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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Yorkshires in the desert with Andrea & Helene

Easter dinner in the desert was a delicious combination of perfectly BBQ'd beef tenderloin by Andrea, Hélène's famous coleslaw and roasted thyme vegetables with Yorkshire puddings. To see a copy of my recipe for the most delicious Yorkshires please click here. 

Yorkshire puddings

Hélène, Miriam and Auntie Andrea

a wide selection of beautiful vegetables to roast

Hélène's delicious coleslaw

Monday, 28 March 2016

Calorie-wise Yogurt Hollandaise - easy to make


This breakfast of Eggs Benni is so easy to make and Maggie's Yogurt Hollandaise takes very little time to make. Click here to go to the original recipe. But for a half version of the recipe:  add one cup of plain yogurt to the top of a double boiler (I use a glass bowl over a pot). Have the water in the bottom of the pot hot but not boiling (it will be too hot and will curdle your eggs. Add 3 egg yolks and whisk. Add a dash each of dry mustard powder and cayenne pepper - to taste. Continue to whisk until mixture starts to get warm. Add 2 tblsp. butter and allow the butter to melt into the yogurt sauce while whisking. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Continue to whisk until the sauce is warmer but not hot and it starts to thicken. This process takes less than 10 minutes. Remove the bowl from the top of the double boiler immediately so that the sauce doesn't get too hot. Half way through this I put my eggs into the simmering water to poach them. Good luck with this great calorie-wise hollandaise and thanks to my dear friend Maggie for sharing her recipe.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

We eat very well in the Arizona desert!

Helene's delicious potato salad 
BBQ today...  prawns everyone

Auntie Andrea preparing the prawns for the BBQ

Helene's secret dressing starting with the best olive oil I have tasted 

a perfect meal of BBQ prawns, potato salad with freshly made Guacamole

prawns cooked to perfection

Friday, 11 March 2016

Day 5 at BNP Paribas Open

 I am off to work in a bit and we are now getting some seriously good matches in at the Indian Wells tennis garden. It is very hot during the day and I wear at all times a 50 Zinc sunblock that works well. Mostly I am covered up from head to toe to keep the hot sun off my skin. My uniform jackets is really good for keeping me cooler.
I am meeting alot of the 500 volunteers, not to mention all the patrons who come to watch some of the best tennis in the world.  The people are so friendly here in the desert.
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) plays this morning in Stadium 1, and the Williams sisters play their first games today on Center Court. With any luck I will catch some of their games on my break.
We are very fortunate to have been issued a volunteer pass which allows us entry into any game anywhere as long as there are seats available. It's going to be a good day in the desert!

Friday, 4 March 2016

BNP Paribas 2016 Open in Indian Wells

the courts are all ready to go for Monday's opening day
It is going to be fun volunteering at the 2015 Paribas Open in Indian Wells. I am an usher and now that my training is done and my uniform picked up I am already to go.
Carl and I were here last years so I have alot of fond memories of Carl, the beautiful Tennis Gardens, and our trip to see the best tennis in the world.

the 'teak' champion box is Larry Ellison's private seating pays to own the gardens

my volunteer credentials that get me into the tennis gardens and I can sit in any seat...except in the Champions Box with Larry Ellison...