The sky is blue, the sun is shining, and it’s Monday again. From a COVID-19 update thing, after going over a month without any community transmission we’ve had a handful of cases with a mini-cluster in parts of Brisbane due to someone continuing to go to work with symptoms. Sigh. Seriously people, if you’re not well:
- stay home
- don’t go to work
- get a test
- stay home until you get the all-clear and finally
- stay home
Okay, now that I have that off my chest, onto the five…
Okay, let’s get the painful stuff out of the way. The week had a few annoyances in it – small stuff really, hardly worth worrying about #firstworldproblems
First up, my Instagram account got hacked on Monday. Maybe it was an attempted clone – I neither know nor care. Seriously who does this and why? It’s not like I’m an influencer or anything, just some random who posts too many pics of sunrises and food. Maybe that’s the problem… Anyways, Sarah came to the rescue and we got it in time. There was a period of about 5-10 minutes where as quickly as we were changing the password they were attempting to get back in again, but Sarah prevailed.
It had started that morning when I got an email about a suspicious log-in attempt to Facebook. I changed the password on that and it didn’t occur to me to change the password on my Instagram at the same time.
A couple of days later there was a similar attempt on my Twitter. Given that I haven’t actively used it for 2 years I logged in, changed the password and deactivated the account. I don’t like twitter anyway – there’s very little sunshine and light on there and way too much trolling and nastiness.
Then on Wednesday, my whale-watching adventure was cancelled due to bad weather – and admittedly while the day was gorgeous there was a pretty interesting westerly blowing. Moving on to Thursday and the pizza stone that I was cooking naan bread on in the oven spontaneously split down the middle. Yes, the oven was at a high temperature, but the stone had gone into a cool oven and was heated gradually so who knows what that one was about.
Finally I had to visit Telstra on Friday. Honestly I rank a visit to Telstra to discuss phone plans right up there with dentists and mammograms – seriously painful. Plus, I have more questions so will have to go back. Heavy sighs.
Okay, whining over, onto the good stuff.
Eurovision Song Contest – The Story of Fire Saga (Netflix)
Thank you Deb’s World for this recommendation. I loved it…but then I love Eurovision and I love the sort of pop that comes out of it.
I also wasted time that I should have used for writing to watch new series of Vera and Father Brown (both on ABC TV) and have begun the descent down the rabbit hole which is Why Women Kill (SBS TV).
The highlight of the week was the RWA Awards Ceremony which we pre-recorded and dropped to YouTube (do you like how I have the technical speak happening?). Of course, the MC’ing was fabulous (moi) but I was so proud for the colleague who put it all together. When this started she had no idea how to do anything like this and on Saturday night we had a slick presentation with acceptance speeches and videos and all good stuff in it. We’re a volunteer-run organisation and everyone has day jobs and families etc so this is just one extra thing to fit in. I actually had a little tear of gratitude.
The sunrises last week were lovely – there was some dust around from the westerly winds. Check out the show from Friday morning…
3. Strawberry Fields Forever
Sarah and I went strawberry picking on Saturday. The strawberries weren’t any cheaper than what we could get at the markets (I could have got 1.5kgs for $12 the other day) and they were only marginally fresher (the strawberries we get at the markets were picked the day before) but it’s so much fun to do yourself. We brought home a kilo and an hour later this was all that was left.
And the ice cream was SO good. Thirty percent fruit good.
These ones appealed to me this week.
5. Foodie Stuff
We went up to Noosa yesterday for a 5 pot curry lunch at Noosa Beachhouse. We’ve done this a few times before, but due to COVID-19 it’s no longer a sharing platter but rather individual trays with little pots of curry.
The curries we had were:
They were all good but my faves were the beetroot, eggplant and prawns.
Grant also ordered the dessert – Sri Lankan Curds and Treacle. Not only did it look amazing, but it tasted so good too.
As for what was going on in my kitchen, I made Nigella’s Cauliflower and Cashew Curry. It’s from Simply Nigella, but you can find the recipe here. We had it with home-made naan for a change, but it’s great with rice – or on its own – and well worth making.
And from Nigella Express I made Coq Au Riesling. The recipe is here. It’s full of leeks and I used a few different mushrooms and is really very yummy and comfort foody.
I also baked Edd Kimber’s tahini and choc chip cookie slice and blogged the recipe (along with a review of the cookbook) here.
Okay, that was my week…how was yours?