Is that the weekend gone already???? Is it just me or do those couple of days off fly by way too quickly. I have a big week in the day job ahead, so without further ado, let’s jump into the five:
The Mary Valley Rattler. I’ll tell you more about this on Thursday, but the Mary Valley Rattler is a steam train that runs from Gympie (about an hour north of us) into Amamoor in the Mary Valley.
We packed a picnic and had a lovely day out.
Once you get past the “influencers” living “aspirational” lives, there’s so much to inspire in your Instagram feed. These were my faves this week:
This zucchini cake by Tom Kerridge. It inspired me to make one of my own.
This series of black and white pics by photographer John Carey of chefs in locked down restaurants in the UK. I think the black and white makes them all the more haunting.
This one taken in Mount Macedon, Victoria by Tiffany Warner. The light is incredible.
This book. The cover is fabulous.
These pictures taken in the snow.
This artist. She’s a Hervey Bay local and I’d love one of her paintings.
I just started listening to Barack Obama’s book. This one, at 30 hours long, will be a commitment indeed. That’s a lot of walking.
4. Writing and Blogging
I didn’t write anything new this week – I now have a deadline of March to get my current novel in decent shape for my editor to have her first look at it, so am concentrating on that.
In terms of blogging, in case you missed it:
- Cookbook Corner: A review of Alice Zaslavsky’s In Praise of Veg – and a recipe for her zucchini slice. This is my cookbook of the month.
- On my author page, I posted something about the setting of Escape To Curlew Cottage. You’ll find Welcome To Brookford here.
- As I bake my way through some Kiwi classics that will be appearing in my next novel I posted a recipe for this slice on the Brookford Kitchen Diaries page. Whether you call it tan slice or tan squares or even caramel crumble, it’s a yummy one – and perfect with a cup of tea.
Aside from the afore-mentioned tan slice, on the menu this week was also a new recipe for Massaman curry meatballs from Life’s Good Curry Pastes. We buy their pastes from our local markets and I know I’ve said it before, but they are the best pre-made curry pastes I’ve ever had. Sam’s photo (below) is much better than mine – on account that I cooked at night and the light was dreadful. It was, however, a super quick, super yum dinner.
Inspired by Tom Kerridge’s courgette cake (see the pic above) I made my own – courgettes (zucchini), cardamom and lime. Just how pretty does it look? I’ll post the recipe next weekend.
Finally, I made this easy oven baked fish dish for dinner last night. We used barramundi instead of cod and served it with green beans. It’s quick, easy and healthy.
Cod with chorizo and tomatoes
- Olive oil
- 2 thick cod fillets, about 180g each
- 12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 75g chorizo sausage, diced finely
- Splash of dry sherry
- clove of garlic, grated
- 4 large basil leaves
- Lemon, to serve
- Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Drizzle some olive oil in an ovenproof pan. Add the fish, then tuck the tomatoes and chorizo around it.
- Pour in the sherry (or dry white wine), top each piece of fish with 2 basil leaves, season well and drizzle with a little more oil.
- Put the lid on and cook in the oven for about 15 min or until the fish is just flaking. Finish with a squeeze of lemon and serve with the juices.