Vegetarian Quiches

December 17, 2006
  • 2 cups Crumbies
  • salt, black pepper, cayene peper, mixed herbs, parsley to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 5 shakes of the grated parmesan cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups grated tasty cheese
  • 1 cup diced capsicum
  • 1 cup diced celery (microwaved)
  • 1 cup diced onion (microwaved)
  • 1 cup diced bacon
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup grated zucchini

Put all dry ingredients and vegies in a large mixing bowl
Mix milk and eggs and pour over mixture and combine
Spoon mixture into 12 large muffin moulds
Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 35 – 40 mins or until set.

Salmon Quiche

December 17, 2006
  • 1 440g can pink/red salmon
  • bacon, finely chopped
  • 300 ml good quality thick cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbs chopped parsley
  • 1 tbs parmasan cheese
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 shortcrust pastry case (if you are lazy like me and can’t be arsed making your own)

Drain salmon, reserving liquid.
Flake salmon into the shortcrust pastry case, crushing bones finely
Microwave diced onion for 1 minute or until soft
Scatter bacon, onion over the top of the salmon
Combine/beat together reserved salmon liquid, cream, eggs, paprika, parsley, parmesan cheese. Pour (over the back of the spoon) onto the quiche.
Cook in 180 degree Celsius oven for ~1 hour or until set.

Supercomputing in Schools

November 22, 2006

Well, after months and months and months and months of waiting — we finally have an answer about whether we are allowed to pursue our pilot project of “Supercomputing in Schools”…..

Unfortunately, the Victorian Education Department has vetoed the project even while praising its pedogogy. If you want to know the nitty-gritty beyond this, you’ll have to email me privately 😉

So – no secure job for the next 3.5 years, and I’m already starting to look around for other opportunities. There may be the opportunity to pursue the Supercomputing in Schools project through other funding avenues and with private schools, but one of the great things about the project was that was going to be implemented into public schools — the school system that provided me with my education. And involve regional schools at the same level as metropolitan schools.  Ah well, what can you do.

I have been very fortunate to be one of the principal developers of this project and I have learned an awful lot in the process. Attending many many meetings was an eye-opener, and writing the business plan which, although unsuccessful, was highly praised has taught me how to present and plan for a project such as this. So overall, I’ve come out much richer for the experience. Of course I would have loved the opportunity to actually carry out the project but….

Meatloaf Recipe

November 6, 2006

Decided to add recipes to my blog, since I lost all the recipes I had when my G4 got stolen! So here is the first one. Not something that everyone thinks is great — meatloaf!

  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 500g heart-smart mince
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 4 – 5 mushrooms
  • 1 pkt salt-reduced french onion soup
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp Italian Herbs
  • 3 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp worsestershire sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C
  2. In a small bowl, combine the tomato sauce, brown sugar, 1 tbsp lemon juice and mustard powder
  3. In a separate large bowl, combine the mince, mushrooms, bread crumbs, onion soup mix, herbs, chilli, eggs, worsestershire sauce, remaining lemon juice and 1/3 tomato sauce mixture from the small bowl. Mix well and place in a loaf pan
  4. Bake at 175 degrees C for ~45 mins, drain any excell fat, coat with remaining tomato sauce mixture and bake for another 15 mins.

Podcasting article #1

October 31, 2006

After my University seminar on “The Potential for Podcasting in Education” for HED501: the Professional Certificate of Teaching Practice, I was called by 3 different newspapers to discuss podcasting in education. The first article has come out in the Education Age complete with whopping great photo of yours truly 🙂

Will be at least one more article come out mid-November and possibly another as well … will keep you posted.

