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And now we are four

With renovations having begun at her house, Marita has moved in for a little while. So while there were three people at my place (for part of the week), there are now four.

Happily, this hasn’t quite created the havoc I half suspected with things like the capacity of the bathroom (the second toilet has avoided clashes) or the kitchen (to my surprise, I was able to simply turn the table by 90 degrees to fit a fourth chair in).

No, what’s really confused things is I’ve suddenly had to cater for four people at once. (Hey, it’s my house, and I work the shorter hours, so I do most of the cooking). The making of rolls or sandwiches for lunch has become much more of a production-line than it seemed to be before. Ditto serving out dinner onto plates.

And of course I’ve had to adjust all the quantities when buying groceries. When you’re serving two adults and two kids, no longer does one loaf of garlic bread cut it. Packs of sausages with eight snags are also no longer enough — I’ve bought two packs, cooked ten and frozen six from the second pack.

A few days ago I over-compensated and made an enormous amount of mashed potato. I can see it’s going to be a learning process.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

One reply on “And now we are four”

Hi Daniel, use your left over mash to make gnocci (I think that’s how you spell it). Discovered gnocci in our first, year long visit to Oz back in 2003. Have never looked back, everyone in my family loves it, which makes a change because usually if one of my kids like something the other one has to hate it on principle. We all loved our year here so much that we came back in August this year as permanent residents and will be getting our citizenship as soon as we are allowed. Discovered toxic custard looking up the word “bogan” as one of my kids mates at school has been labelled a bogan and he wanted to know what it meant. Just for your reference I think it’s a close to the UK word “chav” as you can get. Must look up “chav” actually.

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