Sep 16, 2011

Business As Usual.

Hello Everyone,

Happy Friday!  I hope the week has treated you well.  It was touch and go there for a minute but we all got here in the end.  I think this glorious sun in Sydney has much to do with my second wind today.  For me, this week has been about getting out there and getting it done.  Plastering on the work face, getting into work clothes and well, working.

I've done it.  It's almost as if I'd never been away.  Life continues at work as it always does.  The days pass quickly as the cogs and wheels of the bigger machine churn on.  There is reassurance in the routine and the routinely unexpected that there are a whole lot of worse situations to be in than spending the day in paid employment.  It's rewarding and fulfilling to have the answers for someone else, to be the shoulder they lean on when they need one and to be the one with a smile and a joke rather than tears and dark thoughts.  I'm exhausted but in a good way.

So it took all of my intestinal fortitude to not rock up to work in my J Brand skinnies and non descript grandpa grey cardi this morning. You know, the comfy side of Casual Friday.  But something stopped me.  I've come too far to limp through Friday in grey....  The week had to end with Colour and The Chanel Aesthetic (by way of Target).

Cardi - Target, necklaces - Red Phoenix Emporium,  bracelet - Hermes.

In celebration of my resilience (real or otherwise), I ditched my original outfit idea and found inspiration in Red Phoenix Style's design retrospective and wore my FF Orange and Lady Melbourne necklaces.  Still wore jeans though.  Loving my bootleg Sevens in a dark indigo wash right now.

I bought my 1L bottle of Yoshida marinade from Costco.  I think Costco and I are a match made in heaven.  Every day is a new Costco purchse discovery at SSG Manor.  And no, they did not pay me to say that.

This evening, the SSG Manor kitchen discovered the American dinner staple that is Mr Yoshida's Original Marinade and Cooking Sauce.  You know how everything seems somewhat glossier and intensely coloured in American media?  Well, the same is true of their marinades.  I have never seen glossier skinless chicken thigh fillets come out of my wok.  Never.

The marinade available in Australia is teriyaki flavoured.  There are 4 varieties in the US market from what the website was saying.  Objectively, it tastes very authentic to me.  It is rather sweet though so be careful when cooking on high heat because things turn from caramel to cinder pretty quickly.

But the thing that intrigues me most about this marinade is that apparently you can make a beef and broccoli stir fry with it too!  It's a four ingredient recipe which is just how I  like my mid week cooking - beef, broccoli, marinade and cornflour.  I will test this out soon and report back.

I have a big day planned tomorrow.  It's gnocchi making day.

Take care and have a lovely evening,


  1. Congrats on making it through the week. Am excited to hear about your gnocchi making adventures tomorrow.

  2. Glad you are back at work and it is helping.

    That chicken looks like it has had a fake tan. Perhaps you are missing a business opportunity and could set up a spray tan booth using the marinade?? Just a thought.

    Take care.

  3. 'I've come too far to limp through Friday in grey' - yes you have! Love that quote, love you and your attitude. Those necklaces look wonderful - have a great weekend! xxx

  4. Good to see you made it through the week. Is that the new Hermes?

    The chicken and vege looks delish - I had barbeque shapes for dinner last night.

    TDM xx

  5. Aneets: full report to follow.

    AFW: I like your thinking. It would be a completely biodegradable tan! Not sure if it's organic but 1 out of 2 ain't bad.

    Mrs E: thank you, xxx

    TDM: it is indeed, well spotted.

    SSG xxx

  6. Love the outfit. And the marinade looks fabulous.

    Can't wait to hear about the gnocchi extravaganza.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend. You deserve it.

    K xx


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