Friday, December 18, 2009

Flash Game Friday

Sunburn Fry the tourists!

Just a little seasonal game, as it is Summer Solstice here on Monday.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Flash Game Friday

Extreme Xmas Shopping

Don't look at me, I finished mine in July!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Flash Game Friday

Grid Game Mindless fun, but you'll be suprised how many hours it'll eat!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Long, long, ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

Friday, November 27, 2009

Flash Game Friday

Juicy Street

Just cross the street! In your choice of Orange, Tomato, or Apple.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The deed is done!

The papers have been signed, the money has been handed over, and DP and I are now homeowners! We started moving in today, but the internet at our house won't be on until Monday. Last night was the last lazy dinner night post I had prepared, and I don't have access to my links on my parent's computer, so I can't make more. There will still be Flash Game Friday, and a vid link post on Saturday to tide you over, and hopefully sometime next week I can resume normal transmission. I'd like to be super optimistic and tell you that will happen on Monday, but I'm too much of a realist for that.

But I've got some great things to blog about coming up, so rest assured as soon as some semblance of normality returns to the Dragon household, I'll be back with you all.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

You shot who in the what now?

This was hilarious

How to really confuse your party guests

Monday, November 23, 2009

"Major Walsh, it is an event sociologique."

Last Exit to Nowhere

Tshirts advertising products and places from your favourite films.

I'm torn between the Paper Street Soap company (Fight Club) and this sweet Devil's Tower one from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mmm, cuddly

Tales of the Plush Cthulhu

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Because science isn't science till it's sung by aging geek bands :D

Remember last month when I linked to Singing Science Records, recomending them to They Might Be Giants fans? Well, here's why.

And the rebuttal. (same band)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Flash Game Friday

3d Logic

It starts easy, but gets tougher. Connect the like coloured squares on 3 sides of a cube.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Nom nom nom

Cakeland by Scott Hove

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

For the inner child in you

Interior Design blog from people who make the world's coolest kids rooms.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

10 things I don't get about you...

Ten things we don't understand about humans

Monday, November 16, 2009

Heads I win, tails you lose

Random Roadtrip

One day I'd really like to do this, but I'm unsure about the intelligence of doing this with children, let alone young ones.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The white blood cells are soldiers

That fight infectious germs
They make the antibodies
Their weapons in the fight
The army is transported
Wherever they must go
Delivered by the Bloodmobile

BloodMobile - an animation by Dave Logan set to one of the songs from Here Comes Science by They Might Be Giants. It was actually written for an exhibit at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia The Giant Heart Exhibit

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Kseniya Simonova - Sand Animation

Ukraine lost 1 in 4 people during WW 2 - more than any other country. Simonova's sand story talks about the German invasion in 1941. First there is a couple sitting on a bench under the stars. Warplanes appear and people are crying. After the baby arrives the woman smiles again, but the young woman becomes an old widow. Finally there is an obelisk the Ukrainian monument to its Unknown Soldier

The translation for the writing at the end is 'You are always near me (by my side)'
This was from Ukraine's got Talent. (She won BTW)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Flash Game Friday


A simple, but surprisingly addictive little number. But then again, aren't they all?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

I blow my nose at you, so-called Ah-thoor Keeng, you and all your silly English Kuhnigits!

Big Spanish Castle

And also, a tutorial to make your own optical illusion here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

They're picking up pieces of me...

Wordle Paste in any text, and it'll create cool looking word clouds, like this one I made from the lyrics of Placebo's song 'Kings of Medicine'

Kings of Medicine @ Wordle

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

From little things, Big things grow

Perhaps you'd already heard of this, but I hadn't.
One Red Paperclip

Monday, November 9, 2009

I love you, You love me...

ecards that are wrong for every occasion

What should be Menu Plan Monday

This is an automated post, to let you all know what is going on. We have had to move out of our house so the owner can move back in, and will be living in limbo for three weeks while we wait for our new place to be available. I've scheduled some lazy dinner night posts for the meantime, and just in case it takes a while to get the internet at the new house. Please stick with me during this difficult time. I'll be able to get internet access at my parents house but obviously not every day, so there may or may not be new KCT posts during this time.

