It’s a beautiful Saturday morning here on the Sunshine Coast. Clear, blue, and heading for a top temperature of 30C – not bad for autumn and a lot better than the constant rain we had over Easter.
It’s pitch dark on our morning walks at the moment, with the sun coming up as we’re sitting down having our end of walk coffee.
We were up and out at the farmers market by 6am and now I have a Babi Kecap simmering away on the stove. It’s a Balinese slow-cooked pork with ginger, chilli and sweet soy sauce and it’s my offering for a Balinese feast at a friend’s house this evening. It should look a bit like this when it’s done.
Anyways, without further ado, let’s get into the weekly wrap up:
1.In the News
The news filtered through last night that Prince Philip passed away. While we can’t know what goes on behind closed royal doors (but seriously, just how interesting would it be???) one can’t help but admire a life devoted to service and the loss the Queen must be feeling now having lost her husband of over 70 years.
Other than that, this week’s news has been dominated by vaccine issues. By now about 4 million Australians should have been vaccinated, but they’re running about 3 million behind target. The government will now also be offering people under 50 (when it’s their turn to be vaccinated) the Pfizer rather than the Astra Zenica vaccine. Given though that the new stock of Pfizer vaccines won’t be available until October I guess that means our borders will stay closed for longer.
In some shiny, bright news that made me happy dance across the floor though, New Zealand announced a travel bubble with Australia during the week.
While Kiwis have been able to travel here without needing to quarantine for a number of months (all other international arrivals into Australia are required to go into mandatory quarantine for 14 days in a managed facility) and Aussies have been allowed to travel to New Zealand, we’ve been required to go into quarantine there. From the 18thof April we can now travel freely to NZ without needing a vaccine or without needing to quarantine.
Plans are being made…
While she finished her course at the end of last year, Sarah officially graduated from university with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) during the week.
It was a very proud moment for her – and for us knowing how hard she worked for it. What was also great was seeing how many of her cohort have secured jobs in their field. Smiles all round.
To celebrate we went to a seafood restaurant, See, in Mooloolaba for lunch. How yummy does this calamari with bush pepper look? It tasted pretty good too.
I spent the Easter weekend organising my blogs. (I also spent a large portion of the weekend binging on Midsomer Murders, but that’s an entirely different story). As an aside, on one episode I noticed a very young Sam Heughan (Outlander) as both a suspect and adding to the body count. How had I not noticed it before?
The content of my blogs has been something I’ve been thinking a lot about of late and I finally transferred across some of my foodie posts from here – namely the cookbook reviews and Nigella Diaries – across to my food blog Brookford Kitchen Diaries. Apologies to those people who subscribe to that blog via email as you would have received one every time a post was published. Thanks for bearing with me.
It was busy in the day job this week, so I didn’t get anything new written for the blog.
The notes are through from my editor following her first read through of The Café On Beach Road (see, it has a title now!). We also talked it through during the week and I have a really good idea of the changes I need to make. I actually love this part – the second rewrite heading into structural edit. It’s where the ideas are refined and the story really begins to take shape.
5. In the kitchen
It rained for the entirety of the Easter weekend – and not just drizzly rain, real rain.
That meant a slow-cooked lamb roast with dauphinoise potatoes on Saturday night, and a slow-cooked beef and beer stew with parsley dumplings on Monday night.
I baked these jam drops,
and Grant channelled his Scottish heritage and made some Scottish Tablet. For those who haven’t heard of this, it’s a tad like fudge but not as creamy. It’s also a dentist’s cash-flow dreams come true. It’s way too sweet for me, but I guess it makes sense if you’re fell-walking through the Highlands maybe. I’ll post the recipe next week maybe.
Finally, to link up with with Donna from Retirement Reflections and her co-host Deb The Widow Badass Blog in their inaugural #whatsonyourplateblogchallenge I posted this recipe for San Choy Bow – a weekday favourite in our house and, unlike the fudge, accidentally healthy.