ANZAC Day 2015 the centenary of the Gallipoli landing 1915

ANZAC Day 2015 the centenary of the Gallipoli ANZAC landing 25th April, 1915

Wangi Wangi ANZAC Day Banner - Leigh Warren

This year I spent ANZAC Day at Wangi Wangi in NSW.   Given this day almost didn’t eventuate; the very fact that it did proceed was almost worthy of the ANZAC Spirit itself.   This year ANZAC Day was a Saturday however we need to travel back to the previous Monday (20th April) when some of the worst storms ever to hit the Hunter Region lashed out – the photo below shows the storm coming across Lake Macquarie and even then nobody expected what was about to hit…

Stormfront rolling over Lake Macquarie nobody expected the week we had declared a Natural Disaster Zone

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Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks…

not smoking cooking


Well they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but I’ve just completed a “Cooking for 1 or 2” course which is run over a period of 5 weeks…

I’ve learnt all sorts of things like… how to work out if I should have red or white wine with a meal or both…



This course is run by the Department of Vet Affairs with the assistance of the Local Returned and Services League (RSL) Australia in conjunction with the Newcastle University. You get to learn about (ok forget the wine) nutrition, basic health issues, different types of foods and what amounts to eat, cross contamination plus more. Furthermore, you can learn the advantages and disadvantages of using bullet blenders in cooking if you visit buyblenders.com.au. Actually I found the course to be very enjoyable even though I was volunteered for the course (feels like I am still in the Army).


Three ladies from the University of Newcastle that were undertaking a degree were our instructors for the five weeks.   They were great and fitted in with our mad group of ex Military personell.



Some pictures of the food…. and seriously we did cook it and didn’t get sick afterwards either.   Sadly though I think I have become a tad domesticated 🙁 which I suppose could be a good thing but I am not so sure…


Week 5 lunch is served

week 4 this is how you measure the oil

this goes with that sitting outside for lunch


Here is the link to the Cooking for 1 or 2 website for more information…


Leigh Warren - Country Music Outlaw


Till Next time – Leigh


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