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Take 12 photos on the 12th day of the month. This is my day on 12th July 2011. Today was a grey day. I stayed home all day and did ordinary stuff around the house including making some new curtains.

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One of my hobbies is exchanging postcards through postcrossing. I have been a member for 5+ years and around the world many members get together for a meeting. There had never been a postcrossing meeting before in Adelaide (my state's capital city and 100km away from where I live) but a few interstate postcrossers were visiting and a meeting was organised. 10 people showed up, 8 were postcrossers and 2 were non-postcrossers.

Postcrossers at 1st Adelaide meeting 10-10-10

Apty, me, Gracefool, Maggie05, MrCrizle, Crizle, Glenasena, Binky

We had lunch in the city and signed 197 postcards to send to other postcrossing friends around the world.

197 Postcards for Postcrossing

We bought postcards at the tourist shops and then headed down to Glenelg to buy more postcards.

Some of the group went on the tram after a short tour of Adelaide. Glenelg was packed with visitors, the weather was perfect and sunny.

I spotted a Nando's restaurant and couldn't resist having my photo taken in front of this little bit of Portugal.

Paulo and Ana the owners of Postcrossing are Portuguese.

In honour of Postcrossing's Portuguese founders

At Glenelg there is a monument commemorating the foundation of South Australia in 1836

and the group had the obligatory picture taken in front of the monument.

Foundation of South Australia

I had a great time and loved meeting up with the other postcrossers who were just faceless friends before.


Postcards Exchange

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You may remember a while back that I got a surprise in the mail from my friends Paulo and Ana of Postcrossing fame.

It was a Portuguese cookbook called Piri Piri Starfish and I have cooked from it, but just not had time to document what I cooked the first time and how it turned out.

I chose 2 simple dishes – Calamari with Lemon, Garlic and Piri Piri and Roasted new Potatoes with Tomatoes and white Wine.

I knew that Dave would have the potato dish but not the calamari as he is allergic to seafood.

Calamari  Roast potato

 

Both were simple dishes to prepare and in a way quite good plain simple food with ingredients that most kitchens have on hand. I did have to go and buy Piri Piri and the closest I could find was Piri Piri seasoning. I also went a bit light on using this as I didn't know how hot it was. The bottle said HOT. I did want to try one of the salted cod dishes but I have been unable to find salted cod in my shopping area.

Potatoes  finished potatoes

I love calamari or squid, which is what we called it as kids, and before it became a yuppie food and not bait. I find it economical to buy and cooked right very tasty. I often have calamari in the freezer for when I want to have a feed.

cooking calamari  cooking with spices

The finished dish was yummy and I realised that I could have been a bit more generous with the Piri Piri as I like hot and spicy foods and I had no trouble with the taste.

Cooked calamari

 

Verdict:

Lovely and not as scary as I imagined. Yes I went with simple foods and really enjoyed the tastes. Satisfying and filling.

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