Okay, so I’ve been in pain from this calf injury for most of the week and feeling mighty sorry for myself. At the time of writing (Sunday morning) I think I’m on the mend and reckon I’ll be back walking this week.
Which brings me to:
1.An update on the leg situation.
It got worse before it got better, but an ultrasound on Thursday has cleared me of anything nasty in there. I have, it appears, just done an exceptionally good job of ripping a calf muscle. I hope to be easing back into my walks during the week.
2. Launch Day
I Want You Back is now out in the wild. If you’ve bought a copy, thank you, I hope you enjoy it. If you haven’t bought a copy, but want one, you can get it here; and if you read it and liked it, I’d really appreciate you leaving a review on Goodreads or Amazon…
If you still haven’t read Baby, It’s You, the first book in the series, it’s available on Amazon for a ridiculously low price.
3. In the News and other bits and pieces
Some of Australia flicked over to daylight savings on the weekend. Queensland, where I live, did not. That means 6 months of operating under a Sydney time zone for work and a Queensland one outside of the day job. Sigh. It could be worse – we could live on the border. Thanks to my sister for posting this explanation.
This lovely feel-good story about a Hervey Bay couple doing it hard, but spreading cheer (and music) from their Good Vibes Kombi.
This ruling by the Irish Supreme Court that Subway bread isn’t really bread as it contains way too much sugar. It contains, in fact, 10% sugar to flour weight or 5 times the amount that would have it defined as bread.
During the week Helen Reddy passed away. That song has always meant something to me – even when I was young and before I knew why it was important. Anyways, I love this version by Aussie comedian Judith Lucy and other fabulous Aussie women.
Sarah has been showing me TikTok videos of people trying to guess paint colours from those machines that create paint colours. It’s actually strangely almost addictive.
Author Angela Savage has been busy crafting literary critters – critters inspired by books. Now she’s joined forces with other crafters to help launch Animals Make Us Human, edited by Leah Kaminsky & Meg Keneally – “A fundraiser for our wildlife, from land, sea and sky. Proceeds go to the Australian Marine Conservation Society and Australian Wildlife Conservancy.” You can find the critters on Instagram at @literarycritters.
4. On the river
I’ve been meaning to photograph the boathouses along the Maroochy River for what seems like ages – and on the way back from Nambour the other day I stopped and hobbled out to do just that.
5. In the Kitchen
The Noosa Red tomato man was back at the markets after an absence of a couple of months (he told us that winter had not been kind to his tomatoes). As well as stocking up on tomatoes for the week I also bought another couple of kilos of “seconds” to make more chutney.
Destination Kitchen this Saturday was Cairns – or, more specifically, me trying to replicate the dinner Sarah and I had at Dundee’s when we were there.
On the menu was duck spring rolls with a Thai dipping sauce and barramundi with roasted sweet potato, spinach and lemon beurre blanc. No pics, but I managed to make it look (and taste) pretty much like the original.
My recipe of the week, however, is a salad dressing. Yes, you heard it here first. This has become a bit of a favourite for lunch during the week. I have it with whatever vegies are in the fridge. Sometimes I have it on its own, sometimes with whatever protein is left over from dinner.
Tom Yum Salad Dressing
What you need:
- 2 teaspoons tom yum paste (I use Life’s Good paste, but any good commercial one would work)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey (or less if, like me, you don’t like it sweet)
- 2 tablespoons canola (or other neutral) oil
- Salt flakes – say a pinch
What you do with it
Put all the ingredients in a jar and shake it about.
In case you missed it
On the blog this week:
- Our 2018 road trip around France continues. This week we were in Burgundy or, more specifically, Beaune. The link is here.
- A rundown of my reading during September. The post is here, but I also published it on my author site.
- Speaking of which, over on the author site is the second post in my get ready for Nanowrimo series. If you’re considering having a go at putting some words to paper in November, duck over to see my 15 tips.