolling each other.

I hope they outlive me rather than the other way around. Will make them doggie ramps the minute the lock-down lifts...

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #9268 on: April 06, 2020, 02:07:43 pm »
:drif:

Reminds me of an old pasta advert in SA

"ah spaghetti contuti ala feroinina"

"Ah Na' spaghetti alamanda"

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I remember:

Spaghetti contenuti alla fiorentina  (Spaghetti Florentine style)
Spaghetti alla Amanda
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #9269 on: April 06, 2020, 04:22:51 pm »
:drif:

Reminds me of an old pasta advert in SA

"ah spaghetti contuti ala feroinina"

"Ah Na' spaghetti alamanda"

 :imaposer:

I remember:

Spaghetti contenuti alla fiorentina  (Spaghetti Florentine style)
Spaghetti alla Amanda
Really? Couldn't just leave it alone?

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #9270 on: April 06, 2020, 04:30:11 pm »
What meat do you use in your Bolognese sauce, Mrs Zog?

I use ground beef and a little hickory-smoked bacon  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #9271 on: April 06, 2020, 09:12:21 pm »
What meat do you use in your Bolognese sauce, Mrs Zog?

I use ground beef and a little hickory-smoked bacon  :thumleft:

I don't cook but found the best little Italian cook book (in A6 hardcover format) in Pick 'n Pay once. It had a bolognaise sause to die for: half mince of your choice, quarter bacon and quarter chicken livers. Divine... and VERY rich, even "diluted" to 3/4 mince and 1/4 half half liver and bacon  :drif: :drif: :drif:

Somehow the ex managed to keep that little cook book in the divorce :xxbah:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #9272 on: April 06, 2020, 10:24:11 pm »
People have been asking if I am ok?

Yes, I am ok. Thanks.

Just not much happening. Working, reduced hours so paycheck is gonna suck. But at least I am still working, for now.

Pretty boring to post that I did the vacuuming and mopped all the floors, cleaned up, tidied up, and did a bunch of filing  :sip:

I was called out yesterday, booked 2.5 hours overtime, that will help. We also had 1 full inch of rain yesterday, the garden will explode in a few days. Thankfully I got the mowing done before the rain started.

It's like groundhog day, but with more handwashing. And facemasks  :peepwall:
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« Reply #9273 on: April 06, 2020, 10:33:06 pm »
Thanks, Mrs Z.  :thumleft:

I Googled the 'official' recipe for Ragu Bolognese as approved by the Bologna Chamber of Commerce.
They call for pancetta rashers with ground beef.(Smoked bacon is closest if you can't get pancetta.)

I had not been aware of is the inclusion of carrot and celery with red wine in the sauce.  ;D
I also use a mix of 1/3 pork mince and 2/3 beef mince.
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #9274 on: April 07, 2020, 02:10:19 am »
What meat do you use in your Bolognese sauce, Mrs Zog?

I use ground beef and a little hickory-smoked bacon  :thumleft:

I don't cook but found the best little Italian cook book (in A6 hardcover format) in Pick 'n Pay once. It had a bolognaise sause to die for: half mince of your choice, quarter bacon and quarter chicken livers. Divine... and VERY rich, even "diluted" to 3/4 mince and 1/4 half half liver and bacon  :drif: :drif: :drif:

Somehow the ex managed to keep that little cook book in the divorce :xxbah:

Sorry Ri, you lost me at chicken livers!  :P
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #9275 on: April 07, 2020, 02:11:42 am »
Thanks, Mrs Z.  :thumleft:

I Googled the 'official' recipe for Ragu Bolognese as approved by the Bologna Chamber of Commerce.
They call for pancetta rashers with ground beef.(Smoked bacon is closest if you can't get pancetta.)

I had not been aware of is the inclusion of carrot and celery with red wine in the sauce.  ;D
I also use a mix of 1/3 pork mince and 2/3 beef mince.

I don't put celery in. I like it raw to crunch on, sometimes, but I don't like cooked celery that much.
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #9276 on: April 08, 2020, 02:46:50 pm »
Here is a picture I took early his morning of the "Pink Supermoon."

The picture doesn't do it justice, it was really pretty.
 
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #9277 on: April 08, 2020, 03:35:42 pm »
What meat do you use in your Bolognese sauce, Mrs Zog?

I use ground beef and a little hickory-smoked bacon  :thumleft:

I don't cook but found the best little Italian cook book (in A6 hardcover format) in Pick 'n Pay once. It had a bolognaise sause to die for: half mince of your choice, quarter bacon and quarter chicken livers. Divine... and VERY rich, even "diluted" to 3/4 mince and 1/4 half half liver and bacon  :drif: :drif: :drif:

Somehow the ex managed to keep that little cook book in the divorce :xxbah:

Sorry Ri, you lost me at chicken livers!  :P

Fair enough :imaposer:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #9278 on: April 09, 2020, 05:08:18 pm »
I went to the supermarket this morning, and it was pretty normal. Not crowded, like a normal Thursday morning with people buying normal amounts of stuff. I was able to get everything I wanted, and there was a lot of toilet paper available (but I didn't buy because we have - a normal amount  ;D).

The only indicators that we live in strange times right now were plastic shields at the cashiers to separate the customers from the cashier, and there are limits of what people can buy for certain things - only one pack of toilet paper, only 2 boxes of pasta per person, etc. But that's good.

They are also doing "touchless checkout" now where you can use the store app on your phone to scan a code and pay, so you don't have to touch the debit/credit card machine thingie and punch in the PIN.
 

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« Reply #9279 on: April 10, 2020, 02:22:09 am »
Thursday.

Done. Another day, but today at least I managed to hit a full 8 hours on the clock. Barely.

It's going to be really tough the next few weeks / months. But you guys back in SA are going to have it just as tough, if not even tougher.

My heart goes out to you all, hang in there friends. It will all work out in the end.

If it hasn't worked out yet, it's not the end.

This too will pass.

Like a fucking kidney stone, but it will pass.  :thumleft:
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