In the dreariness of winter, my idea of bliss is a comforting snack or two to go with a steaming mug of tea as I make my way through a book. Or else, the discovery of some exciting new winter food launch. So far this winter, I've had more luck with the foods than the books in the satisfaction stakes.
The hits look a little something like this.
Macarons from Zumbo, or Zumborons as they're called on Instagram.
Buttermilk scones from Paddy the Baker's stall at the Bondi Junction Village Market.
A comforting plate of sushi hand rolls after a stressful morning. I've been brown bagging practically all my lunches this year so this plate of sushi was both a break from routine and a blast from the past when sushi was practically all I ate for lunch when I wasn't at work.
The clever people at John West have just released some special edition fiery flavoured tunas. My favourite is Sriracha.
I'm reassured by the fact that they've used the word special rather than limited on the label. But I'm not taking any chances and have stocked up on a half dozen cans of sriracha tuna just in case.
Moving on from my stomach... I've had a disappointing run of Kindle downloads this month. Both novels were by authors whose work I normally love.
Have you read 'China Rich Girlfriend' to the very end? Motivate me please. Does character empathy and curiosity ever kick in?
I did finish Holly Madison's 'The Vegas Diaries', her follow up memoir to 'Down the Rabbit Hole'. In her second book, Holly writes about her life after walking away from The Mansion's gates and how she came to define herself professionally in Las Vegas. It was a time of her life where she was no longer being told what to do with her life and how to do it. Holly's growing self confidence and sense of self worth are apparent in this novel and while it wasn't as exciting or as sensationalist as 'Down the Rabbit Hole', it was reassuring to know that Holly's Vegas years have put her well on the way to a life full of happiness and purpose.
What foods are you loving this winter?
Any good reads you'd like to share?