Oct 21, 2011

Colour, Food and Beverages at SSG Manor.

Doesn't the Queen look fabulous?  That smile, that energy and that deportment.  She is an inspiration at 88.  I am deeply envious of how cool she looks despite being in gloves and long sleeves in the sun.

If Queen Elizabeth Herself is wearing colour and pearls in Australia at the moment, then humble subjects such as myself should take note and dress ourselves accordingly.

Dress - Zara, necklace - Red Phoenix Emporium.

The weather was glorious in Sydney today.  It was just begging us all to embrace colour.  I did colour by way of Talitha Getty in this paisley shift from Zara.  It was from the stock on the floor in the first week of its opening here in Sydney.  The drama and the anticipation.  Those of us there were part of Australian high street history.  I hear Victoria's Secret, H&M and others are now on their way.  Or perhaps they were going the Australian mail order distribution warehouse route instead.  One or the other.

Flats - Paul Green.

I wore these silver flats with the dress.  Another find from Peter Shepherd, the comfort shoe store of East Coast Nannas (and me).  It was a day of crazy meetings and endless stairs so these gems were the perfect shoe for the day.

Part of the office chocolate supply.

Another antidote to crazy are Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  The mini ones are probably the best thing the USA has given Australia.  Besides a killer exchange rate, Hawaii and free international shipping.  Costco would have to be a close second to the chocolates for you cannot have one without the other in Australia at the moment.  If you wish to buy your Peanut Butter Cups at a competitive price, that is.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups rock my world.  I could eat them all day.  They taste even better than Baskin Robbins' peanut butter and chocolate ice cream.  Which was the way I first tasted peanut butter and chocolate together.  It was on a Saturday afternoon back in Perth in Subiaco and I was on a date with an indecisive but very kind young man (who was not Mr SSG).  His hair was much better than mine will ever be.  Only one thing was set in stone that fateful day.  Peanut butter and chocolate were meant for each other.

SSG Manor is still on the Team Gosling low carb eating plan.  On Wednesday night, Mr SSG used a whole bottle of Nando's Hot Peri-Peri Sauce to marinade the chicken for our stir fry.  It worked really well and there is one less condiment languishing in the fridge now.

Unfortunately, something had to give if we were to stay on the no carb dinner eating plan.  We went back on the Coke Zeros.  It was my fault.  I bought 3 bottles at the servo with my petrol to get the extra 2 cents off per litre discount.  Three days later, there was only one bottle left.

On Thursday, I conceded defeat and restocked at Coles.  With 200ml snack sized cans.  I love the wording of the carton.  Afternoon treat.  Evening moment.  I figure if I've given up rice with my stir fry and potatoes with my steak then I am entitled to a can of Coke Zero.

Here we are at dinner tonight.  I am totally getting this low carb eating.  It helps to have had gnocci for lunch.  Mr SSG made salt and pepper squid as well as a green salad with mint and a long chilli  mixed in for flavour and zing.

I then entered stage left in my Zara paisley shift ensemble and had a Donna Hay moment.  All I had to do was make a dressing for the salad but food is theatre and the kitchen was my stage.  I used one of Donna's recipes involving lime juice, sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds, fish sauce and sugar.  Then I added some sweet chilli sauce and soya sauce.  

This is a perfect dinner for this weather.  I have willingly eaten so much salad for dinner in my life.

Have a great weekend, everyone!  I am hoping to get to the beach on Sunday.  Which means I need to assemble a beach outfit.  Common sense would suggest that I shop my closet for this outfit but I know that I will end up at Cotton On tomorrow in search of a bargain. 


  1. If you are going to head to Cotton On, there is a promotion available but only for the Cotton On Body stores. You just need to sign up on their mailing list and they will email you the 30% voucher. I used mine this week for some tanks and tights for the gym. I don't mind some of their gym tights. A couple of the styles are quite good quality.


  2. just want to say I think I overfed your fish

  3. go reeses! peanut butter and chocolate, so american, i love it!!!

  4. I just discovered your inspiring blog & have just signed up as your newest follower! I will pooping by again for a bit more inspiration. I will be doing the royal hat & gloves thing at the cup this week - hope the weather improves!
    Melissah from Coastal Style

  5. Dear SSG, please send me that salad sat. Kind Regards, Suger. ;)


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