My book list – Three and a half so far

I’ve never counted how many books I read in a year. But the other day I realised that I’ve read three already and am on the way to a fourth. I don’t want the fact that I am making a list to influence how many I ultimately read. Not sure how I’m going to deal…

The return of Fu Fu the cat

We have a lovely, timid  neighbourhood cat whose name we do not know. We call him Fu Fu because of his panda-like appearance.  Think Wang Wang, Shi Shi or  Yang Yang.   Fu Fu comes to our garden to see our cats most days.  But for the last three or four weeks we had not…

Lunch in Chinatown

  Saturday lunch at Chinatown Cafe, Moonta Street Adelaide. Hainanese chicken rice. This meal is always a winner. The ginger pieces in the rice make it slightly aromatic, the broth is just right, the chicken and Asian greens (bok choy usually) steamed to perfection.

No 2 soup – Asian food court, Chinatown, Adelaide

A long time favourite of mine. These Vietnamese ladies keep the stock pot going with some of the clearest broth in town. I love the No 2 because of the perfect glass noodles and the tender prawns, the tiny cubes of pork crackling and the chicken pieces that have fallen from the stock bones, the…

The place in Adelaide for Pho

Rare beef noodle soup, Vietnamese style. That most nourishing and tasty of soups that is eaten all day in Vietnam. Charlie’s Shack also has other stand-out dishes like the special dumplings, alone or in a soup with bok choy, or the beef lemongrass noodle. We have never had a bad meal at Charlie’s. Turnover is…

La Morada, Montserrat, Buenos Aires – Locro and Empanadas

La Morada, Montserrat, BA – Locro and Empanadas Originally uploaded by lou_roo On this day last year I was in Buenos Aires with my beloved Andrew eating empanadas and locro. And today I found out that I may have relatives in Argentina. A cousin who is is researching the family history along with my sister…

Things I love right now

My mother’s old tea pot, my Australian native plant series china tea cup, my new kettle with different heat settings for various beverages and persimmons which are in season at the moment. Oh, and autumn weather!

A good feed on the Sunshine Coast

Tonight Andrew and I decided to dine at our favourite restaurant in Mooloolaba, Hot Pippis. Once was not enough; we were both craving a steak our first night in town and we were not disappointed with the fillet steak. I was familiar with the Seafood Curry, Hot Pippis Signature dish as I have had it…

My third ever sick day

Yesterday was my second ever, so two in a row is my personal best. Swollen glands suck big time. Going to doctor later today.