Rab­bit Stew

McIvor Times - - NEWS - com­bined.

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?

Silly signs

Seen at the en­trance to an Aus­tralian town: “Wel­come to Glen­dambo: El­e­va­tion 150m; Pop­u­la­tion: Sheep 22,500, Flies 2,000,000 ap­prox, Hu­mans 30.”

News­pa­per hu­mour

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

Trivia chal­lenge

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.

Source: www.pauls.com.au

Odd spot

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).

Mys­tery movie

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...

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