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The Escape.


There’s a hotel we stay at a lot whenever we have to travel to Perth and I kept seeing this door. I imagine lots of different universes exist behind this door rather than the good old fire escape.

Most of the time, a trip to Perth for us involves a long drive (at least 4 hours) from Albany as to fly would cost more than a short trip to Bali! All of us Albanyites are praying for cheaper flights now that Virgin has taken over Skywest down here and I’m hoping Qantas will join in very soon as well.  We’ll be up and back three times in the next 3 weeks as my dearly beloved “Chucky” has to have surgery on his elbow for nerve entrapment. He’s going in on Wednesday 7th August. This wasn’t planned when we came up last week for the specialist appointment but he can fit him in next week. We’ll then have to go back to Perth on the 16th for a follow up appointment to see how it all went. He had his left elbow operated on back in 2009 and it was found he had an extra muscle in his elbow to most people that was causing the problem and the same thing has occurred on his right elbow now.

We had the best night for a long time last night. We were invited around to another couples house for a games night and we all played Dr Who monopoly. It was a fun filled laugh of a night helped along by the odd glass of something red and lots of cheese, apple and crackers. I came third as I foolishly gave up one of my important cards to my beloved who promptly became the landlord from hell charging anyone who landed on this spot 200 smackers! Ah board games! Love them. We’re going to meet up sagain soon and play either Pictionary or Cranium or maybe Trivial Pursuit. Much better than sitting glued to the television.

Ok the sun is shining brightly and the day is looking good. Time to go find my nearest escape route and exit the building!

Red sky in the morning, Shepherds warning!



This was the sky when I was first up this morning.

The radio announcer was saying the barometer was dropping like a stone and we are in for some gusty old weather. I then went out and chopped a couple of loads of wood to carry me through the next couple of days. I don’t want to be finishing work in the laboratory at 6pm dark time and have to chop some wood then. “Chucky” has to drive to Perth to pick up our youngest daughter who will be having some keyhole knee surgery on the 10th and is coming home (JOY!) to recuperate for a few days. I’ll take her back to Perth on my week off next week having attempted to put some weight on her skinny frame.

Have a lovely safe Tuesday everyone.

Mondays little Gluten Free sweetie.

I think we all need a little sweetening up today being Monday and I have just the thing to do it for you. As my beloved Chucky (Jason) is gluten intolerant, he misses out on a lot of the stuff we used to chow down on when in the need for a snack. Now, we have to put a bit more of a thought into what goes down the hatch as the side effects of Coeliac disease are not pretty when any gluten is taken into his system. I found one of his most favorite of all slice recipes and decided to tinker with it a bit and the end result was fantastic. You wouldn’t know it was now gluten free and I’ve fooled many of my workmates with this one.


Gluten Free Caramel Nut Slice



200gm unsalted butter

140gm caster sugar

1/2 vanilla pod,seeds only

300gm Gluten free Plain flour (I use Orgran brand)

1/2  teaspoon Gluten free baking powder


130gm unsalted butter

400gm tin condensed milk

4 tablespoons of Golden Syrup


200gm raw, chopped macadamia nuts and grated base dough set aside, (see my method)

Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius

Line a 20cm x 30cm x 4cm slice tin with baking paper.

For the base dough, cream together the softened butter, sugar and vanilla seeds until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes in an electric mixer.

Sift in dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Take out one fifth of the dough and chill in the fridge in a rough cylinder shape.

Evenly press the remaining dough into the base of your slice tin, making sure it reaches into the corners. Put into oven and bake till firm to touch and slightly golden, not too cooked.


Make the caramel while the base is baking.

Put a metal bowl over a pot of boiling water and add all the caramel ingredients into it, stirring till all melted together.Set aside.


Remove base from oven and pour the caramel over the top, spreading evenly.

Grate (on a big sized grater) the remaing saved dough into the chopped macadamias and mix together gently. Sprinkle this over the top of the caramel.

Pop this back into the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the outside of the caramel starts to darken. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the tin. Pop in the fridge for an hour to chill before cutting into slices.


Is this slice not calling from the shadows, beckoning you to eat it?

We cannot resist it’s gluten free charms at all.


My gluten free sweetie who’s charms I can’t resist either. Love him xoxoxo.

Bon appetite!