* anything else you like – I like to add olives, sundried tomatoes, onion, garlic, oregano, basil and a touch of chilli.
Put your lebanese bread on an oven tray, or pizza stone if you have one. Smear tomato paste or pizza sauce across it.
Add your preferred toppings – sometimes it is good to put cheese on the base, beneath the toppings. This has the advantage of not trapping juices from pineapple etc. Top the pizza with pepperoni – this lets it crisp up and cooks out some of the fat.
So, I suggest in this order – pizza base, tomato paste, garlic, onion + basil. Then a layer of cheese, topped with ham, mushrooms, capsicum. Add your pineapple, olives and sundried tomatoes at this point, then put another layer of cheese and top with pepperoni and oregano.
Cook until the cheese goes stretchy (mozzarella) or starts to brown (cheddar). Then remove, slice, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and enjoy your delicious, crispy, fresh pizza.
Emerald is a small town in the Dandenong Ranges that has an excellent bakery/cafe. Just out of town is Emerald Lake Park, which surrounds the Emerald Lake and offers quite a few things to do.
The thing we like most is seeing the steam train Puffing Billy at it’s sidings and chuffing off towards Belgrave (sometimes Gembrook, too). Other than that there is a cafe, lots of places to have a picnic, some play equipment for the kids and lots of nice walks through the bush and around the water.
If you are happy to spend some cash, you could ride one of the peddle boats or visit the toy trains, but we enjoy the drive up, the cool weather and nice scenery. Plus a big chuffing steam train.
Be aware you do have to pay for parking ($2-6) but it is Victoria, after all.
Shortly we are expecting the arrival of another member of our family. We are looking forwards to this time, but also a little worried. What will we call this new one? Will it be another girl or a boy? How will Eliza cope with a newborn – judging by the rough treatment she give her new doll? How will Priscilla cope once I go back to work and Eliza is running around and the new baby is demanding attention?
It’s not as if these are issues that no one else has ever had to deal with, so I’m confident it will be OK, but first we need to make it to the delivery day, then get through that awful time, then the new adventure begins!
In June we popped over to Tasmania for the long weekend so Priscilla and Eliza could see their relatives. A challenging trip but we pulled through OK. Priscilla’s family is from Smithton and Montagu in the NW corner of the state. Lots of dairy farms in the area but the coffee was a bit hit and miss.
It was a good trip and the most important thing was we made it back alive. Eliza was out of sorts for the next week but that may have had something to do with 2 month vaccinations she got when we returned.
….and the weather is hot. Priscilla is struggling a bit in the heat and we haven’t figured out a good place to go swimming yet. Plus all the visitors we’ve had have meant that when we are by ourselves we end up just flaking out at home.
Here’s a recent photo of our family:
Foods we’ve been enjoying recently:
Priscilla – icy poles, tropical splits, magnums, bulla double-choc crunch
Daniel – thick bone-in ribeye steak, salami on fresh bread rolls
Also, Priscilla has bought me a proper coffee grinder for my birthday. It makes a big difference and my morning coffee is pretty enjoyable right now.
We are going to antenatal classes right now which are pretty scary, but it is good to go through it with a bunch of people all at the same stage as you.
Anyway, just thought you might all like an update. Only 7 weeks until the Formula 1 season starts (Priscilla is looking forwards to late March, early April for some reason).
Also, here’s one of the possums that live near us. We have counted at least 4 possums that live on our block – not sure why there’s so many, but at least they don’t live in our roof any more.
A shot towards the north after bushfires on Sunday:
We had another scan at 19 weeks where the technician looks for lots of abnormalities and defects. They tried to give us a look at the foetus’ face, but no luck as shyness set in. This scan was performed at COGUS in Bulleen, Victoria.