Green Papaya Salad

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Brisbane is in the humid sub-tropics. Word on the street is that there are over 300 days on sunshine a year up here. Feels about right. Of course, it being the sub-tropics, in the summertime those sunshine-y days are interspersed with raging thunderstorms and torrential rains. Since we moved here, there were the crazy floods during the summer of 2011 that saw the Brisbane River break its banks and wreak all kinds of havoc, then the wild storms that hit us last year smashing windows and roofs and cutting off power to half of Brisbane, and this weekend just past two massive cyclones hit the Queensland Coast pulling houses into the ocean and devastating the mid-coast.

We were lucky here in Brisbane. The cyclones petered out before reaching us. What we did get, though, were the rains. At the moment damp is everywhere. It’s infiltrated the foundations. At first the cool weather was a welcome break from the blazing sunshine. But soon the wet started to take over. S and W went walking on Friday morning just after the cyclones made landfall – W now has a cold and S’s sandals sprouted a fine covering of pale green mold overnight. The water has seeped in under the house and through the floor, soaking the rug. Nothing dries; our towels are perpetually damp, as is the washing. Mold has started growing on the walls. Everything smells… wet. Continue reading

January Favourites

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Sure. It’s well past January. I know that. In fact it’s mid-February already. But dates be damned – here is my January favourites list. It’s been a pretty good month for our little family. We went from a family of three to one of four with the birth of our son. S has been on leave since T joined us so we’ve all been hanging out, eating watermelon, kissing the baby, playing at the park, fruitlessly trying to catch up on sleep. You know. All the life stuff. Plus the endless feedings have given me plenty of time to browse the interwebs…

Enjoy!
Sarah x Continue reading

Roast Veges & Millet with Thyme Lime Pesto

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How did it get late so soon?
– Dr. Seuss

Time is a tricky friend. It speeds up and slows down with no accounting. Some mornings stretch into a peaceful endlessness, only for evening to come around in the blink of an eye. Other days hours pass by so fast that breakfast suddenly becomes bedtime. Some days all of the plans to do this and that fall by the wayside. Other days so much gets done, with time to spare. It’s the ebb and flow, I guess. Continue reading

Bircher Muesli

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Breakfast has always been one of my favourite meals of the day. I’ve never been able to skip it. I love taking my time over breakfast – eating, reading, chatting. I also heartily approve of second breakfasts. In fact, one of the best things about weekends is second breakfast. Followed by brunch, then lunch. And then you can start planning dinner. But I digress…

I tend to get into breakfast grooves. As a uni student living in Carlton, most every day for about two years I would have a big bowl of muesli for brekky while reading my school texts, followed by a percolated coffee and a cigarette sitting on the green bench in our freezing cold courtyard. When S and I were first hanging out, getting to know one another, whenever he would stay over breakfast would be down at the uni cafe – almond croissant for him, orange poppyseed muffin for me, long blacks and hand-rolled cigarettes for both of us. Continue reading

Kale & Sweet Potato Salad w/ Fried Haloumi

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“Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark.”

From A Field Guide To Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

I had this post all ready to go last week – I just had to finish off some photo editing. But then, I had a baby instead. After a crazy heatwave weekend that seeped into the bones, my waters broke with a midnight storm. T was born later that afternoon in the hallway of our home, the sun and breeze streaming in through the front door. We lay in bed that night exhausted and elated. And then… there were four. Continue reading

Tofu Salad

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I’m in a state of waiting. Each day as the heat builds and the grey clouds roll in on top of one another I wait for the summer afternoon rains to fall. Endless reading of the news and various social media streams waiting in the countdown for the state election. And as my belly grows and tightens and the days tick by and my due date looms, I wait for the baby to come. Continue reading

Spaghetti with Shaved Asparagus & Chilli

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I know, I know – this post is two days late. Truth is, I don’t really have a good excuse. Summer holidays have been settling under my skin, so that the days are long and then suddenly gone, while the weeks fly by in a blink. For a change I haven’t been spending a lot of time in front of the computer. The heat and humidity and late stages of pregnancy are making me slower than usual. I shift between bouts of energy and the desire to lay down and simply daydream.

Much as I would like to spend my time in a state of heightened relaxation, toddlers don’t quite allow for that. So we’ve been spending a lot of time down the pool, me wallowing in the water and W either rearranging the sand, handful by handful, or laughing and being thrown up in the air with S. We also spend a fair amount of time at the library, where it is cool and quiet and we can all indulge our love of books. Continue reading