Okay, without any faffing about, let’s get into the March wrap-up.
I was on holiday for a week during the month so that meant pool time, and also reading time on planes and trains. As a result, I read 7 books over the month:
- An Almost Perfect Holiday, by Lucy Diamond
- The Promise, by Lucy Diamond
- The Cherry Tree Cafe, by Heidi Swain
- The Killings at Kingfisher Hill, by Sophie Hannah
- The Paris Secret, by Natasha Lester
- The Schoolgirl Strangler, by Katherine Kovacic
- Elizabeth and Elizabeth, by Sue Williams
You’ll find a run-down on these in this post.
The highlight of the viewing month has been the return of Great British Bake-off. Sure, it’s the 2020 series, but bake-off is bake-off and it’s still the nicest show on TV – and we all need a little nice. On Foxtel.
Over on ABCTV Kitty Flanagan’s Fisk is flipping hilarious. Wednesday night has never been so funny. She plays a probate lawyer who really doesn’t like people, but loves her dog.
I know I’m a little late to this party, but I’ve just started watching Line Of Duty on Netflix. It’s a British police procedural and no one does police procedurals quite like the Brits do.
I spent a week in Cairns and Far North Queensland during March.
We spent last weekend up in Hervey Bay with Sarah – even the dog got to come on the mini road trip and loved the dog friendly cafes and accommodation we found. More on that in a couple of weeks.
On Sunday morning we took a short drive up the coast and had a look at Burrum Heads and Toogum. Beautiful, quiet and almost nostalgically beachy. While I was taking the pic below a pod of dolphins swam leisurely through.
Anyways, I’ve earmarked a couple of cafes I’d like to try some other time.
Escape To Curlew Cottage has been released. As per usual I’m running behind in getting the print covers finalised to make it available in print. One day I’ll plan a launch and have the book finished and ready to go well before its release date. I suspect though that won’t happen whilever I’m juggling day job, writing and marketing. Hey ho.
I now have the notes from my editor back from her first read-through of the next Queenstown book (which I’m beginning to feel should be called The Beach Road Cafe). As they always are, her comments are thoughtful and wise. As I’ve been reading through I’ve been nodding a lot. I’ve already booked in the copy edit on this I have some tight timeframes so will start working through these over the long weekend.
I’ve also made good progress on the next book in the Melbourne Girls Chick Lit/Romcom series It’s In The Stars – if you can call progress deleting a lot of words and writing new ones. Unusually for me I know how I want this one to end so am working backwards from that point. Anyways, I’m updating my progress on my author blog. The most recent episode is here.
While I have dates to finish each of these, I’m especially keen to do so as I have ideas banking up in the background – including the next two Brookford outings.
Watch this space.
Aka health and fitness.
In full disclosure I’ve gone backwards – which isn’t the direction I was aiming to go – and unwound much of the good results from 12 months ago.
I’m pretty sure I know what’s messing with my head (and, therefore, my habits) so, well, I either do something about it or I don’t…and I’m feeling inclined to do something about it.
I’m fortunate in that as much as I love to bake, I tend not to eat my own baking (I don’t have a sweet tooth at all). I’m also fortunate in that the Asian-style food we mostly eat during the week is also naturally healthy; but portion creep, midweek alcohol, more socialising, and a reduction in the number of miles I’m walking have all had an impact.
Inspired by Wuthering Heights, my bookclub and I cooked these crumpet-like pikelets. My don’t eat my own baking rule doesn’t apply to pikelets and scones…more’s the pity.
Our book club has now moved onto reading Agnes Grey and my first bake inspired by that book was this lemony, syrupy steamed sponge pudding. The dinner guests I cooked it for gave it the thumbs up.
My cookbook of the month was Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey. I wrote a little something about it here. The Kecap Pork, a Balinese-inspired slow-cooked pork dish has been the stand-out from this one so far – I’ve already cooked it a few times for dinner guests and will be taking it as my offering to a Balinese inspired feast next weekend.
I’ve also cooked a few more dishes for my Nigella Diaries mini-series (the one where I cook my way through her cookbooks) but haven’t yet gotten around to posting an update. Keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks for this lemon risotto.
I scored a pasta making attachment for my Kitchenaid for my birthday, so I’ve also been having some fun making pasta dough. In the pic below we made fettuccine with crab, garlic and cherry tomatoes. The recipe is here.
The pic at the top of this post was, according to Instagram, my most popular photo in March. Rounding out the top 5 (in no particular order) was:
Sundowners in Sarah’s “backyard” in Hervey Bay…
A painted Mooloolaba sky…
This pic of my daughter taken in London in December 2019 (which I posted for her birthday)…
Okay, so that was my month…how was yours?