Phew, I feel like I'm still catching up from the weekend. My mum and I went down to Newcastle, New South Wales to visit my brother who moved there for work recently. Newcastle was pretty cool! One of the highlights was going to Estabar at Newcastle Beach with another Newcastle-based friend. They made one of the best coffees I've had ever and their food was rockin'. We also enjoyed some wine . . .
This month is preserving month (for #CBpreserves!), but in hindsight I think it would have been better to preserve things in March or April when we still had nectarines and mangoes and peaches. The end-of-summer fruit haul is already over. The citrus fruit and persimmons are here, along with apples, pears and pumpkins. This means: citrus curds and butters, pear or apple pastes to have with cheese, . . .
PSA: if you need to have a good cry, I recommend watching Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. Ya know, the 1993 movie about a wise old golden retriever called Shadow, a bulldog called Chance and a cat called Sassy who set out on a cross-country journey to find their owners? Yesterday I was having a bad day, so I skipped out on life and ate cereal on the couch whilst watching it. SO MANY TEARS. . . .
Chances are that you, like me, have reached the point of Christmas overindulgence that it's all you can do to reach a hand pathetically into the bowl of chocolate almonds on the coffee table, or pick at the bits of leftover turkey straight from the fridge, maybe stopping to smear them with some cranberry sauce from the jar. We've been subsisting on leftovers for days: first it was plates of . . .
Each January, we head to Lake Moogerah for the Australia Day long weekend, where we kick back with cards in hand and play 500 whilst watching the serenity and listening to Triple J beats. My favourite part of the whole thing is waking up surrounded by all my friends like it's a big slumber party, making coffee and/or just getting straight to the point and having a beer. Yes, please. I was . . .
Can we talk about the weather for a sec, like small talk? It's definitely Spring now in Brisbane. Yesterday was HOT. Today is gonna be HOT, and we're gonna go swimming in a friend's pool. Aside from general heat, here are a few other indicators about the change in season: last night I had to get Maths dude to dispose of a monster-sized huntsman spider on the outside of our apartment. To my eyes, . . .
If you haven't met Sarah yet, I'd like you to meet her now. Sarah is a Brisbane blogger like me, and she just published her first cookbook. It probably sounds creepy (hi, Sarah) since I've never met her in person, but I'm actually a little bit proud of this fellow Brisbanite and what she has achieved, and I just felt like doing a massive fist pump when her cookbook arrived at my front . . .
So I've recently noticed that "link love" is a thing, where you just link to a bunch of awesome articles/posts/cat videos/playlists/whatever, basically anything you read and loved on the interwebs. Well, I'd like to get involved, because I am so often excited by the things that my bloggy friends blog about! So here is the first edition of The Swirling Spoon link love!!! I wish I lived in . . .
For the Queen's Birthday long weekend just gone we had two dear friends staying in our apartment. To give some context, our apartment is a tiny 2-bedroom apartment that's already pretty cramped with three people living in it. With Reana and her man peach taking up both of the couches, you might think we were really squished, but it didn't feel like it at all. Life is always so good when I get . . .
One thing about autumn is that mandarins start popping up in abundance in the supermarkets and markets! Mandarins are wonderful - the superior citrus fruit compared to oranges - oh don't even try to argue with me on this - and they are deliciously juicy and sweet right now. I've been smashing them in as snacks for the past few weeks. Did you know that we grow most of Australia's mandarins here in . . .