Friday Fast Five – Herbs

This Week its my Five

Favourite Herbs

Herbs are great. They help add flavour to dishes and even look pretty and there is such a variety.

Here are my five favourites.


You either love it or you hate it. This one  our all time favourite. B and I have often said that If we could only have one herb for the rest of our lives coriander is it. But it would seem not everyone agrees with us. Coriander goes well with many things but particularly Asian flavours.

Thai Basil

My favourite variety of basil. It has a wonderful aroma and flavour almost bordering on aniseed. It (obviously) goes well in Thai food but you can substitute  the basil in any recipe.


Yes it’s a herb. I haven’t used it a lot but I have enjoyed it the few times that I have. I am currently trying to grow my own (though the wet season is not the right time to start) so I can hopefully utilise it more often in my baking and maybe experiment with it in some savoury dishes too.

Lemon Myrtle

A wonderful Australian herb. I love it as tea but its also a fantastic addition to many dishes. My dad makes a fantastic baked chicken and haloumi  with lemon myrtle and its one of my favourite meals.


A very versatile herb as it can be used for savoury or sweet and generally much loved. I love the fragrance of rosemary. It reminds me of the house I grew up in as we had a lovely rosemary bush by the front door. I especially love seeing it used as hedges in random places like wineries and the middle of Adelaide.

So that’s my five favourite herbs? What are yours? Do you love or hate coriander? Have you tried lavender or lemon myrtle?


Friday Fast Five – Snacks

The Saturday edition 🙂

This week its my five favourite


I always have something to snack on around the house or in my desk draw at work and these are my five favourites.

Salt and vinegar chips

I buy the little snack packs. I need extra salt on hot days and chips are my favourite way to eat it. salt and vinegar is my favourite. There also one of the few savoury snacks I keep around.

Apples & Peanut Butter

1 apple and a couple of spoons of peanut butter and I’m happy. I like pink lady apples but any variety you like to eat works. I slice up the apple and dip it in the peanut butter as I go.


The kind changes but I like having some around to go with my tea or coffee. I really like Kingston’s, Gingernuts, Tea Biscuits and on course Tim Tams.


I have a BIG sweet tooth so I always have lollies on hand. I especially love gummy bears or jersey caramels.

Sesame Snaps

I love sesame snaps and sometimes have to stop myself from eating the all as soon as I buy more. I love the flavour and the nice crunch. These are definitely a go to when I want a sweet snack.

So that’s my five favourite snacks.  What snacks do you like to keep on hand? Are you more of a savoury or sweet person? Let me kow.


Friday Fast Five – Food Blogs

This week it’s

Food Blogs

These are five of the food blogs I like to check in on regularly. They are all a little different but all have great looking food.

Just One Cookbook

This is where I go when I want a Japanese recipe. Or even just Japanese inspiration. Every recipe I have tried has been fantastic and well explained. She also does videos for a lot of her recipes which make techniques even easier to understand.

Not Quite Nigella

A bit of life and a bit of cooking. This is a Aussie food lovely blog with a varied scope. I’m always happy to see their posts on my rss feed.

The Hungry Australian

Beautiful and interesting food. Another of my Aussie favourites.  Wonderfully photographed and very different recipes.

The Food In My Beard

This is one of the first food blogs that caught my eye. I don’t look at it nearly enough these days but I like checking it out now and then to see what new and interesting things it has for me to drool over.

My Darling Lemon Thyme

Another blog with beautiful photography, it of course also has beautiful food. This one if from a New Zealander who now calls Australia home.

So that’s five of the food blogs I like to follow. Do you have any favourites? I’d love to hear what food blogs you follow so I can follow them too.


Friday Fast Five – Stationary Items to Stock Up On.

This week’s topic is:

Stationary Items to stock up on!

Its back to school time and that means there plenty of stationary deals to take advantage of.

here’s the five items I like to stock up on around this time of year.


I have a lot of notebooks. mostly just the A5 workbooks like you would get for school kids. they come in handy a lot and especially at this time of year there are some good deals on buying multiples. I’d also suggest stocking up on some pretty ones too while there are an abundance about.

Permanent markers

This is the time to find multicolour packs of permanent markers on the cheap. Permanent markers (especially colored ones) are super handy to have around for craft projects, gift wrapping and just generally claiming things.


