It’s a Wrap – January 14, 2018

Ok, the first weekly wrap for the year…and I have a couple of weeks to cover, so without further ado…

What I’m grateful for…

Not being in Sydney for those disgusting 40+ days. I don’t miss them at all. The weather guys have been calling it a heat wave here, but other than yesterday and today (36 today) it’s been in the early 30s.

What I’m reading…

I’m completely out of my genre comfort zone at the moment with a Jack Reacher novel – and I can’t put it down. It’s my first Lee Childs and I don’t think it will be the last…but having read it, I just don’t get the Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher thing.

What I bought…

These fabulous Turkish earrings for $8 from the Sunshine Coast Collective markets this morning.

What I blogged…

Heaps…despite being back in the corporate gig! I got up to date with all my annual goal posts. You’ll find my business plan here, my word for the year here, my wellness goals here, and my creative goals here.

For Thursday’s Lovin’ Life linky I also posted something on self-care and I popped up a recipe for corn and ginger soup…just because.

Over on the Sunny Coast site, there’s something on two new coast foodie offerings – Saltwater and Nguyen Brothers.

What was weird…

This sky last night. It preceded a cracker of a light show.

Where we lunched…

Secrets on the Lake at Lake Baroon – down the back of Montville. Set in a rainforest on a lake – yeah, the name was a bit of a giveaway – it was a few degrees cooler than on the flats. I think it’s to do with all of that green.

Where we breakfasted…

Ok, we’ve been eating out way too much over the past week or so.

On Friday, it was #bennybagels at Hashtag Phresh


Yesterday it was avo smash at Winnie in Woombye

and this morning it was pitaya bowls at Winnie’s big brother, Little Boat Espresso at Marcoola.

What’s pitaya? I’m glad you asked. Essentially it’s dragonfruit and is served much like acai is – in a sort of frozen smoothie bowl with granola, fruit (in this case mango, shredded coconut, banana, kiwi, strawberries, apple and oranges). It’s said to have much the same health benefits as acai and is rich in magnesium, antioxidants and a handful of other vitamins.

Plus, it’s PINK…in capital letters…so is yummy and pretty.

What I cooked…

Ok, I’ve been giving the cookbooks a workout of late too. I turned the fabulous corn that we got at the markets last weekend into corn and ginger soup – with more kernels in the freezer for next time. If you’re interested, the recipe is here.

I also made these super easy chocolate olive oil mousses from my new Nigella cookbook. Oh, how I like a new Nigella. I’ve made these a few times now and mucked about a bit with the salt flakes and adding orange rind. I’ve also experimented with chilli. Anyways, they’re very cute, very rich, and I’ve scheduled the recipe to post on Tuesday, but you can find the original Nigella version here.

Last night I made a batch of dragon wings with a cooling avocado dipping sauce. You can find that recipe here.

Finally, inspired by the fabulous fishcakes and aioli at Saltwater, we had salmon rissoles/fishcakes/call them what you will for lunch today. (I’ve posted my recipe for these before – you’ll find it here). I topped them with the easiest aioli recipe in the world – also from my new Nigella book. There’s none of that whisking and drizzling in of olive oil – everything just goes in the jug and is jooshed about a bit. Done.

How I moved…

Ok, there was some indulgence over the weekend, but other than that my body has been treated like a veritable temple. Seriously.

I got back into my morning walks (photographic proof is up on the Sunny Coast site), and on a couple of mornings started earlier so I could have a dip in the surf as well.

I did two sessions of strength training at the gym, and I went lap swimming for the first time in about 7 years. That 50 m pool seems so much longer than it ever used to! I managed just 10 laps – but I guess that’s a start.

What I didn’t expect…

My hair to turn green, but turn green it did from the chlorine – a very manky, mouldy looking green. I think I must not have been as blonde as I am now when last I was swimming regularly.

How was your week?




15 Replies to “It’s a Wrap – January 14, 2018”

    1. It’s gorgeous up there. I’m with you re mountain roads, but my aim this year is to try & conquer my anxiety of highways & motorways. Totally ridiculous, but there you have it.

  1. Love the light show and all of your food pics! You’re making me jealous as I sit here pretending to be thinking of something to cook for dinner.

    Speaking of being out of your reading comfort zone, I just finished my first every sci fi novel and while it was COMPLETELY alien to anything else I’ve ever read, I actually enjoyed it. There’s something to be said for going outside of your comfort zone every once in a while! #LifeThisWeek

    1. Lol…I’m supposed to be being healthy, but I figure this is sort of like 5:2 in reverse – 5 days on, 2 days off lol

  2. Well that was jam-packed and I loved it! My husband loves Lee Childs and has read ever ‘Jack Reacher’ novel. I can just see you in those earrings. I’ve only met you IRL once and know they will look fabulous on your. Your recipes look delicious so perhaps the next Bloggers get-together should be at your place???? 🙂 Have a great week!

  3. The food looks yummy! You’re lucky you missed the 40 degree days although I must admit I’m grateful to be living near the coast as opposed to western Sydney because at least there was a breeze here by 4 pm. I haven’t read Jack Reacher but have heard the whole Tom Cruise being Reacher as quite unbelievable. Apparently, he bought the rights to the book which probably meant he could cast himself.

    1. It’s been a busy time. No idea how I found time to work lol. This week, so far, thankfully, has been much quieter…

  4. Please tell me that you stop for 5 minutes sometime in your day..week?? Seriously you are just doing it all and from reading this loving it all too. Maybe with the exception of corporate work but hey, you are living the life you could not in Western Sydney so what is there not to do! I love it.

    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 3/52. Next week’s optional prompt is “What is Kindness?”

  5. Yuuummmm, those food pictures are making me hungry! But I’m not surprised you needed sustenance, that was a heck of a wrap-up. Haha.

  6. It sounds like it has been a busy January. Me too! and February is no better! Oh well, blessed to be busy! Happy February! It was lovely to “meet” you when you visited my blog last week. Thankyou!

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