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  • Russell Brown,

    I'm seeing Grant Robertson all over this in the near future. Formerly worked at MFAT on aid to the Pacific.

    Indeed. And Richard has been in touch to say he wasn't really seething, just pressed for time.

    He'll have a full package in Dateline tonight.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Mmmmm, chicken soup...Stephen Judd, that's exactly how my Nanna used to make chicken but with slight differences, to wit:
    *large pot, whole chicken(erm, gutted, beheaded, and defeathered of course*), and water to keep chook covered
    *salt & white pepper
    *at least a cup & 1/2 of barley
    *2 large brown onions, sliced
    -simmer for a long time
    *when the chook is tender, add sliced carrots, finely chopped celery,finely sliced kale (or green winter cabbage)& several prunes stoned & chopped
    -keep simmering until the additions are tender (the prunes will sort've melted) then take off the range, and throw in 2 large handfuls of parsley-
    when the parsley is nicely limp amidst the golden globules of chickenfat, the marvellous dish is ready.
    She called it "hen bree."

    *I once gave this recipe of Nanna's to a family member who shall remain nameless, who started off with the pot of water and a whole chook..."but it says- look! --whole--chook!"

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Oh yeah I think barley is a great addition. And the Jewish version should really have matzo balls in it...

    ... they're the only part of the matzo you can eat.

    (The hot tip for not having matzo balls like rocks is to use soda water for the liquid, according to my sister, who is my go-to source on Jewish food).

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi,

    (and no, that's not why I'm feeling rough – I had two drinks all night)

    Sadly, that's all I need to get munted, even on a good day. My tombstone will read "Lightweight".

    Well, that or "He was a cheap date, thank goodness."

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 864 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Oh yeah I think barley is a great addition.

    Been liking my pearl barley lately. Braising it in some vege stock is super-low-maintenance and you can season it any old way before serving hot or as a salad.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Mmmmm, chicken soup...Stephen Judd, that's exactly how my Nanna used to make chicken but with slight differences, to wit:

    Tonight's meal is coming out of the freezer ("Family! Here's one I prepared earlier!") but you have inspired me for tomorrow.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22843 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    The connections here are:

    - Conservative churches
    - The prospective candidates Tuigamala and Jones (the latter is also on Family First's oversight board)
    - Foreign minister Murray McCully, whose approach to Pacific aid and development is not shared by most people in the sector.

    Old. Boys. Network. Crony. Capitalism.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5439 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    "To wit" or "to whit"? Can someone clear this up?

    Been liking my pearl barley lately.

    Then here's some more:

    ;)

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Barley (pearl barley, 'cos no-one wants to eat awns) is a much under-rated grain. Is also much tastier than some of the newcomers-to-ANZ -like quinoa for instance (and yes, thank you, I do know about quinoa's all- amines etc. - it just doesnt taste of very much.)

    Russell, a leetle dark miso (or a sqidgeon of tamari) and some finely chopped dried kareko or nori, and v. finely sliced mushrooms added at the last few moments of cooking barley can be -utterly relish-some-

    (then you just throw in a bit of chicken stock, right?)

    Also, a whisky mac made with warm-enough water is good-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    3410

    "to wit = that is to say"
    "whit = a bit"

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Ta.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    "To wit" or "to whit"?

    wit
    (to wit) that is to say (used to make clearer or more specific something already said or referred to) : the textbooks show an irritating parochialism, to wit an almost total exclusion of papers not in English. ORIGIN: Old English witan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch weten and German wissen, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit veda ‘knowledge’ and Latin videre ‘see.’

    of course if you are an owl it's too wit too woo
    but if your aim is to woo - you may just be after a whit on the side... using The Reduction Agents may help a whittle bit too - hope that helps :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7948 posts Report Reply

  • Alec Morgan,

    sorry old chaps, but tax cuts equal service cuts...lets head the pre schoolers off at the pass, excellent!

    Tokerau Beach • Since Nov 2006 • 124 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    of course if you are an owl it's too wit too woo

    For us mortals, it's too wit to twit or t'weet

    "but if your aim is to woo" then you might be avoiding science.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    ...then you might be avoiding science.

    whoa - that woo woo is relating
    only to the paranormal...
    I was talking more paramour
    and ne'er the swain shall mete

    but what with all this talk of Morte mag
    and other necromantic dalliances,
    who's to say what is normal?

    (I did like Ambrose Bierce's definition of wit though:
    WIT, n. The salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.
    Source: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993))

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7948 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    whole chicken (erm, gutted, beheaded, and defeathered of course)

    But not in that order, surely, or Russell will feel really, really ill.

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1447 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Deborah - yuk! As in, made me laugh in a squeamish way!
    Not only Russell, but also chook!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • chris,

    Get well soon Russell. Try this Ancient Chinese Elixir:

    Ingredients

    * 1 Can of Coke
    * 1/2 a Lemon
    * 1 inch of Ginger

    Method 1 - Traditional

    1. Slice your lemon and your ginger into thin slivers.
    2. Pour your coke into a saucepan, add your ginger and lemon.
    3. Simmer your coke mixture over medium heat for about ten minutes.
    4. Pour the hot coke into a mug, you can strain off the lemon and ginger if you want, but I like to leave them in the mug.
    5. Curl up under duvet and sip your drink.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    Double-strength chicken soup all round, I say. Winter seems to have arrived, even though my capiscums are still thriving..

    I have a secret ambition to pick tomatoes off the vine in June, and if a few of the green ones hold on for the next ten days, it looks set to be realised.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Send some to Rodney Hide, will you

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    Send some to Rodney Hide, will you

    Barley, gutted chicken, hot coke, or unseasonal vegetables? (With or without GST?)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2105 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    unseasonal vegetables, to confound his climate denial

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    A whole chook, after a week or so, so to confound his maggotty rotten ideas with reality-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    I'm cured.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Hoo! A hoot! Thanks recordari!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

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