Mar 9, 2017

Lovin' Life 9/3/2017: Sort of MIA. Em and Harley and Christian. Food Lately.

It feels like I've been missing in action this past week.  Which actually doesn't make sense because I've not been away and not much was especially different about my routine over the last few days.  But I do have a cold and..

I Had To Work On Tuesday.  Full timers or those of you who normally work a run of consecutive days, I don't know how you do it or how I ever did it for as long as I did.  I had to rearrange my days this week which meant that I was at work on what has normally been my day off for the last 3 years.  The promise of a kind of 'mid week weekend' with Wednesday and Thursday off this week did little to ease the fatigue.  It must be old age setting in early.  Or that getting stuck into a routine and refusing to budge that I love doing (but am trying to change).

SS Manor's nod to Mardi Gras weekend comes to you via this My Little Pony that Preschooler SSG scored from a Happy Meal.

My other favourite Mardi Gras inspired moment of the week was Em Rusciano and Bob Downe's duet of 'Don't You Want Me'.  Em and Harley's breakfast radio who on 2DAYFM is one of the highlights of my morning commute.  It's not just them I love, it's their side kick Christian Hull aka Trish too...

Thanks, Trish for breaking down and decoding life as a school mum for me.

I revisited The Burpee this week and they were actually fun.  Possibly because I only had to one at a time between sets of other exercises...  But still, points for trying.

I've also faced facts and realised that I'll never in a million years remember my favourite slow cooker recipe (Lamb Obsession) despite it being so simple.  So I've just printed it out and put it through the laminator for safe keeping.

It's been an exciting (relatively speaking) week in food for SSG Manor 2.0.  I made Chinese Spaghetti Bolognese and gave myself a huge pat on the back for serving Preschooler SSG a 'noodle' dinner that for once didn't contain a bag of highly processed instant noodles.  We both really enjoyed this Chinese take on pasta.  There's more bite and firmness to pasta than most noodles and the texture worked well with the thicker mince based sauce.  The flavour was very authentic too.  Be warned though that it can get a bit salty if using regular chicken stock.

I even remembered to garnish with chilli flakes rather than Parmesan.

It's been salmon week here and the first recipe I made was Nagi's Baked Parmesan Crusted Salmon.  If you love a tasty crust on your baked fish, this is a recipe you must try.  The layer of dijon mustard under the crumb is a great way of getting them to stick and also adds a lovely flavour to the salmon.

I didn't make the sauce that goes with the fish but made potato wedges instead.

How could I have eaten frozen wedges for so long when these wedges are just as easy to prepare?

How's your week been?

Cooked anything interesting for dinner?


  1. I'm a big fan of the chilli flakes. Hope your cold is on the way out.

  2. I've been at home recovering from a bad back this week which has been most frustrating because I can see all the things around the house that need doing but I'm unable to do them! I'm happy to be going back to work tomorrow although I will still be taking it relatively easy!


  3. I hope you are feeling better. I cooked Teriyaki Salmon last night and it was divine. I love trying new recipes but because of the unrelenting heat wave we have been experiencing in Queensland, I have been struggling to get in the kitchen and do much cooking at all. :) #TeamLovinLife

  4. Those shoes! I love them. So very much.
    I don't know if it's the consecutive days thing, or that you're thrown out of your usual routine that makes it so much more painful. I have to say, I saw your Chinese spaghetti bol on instagram this week and thought it looked interesting. #lovinlife

  5. I've been listening to Em Rusciano's show in the mornings as well!
    So tempted to call up one of these mornings for the Alphabet challenge :P

  6. A busy week for you and it does make a difference if you have to work a different day. Your whole week feels out of whack! It certainly is getting closer to slow cooker time so maybe you should share your recipe! Good for you with the burpees. I hate them as most people do and because of a back injury I haven't been able to do them. Keep up the good work on the fitness side. Have a great week and look forward to next week's post.

    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  7. Wishing you a speedy recovery. And yes, sometimes I wonder how I do the work every day thing too!

  8. Oh I like your leopard print flats! :) I think we become set in our routines the longer we stay in them, and as someone who likes routine I don't think that's a bad thing! But it can be odd when they change. Especially when you're unwell! Hope you recover from your cold soon!

    No new or fancy dinners here, still sticking to my easy go-to ones until I feel I have more time in the kitchen. I'm beginning to worry it will never come, but I know it did eventually when my eldest grew up!

  9. You know you've gotta share the slow cooker Lamb Obsession recipe right? We're coming in to winter soon (ok autumn first) and that is the season where I love using my slow cooker and I could do with some more recipes! I really like the look of that crusted Salmon too. I love Salmon - I have a really yum Honey Soy Salmon recipe - so delicious! #TeamLovinLife

  10. Love your idea of Chinese spaghetti will have to try it!

  11. Made this salmon dish for the first time - so easy and delicious!

  12. I totally understand what you're saying about rearranging your days. When my kids were younger, I worked 3 days a week. I had everything organised around those days. If a day had to be swapped, it threw things into chaos! We love homemade potato wedges too - so quick and easy. I sprinkle mine with a little chicken salt and parmesan - yummmo!

  13. wow! you've been soooo busy - you make my week look like a walk in the park!

  14. Food full stop, would be nice. Mr Him and I are working such long hours at the moment we're living on eggs and beans with the odd home cooked freezer meal supplement occasionally. Glad we did a cook in in January and February. Do you have links to those recipes?

  15. OMG, I dislike burpees. I am crossing my legs just thinking about the strain on my bladder.
    As for Mardi Gras, love the My Little Pony nod! LOL.


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