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To celebrate my darling’s birthday we decided not to go out, so I said I would do a degustation menu. Here are the results, including homemade bread rolls and lemon sorbet between courses. Everything turned out better than expected. Total cost was around $40 instead of $125 per person to go out :).

Table  Setting and Menu

Table Setting and Menu

1st Course Cajun Blackened Prawn Cups

1st Course Cajun Blackened Prawn Cups

2nd Course Pea and Chive Soup

2nd Course Pea and Chive Soup

3rd Course Broccoli with Anchovy Butter

3rd Course Broccoli with Anchovy Butter

4th Course Stuffed Mushroom

4th Course Stuffed Mushroom

5th Course Maple Glazed Salmon on Pea Puree

5th Course Maple Glazed Salmon on Pea Puree

6th Course Crumbed Chicken (Stuffed with Tomatoes, Chives and Cream Cheese) with Asparagus

6th Course Crumbed Chicken (Stuffed with Tomatoes, Chives and Cream Cheese) with Asparagus

Dessert - Strawberry Cheesecake (Almond Meal base)

Dessert – Strawberry Cheesecake (Almond Meal base)


This is a day in my life, the photo’s aren’t great, taken with my “much despised” blackberry (Hey it’s a work phone I don’t pay for it!)

This week the weekly photo challenge has us detailing our daily life. So I have documented my daily routine, I know, ho-hum. I have always disliked the routine of every day working life, that is why outside of work, nothing is routine about our lives, but we do have to eat and pay the bills.

345am – Wake up
350am – Check emails and posts on my Macbook
400am –  15 min run, 15 min cycle.
430am – prepare lunch and eat breakfast
450am – shower, shave and not the other s just yet
500am – make my morning coffee
505am – head to work (my darling takes me :))
530amish – get to work
540am – check work emails and start work
1130am – have my lunch
1200pm – Skype with my darling
345-400pm – my darling picks me up.

Tomorrow do it all again, sigh…bummer they are raising the retirement age to 70 so I guess I have to do this for another 23 years eek…

The start of my day

The start of my day


The prompt for today asks us to explain our blog title.

My blog title is quite simple. In season 4 of American Idol, the first time we had watched it, I had a look at the Fox chat board. I created a screen name based on my favourite rock start, Edge from U2, and how I was feeling at the time, on the edge of a ledge. On the boards I got hooked into a limerick writing thread that started on St Patrick’s day. From that I got invited to an irreverent website americanidolconspiracy. This site basically took the piss out of everything and everyone, especially the rabid Constantine Mouralis fans. It was fun and I still have a few friends from those days that I have never met.

So I have kept that screen name for most things now. The ramblings part is just how I see my work, ramblings, random ideas and stories that come to mind either from prompts like this or from things I want to say.

My name is Andrew though I do go by Drew, and some people do call me Edge, but I prefer not because I am not worthy of the same name as Mr Evans.

Xing nian kuay le for all my family and friends who celebrate Chinese new year.

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In Canada it is traditionally written as Gung Hay Fat Choy, which means “Best wishes and Congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year.”



Sunday February 10, 2013 is the New Year according to the Chinese calendar, so tonight is New Year’s Eve.

 If your not Chinese, why not go out, or order delivery from your favorite Chinese Restaurant, and celebrate with over 1.3 billion people.

All pictures were shot by myself in Chinatown area of Vancouver, Canada, during the 2012 Chinese New Year Celebration. I am going out for dinner with friends tonight to celebrate.

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Do we have a soul and does this continue beyond this life? The buddhist’s believe we are on a wheel of life, starting the next life at a higher lower position than the last, depending on how you lived in the current life. Christian’s believed that after 3 days Christ was reincarnated. Many people believe they were someone else in a past life. So there are a lot of theories and beliefs out there in relation to the concept of reincarnation, none of which I subscribe to.

The reason I don’t believe in reincarnation is I believe the concept of the soul is a myth made up to explain why we think and feel the way we do and in a way to control people. For example your soul will be damned to hell if you don’t believe in god, is a way of forcing people to believe in god out of fear. For me the soul is a concept that explains why we have feelings and emotions and to explain why we feel deep love for someone or deep hurt when we lose someone close to us. Then we believe people’s souls continue beyond death, when it is merely the memories and fondness we had for that person that continues.

I am sure many will disagree with my thoughts or beliefs in this area, but that is fine, we all see the world and how it is in different ways. I won’t dislike or  get upset if people disagree with me, but I do not like it when people think other people are stupid or crazy for having a belief they have. I believe what I believe based on my life and the experiences I have had, you believe what you believe from the same basis.

I do have deep and total love for one special person in my life, and all my thoughts and feelings are around her, but I don’t believe that has anything to do with soul.

It is funny though, I have seen young children, my two year old grand daughter for instance, who are so advanced early that you swear they have lived before, even knowing that is not possible ;).

There is no rhyme or reason not to.

Firstly I must thank Mary from Brisbane for nominating me for this award, I really appreciate this. You can find her blog here, stop by and have a read, I don often, it’s fun – brissiemaz


These are the rules for accepting the award:

Rules for the REALITY Blog Award

  1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back to them
  3. Answer the 5 questions presented
  4. Nominate up to 20 blogs for the award and notify them on their blogs
  5. Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere

Questions and Answers for the Reality Award

  1. If you could change one thing what would you change?  No borders anywhere in the world.
  2. If you could repeat an age, what would it be? Age 23 so I could start my life with my love 12 years earlier than we did.
  3. What one thing really scares you? The thought of life without my love.
  4. What is one dream you have not completed, and do you think you’ll be able to complete it?  Playing in a live band, and possibly one day.
  5. If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be?  A beggar on the streets of Mumbai

Now, it’s my pleasure to nominate the following blogs for the Reality Blog Award. It is a joy to visit these blogs and, in alphabetical order, they are:


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