Wednesday, April 18, 2007



I want to show you something

Come with me…. Come with me into a beautiful world, a world without pain, without death, without loss or grief… Even just for a moment forget the horrors of the world and focus on life… Somewhere we lost sight of what it is all about, somewhere along the line we became afraid, instead of enjoying or lives and each other. I want to show you how perfect life can be, what it means to love and show the true beauty of life…

This is Sunday in the perfect world with my beautiful wife in my small but happy apartment, before we saw the horrors life could produce.

Some of the most fantastic moments of my relationship with Stace have been spent in the kitchen, either cooking something to surprise her, or cooking with her, to create a cornucopia of gastronomic splendour; enjoying good food, good wine or ginger beer, and most importantly each other.

Afternoon tea on a lazy weekend, after a morning of hugging, kissing, touching and saying the three words that can hold the world still; we set out to produce an afternoon tea fit for the gods.

Muffins:
2 cups self raising flour
Half a cup white sugar
A mountain of chocolate chips
2 eggs
vanilla essence ( a splash)
Half a cup to a cup of milk.
2 tablespoons of butter (that Stace forgot)

Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees…. Discuss the possible confusion of rotating the over 180 degrees, and the physics of coking on an angle.

Sift flour and sugar together, or get your wife to, while you make a fool out of yourself, singing a modified version of Shinaid O'Connors Nothing compares to you, entitled "muffin compares to you." In a separate bowl let Stace beat milk and eggs together. Add chocolate chips to flour sugar mix….nick a choc chip when wife isn’t looking. Smile with chocolate in your teeth, as innocently as possible.

Combine both bowls and mix thoroughly, this is best achieved when holding your wife from behind as tightly as possible, once mixed spoon into muffin trays, and give the bowl to your husband to lick… Best not to trust him anywhere near chocolate until you are sure you have enough.

Bake for 20 mins. Test with knife, serve with coffee/tea or poison of choice.

After enjoying muffins with lashings of butter and several coffees, and a lengthy stroll to work the fat off dinner is to be decided on… Pizza for preference…

The job of Base making always falls to the husband, as he hold the secret family recipe of the best dough:) containing

Dough:

2 cups of flour
Yeast
2 teaspoons of white sugar
Half a cup of water
Salt
Olive oil
And Oregano (1 teaspoon and a bit)

Preheat oven to 220 degrees

Work up the yeast i.e. put it in a plastic tub, with warm water and sugar, leave covered for 10 minutes, until it becomes brown and frothy…

In a separate bowl add flour, salt, oregano and a splash of olive oil….. mixed worked up yeast mixture in, working it through…. On a floured chopping board kneed the dough until smooth… make a stupid joke… example… "Why did the boy become a baker? Because he kneaded the dough (needed the dough (money)). Smile as a barrage of groans at bad humour fly at you… Leave dough to proof for 10 mins

Chop topping of choice, ham, salami, mushrooms, capsicums, pineapple.

Have a short interlude to explain the 1/R(square) law in terms of a digital flash, then in terms of hearing damage in an iPod.

Create a new invention called the iPatch, watch your wife's beautiful face crack into a smile, and see all the love in the world in her eyes just for you… Think that you are possibly the luckiest man who ever lived.

Get back to the pizza; flatten out the dough into a base, put on greased oven tray bake for 10 mins…. Once baked, cover with pizza tomato sauce, all the ingredients, and then bury in pizza Cheese… bake for an additional 15-20 mins…

Serve in a candle lit room, with home made ginger beer, and Jeff Buckley playing in the background… But most importantly enjoy home made pizza in good company, many laughs, smiles, hugs and kisses.

Thank you for coming along on a short journey into our world, it is easy to loose sight of life in a world surrounded by death, disease, famine and war. Always remember that there are some things truly worth fighting and dying for in life, there are still many beautiful people who enrich our lives… don’t loose sight of that in these darker times.

Aidan

For Keshi: Listening to The Manic Street Preachers- If you Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next.

29 Comments:

Blogger Homo Escapeons said...

You are the reincarnation of Graham Kerr! Is Kerr dead?

What a fabulous photo of you lovebirds..makes my heart go all a twitter! I'm glad that you are seizing the day and making time for hugging, kissing, touching as well as (ahem)
holding your wife from behind as tightly as possible, licking the bowl, and testing muffins with your knife...whew..is it hot in here or is it just me?

You're right there are plenty of good people and experiences to enjoy in this world.
Cheers.

I like the MSP's too...I also like Australia, Design For Life, Emily, and The Everlasting.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Aidan said...

luckily they werent covered in cream or you may have a heart attack:)

Just thought the blogospohere could use an upbeat post in depressing times

2:01 PM  
Blogger Stace said...

You make me go all warm and fuzzy!!!

4:42 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Stace: If you are getting fuzzy you may need a shave...
Glad i can make you smile:)

5:56 PM  
Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

Thank you so much for this post, I loved it, all of it.
It is lovely to see you both together, you have love in your auras just as my hubby and I do in ours..still, after all these years, my heart races when he pulls up the drive after work.
Our kids, they run through the house and yell out, "I missed you, I love you". No lies here.
The food, looks awesome, the recipes, so simple, yet, the taste, I am sure is mixed with postions of love..TRUE!!!
Mmmm, I want coffeee now...

