Friday, 1 April 2011

A couple of days of not much...

Wednesday night was fun - we went to the A family for dinner, and had a lovely seafood pie and a spinach, avocado & green bean salad.  Yummo!!!  In fact, the salad was so yummy, I took the leftovers for lunch yesterday, and as no-one was much interested in the seafood pie leftovers, took them home too for the chookies!!!  WNWN!!!

Speaking of chookies, poopy bum chook was taken to the vet on Wednesday.  She has some sort of a bacterial infection in her stomach, and a contact allergy on her tummy...  She has been given antibiotics & a cortisone spray to help her feel better.  I took her back last night for a further injection, and she gets one more tonight.  She's less red on her stomach than she was, which is great news.  I don't think she likes going for a ride in the cat box though!!!  The vet had a constipated python there last night - he'd eaten a tampon a week or so ago which they had removed, but he hadn't pooped all week, despite being filled with laxatives every day.  Poor snake...  he was cold when I touched him, and he had been given some anaesthetic to calm him down a bit so his tongue was kind of flicking around a bit.  He was a lovely looking snake - it was nice to be able to go in and see him.  Buzz (the fantastic vet) was going to give him a warm soapy enema.  Lucky snake.  (lucky Buzz!!!)

So - poopy bum chook is happily living in her own chook tractor, the other 5 are happily living in their quarters.  Oh yes, broody chook is now not broody, but she's moulting.  God chooks look TERRIBLE when they moult!!!  She's got big patches of skin all over her, she looks like someone's dragged her backwards through a fence!  She'll be okay in a week or so - hope she hurries up and grows more feathers before it gets too cold!!!

Tonight I will finish off the Pumpkin soup, and get organised for tomorrow.  Big day tomorrow - I'm doing a class at Patchwork Angel, then we're going to pick flooring at Noosaville, then I have an EBay purchase to pick up at Redcliffe, and I would like to drop in and see the divine Miss M who hasn't been well this week.  I hope to be able to report on more decluttering that's been done later on tonight!!!

In the meantime, this is the yummy salad - courtesy of

Pumpkin, bean, spinach & avocado salad

1 butternut pumpkin, peeled, cut into 2.5cm cubes
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
200g green beans, topped
100g baby English spinach leaves
2 avocados, cut into 2.5cm cubes
100g flaked almonds or chopped macadamias, toasted


1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup olive oil


1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Place the pumpkin, cumin and olive oil on the tray and toss to coat.

2. Roast pumpkin in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, tossing occasionally, or until cooked through and coloured on the edges. Place in a large serving bowl.

3. Meanwhile, bring a medium saucepan of water to the boil over high heat. Blanch the beans for 2-3 minutes or until bright green in colour. Drain and refresh in iced water. Place in the serving bowl.

4. Mix the dressing together in a small saucepan and warm through.  Add the spinach, avocado, almonds or macadamias and dressing to the serving bowl and toss to combine.

1 comment:

  1. I'm happy that poopy bum chook is feeling better. How long before she can rejoin her flock?
    (you bought something on ebay? oomah!!)