Willis the Turtle (an incredibly talented actor) has been watching his figure, hoping that he'll be cast as the heartthrob hero of a new adventure film in the very near future! Part of his 'stay slim, get fit' program is eating lots of muesli. So he and his friend (and acting coach) Sigrid the Zebra decided to make some muesli. Sigrid insisted it be toasted muesli because toasted muesli is a thousand times tastier than plain untoasted muesli.
They discussed the ingredients of the muesli at length. After about an hour they had come up with what would possibly be the best combination of ingredients muesli has ever seen!
They started with the key ingredient - rolled oats.
And continued adding seeds, coconut and other magical things.
They decided some of the nuts were a bit big whole so Willis used his considerable muscles to crush the nuts while Sigrid mixed together a tasty concoction of honey, brown sugar, oil and cinnamon.
Sigrid then mixed in the nuts and tasty syrup while Willis looked on in delight, this really would be the best muesli ever!
Next it was time for toasting. They spooned the mixture into oven safe vessels.
Put them in the oven and then waited, and waited, and waited, until the muesli looked beautifully golden-brown. After removing it from the oven they let the muesli cool.
The craisins and raisins were then enthusiastically added.
And willis took the challenging job of standing on a very tall object to fill the muesli jars with their amazingly perfect muesli. Sigrid directed and supervised, thinking this would be good training for Willis' potential hero movie role (he plans to do his own stunts).
And finally the muesli was finished! they had to try some straight away just to be sure it was as great as they'd planned. No surprises there, they were in agreement, it was definitely the best muesli ever!
Over the weekend Edmund the Yeti and Leo the Fox decided to make tomato relish. This was inspired by eating what can only be described as extremely boring sandwiches, which they both agreed would've been much improved with tomato relish!
Firstly Leo scored and cored the two kilos of tomatoes ready for the boiling water that Edmund was preparing to make the tomato peeling easier.
Then they speed peeled the tomatos, competing over who could peel the most. Leo won by one tomato but Edmund insisted his tomatos were bigger so they took longer and were harder to peel so it was actually a tie. After some discussion Leo agreed they could call it a tie.
They decided not to race when it came to chopping the tomatos because the knives were very sharp, and it was funner to take it easy and chat about all the meals that would be vastly improved with their tomato relish.
When it came time to chop the one and a half kilos of onions, Edmund suggested they wear goggles. This turned out to be the best idea either of them had had all day (aside from the idea to making tomato relish), there was't a teary eye to be found in that oniony kitchen!
Then Leo salted the tomatos and Edmund chopped the chillies, being extra careful not to rub his eyes with his chilli covered fingers (he accidentally did this once and vowed never ever ever to do it again!).
They mixed together the curry powder and mustard seed paste.
Then it was time for the cooking to begin. Edmund stirred together the ingredients in a very large pot, while Leo sterilised the jars.
After a long couple of hours cooking the mixture, it was finally ready! They were both so excited they could barely keep their hand steady to spoon the incredibly tasty relish into the jars. They took turns filling the jars and wiping the spillage off the outside.
Then they were finished! Looking at all the jars, they were pretty sure this batch would last them until July, or if they used it somewhat sparingly, maybe August.
It was a sad day for Rosa and Patrick when they had to leave Japan. They said goodbye to the Niseko annupuri jumbo quad lift and off they went to the airport.
When they reached Chitose Airport all their sadness evaporated! There was a Doraemon World!!!
And Royce Chocolate World where they could watch all the chocolates being made.
There was a nature world with very real looking polar bears (almost a little too real for Patrick's liking).
And Hello Kitty world! Truly an amazing airport, maybe Australian airports could learn a thing or two from Chitose Airport (Rosa is writing a letter to the airport association of Australia as we speak).