Min Lokal

Saturday, July 31, 2010

When living in Melbourne a weekend breakfast out was a must. Our most favourite breakie spot was Min Lokal on George Street in Fitzroy. The have the most amazing coffee, cozy atmosphere, yummy food and lovely staff.

and plants in the bathroom......
What's your favourite breakfast place?

New Mexican Recipes

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

You may not know this but I love Mexican food. Tex Mex, real Mex I love it. So yesterday I searched for some new Mexican recipes and I found this fabulous blog De La Tierra. Tonight I made the mushroom tacos from this recipe, with a combination salsa from these recipes.

Mushrooms for the filling and guacamole for a side

The salsa

The finished product.
Easy and delicious, try it.

Street Art Sunday

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Poor Bananas in Pyjamas

As seen on Leicester Street, Fitzroy circa 2007

Simpson's Gap Style

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Last Saturday morning I saw this photo on the blog Les Garsons de Glasgow. I thought to myself that you'd never see someone wearing those pants in Alice Springs. Low and behold we were having a picnic brunch at Simpsons Gap and there was a guy wearing the exact same pants. In the bush. I wasn't able to get a photo, so you'll just have to take my word for it.

In the news

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Dispute over who should provide services to Mutitjulu (a community at Uluru) continues. A little while ago the Macdonnell Shire (the 'local' council, covering approx. 268,887 square kilometres) realised that the weren't responsible for providing services to Mititjulu, as the Federal Government through Parks Australia, holds the 99 year lease for the National Park within which Mititjulu sits. They immediately pulled their services and maintain that service delivery is up to the Federal Government. The Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation told the ABC that they had warned the Shire of this situation in the beginning, but they chose to ignore it until now. The community would like to control their own services. Hopefully a resolution will be reached soon - read more here

Traditional owners of Muckaty Station are launching a legal fight to stop construction of a nuclear wast dump on their land - more details here

An escaped prisoner has been updating his facebook status while on the run. He escaped last week while in the custody of the Townsville police and since then police have been following his exploits through facebook. They have yet to track down where he's updating from and he remains at large, with many new facbook friends - read more plus his mates' 'txt speak' here

Picture of Uluru taken by me on film in 2004


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

This past Sunday saw a burst of burst of creativity which lead to the birth of a new cocktail:Pour a dash of Cassis in the bottom of the glass, add a shot of vanilla vodka and top up with lemonade. Add some ice if you wish.

Now what shall I call it?

Four Corners

Monday, July 19, 2010

The story of the killing of Kwementyaye Ryder will be on Four Corners tonight at 8:30.

A snippet can be found on the Four Corners website here.

My earlier writing about the case here.

I write like Jane Austen

Saturday, July 17, 2010

This is one of those things going around the blogsphere, it's called I write like. Just copy your writing into the text box, press go and it will tell you who you write like. It analyses your word choice and writing style and compares it with famous authors. I used my last blog post to test it out and apparently I write like Jane Austen. Proof: http://iwl.me/s/cf96f889

I'm unsure whether or not I should be happy about that? Maybe I should get cracking on that novel I've always dreamed of writing....

As seen on The English Muse and the LA Times blog Jacket Copy
Image from Futurowoman

Kick Jab Kill

Thursday, July 15, 2010

This week heralded the beginning of serious training for the upcoming Canadian ski season. Nick and I are leaving Alice Springs at the beginning of September and we’ll arrive in Canada via Europe at the beginning of November, with the season starting December 1st. While I have been quite good at getting to the gym at least three days a week, my friend suggested that I also work on balance and co ordination. And so I began my foray into group fitness, with my friend to back me up.
We arrived on Monday for Zumba only to find it cancelled indefinately. While we were contemplating what to do next a nice gym goer mentioned Attack. It was full on, with many co ordinated arm and leg movements and high intensity throughout. Everyone was having fun and no one was taking it too seriously. Luckily, because many of the moves were quite rediculous.
Tuesday we made it to Balance and I thought I’d go for the trifecta with Attack again on Wednesday. But I’d read the times wrong and wound up at what may be known as ‘kick, jab, kill’. Not as intense as Attack, but works you all the same. One participant retired hurt (blood rule). Today I ache everywhere, this must be good for me. Canada, here I come.

Hard Rockers

Monday, July 12, 2010

Ever wonder why some rockers died young and others are still kicking on despite years of heavy 'partying'?

Well, a genomics company in Massachusetts is currently mapping Ozzy Osbourne's DNA to discover if there is any genetic reason as to why he's not dead yet!

While they may not discover a magic gene, the company does hope to find out more about the relationship between DNA and the environment.


Not quite Nanna's sausage rolls

Saturday, July 10, 2010

When we were little Nanna made the best sausage rolls. Mum was able to obtain a copy of the recipe and lately, thanks to a friend, I've been back in the sausage roll making spirit. I briefly flirted with the idea of entering my sausage rolls in the Alice Springs Show, but the show snuck up on us and we had to settle for eating them at home on Show day.

250g sausage mince
1 small onion finely chopped
1 tablespoon of flour
a bit of worcestershire sauce
a pinch of sumac
a pinch of cayenne pepper
a handful of finely chopped parsley
salt & pepper to taste
a few sheets of puff pastry

Gently fry the onions over a low heat, then add the meat. While the meat is browning add a decent shake of the worcestershire sauce. Then add some sumac, cayanne pepper and salt and pepper. After the meat is browned, take it off the heat. Pour off any excess fat. Add the parsley.
Leave the meat mixture to cool for a little while.

Cut the pastry sheet in half. Lay some of the mixture on it, roll it up. Use a little bit of milk (or soy milk) on the edge of the pastry to help it stick together. Then cut the roll into smaller pieces a few centimetres long.

Place the sausage roll on a oven tray and glaze with milk. Then cook until the pastry is browned.


More Sweet Valley News

Saturday, July 3, 2010

In addition to there being a Sweet Valley High move on the cards, there is going to be a new book, called Sweet Valley Confidential, set when the twins are 27. It will be interesting to see what Elizabeth and Jessica have been up to these past few years.

The release is scheduled for March next year. Thank goodness I'm moving to Canada and will be able to buy it straight away. I haven't had word about an Australian release date.

To go with the release, they're also making these sweet t-shirts:
Can't wait to get me a 'team elizabeth' t-shirt.

Image & news courtesy of @sweetvalley


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Speaking of role models, Kylie is one of my heros and the other day she sang on stage at Glastonbury with the Scissor Sisters!We saw the Scissor Sisters a number of years ago in Melbourne and they were fabulous. A weird gig as at that stage they had been getting a lot of commercial radio airplay and so the crowd was made up of everyone from 6 year olds to 80 year olds, gay, straight, you name it they were there. The lead singer mentioned that they'd had a few complaints about the language used at the Sydney concert and that as their name is the Scissor Sisters you should have expected this and should not have brought your children if you don't want them to hear it. Anyway the music was great.

We saw Kylie the following December, the first concert tour after her illness. She was amazing. Such energy and stage presence. The crowd just loved her and everyone was up dancing.

Check out the YouTube video of Kylie & the Scissor Sisters here.

Photo from ABC News website here - Routers, Luke MacGregor
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