Good morning…and it’s a pretty fabulous morning out there. Just check out these views from the tail end of my walk this morning. This is exactly how Monday should look. Sure, I know I had to get up before 5 and I’m about to log into the day job for the rest of the day, but no matter what else the day brings, I’m grateful this is how it began. And that’s worth getting up for.
Okay, early morning philosophy done, let’s get onto this weeks five.
2. These memes
Thanks to my bloggy friend Leanne from Cresting The Hill for the first of these.
3. This whale
I had Tuesday off last week and took myself off on a whale watching trip out of Mooloolaba.
The day was clear and cold, but perfect. As was the whaley encounter. No acrobatics, but this whale hung around us for quite some time and, when he saw another two whales ahead, began doing the fin out of the water rolling around thing that they do. It’s a communication thing and they did all meet up. Before that happened though, this whale surfaced beside us a number of times and went under the boat a few times as well. It meant that we were out there for longer than the skipper had planned as he needed to be sure that the whale was a decent distance from the boat before the engines were fired up again.
Seeing these amazing animals always makes me feel small – in a really good way. They are awe-inspiring and I love how each encounter is different and leaves me knowing something new about them and their migration. It’s such a privilege.
It’s also great seeing Mooloolaba from a different angle – the houses on the canals, the end of the rock wall where we walk to each morning.
It’s now almost 4 years since the day that I stood for 2 ½ hours on the M2 bus home from work in the city and walked in the front door and said to Grant, ‘Okay, you’re right, it is time, let’s make the move.’ And even though I’m feeling separated from family at the moment and missing being able to see my parents, I’m still grateful for that every single day.
4. Date Lunches
Sarah is house-sitting at the moment and our house feels so empty without her. While I know that it has to happen at some point, I’m dreading the day when she moves out properly.
Anyways, it did give us the opportunity to try somewhere new for lunch – Flame Hill Vineyard just out of Montville in the Hinterland.
I had Mackerel served with a salad of radishes, mustard greens, yellow beets, green zebra tomato and snow peas – all grown in their garden. Grant went for a mini cheese platter.
Good food, good wine, and good conversation.
5. In the Kitchen
Not a massive amount of activity this week.
I made a vanilla slab cake for Sarah and Grant to take into work – another one from the Edd Kimber book. I’m not normally one for icing cakes – it always seems like too much of a palaver for me. I’m more of the dust it with citing sugar and send it on its way type of cook. I did however adorn this one with a Swiss meringue buttercream icing – which is as decadent as it sound. It’s also a pain to make, but now I know how its done – a sugar thermometer is required for flips sake – I’ll tick that particular baking box and move on.
I also made a retro sausage curry during the week and this beef stroganoff for Saturday Kitchen Destination Easter Europe. We were going to have potato blinis with smoked salmon and creme fraiche as a starter but Grant made some potato scones instead – which we had with smoked salmon, creme fraiche and capers. More Scottish than Eastern European, but very yummy.
If you’ve read Wish You Were Here you might have come across these, but if not, the recipe (and a bit about them) is here. Oh, and they were just as yummy on Sunday morning with bacon.
In case you missed it..
- Something about Blenheim Palace
- I’m in the process of transferring across travel blogs from my author site, so bear with me as we revisit our 2018 road trip through France. This week we were in Champagne.
- On Cookbook Corner, something about Nigella’s Express
Okay, so that was my week… how was yours? Hit me with your highlights.