Morality of War Series - all 3 parts

The war in Ukraine continues. Read our 3 articles about the Morality of War in the 21st Century. #PrayForUkraine

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Recipes To Bring the Family Together

Making it easy to get the family together.

Recipes

Cooking lamb shanks is easy!

Being a tough cut of meat that needs slow cooking to make it fall-off-the-bone tender, lamb shanks are actually very forgiving so it’s a real easy cut to cook with.

You literally cannot overcook lamb shanks. Cook for an hour too long and the meat is still succulent and juicy. The worst that will happen is that the meat falls off the bone when you go to serve.

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Rissoles with crunchy salsa

These wallet-friendly and super easy beef mince rissoles are perfect for busy weeknights. They’re freezer-friendly so you can make them ahead of time and reheat when needed. Easy to make, economical and great tasting!

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Pot-roasted chicken with strawberries

A simple meal of a whole chicken well-seasoned and roasted to golden, juicy perfection is truly hard to beat. The flavour is rich and earthy, and wonderfully succulent!

The aroma of this dish as it roasts away in the oven is utterly divine and typically your family will want very little alongside of it apart from some rustic roasted vegetables or salad, and crusty bread.

So for a cosy and comforting roasted chicken dinner, take inspiration from traditional beef pot roast and prepared this chicken pot roast with a whole tender roasted chicken, in a pot with lots of scrumptious juices to dip warm bread into. What a perfectly warming meal!

The chicken pot roast is a classic “peasant-style” dish, one where a few very simple ingredients are cooked together in one vessel, their delectable flavours mingling together until all is cooked to rustic perfection.

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Make Beef Lasagne like an Italian

Beef lasagna is a well-loved family meal all over the world and my version with a trio of cheeses, béchamel and homemade tomato passata in a word is: SUBLIME. Between each moist layer of fresh egg pasta sheets is a mixture of veal and pork mince, smothered in sweet tomato sauce. There are two key things to make yours as good as mine – you need patience and quality ingredients, no shredded mozzarella or cheap passata here. No need to thank me, just make it, eat it and share it.

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Family meals provide an opportunity for family members to come together, strengthen ties and build better relationships. They build a sense of belonging which leads to better self-esteem. Family meal time gives parents a chance to be role models where they can set an example of healthy eating and engaging conversation. Most importantly, it helps build family relationships and harmony.

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No Fail Lamb Roast

This no-fail roasted leg of lamb recipe, with a special Mediterranean seasoning, will give you the BEST lamb roast every single time. Follow these simple tips for how to cook lamb leg, so that it is tender and packed with loads of flavour. This lamb recipe comes with meltingly delicious potatoes for the perfect meal in one pan

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There are so many benefits!

Researchers have found that families who share meals together on a regular basis, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner reap many benefits.

Family meals provide an opportunity for family members to come together, strengthen ties and build better relationships. They build a sense of belonging which leads to better self-esteem. Family meal time gives parents a chance to be role models where they can set an example of healthy eating and engaging conversation. Most importantly, it helps build family relationships and harmony.

Research shows that people tend to eat less during family meals because they eat more slowly, and talk more thereby preventing obesity.

Research also shows that kids who eat family meals have a lower chance of engaging in high risk behaviours such as substance use and violence, and fewer psychological problems.

Tips for eating more meals together:

  • Make family meals a priority in your household. Focus on the importance of being together as a family more than on making an elaborate meal.
  • Start with small steps. Increase the number of family meals by one extra meal a week.
  • As a family, plan a menu for the week and make a grocery list.
  • Let the kids be involved. Let them help prepare food or set the table.
  • Work as a family to clean up afterwards.
  • Turn off the TV.

More family mealtime could mean large rewards for your family.

Family meals are more nutritious. A university study found that families who eat together are twice as likely to eat their five servings of fruits and vegetables as families who don’t eat together.

Kids who eat family meals tend to eat a wider variety of foods and become less picky eaters

On this page you will find a wide range of recipes that you family will love to prepare, enjoy eating and want to come back to the dinner table more often.

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Morality of War Part One

Morality of War Part One

David Ahern

David Ahern

David is the editor of The Majellan

In this three part series we explore the morality of war in the 21st century. - "When the reports from the Ukraine appear on the television news at night, I have to mute the sound. I can’t bear to watch the suffering. The bombed-out buildings and the swollen, teary eyes of terrified small children."

So, when war breaks out in a corner of the globe like we’ve seen in the Ukraine in recent weeks I find it heart breaking. We know there will be heavy casualties: innocent men, women and children. Amid the shelling and gunfire families will be torn apart.

When the reports from the Ukraine appear on the television news at night, I have to mute the sound. I can’t bear to watch the suffering. The bombed-out buildings and the swollen, teary eyes of terrified small children.

War is futile. War is destructive. War should play no part in the world today. We saw what happened last century and the terrible cost of two world wars and multiple conflicts between countries particularly in Africa, the Middle East and Central America.

But human beings being human beings don’t seem to learn from past mistakes. That said, there are just wars. A megalomaniac brought about the second world war. A person who was hell-bent on restoring German status and pride after his country’s ‘humiliating’ defeat in World War 1.

