Weekend Coffee Share – 9th November, 2020.

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

Well, I’m not quite sure what to offer you with your cuppa tonight. On Friday night, I made a Bombe Alaska for my friend’s 60th Birthday. Unfortunately, the meringue slid off the ice cream centre and the brandy wouldn’t light. So, you could say that it was “Fizzer Alaska” instead.

The Bombe Alaska before it went into the oven.

However, it tasted good anyway. I’d added a few extras like a layer of Nutella Butter Cream and roasted hazelnuts over the cake for extra lusciousness. It was yum and a lot of fun, even if it didn’t go according to plan. By the way, if you’re a keen baker or fancy a bit of dessert, you might like to check out my previous post.

Oh no! The meringue is starting to slide off the bombe. Not a disaster, but a triumph either.

Last week, was fairly difficult overall. Our teenaged kids are keeping us on our toes with our son not seeing the point of doing his final year of school and looking at TAFE to pursue sound engineering. It sort of makes sense, but it’s still a big decision and it’s taking me time to get my head around the ramifications of it all. As if that wasn’t enough to think about, our daughter has been making some poor choices of late, and we’re needing to get our heads around that too. Long gone are the days where we could physically pick up our children when they were running off the “wrong” direction. Now, we’re needing to try to work with the teenage brain, which science tells us is potentially incapable of making good rational choices until they’re 25. Yet, this unregulated teenage mind is moving forward at full throttle thinking it knows it all, knows what’s best and can do anything it likes. Sometimes the only thing standing in the way is their hapless parents, school authorities, or when things go really pear-shaped, the police. Meanwhile, I keep dropping what I view as pearls of wisdom into the hapless subjects’ minds while driving them from A to B. It’s a bit like dropping coins in a money box, except it seems that the plug at the bottom has often been pulled out and lost. Consequently, the coins are often falling straight through and rolling away. It’s not a very encouraging picture. However, somehow most teens and their parents survive to adulthood so it’s not all doom and gloom after all. I live in constructive hope.

Get To Know The Junior MasterChef Top Three
The finalists and judges of Junior MasterChef Australia 2020.

In addition to doing my baking at home, I’ve also loved watching Junior MasterChef and tonight is the Grand Finale. I’ve been so incredibly impressed with the dishes put up by the kids. They really knocked my socks off. If you’d like to watch any of the past episodes, here’s the link: https://10play.com.au/junior-masterchef-australia and you can find the recipes there too if you’re feeling particularly daring. Just because these cooks are young, doesn’t mean their dishes are any less impressive than their adult rivals. These kids are potentially the great professional chefs of the future and this pool of talent is a cut above the usual contestants for the adult version of the show. indeed, they’re absolutely mind boggling. I can’t wait to see who is going to win, and how the show is going to unfold.

However, before I move on from Junior MasterChef, I just heard the most priceless comment from one of the contestants, Georgia. You see, they’ve invited their mums onto the shows for the finale. Now, these kids have been doing just fine without their mums on set for the entire series, and have been able to go it alone. However, now they’ve reached the finale, mum is calling out from the gantry. My message to the mums is to back off. I think they know what they’re doing. These thoughts were going through my mind when Georgia piped up and said: “Who invited our mothers along?” Well, at least Filo is pleased his mum’s there.

Meanwhile, my WWI bio research is going really well. I have no idea how it’s going to find its place out there in the real world, because it’s a bit out there and it seems to sit somewhere in between academic history, creative writing, documentary and a movie script. Each of these things are ambitious on their own, and challenging the world order probably verges on suicide. After all, each of these disciplines is probably in its own box for a reason. I guess I’ll be finding out what happens when I break multiple moulds at once. Well, that is once I get all of this finished…

Oh well. Another week has begun. OMG! Do you ever have Mondays where the prospect of another week just wears you out, as you haven’t had enough time to recover from the week that’s been, or to resolve the splatter on the roof its left behind? Perhaps, I’ve been spoiled for awhile, because in so many ways life has been a lot simpler this year due to covid. While we’ve had to deal with the complications of hand sanitiser, masks, gloves, social distancing and toilet paper shortages, so many activities were cancelled that we haven’t been buzzing off over the place like manic bees trying to get everything done and take kids to three different places at the same time while trying to have some kind of a life ourselves. It’s been nice taking up the piano again, doing my extreme baking and doing hours of research. Indeed, it’s probably been something of a luxury…especially with my husband working from home and not commuting for three hours a day.

