28.04. Dinner at Boire on Smith Street. Yum.

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Fresh from the markets, country style French food.
A constantly changing menu.
3 – 5 mains, depending on what’s good at the market.
An interesting mix of Australian and French wines.
Try the pork pate to start, rustic and tasty with gherkins.
And chiboust with rhubarb for dessert. The most insanely light custard delight I’ve ever tasted!
Boire, I love it! Definitely one of our favourites.

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92 Smith Street, Collingwood.
No phone. Just turn up.
If you’re a party of 10 or more, email them in advance.

29.04. A Beautiful Sky

One of the benefits of being married to a cycling tragic are the weekend trips to nice places hosting various rides.
Today was the delightful Arthur’s Seat Ride, so I got to spend the day on the Mornington Peninsula.

Flinders Beach today.

I can’t decide which photo I like best.

You decide.



And our littlest addition’s first day at the beach.

26.04. Ideas that matter

Advertising is not there to save lives.

But what if an idea could help bring about world peace.  Or just peace in Israel.

That’s what the Blood Relations campaign is trying to achieve.

I think it’s quite amazing!

The video is long, 8′ 25″, but very moving.  If you have some time, take a look.  Just don’t watch it at your desk, you might not want your workmates to see you crying.

“Could you hurt someone with your blood running through their veins? The Peres Centre for Peace presents: Blood Relations – The Israeli Palestinian blood donation project, the end result of the Impossible Brief launched at Cannes in 2010. After 60 years of conflict between Israel and Palestinians, what else could interrupt the cycle of hatred and revenge, and ignite belief that reconciliation is a real possibility? Maybe bringing together those with most reasons to hate each other together, and getting them to share blood instead of spilling it.

On the 14th of September, 2011, at a time of escalating tension due to the United Nations vote on Palestinian Statehood The Peres Centre for Peace brought together bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families to donate blood which could then be shared to save lives on the opposite side. The Israeli Blood bank, MDA and the Aal-Makassed Islamic Charitable Society Hospital for Palestinians in East Jerusalem agreed to accept both the Israeli and Palestinian blood donations. See more at bloodrelations.org.

The Blood Relations campaign was developed at BBR Saatchi & Saatchi (Baumann Ber Rivnay) Tel Aviv, Israel, by CEO Yossi Lubaton, executive creative director Yoram Levi, creative managers Eran Nir, Tomer Gidron and Eddie Goldenberg, creative team Nathan Freifeld, Shachar Aylon and Jean-Christophe Royer, designer Steve Reiches, technologist Leonid Angarov, VP Production Dorit Gvili, producer Bosmat Marmarely, account group head Nir Federbush, account supervisor Lee Bryn, account executive Noa Sharf, planners Guy Gordon and Rachel Friend.”

25.04. Fashion spotting in Fitzroy

We got a lovely spot outside at Babka today and I was nicely set up to grab some shots of the Fitzroy fashion.
But it was a rather miserable day. And half of Fitzroy were out in their tracky daks.
Still fun though. All I can say is coloured tights seem to be in this winter.

I did love the bloke driving the angry ute (pickup) who bought the Buddha at the Asia shop and loaded it up. Love the irony.

And I did like this dress in the Kinki Gerlinki window. Though I wouldn’t wear it. Hard to take a pic whilst holding a puppy- apologies for the quality!

04.04. Cormac McCarthy Blood Meridian

Don’t read this book if you have a weak stomach, a faint heart or recoil at senseless violence.
This book has violence, war and evil at it’s core and to bring that to life, McCarthy shows us evil unleashed.
As so often in his books, McCarthy places his characters in anarchic circumstances to show the true nature of man when law and governance cease to control them. In The Road, that world was post-apocalyptic. In Blood Meridian it is the harsh and lawless landscape of the US Mexican border region from 1847 to 1861. We follow the life of a character known only as “the kid” who runs away at 14. We don’t know much about his motivation but we do know, that ” in him broods already a taste for mindless violence”
He joins a band of bounty hunters whose activities degenerate to massacre, robbery and rape (the leader Glanton, is based on an actual historical figure and many events in the book have their roots in history). They kill for money and for fun. And sometimes they kill for no obvious reason at all. It’s pretty grim.
The book is dominated by the character of Judge Holden, a larger than life character (who reminds me of Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now) whose philosophy is clear:
“Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaited its ultimate practitioner…It endures because young men love it and old men love it in them. THose that fought, those that did not.”
The violence in the book is not a means to an end. It does not cleanse or redeem. It is the essence of this world McCarthy has created. There are no good guys and bad guys, there are just the strong and the weak.
It’s a bloody ride. But one that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The writing in this book is absolutely sublime. Although at times, the plot drags, the descriptions of place and behaviour are poetic, moving and memorable.

4 Stars from me, but I mean it when I say this book is not for everybody!
Let me know if you’re read it and what you thought.

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”
– Italo Calvino
This book is definitely a classic, the message at its heart is absolutely timeless.

2/50 for The Classics Club

15.02. Eddy-tude



Learning to ski was fun. Most of the time.
But there were moments, when you’ve fallen over a couple of times, you’re tired, the skis aren’t doing what you want.
And your first instinct is to get snippy.
That’s where my teacher, Eddy, taught me what I called “Eddy-tude”.
When he saw the first cranky look in my eye, he would look up and around and just start whistling.
Eddy-tude is about looking up around you and no matter where you are, appreciating how lucky you are to be there.
Eddy-tude is about enjoying the ride.
It worked every time.
I try to apply Eddy-tude now in my life.
When I’m getting snippy about something, I look up, and just try to appreciate where I am and how lucky I am and whistle.
It still works every time.

