Friday, February 8, 2008

Trivial History February 8

Nothing beats the smell and taste of fresh, homemade much so that the Tribe have almost cleaned up yesterday's loaf already.
I shall be rolling in the dough ( oh if only!) if you need

1807 The Clyde River, in Tassie, didn't have a formal name except for Long Wet Fish Highway until Thomas Laycock dipped a digit into the depths on this day.

NZ great-grandmother Kitty O'Sullivan set out to walk 667 miles from Brisbane to Sydney in her size 71/2 US Navy boots, promising her next adventure would be to visit the USA and challenge grandmothers to a head-standing competition.

1879 Another world first goes to us Aussies with The Sydney Riot at an International cricket match. Oh yes, the more things change, the more they stay the same !
Disagreeing with an umpires' decision to call out to a star Aussie batsman, the crowd surged onto the pitch and mayhem ensued. Edmund Barton was another umpire and he helped calm things down, a fact which went down well when he came to enter politics. More details HERE.

Ghost spot-
An old weatherboard house that once stood in Woodridge,Qld was home to the spirit of a little girl. Violin and piano music were also heard throughout the house,while the little girl, Penelope Green, merely flitted from room to room. When the house was moved to another suburb, the ghost was included with the fittings and Penelope remained with the house until a church minister kindly suggested it was time for her to be on her way.

1900 Governments, money and war haven't changed much...Playing eeny-meeny-miny-mo in choosing the Bushman's Corps to fight at the Boer War, those with their own horses were given preference.

1907 Adelaide trams were run independently since 1880 and This Could Not Continue. They were given over to the Municipal Tramways Trust which promptly stopped running them in November of the same year. If it aint broke, don't fix it.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
To save money on zip up pillow protectors, put 2 pillow cases on your pillows at all times; this will help keep them clean and fresh.

1946 Britain was a bit on the peckish side so Australia shared their grub by sending meat,cheese,wheat and butter to the Old Dart.

1950 Rev heads rejoice and start doing burn outs in the Model T ! Post-war petrol rationing finally finished.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Melon Avalanche.
Pour 30 ml of Blue Curacao into a cocktail glass, then shake 60ml orange juice, 30ml melon liqueur and 15ml Triple Sec together and pour in on top of the Blue Curacao.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1952 Darwin had news and something to say so the Northern Territory News was published. Sure beats 2 cans on a piece of string.

1970 Johnny O'Keefe, uncle of Deal or No Deal host Andrew O'Keefe, came in from his 5 year recording wilderness and released "Confessions of a Lonely Man".

1983 Dust storms that started in the Mallee ruined washing day for thousands and made their presence felt by dumping 1,000 tonnes of topsoil on Melbourne. More HERE.

2003 Letting it all hang out, 750 women protested in Byron Bay at the invasion of Iraq naked.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Easy Leek Sauce/Soup Base.
This sauce can be used on vegies, meat, fish, as a soup base, pie filling, or smothered on your bunions*.
Saute finely chopped onions, leeks, celery and garlic shoots in a saucepan with butter.
Add cornflour till it's a mushy lump then slowly add milk, stirring as you slowly add it. Did I mention to add the milk s.l.o.w.l.y ?
Keep stirring and adding until you get the consistency you want and you may add seasoning, lemon pepper, dill, etc to taste.
Leave it or blitz with a food processor then use as required.
*It will make your bunions irresistible to every stray cat in your neighbourhood.