Here we go headlong into another week.
Last week was a mix of everything – rain, sunshine, rain, some more sunshine. From the covid-19 files, Melbourne has gone back into level 3 lockdown due to a second wave of cases and the border between NSW and Victoria has been closed.
Here in Queensland our borders have now opened, although not to Victorians or anyone who has been in Victoria within the last 14 days. We’re all crossing fingers and whatever else that it can still be controlled up here.
In other news, Sarah and I are off to Cairns for a few days this week and can’t wait!
Okay, that’s enough havering for now…to the five:
Thank you to the man from RACQ who replaced my car battery and had us back on the road in no time. Car breakdowns are never convenient but this one could have been a lot more inconvenient than it was.
A massive thank you too to Suzanne at Picture-Retirement who posted this lovely review on Happy Ever After. I read it on a day when I was seriously questioning my ability to write something decent and as a result it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you.
This one is my fave.
I’m on a bit of a Desert Island Discs binge at present and delved back into to the archives – way back. While walking this week I listened to Tony Blair (before he was Prime Minister), Hugh Grant (when he was still with Liz Hurley), Keith Floyd (before he died), Hugh Laurie (before he was House), Kevin Whately (before he was Lewis), and Marianne Faithful (before she was…well as she was back then).
It’s the stories that I listen to – how these people started, where they came from, what motivates them, what they’re afraid of – but the music choices are really interesting too. You can find the archives here or search on itunes.
Also last week, again while walking, I listened to Michael Pollan talk to Richard Fidler in ABC Conversations about how he “shook the snowglobe” of his mind by investigating the therapeutic effects of psychedelic drugs. Interesting. Check out other guests here or search for Conversations on itunes.
A couple of weeks ago Leanne from Cresting The Hill set me and some other bloggy friends the challenge to write a four-sentence obituary. It was, indeed, a challenge. Rather than being morbid as I feared it might be, it was actually quite life-affirming and positive and, for me, made me think about how I might want to be remembered.
At first, I was tempted to just rewrite the lyrics of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”, but then I found a card that my bestie sent me a number of years ago and I had the first sentence of what I decided to call my epilogue.
Anyways, if you’re interested in what we all came up with, you’ll find them here.
5. In the Kitchen
It was Grant’s decision week last week which meant he had to come up with the meal plans Monday – Friday. I did, however, get let loose on the weekend and while I should have been writing or getting up to date with some RWA deliverables I baked a loaf of bread, turned a batch of “seconds” tomatoes into chutney (you can find the recipe here), and made Nigella’s Clementine cake but with oranges. Keep an eye out on the blog on Saturday for the recipe.
I also made Dan Dan noodles – and this super spicy roasted Sichuan chilli oil to go with it. Pow!
Dad Dan noodles is a Sichuan street noodle dish. There’s a spicy tahini sauce on the base, noodles on top of that, some spicy minced pork and veg and Sichuan chilli oil drizzled over the top. The recipe I used was Brendan Pang’s from this year’s Masterchef, but I didn’t make my noodles from scratch. #steptoofar
And finally, in case you missed it…
Aside from my tomato chutney recipe, also on the blog last week:
- I got back on track with my posts from our England trip. If you want to know what the devil has to do with the Queen of the Cotswolds, check out this post.
- In the interests of reviewing and resetting I updated my progress against my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days. You’ll find the post here. Given that this was my first list, it’s now 2 years old, I’ve ticked off heaps of stuff and 2020 really doesn’t count, but mostly because it’s my list and I have the right to change my mind, I’m resetting it. Keep an eye out for that at the end of the month.