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Friday Night Lights: What to watch, make, read, eat, buy + do this weekend

May 28, 2021

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.


Nectre large wood fired oven

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.

This & This.

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!!!

The following recommendations link to Booktopia and are affiliate links.

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!

Who wouldn’t want to make these cute socks?! The how-to is at Purl Soho who aways have excellent crafty ideas. Such a delight!

These are inspiring me to make napkins. So pretty!

Or make these giant paper flowers. I’m very much into them.

Say no to ‘bounce-back culture’ (If you want to! I do!)
To the meal bringers, with love. (Yes!)
How images of nature bring us joy. 
How exercise may help us flourish.

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.

This pasta salad looks delicious. Michelle reminded me of how great Alison Roman’s recipes are and she’s not wrong. She’s super-knowledgable about food (Alison AND Michelle.)

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.

x Pip



  • Reply Molly Bunn July 10, 2021 at 6:58 PM

    So much awesomeness in this post, but the bit about saying no to bounce back culture, really got to me. I’m a new-ish (he’s 11months old) first time mum, who loved her body while she was pregnant, but as soon as he was born I had this body, that even though it did an amazing thing of growing this beautiful little bean, it didn’t felt like it was mine anymore. Add it lack of sleep, tricky breastfeeding and post natal depression… all those posts from celebs and insta-mummas made me feel like I was not a good mum. It took a couple of months, and therapy, to finally SAY NO TO BOUNCE BACK CULTURE! – thank you for also saying no 🙂 🙂

    • Reply Pip July 14, 2021 at 12:24 PM

      I’m very much against the bounce back. I just like the bounce. Love to you, Molly. xx

  • Reply Selina June 1, 2021 at 10:39 AM

    Esse are beautiful- I’d love to live with one one day.

  • Reply Edie May 29, 2021 at 2:13 PM

    HAHA! Curry in buns! Noted!!! Shall make obvs!!!!
    Podcast – yes! +++
    Lovage darling girl xx

  • Reply Michelle May 29, 2021 at 12:52 PM

    I LOVED the Dirty Life, such a great book. And you should defo buy that enamel tin. It’s darling. xx

  • Reply Sandra May 29, 2021 at 10:53 AM

    Do you know what? This morning I was laying in bed listening to the wind blowing and thinking about a conversation I had yesterday with a friend who asked me to recommend a good podcast. Reflecting on this… My in-bed-cosy-thought-process this morning ended with “it’s a wonder Pip Lincolne hasn’t done a Podcast. She used to do cute little videos from time to time. She’d do a great podcast” …. Hmm.

    • Reply Sandra May 29, 2021 at 11:01 AM

      P. S. Was impossible not to fall a bit in love with “Cold Feet Man” back in the day. ?

  • Reply kate May 29, 2021 at 6:44 AM

    So much goodness and comfort in this Pip. Thank you.
    I’m all ears for your podcast, being it on.
    Good luck with assignment.
    Cheers Kate

    • Reply kate May 29, 2021 at 6:47 AM

      PS we have a nectre oven almost exactly the same as the pictured one, it also heats our hot water, I love it.
      Cheers Kate

  • Reply /anne... May 28, 2021 at 11:48 PM

    I’ve seen a couple of episodes of Love on the Spectrum too – I watched the first one by accident, but it’s surprisingly gentle and helpful. We all feel awkward at times; I think this is a way that we can all learn new ways to connect with people and overcome our fumbles and insecurities. It’s actually quite sweet.

  • Reply Reannon May 28, 2021 at 10:33 PM

    Happy Friday Pippy!
    I will say that I got VERY excited when I read you will be starting a podcast. I wonder what you’ll talk about? Whatever it you can count on me to listen & subscribe.
    That article on the meal bringers made me teary. I wish I’d had people who’d done that for me. But I was/am the meal bringer to others & it brings me great joy knowing I’ve made someone’s (usually my neighbour) day a little easier & more delicious.
    I picked up the Dirty Life at the last book bazaar only to get it home & realise I’ve already read it! I do love a book about farmers & foodie type people.
    And thanks to you I am LOVING the cookbook circle! Those ladies make me giggle & I just bloody love them!
    Ok, that’s enough ramble from me. I do agree, that photo of your dinner is fantastic! Do you have any recs for good vegetarian Insta accounts to follow? Or bloggers to read? Or even cookbooks to look for? I am in dire need of some veggie inspo just like your delicious dinner!
    Have a great weekend xx

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