Monday, August 8, 2011

is there life after masterchef?

For fourteen weeks i've been organising my life around watching or at least being able to tape Masterchef five nights a week. I did discipline myself not to watch any Friday night episodes  - that would have meant almost a complete take over of all other night life!)  Now it's over.  I didn't mind who claimed the title in the end: both Kate and Michael would have been worthy winners.  But what now?  What will I do tonight?  I feel the absence already but I also feel relieved - like I have a new found found freedom.  Full of possibilities. Like going for a walk after dinner.  Like curling up in a lounge chair  with a good book.  Like getting back to craving good wholesome, healthy fresh food instead of drooling over succulent meats and decadent deserts.
Perhaps I had an inkling this was coming last week in the Post Office when a little book of 100 Everyday Vegetarian Recipes caught my eye. I bought it and I'm looking forward to putting some of the recipes to the taste test but not tonight.  Tonight I'm going to cook scrambled eggs. No recipe.  No fancy ingredients. No plating up skills required.  But in terms of an evening meal it ticks all the boxes - and makes very few dishes, to boot.  I think there just might be life after Masterchef... at least until next year's series begins.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Melbourne Made Market tomorrow

Tomorrow I'm heading off to a new market...Melbourne Made Market at Canterbury Girls' Secondary College Drama Space, Irilbarra Rd, Canterbury. The market is part of the 2011 Girls' Bust Out: a bi-annual event, run by Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College. At the centre of this event is an exhibition of sculptural busts made by students. Surrounding this is a whole weekend of inspirational creativity, hands on workshops, delicious food, music, works on paper and sculptural bust artworks from a host of well established and respected artists from around Australia.

Girls' Bust Out provides a unique platform for both established artists and students to exhibit alongside each other and provides an insight into the creativity of practising artists.

The event this year is supporting the Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre. 

(Photos from the Girls' Bust Out website)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Do Go Out in the Pouring Rain

I had the most wondrous time in Sydney the week before last.  The torrential rain was a bit of a dampener but I didnt let it stop my fun altogether.  Caught the bus in the pouring rain to  Newtown to discover lots of funky shops.  A welcome warming hot chocolate for morning tea was had at A Coffee and a Yarn
Being in All Buttons Great and Small was like being a kid in a lolly shop

and i wished I had lots of money to spend on Turkish plates and lanterns

Riding the free bus around the CBD was a respite  from the rain.  Wettest July in Sydney for 50 years!
I'd seen the 52 Suburbs exhibition on Art Nation and was so pleased to be able to go and see it in the real at the Museum of Sydney.  Most days I found some time to go to Dymocks.  The little booths in the cafe were pint sized havens of peace in a busy city.  It did fine up on the last day I was there which made for a perfect day of walking along Oxford Street to the Paddington markets and back again to my Pitt Street hotel.  Such fun and so many inspiring, interesting things to see.