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Thai chicken balls
2 kg chicken mince
1 cup dry bread crumbs
4 shallots, chopped finely
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 cup chopped finely mixed fresh herbs parsley basil thyme
1⁄4 cup sweet chili sauce
1 teaspoon of crushed garlic
1 teaspoon of crushed ginger
1 fresh egg
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Olive oil for frying
Mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl. Form mixture with
your hands into evenly shaped small balls. Heat the oil in a wok
over medium heat. Fry the balls in batches until well browned.
Ser ve hot or cold with a salad.
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I’ve recently been taking myself and my staffy Delhi (so-named
after the Delhi Commonwealth Games held in October 2010) to
the beach for a run and a swim. It was another warm winter’s
day so I decided to throw in my wet suit, flippers and boogie board.
On the way is a small sailing school – the Urunga Sail Training
Club – down near the Kalang River at Urunga. The venue is an
old sea scout club house. The inside walls are covered with
photos and drawings of sailing vessels both old and new. The
floor was taken up with old DIY boats all in stages of disrepair.
Outside and under the floor were more small sailing boats and
an assortment of boards.
Driving down to the beach from USTC I have to go along a
four wheel drive track which was made when the dunes were
sand mined. This lets me take the car down through the sand
dunes onto the beach. The beach is very wide and easy to drive
along. I stopped and hopped out. Delhi immediately headed for
the water while I checked out the wave situation.
There’s about two to three kilometres of surf to make up my
mind which set I should go for. I thought I should check the water
temperature first ... even though it was hot in the sun, I wasn’t
going to go in if the water was too cold!
Surprise, surprise, the water was warm and there was a nice
break just out in front of me so I hid behind the car door and
dragged on my wet suit. I ’d just got it on when a shout made me
look up the beach.
“Hello Chaos! You going out there? ” Adelaide yelled at me
as she came striding down the beach with her boogie board
under her arm.
“ Yeah, great. I could use a bit of company but shouldn’t you
be at school.”
“No. Day off to study. But it’s too nice a day to stay inside.”
“Come on then. Let’s go out and catch a wave.”
We both raced into the water followed by Delhi, but by the
time we got out to the break she turned back. We enjoyed the
small shore break, but I could see the bigger break out about
“I ’m going out the back. You coming? ”
“ Yeah! Why not. It looks like a bit of a barrel happening out
We made our way out and started to catch some good waves
when suddenly we were in among a huge school of mullet and
among the school were large dark shapes.
“I’m off Chaos. Looks like sharks.”
Adelaide took off on the next wave. I was just about to do
the same when a large silhouette with its fin cutting the water
headed straight towards me. It was moving so fast I couldn’t do
anything but lie on my board and pray.
It was nearly upon me when it leaped out of the water ... it
was a dolphin and it seemed to be smiling. It hit the water next
to me nearly tipping me off my board. The dolphin swam around
checking me out. I splashed water at it and it seemed to like that
because it used its tail to flick water back at me.
As quickly as it came it disappeared. I looked around and
couldn’t see any of the fish or dolphins. I paddled onto a good
wave and as I was coming down the face I saw I wasn’t alone ...
there was a dolphin either side of me riding down the face. It was
a wonderful moment as we moved into a small barrel.
They stayed with me nearly all the way to the beach then at
the last moment they came right alongside and looked me in the
eye, then they were gone. Coming up the beach a very worried
Delhi came galloping up to welcome me. Adelaide was waiting
in the shallows.
“ Wow Chaos! That was the greatest. They seemed to really
like you. Have you ever had that happen before? ”
“No. I ’ve seen them at a distance, but never this close.”
“Hey, I brought some food with me. I have lots so why don’t
you join me ...”
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