Tuna and Corn Fritters

Tuna and Corn Fritters
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Onion
  2. 1 tin of Tuna
  3. 1 tin of sweetcorn
  4. flour
  5. 2 eggs
  6. milk
  7. oil
Instructions
  1. Chop onion. Add tuna and corn in a bowl. Cover with flour and mix. Add eggs and milk to make a batter. Fry in oil.
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Happy ∏ day

This year to celebrate ∏ day (3.14.16) I made a mince and cheese pie.

Mince and Cheese Pie
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 onion
  2. 250g mince
  3. 250g mixed vegetables
  4. 5 mushrooms
  5. puff pastry
  6. 200g grated cheese
  7. 1 cube beef stock
  8. 1 Tbsp flour
  9. 1 cup water
  10. Ketchup
Instructions
  1. Fry onion, mince, mushrooms and mixed vegetables. Add flour, stock and water to make a gravy. Line pie dish with pastry. Fill with cooked meat and vegetables. Cover with grated cheese and top with pastry. Cook at 180º C until pastry is golden brown.
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Last year I baked a lemon meringue pie.

South Island cycle journey, 1993

Towards the end of 1993 I had some holidays owed from work so I took the opportunity to have a final solo bike trip before I got married.

I had only been to the South Island a couple of times before – when I was four years old, my grandparents took my sister and I to Nelson. And a work conference in Queenstown, shortly after starting my job in the late 1980s.

Edria was finishing her final exams for her BSc in Physics and Mathematics. She was then going to do a year of teacher training, which gave us the option of staying in Palmerston North or moving to Christchurch. So I embarked on a three week trip to explore as much as I could of the South Island. It was cut short.

The above map is from memory. Some roads may have changed since the time and the stops are close approximations. I took a camera on the trip, but any photos are in storage somewhere.

I left my flat in Palmerston North on a Saturday morning and cycled almost non-stop to Paraparaumu where I was just in time to catch a train to Wellington and then a ferry to Picton where I stayed overnight in a backpackers.

The following morning, I found a church and joined in their service. I was the youngest there by about twenty years. I then biked to Blenheim, had a quick look around the town and continued over the hills to stay the next night at the campground in Seddon.    

Cell phones were fairly new in New Zealand back then and a few months earlier I had bought a second hand one that was small (for the time) and I that used to call Edria each evening. 

It was an amazing Monday to bike down the coast of the Pacific Ocean to Kaikoura. Ocean on the left, mountains on the right. The road hugs the sea a lot and there are spots with seal colonies close to the road and so I stopped to photograph the seals.

I think I got up to 70 Km/h coming down one hill after Ward. Even without the hills, riding for hours was hard work and tiring. At one point I think I fell asleep in the saddle and woke suddenly before I hit the ground.

I made it safely to Kaikoura and stayed the night at a backpackers. The next day the road turned inland to go over more hills and I followed it on to stop at a hotel in Cheviot for the night. 

I then back tracked a few kilometres and turned even further inland to ride to Hanmer Springs. On the way I was swooped upon by nesting magpies. At Hanmer Springs, I enjoyed a well earned soak in the hot pools and spent the night .

The ride from Hanmer Springs to Christchurch was long – 8 hours / 145 Km but doable because it was mostly downhill or flat. I visited Cathedral Square in central Christchurch then spent the night on a friend’s couch.

I had received a phone call from work – they had some urgent computer issues that only I could solve and the needed me back. They paid for me to get the next flight back to Palmerston North and so I surprised Edria with a visit on Friday afternoon before heading home and then into work to fix things.

Work employed another computer administrator soon after that. I quit a when we decided to move to Christchurch.

Cinnamon Pear Pie

Some inglorious pears needed using so I invented this recipe:

Cinnamon Pear Pie
Yields 12
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 12 puff pastry squares
  2. Almost 5 pears
  3. 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  4. 1 Lemon
  5. 1/4 cup Sultanas
  6. Cinnamon
  7. 3 Tbsp Water
  8. 1 Tbsp Corn flour
Filling
  1. Cut pears into pieces. Add brown sugar, sultanas, cinnamon, lemon zest and juice and 2 Tbsp water. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Mix cornflour with 1 Tbsp water.
  2. Grease and line a muffin tray with sheets of pastry. Fill with pear and cinnamon filling. Bake at 200 ºC until pastry is golden brown.
Notes
  1. Serving suggestion: Top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
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My epic cycle journey, 1990

In 1990 I embarked on a solo 1500km cycle trip around the central North Island of New Zealand.

Averaging approximately 100 km/day over mountainous terrain, I journeyed from my home town of Woodville up the East coast via Napier, Wairoa and Lake Waikaremoana to Tauranga and then returned via Hamilton and Waitomo Caves down the West coast through Stratford and Wanganui to home again.

The above map is from memory. Some roads may have changed since the time and the stops are close approximations. I took a camera on the trip, but a problem with loading the film means I only have these memories.

It was an adventure of physical endurance as well as personal growth. Leaving home on Good Friday, the trip was a pilgrimage and time for spiritual reflection.

