Happy Friday everyone! It’s a beautiful winter morning in Canberra – I love these cold mornings that turn into still, sunny, blue sky days.
Jack (the cat) and I are sitting out on our patio, soaking in the sunshine and enjoying all the little signs that spring isn’t far off.
I have a bit of a mix of things to share that have made me smile this week – I hope there will be something there that takes your fancy too!
A little while ago I signed up to the Three Mills Bakery collective – a monthly subscription box. I love their breads and pastries, and we’ve been ordering from them fairly regularly since they started delivering during the first lockdown, so it was been lovely to get to try all the delicious things they send. This month’s box arrived yesterday, and as always it was packed with things I can’t wait to eat – this months highlights for us were the bake-at-home cruffins (I think there have been cruffins every month and they are so good), some incredible cheddar chilli crostini (we ate these as soon as we opened the box), and the fab sourdough in the photo there – this month it’s a burnt lentil sourdough loaf. You can find out more about the collective here.
This week has actually been quite foody – I made a delicious cake from Around the Kitchen Table, which I talked more about here, and we also made our own fresh naan bread to go with a butter chicken last night using this recipe from Nagi at RecipeTin Eats. The RecipeTin Eats website often pops up when I’m searching for a recipe, and honestly I feel like the recipes are always great! Nagi has a book coming out later in the year, and I’m looking forward to checking it out.
I’m a podcast listener when I’m walking to school, or driving to work (less podcast time is one of the only downsides to working form home!) and there have been a few things I’ve particularly enjoyed listening to this week:
– Fab Aussie romance author Maya Linnell was on Mt Gambier library’s podcast Don’t Overdue It, talking about her love of libraries
– I always always love when Kate Forsyth is on the ABC’s Conversations with Richard Fidler. They are both wonderful storytellers, and I just think so they’re great chatting together. Their latest chat was just as wonderful as I’ve come to expect. It was about monsters and the myth of Ariadne and the Minotaur, which is the story at the heart of Kate’s latest novel The Crimson Thread (currently sitting patiently on my tbr shelf!) – you can listen here.
– I was also excited to finally jump into Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon this week. This one is kind of an audiobook/podcast hybrid – I’ve been able to listen to it as a podcast on Spotify here – and features Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam in conversation with Paul Simon about his music and writing and inspiration. I’m a big fan and have loved the bits I’ve heard so far.
So that’s a little look at my week – I hope you’ve found lots of things to make you smile this week too!