Hitler’s troops steam rolled through Europe with no regard for the rule of law or the sovereignty of other nations. He had to be stopped so the world united. Likewise, in our region the Japanese were causing carnage in the South Pacific and threatening many countries, Australia among them. Japan also had to be stopped.

Reportedly, more than 70 million people perished during the second world war. The price of freedom was massive.

Again, the world has united in support of a country that is being invaded. The Ukraine today is suffering because of the narcissistic and irresponsible behaviour of a tyrant. A man who many times in the past has shown he isn’t someone to dismiss lightly. He too, like Hitler, has a point to prove. The former KGB agent was never happy with the Soviet Union’s breakup and believes the Ukraine should come back into the fold.

The Ukrainians, however, hold a different view. They value their independence and freedom and the vast majority do not want to come under Russian autocratic rule.

Australia, Europe the United States, and indeed the world is behind Ukraine at this terrible time. Where it ends it’s too early to say.

While Australia supports the Ukraine, and rightly so, the prime minister announced last week that Australia would send missiles and other weaponry to the Ukraine. Yes to financial aid. Yes to tents. Yes to food and water.

But our contribution are weapons that will kill. The Australian Government’s announcement has left me feeling uneasy. I feel we are just adding to the misery and carnage.  

Am I wrong?

Morality of War part two next week

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Morality of War Part 2

Morality of War Part 2

David Ahern

David is the editor of The Majellan

Last week I wrote about the scandalous attack on Ukraine by Russia (https://majellan.media/morality-of-war-part-one/). The invasion cannot be justified for any reason. As we have witnessed on the daily news feeds, innocent lives have been lost which is appalling and dreadfully sad.

The Ukraine is a sovereign nation of more than 43 million and Russian troops have no place being there. I compared the current situation to Hitler’s rampage through Europe in World War 2 and Japan’s military activities in the South Pacific.

Vladimir Putin can be compared to Hitler for his callousness and his lust for power. Putin is a war criminal, pure and simple.

I finished the article with reference to Australia’s contribution: missiles and other weaponry. While Australia stands with the rest of the world condemning Russia’s actions, the thought of sending weapons to aid Ukraine doesn’t sit easily with me.

Then again, how do you deal with a bully? Britain tried appeasement with Germany in the late 1930s. Remember the “Peace for our time” declaration made by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in September 1938.

Talk about famous last words! Appeasement clearly did not work and a year later Hitler plunged Europe into a war with Britain, Australia, the US and many other nations dragged into the conflict. The war was catastrophic, lasting six years and claiming millions of lives.

My two grandfathers survived World War I. My father survived World War 2. And I am a fortunate baby boomer who has never set foot on a battlefield. Please God that our sons and daughters never have to witness war first-hand.

The worry now is how far Putin will go. Many countries and international corporations have cut their business dealings with Russia. The ruble has plunged in value in recent weeks and the average Russian is paying more for food.

While no one wants to see ordinary Russians suffer, the international community is hoping it will bring about political change and an end to Putin’s tyrannical rule. That may be overly optimistic as dictators – and Putin is a dictator – have the ability to weather storms.

Those Russians that have been brave enough to protest have been detained. It will take widespread unrest and more large-scale protests before we get a sense of what is happening in Russia and whether change is a real possibility.

In the meantime, more innocent Ukrainians will perish …

Morality of War Part 3 next week.

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Morality of War Part 3

Morality of War Part 3

Ukrainians fleeing
David Ahern

David Ahern

David is the editor of The Majellan

The displacement of thousands of Ukrainians is distressing. Families have fled their homes in terror as Russian bombs reign down and the red tanks roll in.

It is so very sad and unnecessary. War only has one outcome. There’s the victor and there’s the vanquished. And between the warring sides, hundreds if not thousands are killed and left homeless.

Already, we’ve seen thousands flee to neighbouring countries including Poland, Slovenia, Romania, Moldova, Hungary and Slovakia in what has been the biggest movement of refugees since World War 2.

Europe and the world are on edge, not knowing what will come next. The Ukrainians are digging in deep and won’t give up without a dogged fight, so this bloody conflict could drag on for months.

The death toll will only rise with each passing day and more and more Ukrainians will need shelter and a place to call home. Apart from the generosity of their neighbours, the West will need to step up, and that includes Australia.

While our recent treatment of refugees has been less than impressive, now is the time to show compassion and open our borders to the people of the Ukraine who are being overrun by an aggressive, belligerent and ‘soulless’ regime.

The UK government announced last week that their citizens can nominate an individual or family from the Ukraine to stay with them rent-free, or in another property, for at least six months. They will be able to live and work in Britain for up to three years and access healthcare, welfare and schools. Family and individual hosts will receive £350 a month and there will be no cap on the numbers arriving in the UK.

A similar arrangement exists in all European Union countries.

Australia also needs to step up to the plate. We haven’t seen a humanitarian crisis like this in more than 70 years with so many people in need of urgent assistance.

We have been a generous country to people from the four corners of the globe for a long time, recent history notwithstanding. While many people in Queensland and NSW have been hard hit by the recent floods, Australia is a wealthy country and can afford to bring in Ukrainian refugees. A similar scheme operating across the EU and Britain could be implemented here.

If bombed out buildings and the images of thousands of distraught families escaping on trains, buses and cars doesn’t move people, nothing will.

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