PS The last word on the Masterchef Junior front goes to Georgia’s Mum as she ate her daughter’s dessert the “Tropical Mess”…”she’s tricky to make a lunchbox for. She’s very particular with her flavours.” You’ve got to feel for the mother of Junior MasterChef.” I have some empathy with her. My kids have both been super fussy eaters and are very particular even if they aren’t MasterChefs themselves.

PPS I know I haven’t actually finished this post yet. However, I’d forgotten all about touching on the US election. I don’t know if I would’ve voted for Trump or Biden, but I’ looking forward to the changing of the guard.

Well, on that note, I’d better head off.

This has been another Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Eclectic Ali. Here’s the link: https://eclecticali.wordpress.com/

Best wishes,


12 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – 9th November, 2020.

  1. maxwellthedog

    I keep telling you, Rowena, that when it comes to kids you should sell them early. You get a better price and they sell much more quickly. That cake is the bombe, as the kids would say if they weren’t sold already.

  2. Karen J Schoff

    I remember the days of teenage kids and I don’t miss it a bit. There was a time when I wondered if my daughter and I would get through it in one piece. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. She is now 22 and we have a great relationship. So hang in there and just take one day at a time.

  3. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Rowena,
    I think it would be wonderful fun to read and perhaps discuss many of those messages in those bottles. When words work so hard to get out, got somewhere, anywhere else, it seems only proper that someone, perhaps many someones should read and digest them.

  4. Gary A Wilson

    Yep – last week was too long by about 5 days. I would have preferred to just stay in a hot shower for most of it, because having lived through it, we, as a nation really need a long hot shower about now.

    Our oldest son (the one who just got married) sounds something like your son. Connor, did not want to do any college beyond the 2+ years he spent earning a two AA degrees. But then covid came along and he was losing jobs left and right to people with more education so he finally decided to see what it would take to get his full 4 year degree and was surprised to find that, after getting credit for all his previous class work, he has only about 1.3 years of work remaining so he is doing Door-Dash (a popular meal delivery service) because it is so flexible and works with his college study time.

    I too took my sweet time about going back to college to get a 4 year degree but I kind of enjoyed being one of the older students on campus. But with that degree, there was really no looking back as doors opened as I proved what I could do. It was loads of fun and a ton of work, but I enjoyed it.

    Hope you’re having a great week. Hang in there on your boy. He sounds clever enough to find a path that works for him.

  5. Rowena Post author

    I made Key Lime Pie tonight. Our Church gets donations from a local supermarket and they donated something like a case of limes. My friend rang me and sent me down. They’re rather fond of it. It wasn’t even allowed to cool down tonight and I only managed to bring a tiny piece home. It evaporated.

  6. Rowena Post author

    Yes, some of the messages were quite simple, but others told a story. What also intrigues me is the ocean currents and what happened to the bottles. I picture them being wrestled by the waves. I could see some magnificent cinematography although that’s really getting ahead of myself.

  7. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much for the encouragement, Karen. I’m not sure whether I’d like a crystal ball to see how the kids turn out or not. However, I think we need to be vigilant and cluey and it we knew it was all going to work out well in the end, we might relax too much and jinx ourselves. They are fundamentally good kids but teens, as you’d know, can make those split second choices and they can be life changing.

  8. Karen J Schoff

    Yes, I don’t think crystal balls are a good idea either. We don’t know what life holds for any of us and that’s probably for the best. I think as parents, we just have to trust God, be vigilant (as you say) and do the best we can. Hindsight is a great gift. I think at the time, I stressed more than was necessary and mostly this came from family pressure. Everybody else seems to think they know what is best for your kid, and while it doesn’t always turn out quite the way you had expected, the scenic route delivers its own blessings. I just couldn’t see it at the time.

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