That’s a Wrap: November 11, 2018

The week in photos

What I read…

I giggled my way through Richard Glover’s The Land Before Avocado – a wise and funny look at Australia in the 1960s and 1970s. As one of the review states, “The Land Before Avocado explains why this was the cultural revolution we had to have.”

It also, in my humble opinion, should be required reading for shock jocks the likes of Ray Hadley and Alan Jones and anyone else harking back to the good old days…but don’t get me started on that.

I also requested and received an advance copy for review purposes of All The Tears In China, the latest in Sulari Gentill’s Rowland Sinclair mysteries. Keep an eye out for it – it’s fabulous.

What I wrote…

It’s November so I’m deep in nanowrimo territory. As I write this blog I haven’t yet done today’s words, but am currently sitting at 18605 words – that’s on target. Just.

What I blogged…

With just a week to go until the official release date of Happy Ever After, I’ve been posting a photo a day from The Milford Track to Instagram. Why? Because Milford Track and Queenstown feature as locations in this novel.

I even wrote a blog post on my Milford experience. You can find it here and if you’re after a preorder for Happy Ever After, you can get it here.

I also popped up something new on my very neglected Sunny Coast blog. More on that below.

Finally, I even managed a couple of posts on my astro site – something I’ve neglected for the last few months. Yep, with this much procrastiblogging I must be in first draft mode.

What I cooked…


I had one of “those” days yesterday – where I was tired to the bone and to the brain. Like my brain had run out of space and important things were beginning to leak out of it. So I hit the kitchen.

I had an aha moment a few weeks ago about why I enjoy baking even though I don’t eat sugar – although I drink plenty of it in its fermented form. When I cook I like to take the recipe as an indication only, but when I bake the measuring and weighing actually helps my brain calm down and find a semblance of focus.

So, what did I make? Piccalilli, for a start. We love piccalilli at Christmas. It’s the perfect accompaniment for hams and cheeses and given that it’s tough to buy a good one I decided to make it..

I also made a berry-topped no-bake cheesecake slice and strawberry ice cream. It’s a really bad photo of the ice-cream – it really is quite creamy.

If you want the recipes, you can find the cheesecake here, the ice-cream here and an approximation of the piccalilli here.

Where we lunched…

A new (to us) Mexican at Alexandra Headlands. Juan Fifty. The food was great, the decor bright, and the vibe Sunday sessiony.

The best part? Locally brewed craft beer on the drinks menu. This one is the Larry pale ale from Your Mates brewing company.

So, that was my week…how was yours?

15 Replies to “That’s a Wrap: November 11, 2018”

  1. I had never heard the term Picalilli before but that’s pickles right? I’m going to be checking out that recipe for sure! That book by Richard Glover sounds intriguing. I’m gonna have to get hold of it for a read. All the best with your NaNoWriMo! 🙂

    1. It’s an English thing Min – a cross between a veggie pickle and relish. You often get it with cheeses and on a ploughman’s platter with ham.

    1. Thanks Janet. I have a word target and get it done either before or after work each day. By the end of the month I’ll be 50k into this manuscript – all going well. I like to finish a draft (about 80k words) in 2 months but because I’m a pantser the rewrites are hefty.

    1. It’s an English vegetable pickle/relish. It’s pretty much any veggie you can find and then pickled with vinegar and a whole lot of spices. You see it a lot with cheese (especially cheddar) and cold meats like hams. It’s hard to get here – unless you can get English ones – so I decided to make it this year.

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed Richard Glover’s book too and finished it very quickly I just couldn’t put it down. I kept reading bits out to my husband un til he told me he’d rather read it himself. It was so spot on. I tweeted a small review and Richard got back to me thanking me – it made my day 🙂 . My daughters wouldn’t believe half of what’s in it but I remember bits and pieces from that time. Your November so far sounds busy and productive Jo! #lifethisweek

    1. I did the same – kept reading bits out…but my husband rarely reads so I consider it my duty to educate him lol. Have a great week.

  3. Loved your wrap up Jo and I’ve pre-ordered your new book! Milford Sound is one of my favourite places so I’m glad you have based your book there. I’ve never heard of picallilly and I’ll be checking your recipes for that and the cheesecake and ice cream. Another book also to add to my reading list with Richard Glover’s book. All in all you sound like you had a great week. Hope you have a fabulous week!

  4. I did a whole two days of NaNo, then realised I was on holidays and didn’t want to look at a computer screen. Still, I like what I’ve started and will keep going. It probably doesn’t need to be 50k words though!

  5. Getting out of your head and into your heart in the kitchen was a great move. This is why I make art of some kind. And I cook too but right now, I am not wanting to eat as many of my products so have taken a break.
    But then, check out next week’s prompt.

    Thank you for joining in #lifethisweek. Next week’s optional prompt is “Best Cake I Have Eaten”. P.S. I think mine will have several entries!! Denyse

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