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Red wine Casserole
1 1⁄2kgs of gravy beef cut into cubes
400ml good red wine
1 cup of beef stock
4 sliced onions
2 slices of prosciutto chopped
8 mushrooms chopped
1⁄4 cup of parsley chopped
1 sprig fresh thyme chopped
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 tablespoon Butter
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Marinate the beef with the garlic, thyme, bay
leaf, parsley and red wine for a few hours.
Strain the beef and retain the marinade. Into
a frying pan with the butter and oil, brown the
onions, the meat and the prosciutto.
Remove and place in a slow cooker, the
onions, beef and bacon, and sprinkle in the
flour. Stir, add the stock and wine marinade.
Cover and simmer for about 3 hours. About an
hour before serving, add the mushrooms and
as extras some small potatoes and a hand full
of olives. Serve with baby carrots, broccoli
and hot bread rolls.
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All that rain just before Easter!
Flooded creeks, not to mention the
homes and businesses that were
swamped. Let me tell you what happened to
me during that time ... and don’t let anyone
tell you you can’t have adventures without
The weather was crazy. One minute the
wind was blowing in horizontal sheets of rain
and the next it was sunny with a washed out
sky. I was wondering how the residents of
the flooded northern river towns were fairing
with the forecast telling us there was more
bad weather on the way.
We had a bit of a deluge from the
aftermath of cyclone Debbie. 145mm. Total
black out and candles for a while. Cooking
with gas! NE winds exceeding 100k. Trees
above bending alarmingly. Branches
crashing on iron roof. Dog quivering under
bed. Flashing red & blue lights in street ...
Emergency Services quick to respond two
doors away. Large tree down blocking the
street. Debris everywhere. Heard a bloke on
the radio talking about the cyclone up North.
“Finally,” he said, “Debbie gives Bowen
a blow job!”
The old window in my study was rattling
and banging. I went to check it out and could
see a very wet dishevelled shape waving his
arms at me. I opened the door.
“Bloody hell Chaos, are you deaf? I’ve
been hammering on the door for a while!”
“It’s the tin roof and the thunder making
so much noise.”
“I’ve come to ask a favour.”
“ What’s the matter? ”
“I’ve parked the old boat and trailer at
your front gate. I had to move it as the creek
looked like it was about to burst its banks.”
“ What do you want me to do with it? This
is the furthest that old wreck has travelled
in twenty years,”
“ Well, after all the work I’ve done I didn’t
want to see it all go down the creek. I thought
with your help we could take it up on to the
hill behind your place.”
“ I’ll give you a hand but the hill’s
overgrown with long grass, lantana and the
creek is below.”
“ There’s no lantana on the top, only
down the steep slope. I don’t want to back
the trailer over the edge.”
I got into my wet weather gear and
climbed alongside Bill in his old Landcruiser.
It fought its way slipping and sliding up the
“I hope the boat is tied down well! When
we get there you back up on to a couple of
blocks. I’ll stand at the back and guide you.
Just don’t run me over.”
Fortunately there was a break in the
weather so I could spot the blocks in the
“ You’re right to come back,” I yelled as I
walked backwards with my hand on the boat.
Suddenly the trailer flew back knocking
me over as I slid across the wet grass. I heard
Bill yell that his foot had slipped on to the
accelerator. By this time I was slithering head
first, into the lantana. I didn’t have time to
yell. I don’t know how far I was sliding but
my hand hit a small sapling. I grabbed hold
of it and was able to wrap one leg around it
bringing my descent to an end. I was upside
down and couldn’t turn around and the
sapling bent nearly to the ground when I
tried to pull myself up.
“Chaos, where are you? ” Bill yelled.
“I’m down the slope in front of you. I’m
“ You OK? Allen’s here with me. Hang in
there. I can see your boots.”
I heard a lot of swearing and branches
breaking then someone trod on my foot.
“Allen’s got your foot. I’ll get the other
one. Can you move it from around the
I thought this is where I slide down into
the creek. Suddenly I felt myself moving up
the slope then onto the grass.
“ Thanks guys! I think I need to get out
of these wet muddy clothes and showered.
I’ve got something cooking at the house
that’ll warm us up.”
Have you ever seen the
rain comin’ down ...
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