Mar 17, 2019

The Great Indoors.


Ah, the great indoors.  It was only a matter of time before we were reunited, wasn't it?



We have all this rain to thank for our reunion.


Because (yet again) it rained enough over the weekend for Noah to have floated his ark if he saw fit to do so in Sydney.


We visited the whales at The Australian Museum.



The exhibit is already a hit with young and old alike.  Besides the chance to get up close and personal with these eerie whale skeletons, I saw baleen for the first time in my life.


I always imagined it to look like that coir layer you often find in hanging plant pots but it actually looks like the bristles of a stiff scrubbing brush with a bit of bonus balayage happening.


An obligatory shot of the merch available to tie in with the new exhibition.



This view of St Mary's Cathedral is one of my favourite things about the museum.



I took full advantage of the approximately 2 hours of clear skies we got over the weekend by doing such things as raking up the frangipani flowers that have begun to fall on the back lawn.  I'm going to miss their tropical summer presence once winter hits us.




I'm in that honeymoon phase with regard to wearing long sleeves.  Soon it'll be sweaters and then winter coats.  So exciting, until it gets to that have to wear them stage of winter.

The kitchen has been a hotbed of activity during The Downpours.


Compromise baking has taken place.  I made a batch of carrot cake baked oatmeal for the week's breakfasts.  Looks and smells like cake but with the benefits of various hidden grain superfoods.  My insides must be a good twenty years younger than the rest of me by now.  Maybe someday my 'inner age' will shine through up around my face...



I've tried something new with this week's meal prep.  I've got a Greek meatball and roasted vegetable thing planned and found out about Romesco sauce which is apparently perfect with lamb.  Google provided several recipes and I mashed a few together.  Basically, I blitzed toasted almond flakes, parsley, a few cloves of garlic. red wine vinegar and a small jar of semi-dried capsicum (entire contents of bottle) together and voila!


Such colour, such aroma and so much flavour.



I'll be serving the Romesco sauce with these meal prep bowls of Greek lamb meatballs and lemony roasted vegetables.


Staying on the colour, aroma and flavour theme - I've just made my first batch of Jools Oliver's Wholesome Veg and Bean Soup for autumn/winter 2019.  It's a cooler weather staple at my place.

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via Google images

I highly recommend adding kale as a green along with spinach.  You don't even need the suggested frozen peas.  Kale adds a surprising crunch to the soup as well a pleasant bitterness to cut through the richness of the bacon and beans.

How's your weekend been?  As rain drenched and indoorsy as mine?


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