Sydney, aren't you just loving this sun at the moment? I wasn't too sure how the day would pan out weather wise when I got up to the dark skies and wet roads this morning but didn't things turn the corner in a major way?
The world is a better place when it's sunny. Even more so if you get your own spot of sun at yoga. Seasoned yogi that I am, I was able to position myself perfectly during the lying poses so that a fat ray of sun was warming my face as I lay on my back. If I were a cat I would have been purring, even when we weren't doing cat pose.
It was also a bit of a bonus walking back to the car in the evening light, the smell of barbecue dinners in the air.
Sorry I haven't posted for a few days. It's been a crazy week. In turns busy, nerve wracking, surprising and (thank goodness) fun. I know that's an almond croissant in the photo but it is Saturday and it is also the Day of Carbs according to the SSGs' interpretation of the Team Gosling Diet. The discipline of the diet is setting in quicker than I thought it would. I had fruit salad for lunch after my carbolicious breakfast at Cavalicious. Then I had some lemon Homestyle Creamies before yoga but because they were crushed in the packet, their carb content halved. You have that rule at your place too? Good to hear.
I think diets are my form of spring cleaning. I started a social networking diet as well this past week. I wanted to see if I could survive without Facebook for at least a fortnight. Just because, I guess. I was curious to see what I'd do with all the time I'd suddenly find without the constant distraction of Timeline. So far so good. I haven't missed it and I suspect my friends on Facey are grateful for the dramatic reduction in volume of their feeds.
Turns out there was loads going on in the real world.
It's time to start Christmas baking. I think I'm going to try this Christmas cake recipe from a Coles booklet. Brandy and dark chocolate with fruit? My kind of Christmas cake.
Instead of boring catalogues of the new season fashions, the creative geniuses at Louis Vuitton issued a set of note cards featuring the collection - with matching envelopes for the cards. The cards are too cute to use.
I found a pair of sensible black flats for work. Camper make amazing shoes. The soles last for ever and a day. This pair look virtually indestructible. It could take me years to wear down the soles.
Dinner did not disappoint our carb deprived stomachs. I was hoping to get to the Night Noodle Markets in the city but they don't open on the weekends for some reason. Next best option? Rice and lots of it. I made the Caramel Chicken from Super Food Ideas, August 2011.
To make the pickled cucumber, thinly slice 2 Lebanese Cucumbers. Combine 1/4 cup rice vinegar and 2 tablespoons of caster sugar and heat until the sugar melts. Place the cucumber slices in the liquid and allow to cool. Add a chopped spring onion.
For the chicken, brown 800g of thinly sliced chicken thigh fillets. Remove from the wok or pan. Brown one chopped red onion and then add one clove of garlic, thinly sliced. Return the chicken to the pan. Add 1 tablespoon of soya sauce. Cover and cook for 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Add sugar and stir for 1 -2 minutes. Then add 2 tablespoons of fish sauce and 1 tablespoon of lime juice. Heat until sauce thickens. Serve with rice and pickle.
Recipe from Super Food Ideas, August 2011 - page 62.
It was a market food meal. Pickled cucumbers on top of caramelized chicken and onion on a (large) bed of white rice. Perfect end to a summery day.