An original recipe for reading enjoyment from the McIvor Times. Dictionary definition: RABBIT STEW (rab’it’ ste-oo) A healthy concoction using a satisfying basic ingredient, mixed with whatever else is on hand. Popular with country people.
Sticker of the week
I love my pillow because it gives me a different hairstyle every day of the week.
Did you know?
The longest place name in Australia is Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya Hill.
The doctor prescribes a course of just three tablets and tells you to take one tablet every half-hour. How long will the tablets last?
Seen at the entrance to an Australian town: “Welcome to Glendambo: Elevation 150m; Population: Sheep 22,500, Flies 2,000,000 approx, Humans 30.”
Seen in an advertisement: “Swansons Septic Chicken Broth, 2 for $4.”
Also seen in an advertisement: “Family Pride Cleaner: 10% off Dry Cleaning over $10. Tailoring, Mammograms, Shoe Repair…”
A word that isn’t actually a word but should be:
Hurpicup (n): A burp and hiccup
1. Which popular fruit, with variety names such as Bing, Lambert, Royal Ann and Empress, was apparently first introduced into England by Henry VIII? a. Apples, b. Pears, c. Cherries or d. Apricots.
2. What percentage of a cucumber is water? a. 30, b. 40, c. 5 or d. 90.
3. Which fruit has the varieties Kara, Dancy, Fremont, Iyo, Honey and Ponkan? a. Mango, b. Mandarin, c. Lemon or d. Lime.
4. What name is given to the fruit of a rose bush? a. Rib, b. Hip, c. Pip or d. Kip.
5. The kiwifruit — an edible berry of a woody vine — is otherwise known as what? a. Japanese Plum, b. Chinese Gooseberry, c. Indian Fig or d. Asian Pear.
Revipe of the week
Gnocchi with bacon and mushroom sauce Ingredients:
1 cup Pauls regular thickened cream 4 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp butter 1 large brown shallot, finely diced
4 rashers of rindless shortcut bacon, cut into 1cm strips 2 garlic cloves, minced Chilli, finely diced 300g sliced brown mushrooms 5 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked Half cup white wine 500g packet store bought gnocchi Salt and pepper Half cup parmesan, grated Method: 1. Place a large pot of salted water over a high heat and bring to the boil.
2. In a large saucepan over medium flame, heat the olive oil and butter then saute´ the shallot and bacon for 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and chilli and cook for a further 2 minutes.
3. Next, add the mushrooms and thyme and cook until the mushrooms begin to soften.
4. Add wine to pan and reduce 90% of the liquid. Add the cream and bring it to the boil. Reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, add gnocchi to boiling water and cook until soft. This tends to be when the gnocchi floats on the surface of the water.
5. Taste sauce and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Strain gnocchi into a colander.
6. Divide gnocchi between 4 bowls and pour sauce over the top. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan and serve immediately.
A woman trying to get rid of a rather foul-tasting cup of takeaway coffee in West London was dumbfounded recently when she copped a fine from a council worker for tipping the coffee down the drain before disposing of the empty cup in the rubbish bin. According to the Ealing City Council, tipping coffee down the drain is considered littering and accordingly, they handed her a fine for £80 ($130 Australian).
Can you work out the title of this recent movie release starring Chris Pine from the following clue?
Hades alternatively sky-scraping H20.
The way we were
10 years ago The McIvor Times, February 21, 2007 Traffic lights at a roadworks site along the McIvor Hwy at Knowsley were vandalised at the weekend. Senior Constable Dan O’Bree of Heathcote police said the lights were smashed and the globes, valued at $350 each, were stolen on Saturday. ‘‘After speaking with VicRoads officials, we are led to believe it would have taken at least three men to move the lights and then at least 40 minutes to smash their way to the globes,’’ Sen. Constable O’Bree said.
The McIvor Health and Community Services chief executive officer Jeff Scoble has hit back at damning reports about the hospital’s nursing home.
Heathcote Junior Fire Brigade travelled to Echuca on Saturday to compete in the last demo of the season. Dallas Middleton ran a great time to finish second in the under 17 one-person marshall ... Middleton then teamed with Stephanie Wearne to run in the under 17 two-person Y coupling and finished in third place … In the final event of the day, the under 14 two-person wet hose, Chelsea Wearne teamed with a Pyramid Hill
runner and finished in second place. 25 years ago The McIvor Times, February 19, 1992
McIvor Shire Council officers last week ordered a child’s cubby house must have a planning permit or be removed. The cubby, located on a Nagambie Road property, is partially completed and is elevated nearly two metres off the ground.
The Heathcote Free Press, a monthly newsletter circulating within the district, came in for a battering during the McIvor Shire Council meeting last week following allegations of biased and false reporting.
The fate of the Heathcote Post Office is unknown at this stage with staff having been told nothing about the future. Currently postal authorities are conducting reviews into the efficiency and viability of post offices throughout the state. Almost certainly some like Costerfield will close, however media reports have lately been speculating about the future of post offices the size of Heathcote.
The Heathcote Swimming Pool Committee has decided to ban the use of all balls at the pool and pool grounds due to patrons getting injured. 50 years ago
The McIvor Times, February 21, 1967
Two local men in Terence McMahon and John Hall had the misfortune to each break a leg last week. Terry missed his step in the kitchen when trying to save a cup of tea and John was caught under a log that rolled on him in the bush. Both are making progress in the Bendigo Hospital.
To the Editor of the McIvor Times. Sir, May I through your columns express my amazement and concern that a petition being prepared by a group of ratepayers in an attempt to stop the Council plan to raise finance for the building of new Shire Offices. Such a petition is only a motion of noconfidence in the Councillors elected to act on our behalf in such matters. The decision the Council reached has been made only after a great deal of thought and discussion … Surely anyone who is the slightest bit progressive must realise that new offices are needed as the old buildings have reached the stage when apart from being an eyesore in the main street, the cost of keeping them in repair over the next few years must become a financial strain on the ratepayers … I would therefore appeal to the people of the district to think carefully before supporting a petition of this kind, apparently aimed at killing any progress in the Shire of McIvor. Yours etc, A R Pianta. 100 years ago The McIvor Times & Rodney Advertiser, February 22, 1917
At the meeting of the Hospital Fete Committee last week the following ladies were nominated for the Heathcote Queen in connection with the local competition: Miss Jessie Hanson, Mrs Andrews, Misses M Lewis, V Nicholson, M Flowers, L Code, M D Thomas and V V Black.
Mr J J Murphy, who has been in charge of the local post office for the past six years, takes his departure for Wonthaggi tomorrow. During his term as postmaster at Heathcote, Mr Murphy has proven himself to be an obliging and conscientious officer, and was well liked by all with whom he came in contact … Mr and Mrs Murphy take with them the good wishes of a large circle of friends.
Have a laugh
Bugs Bunny was shopping at the supermarket and a sales assistant said to him: “If you can tell me what 19,866 times 10,543 is, we’ll give you free carrots for life.” Immediately, Bugs responded: “209,447,238”. The sales assistant was astonished and asked: “How on earth did you do that?” Bugs replied: “If there’s one thing rabbits are good at, it’s multiplying.’’
Quote of the week
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” — Theodore Roosevelt.
Brainteaser: 1 hour. Trivia: 1. c. Cherries, 2. d. 90, 3. b. Mandarin, 4. b. Hip, 5. b. Chinese Gooseberry. Mystery Movie: Hell or High Water.
A very early photo of Mary Help of Christians Roman Catholic Church and presbytery, year unknown. The presbytery, which was built in 1894, was described at the time as being a “handsome mansion”. Note the hitching rails on either corner of Ebden...