It’s been a busy week in the day job and I’ve worked on my usual day off. Hey ho, it is what it is. But, on a brighter note, it’s 7.30 on a Saturday morning and not only have I seen a lovely mackerel sky sunrise (I learnt that term from the Rick Stein memoir I recently finished) but the farmers market is also done and dusted for the week. (Another saying I heard during the week and have to find a use for is: “you can’t ride 2 horses with 1 arse.” It’s about multi-tasking and taking on too much.)
Okay, without any further havering, here’s the week that was.
What brought joy to my week
Grant came up to Hervey Bay last Saturday to pick me up from Sarah’s. We did a little work around her “yard” and ducked down to the fishing co-op to pick up some local prawns, scallops and crayfish for lunch before driving home.
Sarah arrived home last night for the weekend – it’s lovely having the noise in the house again.
We had good friends over for dinner on Thursday night and yesterday I caught up with another for lunch at a local favourite, Green Zebra. We shared some entrees and a main course and it was all very lovely indeed. As was the view.
On our table were crispy halloumi fingers with a cucumber and radicchio salad and sumac yoghurt, salt and pepper squid with togarashi mayo, and caramelised pork belly with a green papaya salad. All washed down with a glass of rose and this view.
This photo in The Times of some wind-swept dogs in Kent also made me smile, and starting a new game of words with friends with not 1 but 2 consecutive moves where I was able to offload all 7 tiles made me do a happy dance. It’s the little things.
What I read
The latest in Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher series. It is, in fact, no 21 in the series. My version is on kindle, but I think I’ll probably get the paperback too because I have all the others in the series and I’m a tad OCD like that. Also, the cover is just beautiful.
Greenwood blends quite a bit of food into her books so in honour of Phryne I made this quiche for dinner on Sunday.
What I watched
The Great Kiwi Bake-off is back. I’m a massive fan of the bake-off franchise so am very happy to be catching up on this one.
Because we’ve just finished reading Wuthering Heights in book club, I also watched the first half of the 2009 mini-series. I’m watching it on YouTube so hilariously there are parts where the words and the mouths don’t match, but whatever.
In the Kitchen
While I haven’t written a Nigella Diaries post for a while, during the week I made these Turkish eggs for lunch. It looks a bit messy but at the same time I really love the colour the egg and the paprika give to the yoghurt. It was sort of like having breakfast for lunch.
Speaking of lunch, I made Tom Yum soup the other day using Life’s Good curry paste, some tomatoes, mushrooms and chicken stock. It’s spicy, hot, sour and I think has absolute restorative powers. It’s super healthy too. I dropped in a few prawns for some protein and it was absolutely perfect.
We did a barbecue for our friends the other night but I made Nigella’s Lemon Curd Pavlova for dessert. If you ever come to my house the likelihood of pavlova is quite high, and the chances that it will be this pavlova are higher again. I’ve never yet managed to get a decent photo of it though.
I also made this Grains and Greens Salad. Because I was adapting the recipe to something Sarah can prepare for lunches, I used a packet of mixed brown rice and quinoa. Other than that the recipe is here.
In the news
Vaccine rollouts have commenced here in Australia. This should, in theory at least, stop the border instability. Other than a couple of linked cases already in isolation in Melbourne, and the occasional one in hotel quarantine (returned traveller) there has been no community transmitted cases again this week.
The war between our government and Facebook seems to be if not over, than a truce between the two has been declared. Both sides are saying the other side blinked first. I don’t care much either way, but I have pulled back on my use of Facebook as a result and am keeping it really only for groups and my author page.
Brisbane (and, by extension South-East Queensland) has been named as the preferred candidate for the 2032 Olympics.
Finally, there was this article about why rereading the classics is a good idea – in that it brings your life experience to the novel. It’s a subject I’d been pondering as I reread Wuthering Heights for bookclub – and had a very different view of the book at 53 to the one I did at 16. While I found the book as powerful as I had on previous reads, I had a different perception and a different appreciation and, I think, was more aware of the textures and the structure of the novel.
On the Blogs
Okay, that was my week. Linking up for the weekend coffee share with Natalie.