I came across this little questionnaire at Being Rudri during last week’s online meanderings and thought to myself that it was a charming, yet simple mid week blog idea. Feel free to use this idea on your own blog or even answer some questions in the comments section <3.
Go-to weeknight recipe?
Pasta. It’s simple, quick, everyone likes it and I can pack a whole lot of vegies in it. Our favourites are tuna pasta (with capers, olives, fetta, broccoli and spring onions), spaghetti bolognaise, spicy tomato and bacon and something called Pasta Primavera (Spring pasta), the recipe for which came out of my much loved but dilapidated copy of The Enchanted Broccoli Forest. Actually, why don’t I share the recipe here – it’s easy, healthy and a crowd pleaser, which in my view are the three essential ingredients for a weeknight recipe.
3 tbl each: butter and olive oil I cup minced onion
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt and lots of freshly ground pepper
1 tsp dried basil
4 cups diced vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, peas, beans, carrot, capsicum, mushrooms) 3 tbl tamari sauce (sounds weird, but go with it)
1 pkt of dried pasta
1 cup of parsley, freshly minced
4-6 shallots, sliced
Grated parmesan to serve
In a large, heavy frypan cook the onions and garlic in combined butter and oil, with salt, pepper and basil, until onions are soft (5-8 minutes). Add firm vegetables, stir, cover and let simmer until tender (8-10 minutes). Add other vegetables, stir and cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat and stir in tamari sauce. Keep warm. Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling water, drain and immediately add the sauce with all of its liquid. As you toss the mixture, sprinkle in shallots and parsley. Serve with parmesan.
I wish I could wipe the first four years of my employment history off, but I can’t (and I don’t really want to, it just took that long to research what it was that I didn’t want to do). So, my first job was when I had finished highschool, in the summer holidays before I started university (the first time). My best friend and I, the two greenest country girls you have ever seen, were staying at my Dad’s house in inner city Sydney. I got a job at Dagwood Dog, a hamburger shop at Darling Harbour. Hoo boy, was that place an education. Anyway.
Sigh. Alright, seeing as you asked so nicely, my next job was a checkout chick at Coles in the Lake Macquarie town of Toronto. I had quit University (Environmental Science) and had moved in with my boyfriend and his mother. I had just turned 18. I worked at Coles for the next three years in the Variety section (clothes, toys, stationery etc) and then the Delicatessen. It was frustrating and miserable, but it enabled me to move back to Sydney with a job three years later when I studied Homeopathy and Nutrition, as well as giving me a good grounding in retail which helped me out when I worked in Health food shops for the next part of my life.
My mother has been my mentor my whole life, always there with wisdom, love and understanding. She has the ability to tell me that I’ve gone off track or had an error in my thoughts or actions without me feeling defensive, which believe me, is a rare art. My close friends are also my mentors, as are some of the lovely people in my writing group.
Taylors Arm, on the mid north coast of NSW, Australia.
Wouldn’t leave home without?
My purse, lip gloss, keys, sunglasses.
Essential beauty products?
Lip gloss, mascara, moisturiser, something to spike my hair with 🙂
Wouldn’t fly without?
Luggage, something to read, something to listen to.
Things you buy in bulk?
Food: spelt flour, rapadura sugar, coconut, muesli, oats, honey etc. Also: grain for the chickens and dog food.
Huh. The original impossible question.
Life Changing: The Power of Now; The Artist’s Way; Outrageous Openness.
Novels: The Outlander Series; Shantaram; The Boudica Series.
Memoir: A Year Without Matches; Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life; Wild. Classics: Emma, Middlemarch, Count of Monte Cristo, Uncle Tom’s Cabin… And on…
First Celebrity Crush?
Tom Cruise 🙂
This is hard, because movies don’t stay in my head, but… Amelie, When Harry Met Sally, Love Actually, The Lunchbox and Four Weddings and a Funeral are a few that come to mind. Do you sense a theme here or what?
People on Speed Dial?
The Bear, my Mum, Harry.
Preferred form of exercise?
Yoga and walking.
Drink of choice?
Coffee, tea, chai and water. I like cider for a summer alcoholic drink and a velvety Cabernet Merlot in the winter.
When I finally took hold of my own life and steered it in the direction that I wanted to go. Developing a regular home yoga practice was part of that, as was writing and studying.
A Perfect Sunday afternoon?
One of 27 versions: at home, house clean, lawn mowed, dinner taken care of…sitting on the verandah and reading, talking with the Bear, hanging with the kids.
Over to you <3.