01. It was our annual International Night dinner with friends last week. This year we were Rockin’ the Moroccan. My contribution included cocktails, nibbles, and dessert. Of the things I made, a few recipes will be repeated in the future – Gin and Mint Tea cocktail (the complex sugar syrup is well worth the effort – I doubled the quantity and made a pitcher); Moroccan ‘sausage rolls’; this orange cake and this lemon cake – I’m no baker but these cakes were easy and delicious.
02. I’m totally onboard with ‘social distancing’ however that doesn’t stop me feeling a bit disappointed about cancelled Melbourne Food & Wine Festival events; Melbourne Theatre Company performances; International Comedy Festival events; Wheeler Centre author talks; and the Alanis Morrissette concert.
03. Of course, the most disappointing element of all is that the artists miss out on income (as well as the casual workers who check tickets, pour the champagne at interval, and work backstage). Where possible, we’re donating the cost of our event tickets back to the organisation… hopefully Melbourne’s vibrant arts scene isn’t decimated by this crisis.
04. There have been some lovely moments of comradery during the chaos – I had a laugh with a stranger in the supermarket about the fact that the only pasta left on the shelf was of the ‘red lentil’ variety – clearly even panic-buyers have limits!
06. Books are the perfect way to manage social distancing, right? To ‘assist’, the State Library has issued the Autumn Book Binge reading challenge. ANZ Litlovers has put together an excellent list of books if you’re keen.
07. Cook Republic’s sensible guide to stocking your pantry for self-isolation/ quarantine.
08.The calculator that tells you how many extra books you could read each year if you quit social media (‘m missing out on 29 books…).
09. I probably shouldn’t say this aloud but after months of juggling loads of stuff, I’ve finally been able to cross a few significant tasks of my to-do list. Now I can turn to fun things, like writing a few reviews and replying to lovely comments…
10. And to finish, a snapshot of my son’s trip to Borneo at the end of 2019.
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