6:01 PM  
Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

Love your message behind the post too..

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi guys,
Beautiful, simply beautiful.

Thankyou for the dough, it can be hard to find a recipe that will rise to the occasion.

I am glad that you remembered a very important step "and give the bowl to your husband to lick" because it does improve the flavour of the muffins.

Remember the other horsemen like Clancy. (Both TP and AB)

Andrew

8:49 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

Pics look great! Both of u really live it up duncha. Good on ya guys!

Recipes whoaaaa! Hot hott :) I want coffee n muffins right now and I've only had my lunch like 5mins ago.

Love love love that song!! I didnt know u liked MSP. As always u've got great taste in music Aidan.


Keshi.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

And abt death n destruction in this world...I still havent lost hope in life and love...cos I have met ppl like u and Stace in Blogville...ppl who portray what life n love really is and how it should be enjoyed.

Keshi.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Cazie: thanks... Its so great to be in love:) Basic recipes but effective, and a lot of fun for stace and I... Glad i could help lighten the blogosphere for a few people:)

ANdrew: long time no hear. I think i missed Ronnie soak in the horseman. AB?
I got the TP not the AB... makes it sound like a disease:)

KEshi: thanks, sorry about making you hungry though, we have a few muffins left over... No where near as nice from when they were just out of the oven....

I dont know that much Manic Street Preahers stuff... justa best of that stace bought... Getting mellow in my old age

10:49 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Right i am coming to your place......and stopping the night!

3:18 AM  
Blogger Princess Banter said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

6:15 AM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Steve: as aslong as i get a ride on the bike... stay as long as you need:)

Princess Banter: We are half way to a shock and Awe Campaign, we have the aww where's the shock...

1:48 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

mmmmm I can smell freshly baked muffins!

old age and U? LOL Aidan u r still very young.

MSP...I dun listen to em all that much either but they r good...and that song was one of their best.

Keshi.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terry Pratchett wrote about the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and the lesser known four horsemen of Panic in ‘Interesting Times’. War has a daughter named Clancy, he married a valkirie.
Then I went into Tangent territory and there is another Clancy in Terry Pratchett’s ‘The Last Continent’ which is a parody of Australia and A.B. “Banjo” Patterson’s character "Clancy of the Overflow" (see link).

http://whitewolf.newcastle.edu.au/words/authors/P/PatersonAB_Banjo/verse/manfromsnowyriver/clancyoverflow.html

I love tangents and muffins.

Andrew.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Keshi: I feel old does that count... 24 going on 200

8:33 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Andrew: Thanks for dropping by again, Glad you could come around for dinner last night. SOrry about the Poor fare, next time with warning i will cook up a storm:)

8:34 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

that means we need to take u to a PJ party.

Keshi.

8:39 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Keshi: i dont where PJ's... it is a sight that could cause blindness:)

12:08 AM  
Blogger Menchie said...

I liked reading this after your brush with death post. You and Stace have something special that not everyone experiences. You're both very lucky.

4:14 AM  
Blogger Angel Without Wings said...

What a lovely post. Its so nice to hear of two people so in love with each other. I hope it will be like that always.

Thanks for lightening up the blogosphere, it was getting kinda depressing.

7:33 AM  
Blogger Jewel said...

After reading your lovely post, I felt so relaxed, as if I'd been experiencing the precious day with you and Stace, Aidan. Thanks for taking the time to invite us into your life and allowing us to experience a bit of it. Oh, the pizza looks scrumptious. Pizza is my favorite "food group". *smile*

6:51 PM  
Blogger Jewel said...

Oh, and you and Stace in the kitchen would make a lovely new cooking show, I think. Oh, but you might have to keep the hugs and kisses and cuddles to a minimum. ;-)

6:52 PM  
Blogger Within Without said...

What a heartfelt, romantic, sensual but humorous post, I'm just sorry I'm catching up to it so late...

Stace is an absolutely gorgeous woman, you are an absolutely gorgeous couple, and with people like the two of you in the world, all will be right.

I'm serious about that now, Mate. If ever the two of you are in Canada, you will always have a place to stay.

I don't know if you could stand HE for very long, though...

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a lovely time thankyou.
"next time with warning i will cook up a storm" Fish and ships?

Andrew

3:12 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Menchie: it sound like you and husband have it pretty good aswell.

Angel without wings: glad i could be a ray of sunshine... I hope it will be like this always too... We are going to give it a good shot.

Jewel: Thanks for popping by, glad you enjoyed the trip into our happy little world... I agree totaly that pizza should be a separate food group:)

WW I will take you up on that offer, and if you ever find yourself upside down in the land of Aus you have a couch and a meal waiting:)


Andrew: a Sea MOnsters Favourite Meal... how about home made chips, And a vegie burgers?

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WW, Aidan and Stace's couch is very comfortable.
I am sure anything that you cook up will be fantastic.
A.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Jewel said...

Aidan, if you and Stace are ever in the US, in Ohio, you have an open invitation to our home. I've told my husband, Ed, about meeting the two of you and read your comments and so on to him. Just think, without the blog world, we would never have met! It's awesome,hm?

6:19 PM  
Blogger Aidan said...

Thanks Jewel... i might just take you up on that:)

12:30 AM  

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