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Annie Lennox: Little Bird

2015 January 14
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by emma

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I love love LOVE Annie, she’s awesome.  She was a great inspiration to me as a kid (remember Sisters Are Doin It For Themselves with Aretha?).  Little Bird is one of those brilliant yet underplayed songs from the 90s.

Image of Annie via: Billboard

    Cherry tomato, cream cheese & basil tart

    2015 January 11
    by emma

    The flavours of summer right here in this gorgeously cheesy, tomato & basil tart.  I whipped up a quick, fragrant and rustic pesto to have with this and it was perfect for a light lunch.

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      Spiced creamy iced coffee

      2015 January 9
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      by emma

      Blimey it’s hot here at the moment!  So over Christmas I made some lovely iced coffee with spices and cream.  I’ve always wanted to try coffee with cream from watching American movies and TV where they often ask for cream in their cups of coffee (it always sounds so lovely!).  Anyway, it tastes wonderful but not necessarily good for the waistline at this time of year I suppose, so milk on it’s own would be just as refreshing and flavourful.

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        The Visitor (2007)

        2015 January 7
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        by emma

        The Visitor

        Widower Walter, a humble, quiet university professor plodding through a fairly institutionalised life in Connecticut years after the death of his wife, reluctantly travels to New York to read a research paper for a colleague in The Visitor.  On arriving at his flat, he finds two asylum seekers living there and from that moment, his quiet, comfortable and mundane existence changes.  I really don’t know how I missed this 2007 movie and I’m glad I found it as the characters are so lovely!  I found myself caring so much for their wellbeing and happiness.

        The film is largely character driven and looks at life for immigrants in the USA post 9/11 and is seen from two sides; refugees seeking a new home who simply wish for a modest life, democracy and safety, as well as a kind, gentle man who wants so much to help and do the right thing and in doing so, truly connects with people.  This movie is ultimately about immigration, cultural identity and the rigid unfairness of detention centres and bureaucracy however, through learning the African drums, music and friendship, you also see Walter evolve and come out of his shell.  Walter’s character is wonderfully sympathetic without being cloying and patronising (it’s difficult to make a movie about refugees or those seeking asylum from the perspective of a privileged westerner without going down the path of being pitying or insincere, however this movie manages to do it well).

        The lack of obnoxious technology also sold me on this film because I generally think technology ruins movies, particularly movies where you care so much about the characters, 2007 being a world where people still read papers, before the influx of social networking and when mobile phones were, well, mere mobile phones.

        If you liked Sideways and the Station Agent (same producer/director) you’ll enjoy this lovely and thoughtful film.  A timely movie to watch now, even 7 years after it’s release, as the world we live in now has changed so much.

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        Images from the movie: The Visitor, USA, 2007, Groundswell Productions 

          Smoked salmon & spinach salad

          2015 January 4

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          This is a lovely, fresh and healthy salad I made recently.  Now just to warn, it’s quite onion .. y so if you’re not into raw onion I would (Obv), leave out the red onion.  The paper thin slices of vegetables aren’t mandatory but texture wise and as far as flavour goes, they do make this salad very light and crisp and the onion less sharp, however if you don’t have a mandoline, just use a sharp knife and slice as thin as you can.  You could have this just on it’s own as a low carb and energy giving lunch but it was lovely with some buttered baguette, as most things are!

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            Berry cherry smoothie

            2015 January 1

            This light, naturally sweet, low cal, yet full of antioxidants smoothie was just the thing after Christmas/new years …

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              Happy Christmas & cool yule

              2014 December 21
              by emma

              I have this thing about swing and Louis Armstrong does it like no other. Have a lovely break all, stay safe and happy.

               

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                Byron Bay Cookie Company giveaway update

                2014 December 19
                by emma

                The Byron Bay Cookie Company giveaway has now closed and out of 171 entries (156 post entries + 15 email entries), the winner has been selected by random and contacted.  Congratulations Merryl from New South Wales!

                Thank you to everyone who entered and for such creative answers.

                 

                Byron Bay Cookie Company winner

                  Lemon drop champagne punch

                  2014 December 17
                  by emma

                  I love this lemony, fresh and sparkly cocktail; perfect for an aperitif (before dinner drink) around Christmas time.

                  (Limoncello is a really lovely, intensely lemon flavoured liqueur which is great in cocktails (obv.), champagne or even baking and trifles)

                   

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                    I’ll ride with you

                    2014 December 15
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                    by emma

                    I love this – what a beautiful sentiment. Here’s hoping for a resolution soon for those folks at Martin Place.

                    Update 16.12.14: my thoughts are with those hostages who died and were injured today, what a sad day for Australia.

                    illridewithyou

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