After a blue start, it’s been a week of on and off rain – mostly rain. The day job has been busy and I’m running behind in deliverables for both my writing and my RWA commitments, so steps have also been low-ish. I have, however, managed my daily 5km – even in the rain.
From a covid-19 viewpoint, Queensland is still not reporting any new community transmissions (touching a lot of wood and crossing fingers), although Victoria and NSW aren’t quite as fortunate with clusters of outbreaks. From last week masks were mandatory for Victorians venturing outside their homes and some previously relaxed rules have been tightened back up in NSW.
Okay, to the wrap-up:
1.Red sky in the morning
They say it’s a sailor’s warning or a shepherd’s warning – depending, I assume on whether you make your living from the sea or the land. Anyways, Tuesday’s sky was certainly remarkable and prophetic – we have barely seen the sun since.
2. Re-thinking and re-jigging
My author website is down at the moment – under construction. I am, however, fiddling with some posts in the background – moving some travel-related ones from there to here and some book-related ones from here to there – so if you follow me and get a notification of a post that appears to come from nowhere, that’s the reason.
I’m scheduling out all my old France posts from that site (some have accidentally already found their way across) so these will trickle through over the next few months once I finish the English series aka how to make a 20-something day holiday last almost a year.
The end result of all of this will be a fresh and new and (hopefully) professional author website that will showcase my books and contain regular posts about writing, publishing, and books in general. I’ll continue to post food, travel, travel-inspired food and whatever here. It’s all part of getting real about this author business.
I’m also rethinking the purpose of this weekly wrap-up and may do away with it and go back instead to a single monthly wrap…what do you think?
3. This Qantas flight path
How clever is this? The last flight of the Qantas 747. It was off to its final resting place in the Mohave Desert, and farewelled Australia with this very special flightpath – which, for the benefit of non-Aussie readers is the Qantas Flying Kangaroo. Perfect.
This meme also made me laugh.
It was the grand final on Monday night and a fitting one it was. I’ve loved this season of Masterchef. I’ve loved it even more because we’ve watched each elimination through the season virtually with my brother and sister-in-law via the magic that is Facebook video messaging. Masterchef Gogglebox we’ve called it, but it’s made the season so much more fun and was something we looked forward to each week.
In other news, Foxtel now has the Great Canadian Bake-off and I’m very excited.
5. Foodie stuff
A little baking this week – I made these chocolate, orange and almond biscotti on Wednesday (you can find the recipe here) and also the parkin from the same cookbook (which isn’t very photogenic). I used it also as the top for an apple crumble on Sunday night.
I’m itching to bake more bread and get my hands in some flour, but Grant says we don’t need it. Perhaps our tummies don’t need it, but my monkey brain does.
We had a non-destination drawn out for Saturday Kitchen this week – dude food. By popular request we decided on chicken parmigiana, followed by a lemon delicious (thanks Sam for the reminder of this fabulously squidgy pudding which I haven’t cooked in ages). And yes, that is a massive cauliflower in the background of the pudding – I have to cut it down so it fits in the fridge.
On Friday night we tried out an Asian restaurant we’ve been meaning to try out since before we moved up – Moom. Fabulous food (sorry, lighting too bad at night) but we enjoyed it so much that Grant and I went back on Saturday at lunchtime for dumplings and noodles – Pad Thai for me, BBQ pork wonton soup for him.
Okay, that was my week… how was yours?