Apr 15, 2012

Building Bridges. A Marinade Recipe. The Colour Compromise.

Good morning, everyone!

This is another one of those crazy crack of dawn posts.  This seems to be the best time of the day for my laptop, you see.  It's been creaking along with a very loud shushing noise for the last couple of weeks and I've still not made it to the Mac store to get it sorted out.  It's going to happen next weekend.  Rain or shine, I'm going to be down at that glass fronted store and begging a Genius to breathe new life into my relatively new MacBook.

I'm really taking to this going slow business.  So much so that I've even developed a dodgy back to really make sure I can't move beyond the speed of a sprightly 80 year old with a pick up frame.

Image courtesy of heatheryoga.com

The only thing that's worked for the pain this weekend has been the bridge pose.  For the time that I'm in the pose and for a good 15 minutes afterward, I'm pain free.  The down side is that the only things I can multi task with the bridge pose is talking to Mr SSG and fast forwarding the ads on Foxtel iQ (at a pinch).  Use of my Kindle or iPhone are not supported by the bridge pose.  Perhaps I do need to find a heat pack today.

In the spirit of taking it easy, I've discovered a quick honey and soy marinade recipe.  It tastes so much better than the pre made sauces from the supermarket.  All you need is 1/3 cup honey, 2 tablespoons of soya sauce and of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and a clove or two of crushed garlic.  After combing these together in a glass bowl, allow your chicken to marinate for at least half an hour.

When sung a grill, the marinade can burn quickly so keep your slices of chicken on the thin side so that it cooks before it burns.  In my book, if you have one weekend dinner that's as healthy as this, you get a leave pass for the rest of the weekend's meals.  It is such a quick recipe though, that it will come in very handy during the week.

Cardigan - Target, tank - Big W, scarf - Hermes, scarf ring - Mai Tai Collection, jeans - Citizens of Humanity, belt - GAP.

Fashion wise, this season seems to be all about colour.  I was writing the other day about how I had made peace with the fact that coloured denim skinnies are a trend that I'm just going to have to sit out.  It is exciting though, that for once colour will be key this winter.  The over 35s compromise?  Stick to colour on your top half.

Top - Segments at Costco, skirt - Ralph Lauren, necklace - Red Phoenix Emporium.
I think the washing machine cycle has ended.  So has the dishwasher cycle.  The day is officially starting.

Before I go, a bit of shameless self promotion.

People's choice award

I've been nominated for the Sydney Writers' Centre Best Australian Blogs 2012 People's Choice Award.  If you felt like it, please vote for the blog.  

Thank you!


  1. Red Phoenix StyleApril 15, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Voted :) Loving the brave colour choices - I am embracing jewel tones and pastels at the same time, is tricky...


  2. Loving you bright tops! :) There is always some way to indulge in the latest trend! :)

    Sad you have a sore back - do get a heatpack, they really help! Fingers crossed it heals quickly for you!


  3. Sorry to hear about your back..ouch! That bridge pose is the best though! I think I'll make that soy chicken this week (oldie but a goodie). Congrats about being nominated, you've got a vote from me!

  4. SSG, hope you're on the mend soon! Love the orange and pink outfits and that Ralph Lauren skirt is tres chic! X

  5. That honey soy marinade is exactly what I've been looking for to put in my chicken stir fry! Hope you're feeling better soon gorgeous xx

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite NigellaApril 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Oh no, I hope your back gets better! I have back problems too and it is really awful I know :(

  7. I hope your back is feeling better.  That reminds me, I must find where my wheat pack got "tidied away".  The marinade sounds delicious.
    I've voted for you!

  8. I have voted for you! For some reason, Handmade Kids was already ticked!

  9. I share your pain as far as the back goes - haven't tried the bridge pose though. My physio gave me a series of stretches that help me keep the mobility going - i do them each morning before I get out of bed. Also get my partner to give my back a massage with some tiger balm. When he's not around I go for the wheat bag or I have some "old man plasters" that I get from the local asian grocery - like tiger balm on a big sticking patch that I affix to my lower back. Let me know if you want more info.
    ps I voted for you too!

  10. Sorry to hear about your back. As some people mentioned heat is great. If you can keep up the gentle exercise ie walking. 


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