11.05. Hatewatching. The shows we love to hate.

The clever folks at Slate Culture Gab-Fest were discussing Hate-watching this week, following on from an article by Emily Nussbaum in the New Yorker about Hate-watching the new show “SMASH”.
She gets pretty cranky about the show, but realises she is enjoying it.
“I realize my vehemence is slightly suspect. I mean, why would I go out of my way to watch a show that makes me so mad? On some level, I’m obviously enjoying it.”

Made me think about some of the shows I watch.
I don’t really watch shows that make me angry. That only happens when I accidentally turn on Andrew Bolt on a Sunday morning.
But it got me thinking about alot of the shows on TV. Especially reality shows. Especially on Pay TV. And why we watch them. Not all the emotions they evoke are positive…
I’ve illustrated my personal emotional fire warning scale in the diagram above.

What shows are you on your current fire danger scale??
What categories do you like? Any you would like to add?

13.05. Wide Open Road in Brunswick. A delightful Sunday brunch.

I saw a review on Easy As Vegan Pie recently for a place called Wide Open Road in Brunswick that I thought I really must try.
So we dropped in for Brunch.
It’s a wonderful space, with wonderful coffee and the food we tried was absolutely delicious. And a bit different.
I had smashed peas with pecorino, goats cheese and sourdough- it was fresh and delicious. What a lovely different idea for a breakfast.
Rusty had scrambled eggs with chorizo and some lovely spicy avocado. He was happy.

What was super nice were the staff- the ladies who served us were so friendly and happy- they seemed to enjoy what they were doing. That made our Sunday so much more pleasant!

A great new haunt, we’ll definitely be back.

On their website I found a lovely little video of them expanding the space- with that great Style Council track, Walls Came Tumbling Down.
Cute. I like their attitude!

Wide Open Road
274 Barkly Street Brunswick
Phone 03 9387 6079

Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5pm (Kitchen closes 3pm)
Saturday 7:30am – 5pm (kitchen closes 4pm)
Sunday 8am – 5pm (Kitchen closes 4pm)

Have you discovered anywhere a bit different lately?

08.05. Will you be going quietly? Or growing old disgracefully? Or at least raucously?


A book by Booki.sh

I got off to a bit of a late start this morning and heard two splendidly eccentric ladies on Radio National. They were old school friends and met up again over 35 years later and have travelled the world together. Not just posh hotels in Paris or London, but real, gritty destinations.Places like North Africa; Patagonia and the Galapagos Islands; Istanbul, Cappadocia and Antalya in Turkey; safaris in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and the Serengeti; music festivals in Naples and Prague; and the western isles of Mull and Iona. Places that have tested their patience, their sense of humour but given them so much adventure along the way.

I’ve always pictured my seventies (which are quite a way off might I add!) as a quiet time. Reading, tea, craft, perhaps a pet dog. Some time to reflect and relax.

These ladies have changed my mind!

They sounded like ace birds. Maybe one day, I will read their book. Or follow in their footsteps!

What do you plan doing in your seventies and eighties?

Growing old outrageously: A memoir of travel, food and friendship
Authors: Hilary Linstead and Elisabeth Davies

09.05. Appreciating mums

It’s rather unlike me to be so prepared for Mother’s Day, but it’s only Wednesday and I’m already sorted.
I’ve ordered flowers for my mum and got my mother-in-law a lovely pack of lovely-smelling potions from L’Occitane for Mother’s Day.
Now all that leaves is some cake baking on Sunday for the afternoon tea planned at the in-laws.

Apparently, the most popular way to show your love is taking mum out to lunch…something we usually do, but it didn’t fit in with everyone’s plans this year, so afternoon tea it is.
According to some IBIS World research, we spend twice as much on mum as dad…fair? Mums do sacrifice alot!

Are you all sorted for Mother’s Day? What are your plans?

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/restaurants-bars/lunch-most-popular-mothers-day-gift/story-fn93ypt9-1226349935556#ixzz1uLSYtQqf

Ever wanted to meditate? There is no time like the present!

The good folks at Mindful in May have let me know that due to overwhelming interest they have opened the doors to a two week mindful in may challenge!
Each day, there will be a 10 minute guided meditation for you to do at a time convenient to you. It’s rather nice to have a guided meditation with an Aussie accent, let me tell you!
There is also a daily email if you want it, with some inspiration and thoughts.
For beginners like me, I think this is a pretty good introduction. A meditation how to that gets you straight into it.

It will start on May 14.

So sign up and donate before May 14th when the challenge will begin! www.mindfulinmay.com/signup

Apparently over 700 meditators are on board and they’ve raised $20,000 to date!

I’m finding it really great, who knows, you might enjoy it too!

07.05. The Supermoon and being mooned

Let me start by saying I love the Supermoon.  It looks so cool.
Perhaps I can use it to blame some recent grumpiness on…
I got so cranky in traffic on Saturday, beeping my horn, that some P-platers I tooted decided to show me their supermoon and threw me what we call a brown-eye at the next traffic lights.
Put things back in perspective.

I had a good giggle.

Two supermoons in one day. 

Did you have an amazing supemoon experience?

Source: instagr.am via Maree on Pinterest

04.05. But who’s going to play Finnick Odair?

Source: bit.ly via Robbie on Pinterest

I have finished Catching Fire, part 2 of The Hunger Games trilogy.
Just like The Hunger Games, this was gripping. But boy has it left me hanging. I must start book 3 immediately!
Not the best writing in the world, but Lord, Suzanne Collins knows how to suck you in to a story.
Filed under guilty pleasures, I really loved this book!

I’m just left pondering the question though, who will play Finnick Odair in the movie!?!?!?!
It’s already a hot topic on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/search/?q=finnick+odair

29.04. Bake Club does Maddie’s grandma’s plum cake, and I have the recipe!

OK, I had to use a pinterest pic of a cake that looked similar to Maddie’s, cause her cake disappeared so fast to be documented.
And simple, or so she says.
Here is her grandma’s recipe that she has kindly provided!

Grandma’s Plum Cake

1/4 lb. butter
1/4 lb. sugar
2 egg yolks
6 Ozs self raising flower.
1 large tin of plums (chopped in halves)

Pre heat oven to 170 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks, beat well. Add sifted self raising flour.

Add mixture into well greased tin. Place plum halves on top of cake. Sprinkle plums with sugar.

Bake for 20-30 mins. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

Care to share your favourite family cake?