So if it's menu plans you are after, check out I'm an Organizing Junkie for literally hundreds of other menu plan blog posts, and why not go back through the archives of Kids Cooking Thursday in the meantime?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Now wait a minute y'all, this dance ain't for everybody...

Sexy People Bad, bad photos.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Placebo+MirrorMask = Happy Dragon!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Flash Game Friday

Throw Paper

Also known as Office Basketball. Keep an eye on the wind speed factor!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Kids Cooking Thursday: Apple & Carrot Pikelets

Apple & Carrot Pikelets Recipe taken from recipes+, September 2009 issue
1 cup SR flour
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 small carrot, finely grated
1 golden delicious apple, peeled, cored, finely grated
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
40g melted butter for frying

Sift flour into a large bowl, stir in the sugar, carrot and apple. Make a well in the centre. Whisk the egg and milk in a jug, then add to the flour mixture. Stir until just combined.
Over moderate heat, heat a large frypan. Brush with melted butter

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Take a picture, it lasts longer...

Tacky plastic tourist gimmicks, photographed with their namesakes.

Some are quite clever.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I see your true colours shining through

Did you ever wonder what would happen if you recreated digital pictures using crayons standing upright as pixels? This guy did:
Christian Faur

Monday, November 2, 2009

I'd like to thank the guy...

who wrote the song that made my baby fall in love with me.
Written songs of love for my baby

Believe it?

Translation Party has this and many more. Input your own phrases for hours of Engrish fuelled fun.

Menu Plan Monday

Monday Lasagna
Tuesday Chicken Tenders with corn and chips
Wednesday Freezer Suprise
Thursday Dim Sims
Friday Irish Stout Burgers
Saturday Takeaway (moving)
Sunday Sandwiches

So, a lot of easy/lazy meals. But you were expecting that, since I am desperately packing to be out by the end of the week. But as we still have to eat, and everyone likes have a few 'lazy meal' ideas up their sleeve, I thought I'd still post this. It's not doing great in the nutritional value stakes, but 3 three weeks eating my mother's cooking should even things out.

As usual, check out I'm an Organizing Junkie for literally hundreds of other menu plan blog posts, and please come back here for Kids Cooking Thursday.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Live long and prosper

Appealing to your inner geek.

But if you preferred the original, well, I can give you that too.

My monthly reads - October

Token - Alisa Kwitney
Dark fire - Chris d'Lacy
Riding Tycho - Jan Mark
Click - Nick Hornby, Roddy Doyle, Gregory Maguire, Linda Sue Park, David Almond, Tim Wynne-Jones, Ruth Ozeki, Deborah Ellis, Margo Lanagan, and Eoin Colfer
The astonishing adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl - Barry Lyga
City of ashes - Cassandra Clare

Saturday, October 31, 2009

This is Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Virtual Girls Night In: Pink Food

Welcome to the round up of the Virtual Girls Night In.

Dorit from prettybaking in Israel made Reeses Nesquik Breast Cancer Awareness Cupcakes, drawing parallels between femininity and chocolate, sweet, dark and addictive.

Asha from Fork Spoon Knife gives us Pomegranate Yogurt Ice Cream, a low fat creamy treat that's packed with anti-oxidants

Arfi from HomeMadeS made Chocolate Buttons and Gluten-Free Vanilla Buttons, reliving some childhood memories.

Vicky from Sweets at Vicky's gives us Gluten Free Black & Pink Cookies, because everyone needs something to constantly pick at during a girls night in!

Yasmeen over at Health Nut made Pink Stuffed Buns, giving us something savoury, and hearty (which will help soak up all the booze I'm serving!).

Kanchan from Kitchen Gossip made Solkadi, a traditional Indian drink usually served with seafood.

Nat from MummaRats Nest made Pink Jelly Cakes, 3-in-1 Biscuits, and Pink Sleeping Teddy Biscuits proving there is no such thing as too much pink when you cook with an Almost-4-Year-Old little girl. (I hear you there Nat!)

