Peter Temple, Yotam Ottolenghi recipe and sandstone close up

I’ve just finished reading Peter Temple’s White Dog, a crime novel set in Melbourne. Temple is worth reading at any time and if you have not come across any of his books, seek them out. This is a tale of murder and deception and it is told within the context of the lawyer Jack Irish’s life, including his involvement with race horses, traditional furniture making, s well as his love life. The dialogue is superb – sharp and witty and while there are some scary violent episodes, there also laconic passages in this complex tale. Each Saturday, in my Guardian Magazine I read recipes by Yotam Ottolenghi. This week, he excelled himself with a chicken recipe. It is a dish with chicken thighs, onion, carrots, apples and pears. The link shows YO’s recipe and in making it, I used parsnips instead of small turnips and whole grain mustard instead of Dijon. You need to keep your wits about you as you are cooking the elements for short periods e.g. 4 minutes and you need to have all your vegetables and fruit chopped up before you start. The result is a very tasty, creamy, fruity dish with vegetables cooked to nice texture i.e. not too soft. Out for a walk yesterday on a cold but very bright February day here in Dunbar, where the strong north wind nipped your face and large breakers hurtled toward the beach at high tide. My walk was inland and I stopped to take close up photos of a long sandstone walk at the edge of town. The fits photo shows a close up of a wind worn piece of sandstone. I like this photos as it could be of a sandstone landscape with gullies and caves. I also like the spider’s web and the way your eye is drawn towards the lines and circles in the stone. The 2nd photo shows how the wall is constructed, with large stones on the outside and small stones in the inside. You can also how the wall stretches along the field. I took the 3rd photo as I was passing a field with 2 horses and one came up and put its face over the fence. There’s a notice saying not to feed the horses, so I wasn’t tempted, despite the doleful look.

Stone wall close up

Stone wall close up

Stone wall structure

Stone wall structure

Doleful horse

Doleful horse

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