About 15 minutes into my journey, I got a puncture in the back wheel about 6km from home. My bike was fully loaded with gear. Pannier bags on the front and back for clothing, food, camping gear, sleeping bag, etc. All that had to come off so I could change the tube. Undeterred, I continued on. I passed another cyclist going up the first hill out of Dannevirke. I stopped for lunch in Ongaonga and again at 100 Km from home where I saw the first glimpse of the Pacific Ocean.

I stayed overnight with relatives in Napier. They knew I was coming but were not expecting to see me so soon.

The journey on to Wairoa was hill after hill after hill. I went to a Catholic vigil service at the church there, but felt unwelcomed, out of place and alone.

On Easter Sunday I arrived at the summit of the Lake Road as the sun was setting. I had left Wairoa close to sea level that morning and now I was almost 1000 metres up with steep drops on the side of the narrow gravel road. It was the middle of nowhere. The last building was about an hour or two behind me. And it was getting dark. 

I prayed:

God, give me light.

My bike lamp illuminated a tiny section of the road in front of me. With the gravel road it bumped around a lot. The moon was full but it had not come up yet. I was heading downhill on a road I had never travelled before. In the dark.

Then the tiny dots of glow worms appeared along the side of the road.

My prayer had been answered. I still had no idea of where I would spend the night.

Ruatahuna is a tiny village. It had a petrol station / general store / motel. I think I was the only guest. The lady who owned the shop told me to sneak in the back to settle up in the morning so she wouldn’t have to open up so early for the locals.

I got another puncture the next day on the gravel road out of the forest.

In Kawerau I stayed with my grandparents for two nights, then I continued along the Pacific Ocean coast to Mt Maunganui to stay with more relatives.

Cycling up hills usually took an hour or more. Coming down was a lot faster. On one hill I reached a maximum speed of 66 Km/h if I remember correctly.

Over the other side of the Kaimai Ranges I passed a truck.

I stayed at a camping ground in Hamilton when I arrived there, but made some friends among the students at Waikato University Christian Fellowship and they offered me their couch for a few nights. 

On Anzac Day as I was saying goodbye to one my new friends, she said “I’ll see you in heaven if not before”. I replied, “If I’m good enough to get there”. She then explained from Ephesians 2:8-9 that it is by grace that we are saved and not by works. I spent a lot of time thinking about that on my journey home.

I arrived at Waitomo Caves and there was no accommodation at the hotel. A Hamilton friend had given me a phone number for their relative who lived nearby. I called them and they put me up for the night. They worked as tour guide and gave me a tour of the caves in the morning. More glow worms!

I cycled onwards towards the Taranaki coast of the Tasman Sea and met rain. Some of my gear had been soaked with a downpour in Hamilton. Now I was soaked too. I dried out and stayed in a campground in Awakino overnight. I tried fishing on the beach. No bites.

I journeyed on staying the next night in Stratford and then meeting and staying with friends in Wanganui.

Tail winds sped me home to Woodville from there. I averaged 25 Km/h for the last leg of the journey.

All up the trip was about 1200 Km and took  17 days, (11 cycling, 6 resting).

Leek & Chickpea Salsa

Another recipe to use chickpeas.

Leek & Chickpea Salsa
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Onion
  2. 2 mushrooms
  3. 1 leek
  4. 1 capsicum
  5. 1 cup cooked firm chickpeas
  6. 1 tsp ground coriander
  7. Parsley
  8. Thyme
  9. 1/2 cup tomato puree
  10. 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Finely chop onion. Stir fry with chickpeas and chopped mushroom. Add leek, cut into long strips. Add capsicum, also cut in long strips. Add herbs and spice. Add tomato puree and water. Cook 2-3 minutes.
Notes
  1. Serving suggestion: on pasta with meatballs.
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Chickpea and chicken salad

I had some cooked chickpeas left after making falafels earlier in the week so I created this recipe to use some of them.

Chickpea & Chicken Salad
Serves 5
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 onion
  2. 1 chicken breast
  3. cumin
  4. 2 mushrooms
  5. 50ml water
  6. 1 eggplant
  7. fresh parsley
  8. 3 cups of firm cooked chickpeas
Instructions
  1. FInely chop and stir fry onion in a small amount of vegetable oil. Cut the chicken into small cubes and stir fry. Sprinkle with about 1 tsp of cumin. Finely chop the mushrooms and add to the chicken. Add 50ml hot water. Add the eggplant cut into cubes. When the water has evapourated add chickpeas and continue stir frying for 5 minutes. Top with the coarsely chopped parsley.
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Hello world!

Welcome to version 3 or 4 of Yet another Murray Family website. Started way back in 1998 or 2002, this website was designed for sharing stuff with friends and family. Most of the content here is now historic as we and our friends and family have moved to social networks such as Facebook for communicating.

However, we have recently revived it with a new design and some new content. It also might be easier to find some stuff here too – the collection of family recipes for example.

Topics covered are celebrating life events, good books we have read, our travels and recipes we have invented or collected.