24.04. Be curious. Jonah Lehrer on The Colbert Report talking about Imagine: How Creativity Works

I am great believer in using collective consciousness to generate ideas.
I collaborate alot with people who have convinced themselves that they are not creative.
It makes life rather difficult.
Jonah Lehrer believes creativity is a universal talent.
I like that thought. Because I believe everyone can have great ideas.
It would be helpful if more people believed in their own creativity and exercised it more often.
Jonah wrote a book called Imagine: How Creativity Works- if you’re interested in his thoughts, this video of him on The Colbert Report gives you a bit of an idea about the book and his ideas.
His point about new ideas being a synthesis of old ideas is also a real incentive to Be Curious- something I believe in very strongly.
“You see again and again among very creative people, that they have very open minds, they read everything, they’re incredibly curious and they steal alot.”

Do you believe creativity is something reserved for geniuses, or something we can all access?

23.04. Have music lyrics really got stupider?

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This morning on RRR the Breakfasters were interviewing Mikey Cahill (Music Writer for News) on a Lunchbox Soapbox session he is doing at the Wheeler Center called
Waxing Lyrical: The Good, The Bad and The Gaga.
Its about whether music lyrics have gotten better or worse with time.

So I decided to do some investigation.
First, finding out, what is the #1 in Australia at the moment. And then comparing it to a #1 of my youth.
#1 in Australia at the moment is a perky little tune called “Call Me Maybe” by an artist I’ve never heard of, Carly Rae Jepsen.

The lyrics are pretty bland stuff. Teenager, falls in love with hot guy, can’t look at him, and wants him to call her. And repeats herself alot Please see below.

So then, just as I was getting all judgemental, I thought back to my personal #1, the first cassette I ever bought, The Knack. And the lyrics of the hit off that, My Sharona.
And lo and behold, its a perky little tune. Teenager, a boy this time, falls in love, wants the girl to go home with him. And repeats himself alot.
I don’t think things have changed that much!

There are still Bob Dylans and Becks and Neil Youngs out there to stimulate our minds.
But there is obviously always going to be a place for perky mindless music about falling in love.

What do you think? Are pop songs getting sillier?

Call me Maybe
I threw a wish in the well,
Don’t ask me, I’ll never tellI
looked to you as it fell,and now you’re in my way
I trade my soul for a wish,pennies and dimes for a kiss
I wasn’t looking for this,but now you’re in my way
Your stare was holdin’, Ripped jeans, skin was showin’
Hot night, wind was blowin’
Where you think you’re going, baby?

Hey, I just met you,and this is crazy,but here’s my number,so call me, maybe?
It’s hard to look right,at you baby,but here’s my number,so call me, maybe?
Hey, I just met you,and this is crazy,but here’s my number,so call me, maybe?
And all the other boys,try to chase me,but here’s my number,so call me, maybe?

[Verse 2]
You took your time with the call,
I took no time with the fall
You gave me nothing at all,but still, you’re in my way
I beg, and borrow and steal
At first sight and it’s real
I didn’t know I would feel it,but it’s in my way
Your stare was holdin’, Ripped jeans, skin was showin’
Hot night, wind was blowin’
Where you think you’re going, baby?

Before you came into my life
I missed you so bad
I missed you so bad
I missed you so, so bad
Before you came into my life
I missed you so bad
And you should know that
I missed you so, so bad

Before you came into my life
I missed you so bad
And you should know that
So call me, maybe?

My Sharona, The Knack
Ooh my little pretty one, pretty one.
When you gonna give me some time, Sharona?
Ooh you make my motor run, my motor run.
Gun it comin’ off the line Sharona
Never gonna stop, give it up.
Such a dirty mind. Always get it up for the touch
of the younger kind. My my my i yi woo. M M M My Sharona…

Come a little closer huh, ah will ya huh.
Close enough to look in my eyes, Sharona.
Keeping it a mystery gets to me
Running down the length of my thighs, Sharona
Never gonna stop, give it up. Such a dirty mind.
Always get it up for the touch
of the younger kind. My my my i yi woo. M M M My Sharona…

When you gonna give it to me, give it to me.
It is just a matter of time Sharona
Is it just destiny, destiny?
Or is it just a game in my mind, Sharona?
Never gonna stop, give it up.
Such a dirty mind. Always get it up for the touch
of the younger kind. My my my i yi woo. M M M My Sharona…


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22.04. Chestnut and Cheese Ravioli with pumpkin sauce

When we were away, we had Chestnut and Ricotta Ravioli, must have been in Florence.
It went straight on my wishlist for Rusty to make me someday. There have been plenty of chestnuts at the markets and I’ve been hinting.
Today I came home to the smell of roasting chestnuts and the results were delicious!
So I thought I would share.
If you’re at all into making your own pasta, give it a go.

The pumpkin sauce on it’s own would be great too.

Hope no-one minds a couple of food posts in a row- this is not a cooking blog, but it’s been a big food weekend!

Serves 2
Ravioli filling: Roast 10 Chestnuts for 7-10 min, peel add 20 grm Manchego blitz add a little Olive Oil.

Sauce: Roast 150 grm Pumpkin in plenty of olive oil, add Taragon, Sage, Garlic, Eschalot near the end. Add a lick of cream.

Once cool blitz all together.

Make the ravioli as you would with the pasta machine, fill with the chestnut filling and boil till it’s al dente. Meanwhile, heat the sauce.

Sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Serve and enjoy!