Fascinating but very scary…

October 17, 2006

It is any wonder that we have such screwed-up notions of beauty. I found this clip fascinating but very scary…

Although it is clear that one shouldn’t compare oneself to what one sees in the media, it is still very hard not to do…

Plasma and weight

October 16, 2006

I learn something new every time I go to the blood bank:

  • If you weigh less than 60kg, they can’t take the full amount of plasma
  • If you weight over 80kg, they can take 50ml more

St John

October 14, 2006

Yes, believe it or not, I’ve finally been out on the St John beat! Today I went for my first real duty – to the Netball. I’d observed here before – there tends to be lots of grazed knees thanks to the ashphalt courts – but it was nowhere near as busy as what it was on Saturday! We had one casulty waiting at the door when we arrived, and they didn’t stop coming in for the first 3.5 hours! This meant that I actually had to treat casulties on my own — nothing like getting thrown in the deep end! But it all went well and I feel a bit more confident now (at least with cuts and scrapes) so that is at least a start 🙂

Last weekend I went tinshaking for St John to raise money. It was certainly an education in just how generous the majority of people are. I’d say that over 80% of people give money, and it is usually the ones in the clapped-out cars who give the most. Despite the traffic fumes and aching feet – I had a really good day (it was actually beautifully warm and sunny as well which helped). My faith in the human race is restored. We managed to collect $6500 in one day, and I managed to get the most amount of money in one tin 🙂 and a wedding ring 😦 oops!

So after months of promising – I’ve finally started volunteering. Looking forward to becoming more knowledgeable in the future!

I’m off my Ls!

September 28, 2006

Yes – I did it! After only about 200km of riding I got my full motorbike licence yesterday 🙂 I was really worried about it (since I haven’t done that much riding) but in the end it all worked out. I have to admit that riding is soooo much more fun when there is no other traffic and when you don’t care about crashing the bike you are on!

I also discovered how much fun cornering can be yesterday. Just after lunch we did a “free ride” where the idea was to practice our cornering lines etc. I haven’t really experienced cornering on my bike (since it is a dirt bike), but yesterday was awesome — I even scraped my pegs a couple of times!  The trick is to have no fear.  That was really awesome fun 🙂

So now I don’t have to wear the Ls and because I have my full car licence (though in Victoria there are restrictions for the first 12 months) I don’t have to wear Ps either — so people now think I can actually ride a motorbike.  I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing really —- especially since I keep stalling on hill starts at the minute 😦

Never fear….

September 13, 2006

No – the crocs and other nasties in the NT didn’t get me. Yes – I am actually back in Melbourne. Have been for over 3 weeks actually… Shows how slack (eh busy) I am huh?! Had a great time soaking up the sunshine in the beautiful NT and it was great to spend the 2 weeks with my dad and aunty Kim!

Actually I have been very busy since coming home. I have my second observed teaching session for my course this coming Monday (I’m stressing about this) and am going for my full motorbike licence in about 2 weeks time — so lots of practicing. And before everyone asks — yes the bike is going beautifully now. So long as I ride it more than once/week – it goes like a dream. Also becoming far more confident in my riding – so fingers crossed for the test!

I’ve also joined another gym! Yes – finally doing something about getting fit! Unfortunately, I’m not motivated enough to go to the Swinburne gym – I need group classes to get me going. So I’ve joined the “Winning Edge” gym which is about a 15 minute walk from my place. Been a member for almost 2 weeks and have only missed 2 days so far (Fridays are my day off, and I was too sore last Tuesday to go). Nothing like going full tilt once you’ve decided to do something … even if it is killing you 🙂 The classes are great though so hopefully it will get easier…
Still no word on the next job – we aren’t going to know until the last possible minute. That means the 31st October. However I am going to Sydney next week for a Faulkes telescope meeting. I’m nominally the Victorian Teaching Assistant for that project now as well. Fingers crossed the southern telescope gets up and running in the next month!

Speaking of jobs — I was on my first job interview panel over the past week. Fascinating experience (especially since I’ve never been to a live interview before – all of mine have been phone interviews) and I think I learned a lot from the experience!

p.s. Congratulations to Ramana on discovering a new bird in India! That’s quite an achievement!