Sunday, July 26, 2009

No Joke, Satire News is Most Trusted

I acknowledge my absense (due to exchange trip planning!) with an interesting article;

I recently read that satirist & comedian, Jon Stewart, is the most trusted in the U.S. for news!

Was it as startling to you as it was to me?

... But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense; he has a refreshing "no bullshit" approach to news and high societal figures... and what about those cheeky throw-away remarks he makes.?

Hpwever this all makes me wonder, what do you think this means for the future of news?

More muckraker's and less serious news faces? That would be a refreshing change. I'd like to hear what you think?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fat Mischa

I never thought I'd see the day that this waif-thin, almost androgynous looking OC star became fat?
Yep. This is the new Mischa according to this blog. Shocking isn't it?

This is horrible but I almost do a little high-five with myself when I look at these pics...

A little light relief towards the end of the week - in case any of you are having a "fat day".

Monday, July 13, 2009

A Weekend of Meals

Delicious & hearty winter slow cooked lamb shanks.

Well I had a lovely weekend up the coast with P. We cooked, ate, laughed, swam, walked and had fun - generally making the most of our time together before I head over to France in August.

Check out this meal he cooked (above w/the aforementioned chef in the background) - lamb shanks with delicious spices, honey, figs, carrots & potato.

What did you get up to this weekend?

Friday, July 10, 2009

How to: Get off Jury Duty

I was recently reminded of this hilarious 30 Rock ep because my friend L. has been called up for jury duty!

I know, I never thought it actually happened to real people! So anyway, to get out of it I suggested she take a tip from Liz Lemon and dress as Princess Leia.

But apparently when you go it's best to look smart - they don't want people who actually understand the logistics of the case to be on the jury!

Have you had to do jury duty before? What was it like?

Recipes for a Moroccan Feast

Lime Yogurt Cake with Rosewater and Pistachios: Click the links below for delicious, tried and tested moroccan recipes from the feast last weekend.

As promised, my recipes from the Moroccan feast I threw for my Mum's birthday last Sunday...

The nine guests there were very lovely about the food, so I can only guess that these recipes are winners!!

We started with dips and bread; I made a really unusual Turkish dip called 'Muhammara' - it got the best reviews.

Then we had a Moroccan Lamb Tagine, recipe from French chef Trish Deseine... it worked so well and doing it the day before (as suggested) really allowed me to be free to chat and have fun. Also leaving it over night; the flavours intensely developed and the lamb soothingly fell apart in everyone's mouths.

Finally dessert (as pictured above) was a Lime Yogurt Cake with Rosewater and Pistachios, it went down very well... but a tip: make 2 batches of the "Syrup" it's nice to have it on hand when finally serving the cake.

So that was the successful feast - if you're looking for an easy meal to cook for 10 or so people - this is it.

What meals have you been enjoying lately?

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Choose-day: Tea and Reading Day

Well the time between that last post and this one lapsed incredibly quickly!

Over the weekend I was busy preparing a birthday feast for 10 family and friends in celebration of my Mum's b'day; recipes, images and details in next post!

But for now, I'm going to refill my cup of tea and catch up on some reading:

The Selby: Cool kitchen, "Anne, Aimee & Nathan's home in Darlinghurst, Sydney."

  • "Kumar" in the Whitehouse?
  • An adorable NYTimes love story. This line melted my heart: “Every night I would take the feelings inside of me and try to bounce them off a star,” he said, “hoping that energy would reach her, and maybe somehow she would know that I was thinking about her.”
  • The tale of an NY phantom bread-maker.
  • Style deconstructed by fashion blogger (and The Sartorialist's girlfriend) Garance Doré.

Did anything exciting happen over your weekend?

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Bruno Called Our Prime Minister Hot

Yep, it's true... he said so on national TV!

What do you think?

Let's Change the Tune.

I've been buying some actual CD's lately and let me tell you I feel like a martyr.

Not only that, I forgot the joy in actually opening up a CD case and popping a beautifully covered CD in - instead of a burnt one labelled carelessly "Annie's Hits of November", if I even get around to labelling it!

So what I've been listening to lately?

Madeleine Peyroux's Bare Bones.

Amy Whinehouse's Frank.

Both are great artists. I once went to Peyroux's concert 2 years back and was by at least 3 decades the youngest person there! But I loved it anyway... so I'm an gran in a young girl's skin!

(P. bought me the great Amy Whinehouse one, after I made one comment about wanting to buy one of her albums! He's a sneaky Mr!)

What's your old lady confession? Love knitting? Or prefer a cup of tea and a biscuit instead of a hard night of Kate-Moss-worthy clubbing?

Talking About Eating...

I'm currently updating my appallingly neglected blog at a great cafe in my area called, "Desmond and Molly Jones" - yes, very wittingly named after the Beatles song "Ob la di, Ob la da".

The atmosphere is worth $4.50, the price of their large flat white coffee alone. The proprietress, whom I realised I know through other past connections has the absolutely best laugh ever! And the atmosphere in the cafe is like sitting in someone's living room, enjoying their conversation.

And the food, well it goes with the homemade theme too. Wholesome and delicious... I'm definitely willing myself to try their absolutely generous looking homemade choc chip cookie.

Anyway if you ever end up in Bris the address is: 615 Stanley St, Woolloongabba, Queensland 4102.

There's parking 'round the back :-)

Tell me 'bout your 'fave local haunt...

The Pleasure of Eating

Ever since reading Mireille Guiliano's book, "French Women Don't Get Fat", I've been semi-adopting her theory, of eating good quality, full fat food but in small portions.

However living in Aus, it's quite hard to adopt this Gauloise theory; portions come huge and for the most part, Aus' food proprieters celebrate that their product has 0.2% fat (eg. 0.2% flavour).

Anyway I'm bringing this up again because over the past 2 weekends I've been in Sydney and Melbourne and overall celebrating food.

I hate it that in today's world we're made to feel guilty for drinking a full fat cappucino and indulging in that chocolate chip cookie - as long as you don't have the whole packet - that slice of pleasure is absolutely justified in my view.

This article I read confirms this food for pleasure theory.

What is the merit in starving yourself of life - you may be hit by a bus tomorrow and what will you treasure more?

That lovely creme brulee morcel you shared over laughs and great conversation with friends, or your ribs protruding from your emaciated body - rivalling your breasts in size?

Eat, laugh, enjoy - stop counting calories and just eat in moderation.

I'm reminded of the under-lying theme in the film "Amelie"; she finds pleasure in all the small things in life... cracking the top of a creme brulee and skimming stones over a small river that runs through paris.

What's your view on dieting and food? Would love to know.

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