Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Better late than never

The kindness of people I have met via the internet just amazes me.

Our 2017 Christmas present from Copperwitch arrived today. Let us blame Australia Post for the late delivery. It is a practical gift of two jugs suitable for mixing and keeping milk in the fridge, and I know our current milk jugs will break, and they will kick into use.

Yes, we use skim milk powder to make milk, as we were advised to by our neighbour, the sister of artist Albert Tucker, some 35 years ago to forgo fatty milk for health reasons. I now know a lot more and I don't think I would do that now, but we are so used to skim milk that normal milk seems like drinking fatty cream. Little Jo, picking up from one of her mothers, says we drink watery milk. We always have homogenised full cream milk in the house for unexpected visitors, normal milk if we know they are coming, and long life soy milk for Mother.

No Grace, it does not have added sugar, but the sugar content is about 3% higher than in normal milk because of the concentration of the milk in processing. Thank you for mentioning it, which sent me off to search.

Thank you dear Copperwitch, but stop trying to ingratiate yourself with R. He has his hands full with my family and his volunteer work (and he would add me). You are not stealing him, although at the moment I would willing hand him over had he not cooked a lovely piece of roast lamb tonight.

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  1. You know, I really miss a good leg of lamb. My grandmother always made such a splendid roast! I remember waiting impatiently for a bit of the crackling when she pulled it from the oven.
    Ah yes, skim milk. I drank it for many years. But then stopped and now drink 2% milk. A drink regular half and half in my coffee and tea.
    Oh BTW, I bought a Galaxy Tab S4 yesterday. It will be in on Friday. Quite excited. Then to learn all about it. Have gotten a 256GB memory card and the clerk will install it for me. I am also all thumbs with those things!

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    1. Maribeth, I don't think you will be sorry about your choice. Installing memory cards is where you manicure tools come in useful.

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  2. Your neighbour was the sister of artist Albert Tucker? That is so cool... being so close to fame :)

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    1. Hels, and what stories she had to tell about the Heidelberg set.

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  3. Very kind of your blogger friend to send you a late Christmas present, it's the good intentions that count.
    I've been lactose intolerant for many years (I'm fine with cheese), and used to drink lactose free milk, but last year I started coughing all day long for no apparent reason (no flu, no lung problems), and decided to stop the milk and the coughing stopped too :) Now I drink almond/coconut milk. Takes a bit of getting used to, but I probably only have 1 cup twice a week, so not bad.

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    1. Sami, I've often wanted to try almond milk. It sounds weird. One cup of milk a week is almost nothing.

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    2. Have you seen the ad on TV where the man holds a carton of Almond milk and asks his wife, "How do you milk an almond?"

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    3. A little spoof about "nut juice":
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJCTIPWPNtw

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    4. Very funny Fred. Thanks.

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  4. My mother drank only butter milk, but only on rare occasion. We drank very little milk growing up and it was always what mother called Blue Milk, or skim. It was all that was allowed in the house, if any allowed at all. Except when my mother on rare occasion indulged her love of buttermilk or blue cheese salad dressing.

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    1. Strayer, I've never tried buttermilk. Blue milk is a new term for me.

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    2. I have a recipe for chicken burgers that uses Buttermilk, the only time buttermilk ever gets into the house.

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  5. The kindness and the generosity of the blogosphere blows me away. And the lovely JahTeh is a stirling, diamond studded example.

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  6. I'm sorry about the lovely paper that didn't get used but I was so busy wrestling with the bubble wrap I forgot and I'd written your address on the card so that was missed when I sealed up the parcel at the Post Office. I'll save it for next year along with the 2018 Christmas gifts.

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    1. Jah Teh, you did just fine. Thanks heaps.

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  7. I was reading about camel milk the other day, sounds delicious 😉

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    1. Grace, not to me it doesn't. In relation to cheese making perhaps.

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  8. An unexpected present is always lovely to receive.Today I received a bottle each of beautiful shampoo and balm especially for grey hair with the wonderful name Grey Pride.The first time I read the name incorrectly.

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    1. Cheryl, haha over misreading the label. I know what you thought it said. Instant misreading seems to be something that increases with age, for me at least.

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  9. Skim milk is bad enough, but powdered milk? Oh Yuk. To me anyway. My parents tried to get me to drink powdered milk when I was very little and refused normal milk, they thought it was the taste I didn't like, but really it was my mouth telling me not to swallow it as I turned out to be lactose intolerant. I was fine with cooked milk, as in custards and puddings and could put a little milk in milo and coffee, hot milk on cereals, loaded with sugar. I have never in my life been able to drink a glass of milk. How lovely to get a Christmas present :)

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    1. River, it was nice to receive the gift. I probably drink one glass of cold skim milk a day. I love it. Otherwise it goes on cereal, which I rarely miss. Sometimes I am bad and have packaged ice coffee when out, full of sugar.

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  10. Skim milk powder? Is that something like Carnation?

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    1. Yes, Kirk. Carnation is one brand.

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  11. We were using 10% fat milk for our coffee for a few years. But after three months in Mexico neither of us could stand it and have switched back to 1-3 %.

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    1. Jackie, so you have gone lower fat once back home?

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