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OK so I was happily settled on the couch ready to watch last night’s episode of The Good Wife, only to discover it wasn’t on. Argh! Does anyone else watch it? Isn’t it fantastic?? I’ve loved it since episode one all those years ago.

Anyway, I digress. As I so often do! [click to continue…]

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Rye soda bread

I love February – not only because it’s my birthday month. For some reason I always feel the year starts in February. January tends to be a bit of a blur of Christmas recovery, the tennis and the cricket. And a lot of denial that work needs to get started again. Anyone else feel that way?

But February always feels full of promise. Maybe it’s because I always set goals around my birthday. This year is no exception to the goal setting. I just need to get started! No, seriously, I have a few. All along the lines of live life, love life, be happy and healthy. A few of the biggies include increasing my fitness, fitting into a few more items in my wardrobe and lowering my cholesterol. [click to continue…]

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The Jam Pantry

I was incredibly excited when I heard that Naomi ‘Nims’ and Gideon Zavackas were opening a new cafe, and even more excited to hear it’s on my side of the river, at Greenslopes – yay!

Brisbane breakfast lovers will probably know Nims and Gideon from popular Milton eatery Comfort at My Table. Their new establishment, The Jam Pantry, has the same feel, just on a smaller scale. [click to continue…]

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chicken bone broth

I have secretly wanted a slow cooker for a really, really, really long time.

However I have resisted as *apparently* I have way too many kitchen gadgets, plus a Le Creuset pot that slow cooks beautifully.

In the oven. [click to continue…]

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Lowering cholesterol

Warning Will Robinson: This post is long. And it’s personal. Thanks in advance to those to get to the end. 

My cholesterol story started nearly 45 years ago. When I was born to a mother, aunts and grandmother who all have a tendency to high cholesterol. And a grandfather who died far too young from a heart attack. Lucky me.

About thirty years later I too had high-ish cholesterol. It wasn’t too bad in my early 30s – my GP was happy to keep an eye on it, with the promise that I watch what I eat, do exercise and don’t gain too much weight. [click to continue…]

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The Block

So earlier tonight The Accountant and I were meandering through the Valley (it was a quasi date-night), and I was inwardly cheering as I had managed to get him out of the house on a night The Block was on tele. Cheering because it’s easily his favourite show on TV.

And has been for years. I know, right?  He didn’t fess up to that on his RSVP profile. Of course, I think the only reality TV show way back then was Survivor. And we both love that.  [click to continue…]

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Blueberry muffin

I didn’t really understand the joy of a good muffin until I lived in Canada for a year in 1988. They just weren’t really a thing in Australia at that time, despite mum very occasionally baking them for an after school snack. Before you think “oh you poor deprived child”, she mostly baked cakes, slices and biscuits. I don’t think she ever baked a cupcake. Yes, we were very lucky.  [click to continue…]

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