a day of Aussie firsts, part one: kangaroos

On Saturday we got up before 6am to take a trip outside Melbourne with Liz and Adam from work. Liz was running a marathon (!) and Adam wanted to surf. We headed to Torquay, on the Great Ocean Road, for the early start and enjoyed the incredible view.

After dropping Liz at the start of her race, we headed to a nearby Golf course and jumped the fence so Adam could show us some kangaroos, up close, in real life! We saw a few in the fields on our journey and Adam thought it was ridiculous that we were so excited. I suppose it’s like seeing a cow in a field in England.

We did a lot of fence hopping on Saturday. In one picture you can see a little Joey popping his head out of his ma’s pouch. Although we first mistook it for something else.

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eating like an aussie…

Okay, not all Aussies. Since we got to Australia I’ve loved the abundance of healthy food and all those delicious greens at the supermarket and in most restaurants we visit. Now we have a place to live, there is no excuse not to eat wholesomely and look after ourselves. Saying that, we’re 2 minutes walk from about 50 restaurants offering souvlaki, pizza, pho, thai, donuts, falafel, sushi, eggs any which way…

I recently came across this lovely blog full of delicious healthy food ideas and I feel inspired. There are so many recipes at Sprouted Kitchen that I can’t wait to try…

Quinoa Cauliflower Patties because Oliver is a lover of a good veggie burger, this Veggie Frittata as a tasty breakfast option that isn’t just wheat or sugar (or coffee) and this Spicy Harrisa recipe and the delicious sandwiche idea that come with it, so green!

Recently we had breakfast at Dr Jekyll in St Kilda and had some kind of smashed avocado, of course – we’re in Melbourne, and it was a treat! They smashed avocado with chunks of creamy, salty feta cheese and mixed that with loads of shredded mint and squeezed lemon juice all over. There was some toasted sourdough bread involved and olive oil too, it was pretty special.

Since then we’ve had that mint, lemon, feta combo in a few different ways. Once, attempting to recreate the Dr Jekyll breakfast, once in fresh salad with fresh avocado and toast and twice with pasta, fried courgette & garlic. And that’s my favourite. Lots of butter, optional.

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I’m looking forward to these Lemongrass Tofu Bowls too! They look so fresh and delicious with avocado and sesame seeds. I feel spoiled surrounded by so much delicious Thai food, we had a takeaway on a work night from this place and it was spectacular. But undoubtedly full of salt and sugar and oil. In these winter months it takes extra effort to eat properly, so it’s even better when wholesome recipes look as good as this!

the weekend in our house…

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I love Earl Grey, really strong, with soy milk and half a sugar. This was a perfect treat after cleaning our little shared house this Saturday morning. It’s a sign of my age or something, but tidying and cleaning and sorting is one of my favourite things to do on a weekend morning. It’s something to do with territory and having a place to stay that feels like home. Improvement of that space feels like an investment. And I always think, as I’m wiping dust from skirting boards and hanging out washing, I can’t wait till I have a house that’s all mine (and Oliver’s!).

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For now, this lovely shared space is what we need. There’s a huge lemon tree in the garden, with all the good uns too high to reach. So I picked a green one from lower down and I’ll use it when I need some limey lemony hit and see how it fares.

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To fuel my desire for a house of my own one day, I’ve been reading and dissecting and LOVING this blog: Door Sixteen written by Anna who owns a beautiful old house somewhere in New York State. I love that Anna and her husband do almost every little thing themselves. They google and youtube and learn so they can tile their kitchen, make a wooden floor, do crazy things with grout and radiators. Their recent kitchen overhaul is incredible and beautiful. It’s all very impressive and it’s an ongoing project that she admits will take years, decades to complete. I suppose that’s what a house should be. And by now I should know it’s often the act of doing something that is far more satisfying than the result.

Anna is also a huge Morrissey fan, which makes her even more appealing. She wrote this giant, well written, honestly thought out piece on buying a house which (though I am nowhere near doing) I loved. Visit Anna, she’s incredible!

 

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Going to the footy..

Thanks to our generous employer we went to our second Aussie Rules football game last night, for free at Melbourne Cricket Ground! We decided that we’re Carlton fans, because our free tickets will always be for Carlton, but the price of free tickets may be that our team isn’t the best. Carlton lost again.

The World Cup started yesterday morning, our time, so I would have much rather been enjoying some proper football, what we call football. We’re getting to grips with the rules of AFL and it’s a pretty fun sport to watch live. I can’t believe I lived in Manchester for so long and never went to see either City or United live.

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