Archive for April, 2010

Anzac Day two-up @ Dicks, Balmain

PC invited Mr L and me to join her, the two Ts and a few others for a spot of Anzac Day Two-Up @ Dicks Hotel, Balmain. We could hardly believe the crowds as we approached Dick’s. Outside Dick’s and the adjacent Exchange Hotel, the lines were massive (see pics) as people from far and wide came together to remember the Anzacs, while drinking beers and playing Two-Up.


Continue Reading April 26, 2010 at 11:11 am Leave a comment

Remembering our soldiers on ANZAC Day eve

Mr L and I met my friend Cassie in the Rocks today. While there, I took the following picture of a sandstone soldier carving. Though it’s of a soldier from Australia’s settlement period, it seemed fitting since ANZAC Day is tomorrow. I’ve been remembering my two grandfathers who both served their countries in world war two – as did many other men and women. I’ve also been thinking of the cab driver in Brisbane this week who told me that he’d been left for dead with two bullets in his chest in the Vietnam War. He was so glad to be alive – there was a spring in his voice seldom heard while people rush about their days, barely stopping to remember their manners in the street, or acknowledge others. This post has one purpose – to remember those who have gone to wars – whether by choice or not.

Continue Reading April 24, 2010 at 2:00 pm 1 comment

Qantas goodness, part II

This (very quick) post is a follow up to the post from a couple of weeks ago named “A nod to finer Qantas moments.” This afternoon I flew back to Sydney from Brisbane and the afternoon snack was a packet of Carman’s Savoury Mixed Blend. I spent some time trying to determine whether this product is wheat or gluten free. I’m still unsure, but I think it’s free of wheat since it’s not pointed out on the ingredients list. In any case, I gave Carman’s Savoury Mixed Blend a burl and can confirm that I rate it. Except for the fact that there are no sultanas, the mix reminds me very much of Bhuja mix – a favourite of mine and a particularly good friend to an icy cold beer.

Continue Reading April 23, 2010 at 10:33 am Leave a comment

Travellers’ tricks – cooking while travelling

This week I’m in Brisbane. While it’s easy to get caught up with eating badly (and working late), I determined to cook my dinners while away this week. A simple concept, right? In fact, cooking while travelling is difficult, since (unless travelling with one’s whole pantry), it’s important to be able to produce tasty meals with limited ingredients. And in my case, ingredients that are gluten free. This post is the start of a series to inspire fellow regular travellers to cook, rather than order room service – to conserve their wastelines and improve the health of their wallets. Tonight’s recipe: garlic prawn and veggie stirfry with rice – is no mess, no fuss, no gluten and good for health. And what’s more, it takes less than 10 minutes to make, so it’s faster than delivery!

Continue Reading April 22, 2010 at 11:25 am 2 comments

Karen Martini’s Persian Roasted Chicken with Hazelnuts and Saffron

This post follows on from Monday and last night’s blogs. The hazelnuts in this recipe bring an amazing dimension to it – roasty nutty flavour and serious crunch. And the Persian flavours remind me fondly of friends B + B! If you’re looking for a variation on your favourite chicken recipe or want to serve something a bit different to guests, consider this dish. If you’re nuts for nuts – this, you should try this dish!

Continue Reading April 21, 2010 at 11:01 am 1 comment

Thai red duck curry – thanks to magical MIL, fantastic FIL and Karen Martini

Well – how lucky am I? And you too, really? Why? Thanks to my magical MIL and fantastic FIL I now have both the first Thai red duck curry and the Persian chicken recipes from last night’s blog in my hot little hand. Tonight, I’ll share the red duck curry recipe with you. Originally – it comes from Australian chef, Karen Martini. If you like to cook – make it. It’s one of the best Thai red duck curries I’ve had!

Continue Reading April 20, 2010 at 12:23 pm 6 comments

A duck’n’great time!

A super quick post tonight from the back of a cab in Brisbane! It’s not a review, nor a recipe, but the promise of at least one, if not three recipes. I know it’s a tease, but pics of two duck curries and Persian chicken are below to whet your appetite. This post also remembers two terrific friends, B+B.

Continue Reading April 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm 5 comments

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