Muneeba from An Edible Symphony gives us Girly Cupcakes, gorgeous delicate things with real strawberry puree in the mix

Cakelaw from Laws of the Kitchen made Rose Biscuits pretty, pink, delicate things perfect for Pink October

Of course, I wouldn't be much of a host if I didn't serve anything myself! We've got some Pink Strawberry Cupcakes and these awesomely dangerous Pink Grapefruit Cosmopolitan Smoothies, not the healthiest concoction but man, do they taste good. I wish you could all come around to my house for real to taste these babies, honest!

So that's it for this event. I hope you all had a bit of fun making your pink food, and I'm so pleased so many people came to my little event, and helped spread the word.
To end on a serious note, I hope you consider making a donation to the Cancer Council. The money goes towards research, and support programs for those diagnosed with cancer. See how your money helps.Thank you to all those who have already donated. If you don't feel you can afford to donate any money, then thank you regardless, for donating your time and cooking to make this event such a success, and helping raise awareness. Without your help, this would have just been me blogging on my own, and that would have been pretty sad. Make sure you check back here next October, and we'll make this an annual event!

Please consider making a donation

Flash Game Friday


It's an online RISK. You vs up to 7 computer players.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Kids Cooking Thursday: Honeycomb

6 tbs white sugar
2 tbs golden syrup
2 tsp water
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Place sugar, golden syrup and water in a heavy saucepan and stir over a gentle heat until the sugar is dissolved
Bring to the boil and boil for seven minutes
Remove from the heat and quickly add the bicarbonate of soda
At this point the mixture will froth
Stir quickly and pour into a greased 28x18cm lamington tin
As the mixture starts to cool, mark into pieces

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dance magic dance...

I suppose this could be construed as the logical follow up from A is for Apple...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Okay, so I took the cheats way out by buying a Caesar salad kit to make this, but next time I swear I'll do it properly. I felt like it needed vegetables of some sort too, chicken with pasta and bacon and cheese flavoured powders plus salad dressing doesn't really do it for me as nutritionally balanced. But crunchy crumbed chicken forgives a multitude of cooking sins anyway.

Oh, before I forget, there's a new blog out there called Regretsy - who knew there were so many bad taste crafts out there for sale?

Tonight is the deadline for the Virtual Night In, so get those entries in!

Thinking Pink?

Remember tonight is the deadline for entries, and if you haven't already, please consider donating. If the donations get above the $50 target, I'll be giving this away to a random participant in the Virtual Girls Night In:

And it's all for a good cause!

Tonight is the deadline for the Virtual Night In, raising money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research. Time is almost up!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Dinner Fail

Sure it looks pretty tasty above, but let me tell you: if you don't have a fan forced oven, don't bother trying to cook a kangaroo roast. Or even a mini roast or two.

Kangaroo is a pretty touchy meat to cook, it's needs to be slightly on the rarer side or it goes tough, but too rare and it's not nice at all. Normally I stick to sausages, which cook like any other sausage, but I saw these mini roasts at 1/5th the usual price and couldn't resist. But my evil oven didn't cook hot enough, or something, and by the time I started carving it was, of course, too late. These weren't just rare in the middle, they were practically hopping out of the pan.

Good thing I cooked so many roast potatoes! And DP didn't mind that there was no meat, because I bribed him with dessert.

Honeycomb Mousse!

It's from a packet, but he didn't know that. Shhh!

Don't forget to think (and cook!) pink for the Virtual Night In, raising money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research. Time is almost up!

Menu Plan Monday

Monday Roast Kangaroo with Roast Potatoes, Carrots, Pumpkin, Onion & steamed green beans
Tuesday Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
Wednesday Balsamic Portabello and Brie Ravioli
Thursday Pizza
Friday Lemon Pasta Bake
Saturday Sandwiches
Sunday Freezer Suprise

A lot of things we didn't get to this week. Like making ravioli or cooking with the kids. Master One fell off a table and bruised his head, which we had to run around getting checked out. That took up three of my days (he's fine though). And on Friday we found out we have to move out in a week's time, so we will be offline for a month while we wait for our house to be ready. I'm going to post the next two weeks KCT recipes, even though the kids didn't cook anything, so that you can try the recipes.

