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1990s playlist

2014 September 10
by emma

1990s playlist

 Oh yeah the 90s!  Talk about overdosing on nostalgia.

My uni days; an era in music which personified alternative/indie, boy bands, grunge, angry chick songs and dance music, this will always be my favourite decade because, well, let’s face it, it was the last true iconic, or at least, easily recognisable era.  So if you want to check out my mega epic awesome playlist (130 songs and counting!), click on the widget.  For more playlists, click here.

 

    Lentil, feta & roast carrot salad with garlic croutons

    2014 September 7

    lentil carrot salad

    I’ve not cooked with lentils for a while.  Recently though, I’ve spotted this salad and this one and their loveliness inspired me to make a late Autumn salad with lentils and carrots.  There’s a few steps to this dish but don’t let that stop you if you’re keen for a hearty and healthy salad (it serves at least 4 so is really worth it) with spicy/sweet yet salty, fresh and crunchy flavours.

    lentil carrot salad

    lentil carrot salad

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      Hello Spring

      2014 September 5
      by emma

      It’s so lovely out at the moment.  I took some of these on a walk a week back.

      Have a beautiful weekend all.

        Home made vanilla brown sugar body scrub

        2014 September 3
        by emma

        brown sugar body scrub

        Years and years ago, I ordered some vanilla brown sugar body scrub from an online fancy cosmetic store for about $40.  Clearly I had more money than sense at the time …. when I used it (and it was lovely) I noted it only had a few ingredients in it and thought how easy it would be to make at home.  Not being particularly housewifely, it’s taken me this long to actually do it.

        This made my skin feel soft and smooth, however, because it has oils in it, be careful while using in terms of slipping over in the bath and make sure you don’t have any skin conditions.  Be mindful also that this is quite a coarse scrub (which I really like, grrr) so you need to be gentle.

        brown sugar body scrub
        brown sugar body scrub
        brown sugar body scrub
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          Berry yoghurt cake

          2014 August 31
          by emma

          This cake doesn’t rise much but the crumb is so soft and rich (I guess this is what happens when you throw in an extra egg and more butter).  It’s one of those every-day, not overly sweet cakes you can make from ingredients you’d have around, like frozen berries and Greek yoghurt.  It’s super easy to whip up as there’s no icing or waiting for the cake to cool completely.  I served this with some Greek yoghurt and smashed berries and the yoghurt’s sourness was a nice foil for the berry-sweet cake.






          berry and yoghurt cake
          fruit yoghurt

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            Salinger

            2014 August 29
            by emma

            salinger

            the catcher in the rye

            I always feel like a cliché saying The Catcher in the Rye is one of my favourite novels as a gen Xer, however I truly did love this novel when I read it at school and the several times I read it until I was around 20.  I tried reading it a few years ago and while I still consider it one of my favourite books, it wasn’t quite the same as the first time I read it.  I’ve always thought you had to be an adolescent to appreciate the moody, sort of angry character of Holden Caulfield, unlike Franny and Zooey, which is still relatable.  Like a lot of kids, reading Catcher made me feel like somebody else understood how hard it all was.

            Anyway, nostalgia aside, the other day I watched Salinger, a documentary on JD Salinger’s life and relationships.  Peppered with anecdotes and recollections from over a hundred subjects including Salinger’s friends, colleagues, acquaintances and even actors including Ed Norton and John Cusack, it’s a dark and really interesting look at a man I’d never really thought much about, despite loving his books so much.  I always knew he was reclusive but had no idea of his personality, his life experiences or what drove him.  I’ve read previously that Salinger always said the only person who could play Holden Caulfield was himself.

            It’s true that the movie has a sort of tabloid appeal; yes it’s a documentary but it was also released after Salinger’s death and he’s not here to defend himself from the more negative, quite invasive commentary (he would have hated all the fuss, no doubt about it, but then who wouldn’t!).  Still, it’s a fascinating look at an interesting person in a different time.

            Disturbing trivia uncovered in this; three well-known violent crimes are discussed which supposedly have a connection with the novel.  That made me really think about the book’s content and Holden’s depression; I guess being a young adult in the 80s/90s I didn’t question it too much and I’ve never really thought movies and books lead to violent crime anyway.  And how odd that this novel was likely not even intended as a book for young adults or teens and yet has such a huge following from several generations’ school curriculum.

            Five new Salinger works are apparently being released from 2015-2020.

             

            Video from: Salinger Official Trailer

              Flickr love – Laura U

              2014 August 27
              by emma

              These dreamy film photos caught my eye the other day on Flickr; simplicity in photography is something I really appreciate.  Go to Laura’s stream to check out more.

              Laura U
              Laura U
              Laura U
              Laura U
              Laura U
              Laura U

              All images belong to: Laura U

                Roast pumpkin, herb & walnut pasta bake

                2014 August 24
                by emma

                A pasta bake’s always a welcome, comforting dish.  I made a pumpkin pasta & walnut bake a few weeks ago, threw in some fresh herbs and roasted the vegies beforehand to give them that sweet, caramelised taste.  The roast pumpkin slightly breaks down into the pasta and cream, making this dish super creamy and delicious with garlic and onion flavours.

                pumpkin pasta bake
                pumpkin pasta bake
                pumpkin pasta bake

                pumpkin pasta bake
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                  For the love of books (and places in Brisbane you can read them)

                  2014 August 23
                  by emma

                  I’m always heartened to see so many folks loving books as I do.   Two lovely places to go in Brisbane are pictured below:

                  The Clarence Corner Book Shop and Café in Woolloongabba; and
                  The Annerley Community Book Shop and Neighbourhood Centre

                  So turn off your devices and visit them for a bit if you enjoy a read.  Happy weekend all!

                   

                  (1) Juliette Tang, Flickr

                  (2) All you need are books and tea print (Etsy)

                  (3) Annerley Community Book Shop Neighbourhood Centre

                  (4) Beach Baby Blues vintage books (Etsy)

                  (5) Clarence Corner Book Shop & Café, Woolloongabba



                   

                  Images belong to/via:

                  (1) Flickr, Juliette Tang (used with permission)
                  (2) My Retro Nest, Etsy
                  (3) Annerley Community Book Shop
                  (4) Beach Baby Blues, Etsy
                  (5) Clarence Corner Book Shop
                  (lower 3 photos are mine)

                    Father Rabbit (New Zealand)

                    2014 August 21
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                    by emma

                    I just wanted to feature my enamel milk pan and porcelain ice cream bowl with spoon I purchased recently (I really am the worst spontaneous shopper but have been wanting a milk/porridge pan for ages) from Father Rabbit, a beautiful online homewares store from New Zealand.

                    Their products are simple yet aesthetically very pleasing and practical, they have speedy delivery (3 days from NZ to Brisbane), they ship to most countries and everything’s wrapped nicely and tied up with string.

                    (not a sponsored post or anything, just my own thoughts)

                    Father Rabbit

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                    Father Rabbit

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