Monday, 26 May 2008

Bye Bye Blogger

After almost 2 years and 169 posts Toose Hoose Online is following the small crowd of Dave, Guthers and Michelle over to the greener grass of Wordpress. You can now find the new look blog over here.

Don't forget to update you RSS feed to the new TOOSEHOOSE

h/t to Sam and Soph over at the fountainside for getting me into this whole thing...

Sunday, 25 May 2008

Star Wars Nerd

I'm a Star Wars nerd from way back so I was excited to see a trailer for the new Star Wars - The Clone Wars animated movie. Check it out here.

These look good too:
Righteous Kill - De Nero, Pacino
Hancock - Will Smith
You Don't Mess With The Zohan - Adam Sandler
The Incredible Hulk - Edward Norton

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Toose Hoose Italian Style

Garlic Bread

Chicken Breast wrapped in Prosciutto and pan fried (Chicken Saltimbocca)
Mushroom Risotto with Truffle Oil
Steamed Broccolini


Scott and I were wondering what other desserts or recipies use coffee or more specifically espresso in their ingredients. I thought of some chocolate cake recipies and even a chocolate mousse that have coffee in them. I used 2 double shot long blacks in the Tiramisu - Yum!

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Blogging is useful

I posted on a blog of sorts yesterday regarding one of the 3 uni assignments I have cooking at the moment. When our lecturer announced that participating on the subject discussion board was mandatory for this assignment there were a few who looked a little daunted at the prospect. I put it down to my time on the blogs that I didn't share their trepidation. Last night I wrote up a brief explanation of the patient I planned to study and my thoughts on the two areas of health management I was focusing on. My lecturer replied this morning with some good advice and a very helpful and interesting link to a pain management site. Have a look if you're interested.

What has blogging helped you do?

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Great Idea #2

Electric blankets you can turn on from your mobile = warm bed by the time you get home.

Great idea especially coming into winter. Might be marketable this time next year.

Remember the Electrolux air con unit that could do the same - the TV ad had this lady waking up her lazy bloke by cranking the air con to freeze him out - for some reason all he had on was a sheet?!? If someone did that to me I'd dig further under the doona and stay there!

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

On The Go

'On The Go' playlists on the iPod are my preferred method getting my music fix. Hooked up to the stereo I've had the Arctic Monkeys, Spiderbait, Jimmy Hendrix and Powderfinger randomised as the soundtrack to a morning of coffee, washing and washing up.

Strangely (or maybe not) I usually combine artists of the same gender in a playlist - the switching between male and female vocals is a bit much. Regina Spektor, Joss Stone and Cat Power is a good combo from the ladies. How do you do it?

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Wonderful Toys

I was in Kmart yesterday looking for a present for Emily (decided on JJJ Hottest 100 CD) and while waiting for Kate to call me to confirm that this was cool I hung around the store. Security seemed a bit jittery about this hoodie wearing, nonchalantly wandering, stock examining young bloke...

Anyway, with a few moments spent in Kitchenware, Electronics, Car Accessories and Sporting I spent most of my time in the Toys section. There are cool options for the young and young at heart these days! A few highlights were:
- Nerf air powered rapid fire dart guns (not that new) and a blow dart tube.
- Super soaker with a refill port big enough for ice cubes (that's just mean)
- plush Star Wars figurines

I reminisced about cool toys we used to have:
- Bandit crossbow with suction cup tipped darts that we modified with thumbtacks (Heathrow Customs didn't confiscate these)
- Cap guns especially some very realistic ones we bought in the UK (Customs did take these)
- Super soakers of all shapes and sizes
- GI Joe - I still have these in a box under the house (and they're making a GI Joe movie)
- Lego - lots and lots of Lego

What were your favourite toys?

Monday, 12 May 2008

International Nurses Day

Happy International Nurses Day. We had a BBQ at work last week to celebrate and the hospital gave us this amazingly crappy gift of a plastic keyring with a torn square of paper inside on which way typed "Proud to be a Nurse/Midwife". They actually used a forward slash - LOL!

How funny is this action figure - with stethoscope and x-ray clipboard!

Thursday, 8 May 2008


I made my first babycino this morning for Adrian's son Nicholas when they came over for brekky and to borrow some movies for Rowena who's hurt her neck - get better soon Row! I wasn't really sure how to make one so had to ask Adrian. I over frothed some milk and scooped the thicker foam with a bit of milk into a small espresso cup and sprinkled some chocolate powder over the top. After first shaking his head at the proffered cup and spoon which I placed in front of the little guy we soon heard the clinking of metal on ceramic - I must have got it right :)

Any tips for my future Babycino attempts? Do you put some coffee in or is that a no no? How much chocolate? What should the foam to milk ratio be? What size cup do you use? Maybe I should do a Barista course ;)

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Great idea #1

I thought it might be original - at least Lawso and I had grand plans after seeing U2 3D last week (fantastically awesome by the way!).

3DVD is what I want to see

Catchy, huh? 3D movies in the comfort of your own lounge chair but it seems someone beat me to it. The cinema technology has come along way recently but has yet to make the leap to DVD. Therefore I think I should see some royalty payments coming my way for the use of my cool catch phrase.