That’s a Wrap – September 16, 2018

Wow, I haven’t done one of these for ages and, with the amount of other work I have on at the moment, I probably shouldn’t be procrastiposting now either. Not to worry – on with the week.

How’s the weather?

Sunrise is now well before 6 am and Spring is definitely in the air. On my walk yesterday morning I watched some whales breaching not far off the Headland. They’re on their way back down to Antarctica, but seeing them is always a sign that the weather is warming up. What amazed me was the number of people watching their phones rather than the whales – and trust me, these guys were putting on a show and a half. Aside from the breaching thing, there was quite a bit of tail slapping and fin waving going on.

The banksia is in full colour and is full of birds every morning.

In the herb garden the Thai, or Holy, Basil is also in flower and attracting huge numbers of bees.

In the Kitchen

I’ve been experimenting with different noodle salads at least once a week – all part of the trying to eat a little bit healthier thing. This week it was Bun Cha – little Vietnamese pork patties with vermicelli noodles, a herb salad and a spicy dipping sauce. Very yum.

I had a colleague from Sydney working out of the Buderim Office this week, ie our home. We had a ridiculous amount of work to get through so booked out the meeting rooms for the week ie the dining table.

On Wednesday we cooked pho bo from scratch. We put the stock on during our lunch break – using a heap of beef short ribs and bucketloads of spices. We loved it on Wednesday night and enjoyed it even more for lunch on Thursday.

At the markets this week I bought a bag of passionfruit and turned them into passionfruit and vanilla pannacotta.

And yes, we’re still buying strawberries – direct from the farmer – despite what is going on in the supermarkets.

Using some of the berries we had in the freezer – a mix of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries – I blitzed up this instant ice-cream that I heard about on a Gary Mehigan podcast. It’s 500g frozen berries, 1/2 cup icing sugar, 1 egg white all in the blender and blitzed. It comes out like soft serve.

Where we picnicked…

On Friday we took some fabulous Mooloolaba prawns, salad and bread rolls up to the Headland and looked for whales. We didn’t see any whales, but we did have the best lunch!

What I wrote…

With all the policy writing that went on last week, I’m running a few days behind in finishing my draft of the Tiff book for my editor. To say I’ve struggled with it would be an understatement.

In other news, I have the copy edit back from my editor but won’t start on that until I’ve finished with Tiff. The way that I’ve been struggling with the Tiff book even a copy edit seems preferable to work on at the moment!

I’ve also got a few concepts back for my cover for Happy Ever After. My faves are:

My pick is No 1 – I love the colours – but I’d love to know what you think.

Ok, that was my week – how was yours? 


19 Replies to “That’s a Wrap – September 16, 2018”

  1. Hi Jo, the weather has been glorious hasn’t it? It is much nicer getting up for an early run when it isn’t dark that is for sure. My husband and I sometimes pop down to Manly for a fresh prawn roll and they are certainly delicious. You have inspired me with your cooking, I’ve been boring lately so need to try something new. The panacotta looks delicious and I’ve never tried to make asian food so perhaps I should give is a go. As for the book cover, I like #1 because of the colours and the balloons make me feel optimistic when I look at it. Have a great week!

  2. To be able to watch whales on your walk is awesome. Your colleague from Sydney booked the right place to work! I love the food you made just by looking at them. Cover #1 looks good with the bright colours and hearts.

  3. Wow! You have made me hungry AND jealous! I love the Sunshine Coast and think it is time for a visit. Such a gorgeous part of the world. I can never decide when it comes to book covers. I think I like number 3, but I can see why you are drawn to the colours on number 1, and that cover would probably stand out in a book store and online too. Plus, you’re the one who knows how it ‘feels’ in line with the story … so I’d go with my instinct if I were you. Congratulations, I’ll look forward to reading it!

  4. I love this time of the year, Jo! Thanks for capturing the changing weather in your photos this week.

    I’m also trying to broaden my healthy salad repertoire, your noodle salad looks amazing!

    SSG xxx

  5. You have reminded me…I can eat a prawn again. On the agenda! Liking the fact the Sydney can come to you for once.

    And the cover: methinks the bright first one.

    I have just finished listening to Jill Stark reading her memoir called Happily Never After….very interesting re anxiety and huge expectations on herself. I got a lot from it too.

    Happy Whale Watching..what is it with people and phones (I can be one) but not in nature!)

    Thank you for linking up for #LifeThisWeek. The optional prompt next is: 39/52. Last Thing I Bought. 24/9/18. Denyse

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