Apr 3, 2011

Time Lagged. Blueberry Body Butter Smells Better In My Memory.

The clocks only had to be adjusted one hour backwards today but it's taken my body practically the whole day to readjust.  I've just been fretful all day.  It must be a severe case of time lag.

Nothing has been quite 'right'.  At one point I did wonder what the time difference was doing to my pot plants' sun exposure so I gave them all an extra good soak.  Then I rechecked all the clocks and beat the oven clock into submission so that it would read the exact same time as the microwave....  I was great company this morning.  Just as well I had to leave the house to run some errands.

Haircuts usually never fail to put me in a good mood.  Resting with your eyes closed as someone else washes and dries your hair and not physically being able to do anything else but sit and be restful for an hour or two.  It should have been bliss.  But when I'm in 'a mood', I am in 'a M-O-O-D.'

So perhaps it was karma that my attempt to cheer myself up by going way back in time backfired - in a spectacular fashion.

Does anyone else remember The Body Shop's Body Butters?  I'm pretty sure they're still in production but many, many years ago, I had an obsession with collecting limited release lines that were often only available overseas.  One of my favourites was the blueberry scented body butter.  At the time, I was terribly impressed at how subtle and 'natural' the scent was.  I happened to find this last pot of my Singapore stash in my wardrobe at mum and dad's in Perth.  I bravely opened the plastic seal and miraculously, for a product manufactured by a company against animal testing and artificial additives, the butter still looked, smelled and felt like it did all those years ago.

So I happily slathered myself in a generous coat of blueberry body butter this  morning and went on my way.  After a while, I began to wonder who it was around me that was eating all that blueberry bubblegum.  None of the adults around me looked the part and the teenagers on the bus were too busy texting and iPhoning to be wasting any energy blowing bubblegum bubbles.

The smell was all of my own doing.  Memories flooded back of my mother being physically unable to be anywhere near me when I was slathered in one of my body butters muttering faintly about 'something being rancid....'.

Mum, I'm so sorry for what I put your nose through.  I'm back on track with a fresh bottle of Aveeno's skin relief.  'No added fragrance' are the most important words on its label, as far as I'm concerned.

Recipes calling for things I already have in the pantry are always well loveid in my kitchen.

With my time lag still hanging around for dinner, I decided to let my oven make dinner.  I used Valli Little's recipe for One Pot Lamb Curry from taste.com.au.

I had to make do with dried curry leaves (rather than fresh) and some rather pricy lamb from Coles.
It is such an easy recipe and allows you time to do other things whilst a hearty all in one wintery dinner is cooking away.  Which in my case was the ironing.  I am ashamed to say the whole household felt the full force of my 'tetchiness' so attacking the shirts was my way of making amends.  Of course, I could have just decided to smile and retreat to the bedroom for a mood enhancing afternoon nap, but that would be disturbingly out of character.

The first step is to dice the lamb and mix it with the onion, curry powder and olive oil in a medium baking dish.  Bake uncovered at 180C for 20 minutes.

When the 20 minutes are up (or you've ironed 3 shirts in the old money), it's time to add your stock, cinnamon sticks, curry leaves, garlic, salt and pepper as well as the tomatoes.  I used a mixture of canned and over ripe fresh tomatoes.  Then stir the lot and cover with alfoil.  Bake for another 25 minutes or so.

After 3 more shirts, it's time to add the risoni.  Yes, that's correct, pasta in a curry.  Who would've thought?  So, stir in one and half cups of risoni and bake for a further 20 minutes or so.  I needed half an hour.  Toward the end of the cooking time, reheat your naan and parboil some greens if you like.

Voila!  An oven cooked, one pan curry with benefits (pasta).

Plain yogurt or riata on top of the curry is essential, in my book. 

With the benefit of a curry in my tummy, I think I can safely say that I'm over my time lag.  Typical that it would be at the end of the weekend. 

Really, really going to make sure I get a good night's sleep tonight.  Might make a start now, actually.

Take care and talk to you soon.

SSG the Super Tetchy.


  1. I am a Body Shop collector too, also somewhat improved. My blueberry body butter came from Japan but I bought another tub in Singapore a couple of weeks ago. Hope it is as good as I remember!
    I'm a massive collector of the shower gels too - have enough for far too long!

  2. Wow, this looks really good. I love Riata!

  3. Can't wait to make that curry.

    I have revisited Body Butters and had a similar experience...

    I was in a bit of a "plonker" myself this morning. Love the word "plonker" though - even the thought of it gets me out of one.

    Take care.


  4. Curry sounds delish. We made chicken cacciatore with yoghurt mashed potato for dinner and it was fantastic. Great comfort food for all tonight!

    I used to be addicted to the satsuma body wash from The Body Shop when I lived in the UK a full 15 years ago. Now I'm sure it would smell like fake Fanta. Urgh.

  5. I remember the body butter, but I never used them. Contact dermatitis and all.

    SSG what was the cream that you wrote about a few weeks ago? I thought of you in the dairy section, but couldn't remember what it was I wanted to try. Tried to get the MaltEasters here too, with no success.

    AFW Dunno about the 'plonker' but I sure like the 'plonk'.

    TDM xx

  6. I'm still trying to get used to it although I do love having that unexpected extra hour! :D

  7. A week ago, we moved our clocks one hour forward! I must admit, that it troubled me too, for a couple of days. Suddenly the evenings are longer.
    Wow, you really " do cook ". I would never have the patience. Sigh.

  8. I actually hate having my done - I sit there thinking 'hurry up' and 'I could be doing so much more important things', and constantly checking the email on my phone:)

  9. My sister used to call me Violet Beauregarde when I used the Blueberry Body Butter!

  10. This is the second post I've seen about Curry today.

    I believe the Curry Gods are calling my name.....

  11. sam: they still make the blueberry? Wow.

    AFW: relieved that they are officially diagnosed as 'plonkers' rather than tantrums. Sounds more dramatic.

    TDM: it was Philadelphia cooking cream.

    metscan and Lorraine: glad I'm not alone.

    Poptartlr: I used to hate having my hair done in uni but then I got all old and stressed and time poor. I really value my mindless chair time now.

    Clementine: LOL

    M: do it! You and H would rock the curry genre.

    SSG xxx

  12. SSG, you must be an absolute goddess in the kitchen. Your food always looks fantastic. I can only dream of how great it must taste!!!


  13. Oh SSG I just love these posts, you always make me laugh because I can relate to many of the things you describe! I certainly have my "moods" too! That lamb dish looks sooo delicious! Have a great day!

  14. Okay, that food looks absolutely delicious. I can't even stand it anymore--I'm starving already and that food was the last straw. Time to leave the computer and go buy some food!

  15. I made Curry just today actually.

    Love your posts (even though I dont always comment). ;)


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