As usual, check out I'm an Organizing Junkie for literally hundreds of other menu plan blog posts, and please come back here for Kids Cooking Thursday.

Don't forget to think (and cook!) pink for the Virtual Night In, raising money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research. Time is almost up!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Happy World Zombie Day!

Don't forget to think (and cook!) pink for the Virtual Night In, raising money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I used to believe that my eyes were brown because I ate too much chocolate. Thanks, Dad! - Christine

"My parents would say eat your vegetables, they're good for your motor. So...of course I believed I had a motor, so I'd take my Dad's keys and stick them in my bellybutton to start my motor instead of eating vegetables. I did this until one day my Dad said, if you stick keys in your bellybutton your rearend will fall off. That's when I started to eat my vegetables." - Sherry T.

Just one of the gems from I Used To Believe, the childhood beliefs site.

Don't forget to think (and cook!) pink for the Virtual Night In, raising money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Flash Game Friday

Sheep Dash

Test your reflexes. It's not a timewaster, it's science!

There's still time to cook pink for the Virtual Night In, raising money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Lemon Myrtle & Chilli Pork Stir Fry

Tonight's meal was a super cheap one. The big bag of stir fry vegetables had been marked down to 50 cents, and they were already chopped for me! And the pork was leftover from last night, as was the extra capsicum I put in. What made this simple stir fry special was the dry marinade powder I used, Outback Spirit Lemon Myrtle & Chilli. I only used a little, because we aren't too fond of spicy food in this house, but I've kept the rest, because I think it might be nice to coat some haloumi cubes in, before frying and serving with drinks.

Kids Cooking Thursday: Pink Cupcakes

Rose and Strawberry Cupcakes, and Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

It's not a party without cake, and what better kind of cake for a 'Pink' party than Strawberry Cupcakes? Just a packet mix I'm afraid, but we jazzed them up a bit. Half the mixed batter had chopped turkish delight and the other half had pureed strawberries added. I was quite lucky the other day, I picked up a kilo of slightly overripe strawberries for just $3.18. I hulled them, and threw them in the food processor, and then blitzed the lot down to moosh.

This is what a kilo of strawberries looks like in my food processor

I measured it out into little ziplock lunch bags. Two bags of 1 cup each, and one bag with only 1/2 cup. Then 1/2 cup went into the cupcake batter, and the troublemakers "cleaned" the other 1/4 cup worth out of the bowl after I removed the blade. So now I have 2 punnets of whole frozen strawberries, plus 2 and 1/2 cups of frozen strawberry puree in my freezer.
And cakes. Not that they'll last long around here.

Miss Three mixing

Master Five taking a turn

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Don't forget to think (and cook!) pink for the Virtual Night In, raising money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Traffic Light Pork Kebobs

I caught a lucky break today with mark downs and clearance items. I got enough pork for two meals for the price of half what one would normally cost, plus a heap of discounted 'packaged' things, that I wouldn't normally buy, like pre-chopped stir fry vegetables, and a tricolour pack of capsicums. We haven't had kebobs in what feels like forever, so Miss Three and I put these together. Red, Orange and Green Capsicum chunks, alternating with onion and diced pork, and then basted with sweet and sour sauce (discounted to 99 cents! Another bargain)

Master Five informed me they weren't really traffic lights though, because it had other colours because of the pork and onion. Next time he's getting sauteed capsicum strips dumped on his bed of rice. Although I'm sure then I'll get complaints about their shape!

Miss Three thought they were tasty. So did Master Five actually, as long as I didn't call them that "wrong" name.

Don't forget to think (and cook!) pink for the Virtual Night In, raising money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.

