5 things – February 17, 2020

Good morning! I hope you had a good weekend. We had a relatively quiet one which was absolutely appreciated.

So, before I log into the day job and kick this week off, last week’s 5 things:

1.The Rain

Despite the blue in the pics above it rained last week. A lot. So far this month we’ve had over 500 mm of rain – that’s about 20 inches in old money. Almost half of that fell overnight on Wednesday/Thursday. There has been localised flooding but other than a waterfall near the herb garden and about 10cm that settled into a temporary lake at the bottom of the garden we’ve been watertight.

2. Reading

I love it when fellow Indies release a book and I devoured this one by my friend Nicki Edwards yesterday – when I should have been writing my own. Procrastireading. It’s a romance but with a difference. Nicki is a nurse and writes what she knows – and she does it well. This one, set on the coast in southern Victoria, is a second chance at love story, but also deals with themes that are very relevant today – and she does it well. I can only imagine how hard it would be to have written this particular book and to have written it this way – Nicki, if you’re reading this, you should be proud of yourself.

3. Feijoas

Fei-what? Feijoas are a fruit that tastes sort of like if a guava and a pineapple and a strawberry met up and…well, you get the idea. They apparently originated in South America but are widely grown in New Zealand. And now they’re in the Sunshine Coast for a very limited season. I was very happy to see this post by Hinterland Feijoas on Instagram announcing the opening and will be going along to try their scones with feijoa jam.

4. Ceiling love

Speaking of Instagram, check out these ceilings in London.

5. Duolingo

They say that one way of staving off mental decline as you age is to learn a new language – it stimulates different pathways for the brain…or something like that. I’ve been a fan of Duolingo for a while – and used it daily before we went to France a couple of years ago. If you’ve always wanted to learn different language, Duolingo makes it easy. Ten minutes a day and its done.

I’m dabbling in Scottish Gaelic at the moment but without a J in the Scottish alphabet, one word I have no idea how to translate is my name. Hmmm.

Blogging – in case you missed it…

Something about Staithes and Whitby on the Yorkshire Coast

Something about Bakewell Puddings

Saturday Kitchen is back and first up this year is Destination Bali

Recipe of the week – Lemongrass, Ginger and Five Spice Chicken 

Not a recipe as such but a marinade I’ve been using a lot for chicken. 

You’ll need:

  • 6 Chicken thighs (we use the ones with the skin still on for tray baking in the oven or skinless for the barbeque)
  • 1 stick lemongrass, the bottom fleshy part only, bruised and chopped roughly
  • 4 spring onions – the white part only (save the green part for garnish) – finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled 
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, peeled and diced or grated
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons five-spice powder
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

Pop the whole lot into a mini blender and blitz. Of course, if you’ve had a bad day you can put it all into a mortar and pound it to a paste.

Rub it into the chicken and pop it into the fridge for at least 4 hours.

When you’re ready to cook, preheat the oven to 180C, transfer the chicken to a roasting tray and bake for about 45 minutes – or until cooked. 

If you’re using skinless chicken thighs, cook them on the barbeque instead.

Have a great week!

Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

21 thoughts

  1. I enjoy reading your weekly updates, Jo. Those ceilings look fabulous. I’ll have to try your marinade recipe as I like lemongrass and ginger. Interesting that the Scottish alphabet doesn’t have J. I read that Chevaune, a female name in Gaelic means The gracious God, and Joanne means God is gracious in English. #lifethisweek

    1. Chevaune is Joanne in Irish Gaelic & in Scottish Gaelic it’s either Seonag (Joan) or Siubhan (Johann)…Thanks for the hint…now I suppose I’d better get back to work!

  2. Jo

    Thank you for this trip through all sorts of wonderful places and ideas. So glad you are watertight. Love those ceilings and I am interested in Duolingo now.

    Thanks for the chicken recipe! Just what I need to add to my rotation of recipes.

    Be well

    SSG xxx

  3. Oh, those ceilings. A blogger friend of mine hangs branches lit with tiny lights throughout her house for the holidays. So magical looking.

    Glad for your rain. Those storm-threatening skies made for beautiful photographs. We have another chance for snow. Love capturing a winter wonderland with my camera.

  4. So much rain up your way Jo!! Isn’t it funny, the book I’m currently reading just mentioned feijoas this morning, what a coincidence to then read your post with them as well!! Those ceilings are amazing. Thanks for another nice start to the week with your 5 things and a recipe 🙂 #lifethisweek

  5. Hi Jo. I was very interested to read about the rain you have had. My son moved to the Sunshine Coast -Noosa-last year. He told me they’d had rain but didn’t mention it was a deluge. He does always tend to understate things. Great to read about your week #lifethisweek

    1. Too funy. I just looked up the rainfall for Noosa & they’ve had almost 400mm in Feb with about 150mm on Wed night/Thurs. #understatement

  6. It all sounds like the week has been pretty good overall Jo – nice to see some rain, and to see you spruiking a fellow novelist. Good luck with the gaellic – you’ll be able to chat to Jamie if you ever go back in time to Scotland like Claire did in Outlander (I do love Jamie!!)

  7. I dare not even brooch the subject of weather with my brother and his family who live in Brisbane and in the middle of renovations! Pleased to hear the pond was only situated at the rear of your property. We were flooded when we lived on our small orchard many moons ago, not a good experience to wish on anyone.

    We can never have enough recipes, though I am notorious at never following them. Which means I can duplicate a great tasting dish much to Les’s annoyance 🙂

    1. I had to do a flood repatriation back in 2011 when our site (a cheque processing operation) was inundated in the Brisbane floods. I’ll never forget the smell. Whoever designed our house and the way it sits on our land did a very good job.

  8. Hi Joanne, I always find your 5 things fun and interesting. Devouring a book is the best kind of reading. The ceilings look spectacular and likely more so in real life. I am a fan of five-spice for certain recipes. It seems to be (almost) the secret ingredient for certain dishes. Enjoy your week.

    1. You’re absolutely right how 5 spice can be that extra special edge that a dish needs – both sweet and savoury.

  9. Oh lovely catch up. Like your brain training ideas. I actually do an app most nights: maths and english but always fun and challenging. I learned 2 languages at school. 6 years of French and German. That’ll do. Yours I see can be research too.

    Rain. Never a moderate amount is it?

    Thank you for being part of Life This Week. Next Week’s optional prompt is 8/51 Unusual 23/2/2020. Hope to see you link up again too! Denyse.

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