I enjoyed a few visits to family in Geelong. This was my opportunity to get to the beach. One evening at Western Beach it was fish and chips from King George Fish and Grill which did excellent chips and potato cakes. We left the first place because at 6pm they had run out of potato cakes.
On another occasion we went to Torquay Front Beach with my nephew, niece and sister-in-law. We watched the helicopters circling overhead and the water emptying of swimmers with caution. The lifesavers weren't emptying the beach at nearby Cosy Corner. But we were not surprised when my brother phoned to let us know there was a shark at the Back Beach. That day I also got sunburnt and slow traffic past a grass fire. Sharks, sunburn and fires seemed to tick all the hazards of an Aussie summer!
backyard mural and spent some time on small improvements to Sylvia's room. It also meant more time for card games, board games, and for Sylvia to potter about. I really loved this little picnic scene she created for a green giraffe.
Golden Gaytime Crumb Shed in the city. I still haven't got over my childhood love of Golden Gaytimes. At the crumb shed they were doing fancy versions and I had a Crumb Choc Millionaire coated with chocolate crumb, smashed potato crisps, desiccated coconut, blue sprinkles, and edible glitter. It was really good.
Shakahari while we waited to see a later movie. Other films we saw over the holidays at the cinema were La La Land, Sing and Ballerina. All lots of fun.
Glass Den. I just loved the pretty Peach and Avo Bruschetta (lime and lemongrass avocado, with peach, mint heirloom capsicum, cherry tomatoes, baby mizuna, beetroot hummus and almond feta served on crisp charcoal loaf). It is the most memorable meal of the holidays.
I also enjoyed a vegan meatball sub at Mr Nice Guy, the Golden Gaytime Deth Shake at Curators Collective, tacos at The Snug, and waffles at the Boot Factory. And a few stops for inari at sushi shops with Sylvia.
But I Will Never Go Vegan, but it was not a month that was memorable for making amazing recipes to share.
Given we were very busy, it is no surprise that one recipe I really loved was a simple one. This ginger beer recipe was in a supermarket magazine. It appealed because it didn't need to sit around for ages or to be strained. It was just a matter of mixing everything together and pouring it into a bottle the next day, minus the sludge at the bottom.
The main change I would like would be to add less water so I could make up half ginger beer and half soda water for fizziness. My mum tells me you just need to ferment it for fizziness. I don't have the room for storing bottles that may explode. Not even under the bed, which my mum tells me is traditional. I also wondered about some extra spices, given how much I love the Christmas spiced Bundaberg ginger beer.
- Alternative Scottish Fusion Burns Supper - Allotment to Kitchen: Shaheen has links to lots of fun variations on vegetarian haggis dishes as well as some interesting background information on Rabbie Burns.
- Tim Wu interview - The Internet is a classic party that went sour - The Guardian: "The great mistake of the web’s idealists was a near-total failure to create institutions designed to preserve that which was good about the web (its openness, its room for a diversity of voices and its earnest amateurism), and to ward off that which was bad (the trolling, the clickbait, the demands of excessive and intrusive advertising, the security breaches)."
- Kittens on Pinterest: we have a kitten at our neighbour's so when I saw a kittens board on Pinterest, E and Sylvia enjoyed going all gooey over the cute pictures!
- Kids and Television - How to Influence What They Learn - Hey Sigmund: Research has been done on how to get the most out of kids watching television and the results are simple and common sense: "When parents watch television with their children, the capacity of those children to learn from what they see increases."
- English bubble physicist Helen Czerski says Donald Trump is a Magic Pill - The Age: An article which says Trump seems like a magic pill but there is no such thing: "Life – stuff like climate change and pandemics and antibiotic resistance – is complicated, and even the most agile science communicators can't make it simple."
- Wesley Enoch wont censor Sydney Festival's Australia Day activities - The Australian: high profile Indigenous director, Wesley Enoch reflects on if we should change the date of Australia Day: “What’s more important? That we have a meaningful discussion and debate about what it means to be Australian, and remember the First Peoples on that day, and acknowledge past wrongs.”
More summer drinks on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Apricot and passionfruit smoothie (gf)
Chilled apple green tea (gf, v)
Lemonade (gf, v)
Limeade (gf, v)
Lime Spiders (gf)
Tropical orange and carrot smoothie (gf, v)
From Woolworth Fresh magazine December 2016
3/4 cup castor sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice (bit less than one medium lemon)
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp dried yeast
1.25l boiling water*
fresh mint leaves and ice blocks, to serve
Place all ingredients in large saucepan, cover loosely and leave over night at room temperature. The next morning, skim off any, skim off any scum and pour into a bottle in fridge with at least 4cm space at the top (we used a 2 litre bottle and had plenty of room). Discard the sediment at the bottom of the saucepan. Store in the fridge. Serve with ice blocks and mint leaves if desired.
*NOTES: next time I make this I might experiment with adding a bit more than half the water and then serving it with half ginger beer and half soda water to make it fizzy.
On the Stereo:
Remember Us to Life: Regina Spector