Taste & Create: Mango Cakes

Today the kids helped me make Mango Cakes from Foodelicious, whom I was partnered with for this month's Taste & Create. The recipe is here - we followed it exactly only substituting orange essence for mango essence, because I could not for the life of me find mango essence anywhere. I should have known better than to buy a mango in Victoria in October, and I probably should have learnt from my last taste & create effort. Cupcake recipes containing real fruit don't work as cakes. I made 5 cupcakes, before running out of patty cases, so I put the rest of the batter into a large cake tin. Despite the massive amount of baking powder in this recipe, that didn't rise. The cupcakes did well though.

I really wish I'd been able to find mango essence, or at least a riper mango, because the flavour was not very pronounced at all. I found them kind of bland and gluggy, but the kids liked them. I think when summer hits full force here, and the fruit departments of the supermarket are heady with the aroma of mangos, then I'll revisit this recipe, and see if I can''t make it work. After all, they sound so heavenly on Foodelicous.

And while they were baking, we tried our hands at making chocolate! From scratch no less!

Looks great, but it never set. Even after a few hours in the freezer it had a consistency of sticky fudge, which deteriorated into sticky mess once warmed to room temp. I bundled some of it up into small squares of puff pastry, to bake up for Miss Three's birthday, and the rest is sitting in the freezer waiting for me to figure out what to do with it. A filling for bread rolls perhaps? I have no idea what went wrong though. Perhaps I should just stick to buying the stuff.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mother's delicious homecooked Pluto.

My kids just got Here Come Science by They Might Be Giants. All three love watching the dvd together, and it keeps them from completely being at each other's throats. As an introduction to the song How Many Planets? Old John was telling a story about how when he was younger, they remembered the names of the planets by saying 'My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas'. But now Pluto is longer a planet, they say 'My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nothing' "and we can longer enjoy the taste of Mother's delicious homecooked Pluto." That makes my kids giggle. So when I heard that intro today while these pizzas were in the oven, I knew what I was calling them.

When I saw this recipe for Funky Lime Pizza on the Menu Plan Monday at Pass The Beans Please I just had to try it. I loved the bright fresh flavours. The eldest two children didn't like the lime or feta, and Master One refused to take more than a single bite, making me get out the emergency Heinz can of pasta. DP thought it would have been ok without the lettuce on it. (He meant the coriander). This is what I get for cooking something innovative and "fancy". Well pfft to them. I loved it, and wasn't particularly phased that I ate almost a whole pizza to myself either.

Homecooked Pluto
pizza dough (or use your own favourite recipe)
500g grated Mozzarella
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 large zucchini, thinly sliced
1/2 cup frozen corn kernals
1 1/2 tsp of minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
feta cheese, crumbled
fresh coriander leaves, coarsely chopped
juice of 1 lime

Preheat oven to 230C. Cover two baking trays with baking paper. Divide your dough in half, and roll each half out to the size of your tray. Miss Three helped me with the rolling.

Here she is "rolling" out the zucchini too!

Leave a margin about an inch wide around the dough then sprinkle the bases with about half the mozzarella. Then top with onion, then zucchini. Miss Three quite liked this too. Then sprinkle the remaining mozzarella on the top. Add your corn kernals, and some crumbled feta, and little dobs of minced garlic. Mine came from a jar. Because the last four bags of garlic I've bought have ended up shrivelled empty husks right when I want to use them. I don't think we eat as much garlic as we used to. I digress. Bake for 8 minutes, then swap the bottom tray to the top shelf, and vice versa, and bake for another 8 minutes. Until the cheese is melted to your desired colour. As soon as they come out of the oven, brush the pizza rims with a little olive oil, squeeze over your lime juice, and scatter the coriander over the top.

This is a bit of a 'foodie' meal, so perhaps one to use more for Date night than Kids demanding pizza night. Unless your kids are foodies, or at least very fond of sharp flavours like lime and feta.

This was an entry for the Pizza Party Mix Up hosted by Louise at Months of Edible Celebrations. Happy 2nd Blogversary!

Don't forget to think (and cook!) pink for the Virtual Night In, raising money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.