Gratitude

I am sitting in a moment of profound gratitude. I’m on the Oregon Coast on a very short break, in a quaint and warm cottage I found on AirBNB, watching the sun slowly sink into the ocean. It’s cold outside, but not bracing, and there is literally not a cloud in the sky. This year has…

Crack Brownies and Showing Love Through Fat and Sugar

Soundtrack: Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ on Audible I don’t want to read your ramblings, I just want the recipe: Salted Caramel Crack Brownies by Anna Jones Star Rating: FIVE FUCK YEAH STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ If you want to make people feel simultaneous happy and special, and if you are also interested in being showered with love in return, then this…

Lentil and Spinach Polpette and Divided Opinions

Soundtrack: The Nod Podcast – Nobody Looks Like Me I don’t want to read your ramblings, I just want the recipe: Spinach and Lentil Polpette Star Rating: Polpette: Four Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Sauce: One Star ⭐️ Honestly, I don’t know how to rate this meal. And it’s really making me interrogate how I use the star rating system. One…

Pesto and Poor Organisation Skills

Soundtrack: Salt Fat Acid Heat on Netflix I don’t want to read your ramblings, I just want the recipe: Some version of this pesto (more or less) Star Rating: Four Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I’m really behind on this whole ‘make one recipe a week and write about it’ project, but in my defence I have been pretty busy….

Things I’ve learned from seven weeks on the road

It’s day 45 of a 61-day work adventure and I have learned almost nothing useful about how to travel better besides always knowing where your lip balm, passport, and clean knickers are. The rest is just survival. Here’s my Top Ten Travel Tips anyway. Never get the 6am flight. You will not ‘make use of the…

Observations after three months of not drinking

This year I decided to (mostly) take a break from alcohol. I say mostly because I have some pre-designated events (Weddings! Bachelorettes! 40ths!) where I am giving myself permission to cut loose if I want, but for the majority of the time I am not drinking booze. Why you may ask? I’m doing a lot…

Sweet Potato Red Curry and Falling Behind

Soundtrack: Startup Season One (yes, I’m very late to this) I don’t want to read your ramblings, I just want the recipe: Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Curry Star Rating: Four Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ This recipe is from two weeks ago and I am a bit behind on this project, so I’ll keep this short. This meal is good…

Hot Cross Buns and Busy Sundays

Soundtrack: My Favorite Murder, Episode 112 I don’t want to read your ramblings, I just want the recipe: Classic Hot Cross Buns from Donna Hay Star Rating: Four Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If I have one criticism about America (yes, yes, go home if I don’t like it), it’s their approach to Easter. In Australia and the…

Braised Halibut with Fennel and Tomatoes and Dumb Luck

Soundtrack: David Chang’s Ugly Delicious – Episode 3: Home Cooking I don’t want to read your ramblings, I just want the recipe: Braised Halibut with Fennel and Tomato Star Rating: Five Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Last week I got my first delivery from Imperfect Produce. They send you a box of ugly but tasty fruit and veg at a…

Roasted, Marinated Cauliflower Soup and Awesome Customer Service

Soundtrack: ‘Trip’ Jhene Aiko I don’t want to read your rambling, I just want the recipe: Roasted Marinated Cauliflower Soup Star Rating: Four Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ There’s a food place on the lobby level of my work building called SÜP. I’ve long assumed that the umlaut meant the U had a long sound and it was pronounced…