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Wednesday, 7 December 2022 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel
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Shopping again
Topic: general, food and drink, opinion Link here

Into town again today for the weekly shopping. Somehow it's getting less all the time; this time I didn't need to go to Woolworths at all, and in general the shopping list was much shorter. But I did have to go to Campanas buy some cheese (Gruyère) for fondue. $80 a kg! Why is cheese so expensive in Australia? In Europe it's less than half the price.

Or is it? It seems that I can pay similar prices for top quality cheeses. And we discovered years ago that we shouldn't buy cheese in Germany; we went to Switzerland or France instead.

And once again I was told that Jarlsberg was a Swiss cheese. Once again I told the younger man that it came from Norway, and this time, it seems, he believed me. I suppose that was something.


More physiotherapy
Topic: health Link here

At the end of my shopping I went to the physiotherapists for advice about my osteopenia. That was useful: the exercises that Heather gave me were nothing like what Dr. Paul Smith suggested, and the details were so important that she had to correct me several times.


Central Asian Kitchen in Sebastopol
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

At Whiteys I saw menus on display from “Kazan Central Asian Kitchen”. That's an interesting concept. Central Asian? Turkmenistan? Kyrgyzstan? It wouldn't be Xinjiang, so nowhere I have been.

They prove to be just around the corner from Whiteys. Took a menu and looked at it when I get home. Dishes like Kabuli pilav and Tavuk şiş suggest places I have been: Afghanistan and Turkey, neither what I would call Central Asian. And the headers for the individual courses are in Turkish. But it looks like an interesting addition to locally available dining. My guess is that it's run by a couple, one from Turkey, the other from Afghanistan.

Sadly, I think they've made a mistake with their location. The area round the Victoria Street/Albert Street roundabout has seen a lot of businesses come and go, and my guess is that this is too esoteric for the populace. Maybe we should go and try something, though I don't know when I was last in a restaurant.


Thursday, 8 December 2022 Dereel → Sebastopol → Dereel Images for 8 December 2022
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Deep fried noodles
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Some time in April 1972 my parents took me to dinner somewhere near the corner of Orchard Road and Scotts Road. My mother told me of the excellent deep-fried noodles that they made there, and ordered some.

It must have been a different cook. The waiter, and subsequently the cook, were very unwilling, but finally they acquiesced. And indeed they didn't taste at all bad.

So: why don't I try that? I eat lots of noodles, but so far none that have been deep fried. Start with the Chef Lo noodles, cook them normally, rinse and allow to cool in a sieve:


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Put in the basket of a deep fryer and loosen a little:


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Fry. Oh:


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I hadn't expected them to fill out the basket. After further frying, they looked like this:


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The change in colour is real: they were slightly browned. And with the rest of the dish, I had:


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And the taste? Not bad. Next time I'll need to keep them in a better shape, and maybe it would make sense to cut the noodles a little shorter before frying. As it was, it was a little difficult to break the pieces.


Misted lenses
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Taking the photos of frying the noodles had an issue: the steam from the deep fryer condensed on the lens. I could barely see anything through the viewfinder.

But the results didn't look nearly as bad. This first one was taken with the misted lens, the second (carefully further away) with a clear lens:


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Yes, there's a difference, but I was expecting more


Lightning X-ray
Topic: health, opinion Link here

Into town with Yvonne this morning for what we hope will be her final X-ray. On the way we dropped off some prescriptions at UFS across the road, at which point Google Maps decided that we had arrived at Sovereign Radiology. Round to Sovereign, where Yvonne went inside and I stayed in the car for a couple of minutes to tell Google Maps what I thought.

When I went inside, Yvonne was gone. It seems that she barely caught the radiologist before she went off to lunch, and as I predicted she was done in a flash. Back to UFS, arriving roughly 10 minutes after we left, and of course they were not ready with the prescription. I had to wait another 10 minutes. That's the first time I've experienced that, and it makes me wonder how they're going to handle things with the drive-in prescription service that they're promising in their new building.


How not to fill a petrol tank
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While in town, filled up the tank of the car. Back home I discovered:


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Oh. How much petrol did I lose? My guess is: none. The whole area around the filler was completely dry. Still, another indication that I'm losing my marbles.


Horses come home
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Chris Bahlo along in the evening with Carlotta and Dana, whom we put in the dam paddock.


Radiologist's cupcakes
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It seems that the Sebastopol branch of Sovereign Radiology is celebrating its first anniversary, and to do so they offered all patients a cupcake. Nice gesture, but there's more, a slice of icing showing where it came from:


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