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Weekend social 13/01/2012

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, January 13th, 2012 - 15 comments
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Christmas truce 1914Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever.

No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

15 comments on “Weekend social 13/01/2012 ”

  1. higherstandard 1

    Another few days of enforced RnR

  2. RedLogix 2

    The partner’s birthday treat.

    Off to swill some chardonnay….

  3. Lindsey 3

    Another great meal at the Mekong Neua in Kingsland tonite. The Mekong Neua 2 in New Lynn is really good too. I have a sister in law from that part of Thailand and she says the food is very good.
    We like the fresh spring rolls and the Yum Gai chicken salad.

    • happynz 3.1

      Much of the Thai food in this country is not half bad, but I do have one complaint – of course the main ingredient in a somtam is green papaya, something that is not readily available in these temperate climates, so restaurants here substitute shredded carrot. YUCK! There are alternatives, but for some reason every Thai restaurant in this country uses carrots as a substitute for green papaya.

      OK, one other complaint; all you namby-pamby delicate flowers that can’t tolerate a little chili love, you got a lot to answer for as you’ve made it so cooks are reluctant to deliver a bit of the pain-pleasure experience that makes Thai food so spectacular.

  4. Congrats to Brett McKenzie for his win at the critics choice awards, I can smell an Oscar for this young man.

  5. ianmac 5

    In my tiny section I grow raspberries, gooseberries, two different apples, a grapevine, figs, blackcurrants and a plumtree. But this year all the fruit volumes are well down. Climate? Bees? Friends report the same problem.
    Answers?

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      Depends where you are. Most likely too much rain or not enough. November was also quite a cool month, at least in Chch anyway.

      My parents recently went raspberry picking (some orchards still do this), and they said it’s an absolute bumper crop, the biggest they’d ever seen in their lives. Prices are down at $9/kg which is apparently cheap.

      • ianmac 5.1.1

        Our top of the South weather seemed unremarkable during blossom time. Even the bunches of grapes have big gaps in the fruit. I wonder about the absence of bees which might be an ominous warning given the importance of bees pasture/crops. And I rather like bees – and spiders.

        • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1

          A friend was complaining to me that her veggie garden simply did not bear good quality vegetables before going to seed this year.

          She blamed the seed companies.

          • the pink postman 5.1.1.1.1

            Now that is interesting CV.Twice recently I have purchased cailiflower seed which turned out to be cabbage , I had cabbages galore . Then I have had seed that just have not grown . However this year I have had a great supply of potatoes , cucumber and lettuce but the tomatoes are still green .
            radish bolted and the strawberrys going rotten . And its still raining !

    • Anne 5.2

      Ah… a plum tree. What memories! I grew up in a garden with three of them. They produced large sweet tasting red fleshed plums that we gorged on each summer. The biggest tree was my own “Enchanted Tree” complete with makeshift hut where dreams could be woven… What has happened to them? Suburban gardens are so regimented and barren these days.

      • ianmac 5.2.1

        Yes Anne, and of course the toilet had to be close for those gluttons like us!
        My plum now is Black Doris and in spite of our tiny section it grows well and yet this year only a small crop.
        Our youth was centred around our South Canterbury home’s most beautiful glossy skinned fully fleshed “blue Diamond” Plum. But sadly it appears to have vanished from the market. I guess like apples and tomatoes the choices centre around colour and shape and not the taste. Hence my little espaliered Coxs Orange and my Sturmer.
        Soon my beauties even though numbers are down.

        • Anne 5.2.1.1

          … and of course the toilet had to be close for those gluttons like us!

          Yes, I remember that too. A small price to pay… 🙂

  6. Well Saturday we went and saw the Muppets .Morning show filled with old wrinklies like me .Everyone came out happy and grinning . 2 hours of bliss . And a glimps to what is meant by second childhood. But who cares!
    Laughter makes the world go round.

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