Okay, so that’s another week done and dusted. I’m loving the hint of Autumn that’s in the air – even though here in SE Queensland we don’t really see a changing of the colours – but it’s lovely to have evening temperatures dipping and to be able to bring out the ugg boots once the sun goes down.
Anyways, without further ado, let’s jump into the five…
It was our wedding anniversary during the week – 26 years. I posted a little something about it here. We’ve never done the present for anniversary thing – usually, we go out for dinner or time a holiday or a weekend away to celebrate. This year, of course, was different. A good steak and a bottle of red from the side of the wine rack that we save for “special” was the order of the day.
Mother’s Day was yesterday and, to be honest, was very little different to usual Mother’s Days for us, although this year was also quite sad being the first Mother’s Day without Grant’s mum.
I live over 1000 kms away from my mother so it’s rare that I get to see her on the day. Thanks to a suggestion from some bloggy friends I arranged for a delivery of scones, jam and cream for her.
As for us, I scored brekky in bed, a new cookbook that I can’t wait to get stuck into, and a lovely picnic in a park in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
2. On the interwebs
I’m researching some ideas and came across this place in Devon – Riverford. It started as a food box delivery scheme – one man and a wheelbarrow – and has grown into 50,000 veg box deliveries a week. These days it’s mostly owned by its employees – a story that I love.
There’s also a restaurant which does 2 sittings a day – one each at lunch and dinner – with limited seats and a daily menu based (mostly) around plants.
On the same day as I “found” Riverford, I watched an episode of James Martin’s Home Comforts (on Foxtel) where he was talking to a woman who does verge allotments and produces veggie boxes from those pieces of land that would otherwise be completely unused. If you’re ever wondering how authors get their ideas, it’s from things like this.
Another one that caught my attention was this one. Max Fosh, a British Youtuber (yes, there is such an occupation) has embarked on a worldwide search to track down the woman who’s (stock) photo is in the picture frame that he has in his house. He’s named her Sarah and is filming his investigations (as you do). A little silly, but also quite diverting. This dude is also responsible for a DJ set comprising solely of hold music – yes, he youtubed that as well.
3. Stepping out…
Another big step week – over 100,000 for the week – including a 10km walk on Friday morning.
After doing our usual 5kms on the beach I came back a couple of hours later and did another 10. I parked at Alexandra Headland and walked around to the end of the spit at Mooloolaba – and back.
I’ll be honest and say there’s a bit of procrasti-walking going on as I’m really truly stuck on this edit I’m doing for Escape To Curlew Cottage. Really stuck. I’ll tell you more about why during the week, maybe.
4. Listening and watching
This week I’ve been listening to Leigh Sales’ On Any Ordinary Day. It’s a book that I don’t think I could sit down and read – the subject is a tough one – but I’ve been able to cope with it while walking.
In case you’re not familiar with it, Leigh Sales, a respected Australian journalist, set out to talk to people who have been caught up in those sort of one in a million traumatic, blindsiding life events. Sales tells their stories compassionately, but mixes with it a blend of statistics, psychology, and human behaviour. It’s a compelling listen.
I had one of those weekends where I did very little of anything and watched the Netflix documentary on Michelle Obama’s Becoming. I know that it’s relatively sanitised but I enjoyed it. There was one really funny moment on the last Inauguration Day where she’s hurried the girls up by saying something like “the Trumps are coming!”
5. In the kitchen
It was a week for soups.
First up was Soto Ayam – and Indonesian chicken noodle soup. What I love about Asian soups is the flavour comes from the spice so is naturally pretty healthy. We had home-made chicken stock in the freezer and poached chicken breast in that. We also piled more veg in. If you’re interested, this was the base recipe that I used. With noodles it was substantial enough for a weeknight dinner – with leftovers for lunch the next day.
I also made a batch of this red lentil soup up. Thanks to Donna for this recipe. I didn’t do it in the slow cooker, but rather on the hob – it was ready in about 40 mins. I halved the amount of lentils and stock but kept the veg and the spice mix at the quantities stated in the recipe. It made for a really spicy, warming soup and one that I’ll be definitely doing again. I would say though, that we like spice so if you’re not as into the spices as we are, maybe tone it down a tad.
What else? It was home-made pizzas and salad greens on Friday night
and then on Saturday, we went to Canada – virtually and culinarily (is that even a word) speaking, that is. I wrote about it here.
Okay, that was my week…how was yours?