Okay, Monday again. To be honest, it was one of those weeks that you need every so often where things sort of just sailed along. Nothing that was terribly highlighty, nothing terribly lowlighty, it just was. I suspect it was because I still had the sense of calm that our weekend in the country had given me. It really was a lovely weekend – more so in hindsight. If you missed it, you can read about it here.
The weather was a mix of sunny, cloudy and rainy – as were our morning walks. Given though, that I enjoy walking in the rain (but don’t like pina coladas…get it?) a little moisture isn’t enough to keep us inside.
Okay, without any further ado, here is the five…
I saw this quote during the week and loved it:
You cannot discover new oceans without the courage to lose sight of the shoreAndré Gide
reading listening to Julia Baird’s Phosphorescence at the moment – I book I bought for the title and the cover with no real idea that I’d enjoy it and (spoiler alert) am loving. It’s full of little snippets of words that bring joy with them.
My new favourite word comes from this book:
Apricicity – which basically means to bask in the warmth of the winter sun
How lovely is that?
The new runway at Sunshine Coast Airport is open and for the first time we’ll be able to fly north as well as south – once restrictions are lifted, that is. For now, it’s a tad lonely though.
3. Fisherman’s Rd Market
We’re at the farmer’s market at stupid o’clock every Saturday morning. We buy fruit, veg, eggs, yoghurt and even some meat there. This weekend though we thought we’d take a #forcedfamilyfun outing to a different market on Sunday as well.
The verdict? This is a large market that has more food trucks and stalls other than fresh food ie there are places selling bric-a-brac, hardware, clothes, plants. It’s busy and fun, but for fresh food, we’ll stick with the one we know and love – Kawana.
4. New words
Now that Escape To Curlew Cottage is off having the editing treatment I can finally start something new – or rather pick up something I put down a year ago. It’s In The Stars is the final (for now) book in my Melbourne-based chick-lit series. It features Alice Delaney, who we met very briefly in Baby, It’s You, but who you’ll get to know much better when I Want You Back is released…and I’ll be sharing a definitive date on that next week…
5. Guest posting
I’ve been honoured to have been featured in two posts this week – contributing my 20cents worth on self-publishing over on Davina Stone’s blog, and also being the author in Sam’s monthly author corner here. Thanks to both of these women for the opportunity. #sharethelove
In the kitchen
In my quest to add new meat free recipes to our weekly menu, I tried out this Aloo Gobi. Essentially it’s Indian-spice cauliflower and potato.
French was drawn out of the Decision Bowl for Saturday night and I must admit to cheating a tad. I made this pate which, although it was tad gross to actually make and blend was beautifully smooth to eat. We also had confit duck – the part where I cheated, the pre-made ones were on special last week – which we served with a bean stew. It doesn’t sound real exciting but was super yum. For dessert it was homemade strawberry icecream with lemon verbena meringues. I’ll pop the recipe up later in the week.
The big challenge for the week was Chin Chin’s Jungle Curry. Chin Chin is a restaurant in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, that I absolutely adore. It’s one of those places that doesn’t take bookings and has ridiculous queues every night – back in the day when you could have queues, that is.
Benjamin Cooper, the head chef, set a challenge for a Masterchef Pressure Test the other week to make this jungle curry without a recipe – and it was a doozy of a pressure test.
The full recipe – as it appeared on the show – is here. Again, I cheated, and made the curry paste, but used stock I had in the freezer, and we used chicken as our protein. Cooper described the curry paste as feral and that was pretty apt! In all, the recipe used 45 scud chillis. Yep, you read that right. While it was hot, everything else balanced that heat out and it wasn’t unbearable. I did, however, make a big mistake and didn’t use CSI gloves when I was peeling and chopping the turmeric. My fingers are now a lovely sunny yellow.
Okay, that was my week – how was yours?