ASS IN CLASS

Dear Internets,

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You can’t spell class without ass. It’s a saying bandied about in our home like an in-joke because a class act always knows how to  laugh at themselves, not joke at someone else’s expense. It possibly also has something to do with the fact that I am constantly pulling faces being idiotic.

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Even in classic monochrome, I look like a muppet. At least I’m a warm muppet with a doctor’s bag and kick ass shoes….there should be a saying for that sentiment. PEACE!

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Wearing:
Cardigan – Evil Twin  CaptivityLong Line
Shoes -Windsor Smith Rainbow
Cross body bag – Thrifted
Tee – Topshop Horror
Jeans – Anon

FULLY SICK

Dear Internets,

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I wish the title of this post were a play on words and my beanie reading “sick” were an ironic statement. Unfortunately my brain cells do not have the capacity to be that witty at the moment, for the are drowning in the flu. I’ve had the chills, sweats, fever, cough, the sleepless night and the bouts of insomniac delirium.

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Now I’m trying to drown that nasty flu in a barrage of hydration and liquid remedies. Hopefully them suckers can’t swim and if you are in the same boat, just remember the flu loves a dehydrated body and keeping hydrated isn’t as boring as plain old water any more.

1. For a cough.

Try an infusion of honey,lemon, ginger and thyme. Just chuck some slices of fresh peeled ginger, honey, and sticks of lemon tyme and lemon in some hot water. This should coat the back of your throat giving some relief from the cough. Wait for the water to cool and drink when warm. Hot water can aggravate the cough.

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2. Home made soup.
Chicken has proven properties that aid in recovering from a cold but for those vegetarians or something a little bit different, why not try a spice moroccan soup? You’re numb taste buds will enjoy that extra punch of taste when everything else tastes like cardboard.

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3. Aquamamma!
For those mums or mums to be out there, Aquamamma is your best friend. Natural, smells amazing and not strong enough to get those gag reflexes going. Hydration at it’s least burdensome, because sometimes water tastes horrible. Created by an OBGYN and with less sugar that coconut water to boot because those calories should be invested in chocolate.

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Wish me luck getting over this thing!

 

EXPRESS SPICED PRESERVED LEMONS

Dear Internets,

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When life gives you lots of lemons, just add salt. For those of you who are hoping this is leading to tequila shooters, I hate to disappoint. Hopefully this recipe for express preserved lemons to add to your salads and cheeses will make it up to you.

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While my heart beats to the Australian anthem, it does so with the sound of a tabla so it would seem wrong not to spice these beautiful lemons I got from my lovely mother in law. That being said, while usually a purist when it comes to food, my impatient side has won, thus the dawn of the spiced express lemons.

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Ingredients
 About 7 lemons
1/2 cup sea salt/pink salt
3 bay leaves
4-5 whole black pepper
dried chilli
5 coriander seeds

Utensils
Sterilized jar (I used an empty salsa jar with a good lid, boiled it and let it air dry)
Knife and cutting board
mortar and pestle

Method

  1. Scrub those lemons clean
  2. Add a table spoon of your salt  and the spices to the base of  your jar
  3. Slice your lemon. Squeeze the juice from the end pieces into your jar and throw out (these have a too high rind ratio and will make your preserve bitter and won’t taste very nice). Get rid of as many of the pips as you can as well for the same reason
  4. Layer your slices with a sprinkle of salt after each couple of slices.
  5. Squish the slices down with your pestle so you can fit more lemon in. This also releases the juices.
  6. Cram as many as you can fit in, salt again and seal nice and tight.
  7. Store in a warm place for a week and then you can have your first nibble! Once opened I keep mine in the fridge. They should last quite a while just waiting for you

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Try them in salads, atop baked eggs or some fetta cheese. I like having them with olive oil on a good bit of bread . I’m not really one for recipes but if you enjoyed this one, or want more, comment and let me know.

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CLEAN UP ISLE 7

Dear Internets,

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I’ve been stripping back the wardrobe lately. Somewhere there’s a good will teeming with clothes I’ve previously been unable to part with. If I were a squirrel, granny cardies are what I’ve been storing up for a rainy day. Lets face it, I needed to let them go before I actually became a granny. Ill fitting outfits and tired pilled favorites are falling to the wayside in favor of the cosy knits and long coats that are increasingly essential in our version of winter. How else will I create new favorites?

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Ok so there will always be some favorites that aren’t up for consideration like my favourite Fossil clutch and DIY hydrangea sparkle jelly heels but I’m on my way! Even after getting rid of the clothing that had “hobo” potential, I end up looking like I’m from the 90’s. How on earth did that happen?

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THREE WILLIAMS

Dear Internets,

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It’s Sunday night and I’m missing my weekend so it’s time for an early reviewsday! Some people love their saturday nights, others their lazy sundays but I love my every second family friday. Its the Sunday brunches with fewer people, smaller cues and some how greener parks. You know those days that are made of giggles, comfy jeans and sneakers? Yup, perfection.

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While misery loves company, family Fridays are doted on by cute cafes. Ordinarily I would go for something I have never tried before or  a tested fave (because I work in extremes). When I ordered french toast, long believed to be the poorer cousin of waffles, I was clearly looking for three williams cafe to change my mind.

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The husband went for their bimimbab narnie (sambo made with naan bread) and the kidlet furiously made a grab for my peanutbutter caramel shake (he has very good taste). I clearly won this ordering battle though I was disappointed to hear the narnie was a little dry. Despite the minor hitch, based on the service alone, I would go back in a heart beat!

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Family friendly rating 5/5 !  Happy brunch days!