Oh hello! What’s in store for your weekend? Maybe I have some bright ideas to throw into the mix?!
I’ll be finishing a uni assessment and then that’s TWO more units ticked off. I start another two on Monday so there truly is no rest for the wicked. Also? If you are waiting for me to post a book (or more) to you, I am sorry to be slow! I’ll be sending them all out on Monday. If you’d like a signed book, get in touch! I have a few left.
Let’s launch into FNL for this fortnight. And let me wish you the very best sort of weekend – especially to my Victorian pals who are back in lockdown.
I saw this oven on someone nice’s Twitter account and it immediately stopped me in my tracks. It’s by Nectre and is made in Australia, even! Put the kettle on the top, bake some bread in the bottom and warm your cosy toes in between. *nods*
Which leads me to … the Esse. I’d love one of these in the kitchen of our house on the hill! Here is how to light it so that it looks after itself while you walk the dogs.
This issue’s Pip of the Week is … PIP Magazine!! Always ready with a helpful dose of permaculture tips and a clever handful of inspiring stories. Perhaps you need some of this excellent Pip in your life?
I’m following Dirty Little Bird and her excellent work cleaning up her part of the world in southern Tasmania. What a very, very good idea. Let’s all do this in our neighbourhoods.
And how about Millie Proust’s gorgeous Insta? Very, very bolstering and beautiful.
I’m also sighing a lot as I look at Satellite Island’s feed. Doesn’t it look beautiful there?
And also an enduring favourite … CatRabbit. What a clever cookie she is.
Still loving listening to The Cookbook Circle. It’s so unpretentious and fun.
I also love the super-soothing Nature and Nourish with Becky Cole.
AND I bought myself a podcast set-up so I am going to launch my own podcast someday! Once I’ve learned how to do a good job. I have IDEAS!!!
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I am reading Stranger Care by Sarah Sentiles. It’s wonderful.
I also picked up The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball at the City Mission Op Shop and I can’t wait to dive into that. It’s very farmy, nature-y and foodie, from what I can tell! Just my cup of tea.
Last weekend I galloped through Fury by Kathryn Heyman. T’was excellent. Recommend!
These are inspiring me to make napkins. So pretty!
Or make these giant paper flowers. I’m very much into them.
Curry potato buns? I think so. (I’m talking to YOU, Edie!) What a thing of beauty. Let’s make ’em.
Soy-glazed chicken? I’m leaning hard in this direction too. I think the boys would go nuts for it.
I adore this. So useful. Tony Tan’s guide to navigating product choice at Asian grocers.
Okay yum. Broccoli Fritters with Chipotle Yoghurt. Sling and egg on, even?
I made a dorky-delicious family dinner tonight. Brown some nice sausages (I used Italian ones from the supermarket). Par-boil some nice, quartered potatoes. Tumble all of the above into a baking dish with a couple of capsicums, some mushrooms, some spinach, a couple of 400g tins of cherry tomatoes, a couple of onions and a good whack of garlic. Add spices of your choice (I did a generous amount of cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, celery salt, heaps of black pepper and Maldon sea salt.) Drizzle with olive oil and a splash of red wine vinegar. Pop into a hot oven for 40 minutes or until sizzling hot and starting to caramelise. Eat with a) rice b) couscous c) bread or d) toast. I did D! It was delicious. (below)
(I cooked it a bit more than this! This photo turned out nice, right?!)
How about living on a castle on an island? The job requires “someone discreet, compassionate and with tactful demeanour”. How about that?
Let’s get lost in this wallpaper, Narnia-style?
What does Sophie Ellis Bextor’s house look like? #MurderOnTheDancefloor It looks like someone loves to collect, loves to cook … and like a family lives in it!
Every week I think about this loaf tin. I honestly do. I’m such a weirdo. Will this be the weekend I buy it? I do not know …
Please kiss my head, Cold Feet man?
How about Bloodlands? Not only does it have that gent from Cold Feet (James Nesbit!!) in it, but it’s from the genius crew that made Line of Duty. Why wouldn’t you dive in? (Because I have a blooming assignment to finish, dammit!) It’s streaming for free on SBS in Australia.
I watched two episodes of Season Two of Love on the Spectrum last night, too. There are some brilliant people on that program and it’s really interesting to see the different ways brains work. I know that it’s controversial, but it’s way better than The Bachelor. It’s streaming free on ABCTV in Australia.
Oh! And that image at the very top? It’s the work of Carol Wantz.
And also – Vale to Eric Carle. Such a favourite. Thank you for the beautiful stories, EC.
Plus – how to engage with National Reconciliation Week.