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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
- 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!