How to Catch a Man in 3 Courses!

As I tend to do often, I love sifting through a good Vinnies, or Salvation Army Store. You can get some great stuff if you know how to look for it.

Me? I always head straight for the lamp sections. There you will often find some interesting lighting options. In fact, nearly all the lamps in Alantown are “Thrifted”, meaning bought at a second hand store. Another Americanism we have seemed to have adopted.

You buy interesting bases and get el-cheapo plain shades. A little secret of mine. Take a look.

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And sometimes, you might just hit the Jackpot!

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This whole corner of the house has come from Vinnies.

  • Chair – $40
  • Japanese Painting – $15
  • Art Deco Table – $40
  • Lamp – $20

$110 for this!

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Sure, it in not to everyone’s taste but me? I just dig old stuff. Made solidly and built to last. It gives me lady-wood.

And a trip to Vinnies etc is never complete without a perusal through the book section. And it was in this section that I found this ripper. And because it was featured on A Current Affair, it had to be awesome, right?

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I parted with $3 and took it home where I plonked it on the book pile and forgot all about it. Until Mr. Woog found it and almost wet himself with excitement! You see, he was expecting to be cooked for, catered for even, every night from a cookbook that already knows that he will love the stuff that comes out of the kitchen.

Would I be wearing a cute pinafore while I dished up tantalising grub, straight from the casserole dish in front of him, into his pre-warmed bowl? Oh the domestic possibilities!

He actually started folding the pages of the things he would very much love. These included, but are not limited to the following.

  • An Eggcelent Way to Start the Day! That being bacon and eggs
  • Who ya gonna call? ROASTBUSTERS! Which is a leg of lamb dusted in French Onion Soup Mix.
  • Hotstuff Vealista Baby – Veal and boiled eggs with gherkins and gravey.
  • He’s a leg man – Chicken drumsticks with white wine and garlic.


There is even a lovely, thoughtful guide in the back…

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What year do you think this book was published in?*

Oh and the other great feature which is on every page is a section that your date/mate/husband can utilise to score your efforts. OUT OF TEN!

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So with the pressure firmly placed on me, I reclaimed that little book and hid it away. I made soothing gentle noises as I patted Mr. Woog on the head, telling him that everything would be ok. That I will continue to cook food that I PREFER TO EAT, and if on his cooking nights, he chooses to re-heat leftovers from the meal I had made the day before, well that would be ok too.

Or even order in a pizza. That would be perfectly fine as well.

Are you a Vinnies Fan?

Who Cooks at your joint?

What meals do YOU love?

*2009. This book was published 5 years ago.