Gel Pens, fine lines, ballpoint pick your favorites or get a mix. I love fine lines and gel pens personally and I like having a variety of colours to choose from.

Sticky Notes

I love sticky notes. For jotting down messages, for marking things on calendars, for writing reminders to myself and sticking them somewhere that will remind me. There are some really cute ones at ALDI at the moment that I’m a little addicted to.

Label tape/Label maker

This is definitely a good time to stock up on label tapes or get yourself a label maker if you’ve had your eye on one. label tape cartridges can really add up but are often a little cheaper this time of year.

So these are the 5 things I’m stocking up on. what are your ‘back to school’sale essentials?


Friday Fast Five – Books I Want to Read

This week it’s:

Books I want to read

In high school I was an avid reader but I’ve been a bit slack of late so I want to pick up my reading game.

My TBR (to be read) list is a very long one but here are a few of the front runners.

Ready Player One 

This one has been top of my list for a while but I lent my copy to a friend (who loved it). I’m hopefully getting It back off her later this month at which point it will be the very next book I read.

The White Rose 

This book is a sequel to one I read last year, The Jewel.  I’m really looking forward to see where the story goes and I was very excite when I spotted this at the bookshop the other day.


I have only heard good things about Rainbow Rowell’s books and Fangirl is no exception. I mean the title alone has me hooked and the fabulous cover doesn’t hurt either.


The third book in The Lunar Chronicles. I’ve been very slack as I’ve had this one for ages and even started reading it in 2014 but never got around to finishing it. I love The Luna Chronicles mix of sci-fi and fairy tales and I can’t wait to see what this installment has in store.


I love Pride and Prejudice and I love stories that show a different point of view (in any story) so its no surprise that this novel which tells the story of the servants at Longbourn (The Bennett families home) is on my list. I’m looking forward to being taken into a familiar world but getting to see a different story.

So that’s five books from my TBR list. What books are on your list? Do you have any suggestions for me to add to my every growing list?  if you would like to follow my reading adventures you can find me on Goodreads here.


Friday Fast Five – Resolutions

Todays a simple one.

Five of my:

New Years Resolutions

Or more accurately – Goals.

Be More Organised

In both my blogging and life in general.

Read More Books

In high school I was an avid reader but I’ve gotten quite slack the last few years.

Keep the House Tidy

Especially the kitchen.

Take my Meds

Admittedly my goal every year but it’s gotta stick some time.

Appreciate the little things in life

A lesson I’ve learnt well in 2015 and would like to continue this year.

I’ll be writing a bit more in depth about them latter in the month but that’s five of my goals for the year.

Do you have any resolutions or goals for the year? Are they general goals or detailed ones?

Wishing you all a fantastic 2016!


Friday Fast Five – Summer Drinks

This week it’s

Summer Drinks

Serve chilled or on ice these are some of my favourite summer drinks.

Mango Champs

My families favourite cocktail. Summer is mango season and that means it’s a great time for mango sorbet. You can make your own or buy it either way it’s a lovely drink perfect for cooling down on a hot day.

Bubbly & Orange Juice

Not one I have often but this is our Christmas morning drink.  It’s not a proper Christmas breakfast if its not accompanied by a glass of bubbly and orange juice.

Iced Tea

We make it in as big a batch as our fridge can handle yet its still always gone too soon. Particularly nice with a herbal or fruit tea and loaded with fresh fruit and ice.

Fruit Punch

I haven’t made a proper big batch in a long time but I have fond memories of getting to put the big fruity ice block in the middle when I was younger. These days I sometimes just doo my own single glass batch but its not quite the same.

Iced Coffee

While I’m not a big coffee drinker, I do love an Iced coffee. Not particularly fussed wether it’s the shop bought stuff or a proper barista made one I just like the chilled caffeine and sugar hit.

So that’s my five. What drinks are your summer go tos or what great memories do you have  of some favourite drinks?

Friday Fast Five – Christmas Movies

This weeks it’s

Christmas Movies

I love Christmas movies. I have a reasonable collection that I add to each year.  These are a few of my personal favourites.

Love Actually

Usually the first movie I watch in December. Its got a lot of cool British actors in it and a lot of funny lines. Of course you can watch it any time of year but as it counts down to Christmas its definitely on my Christmas movie list.

Miracle on 24th street

The newer one. I have the old black and white version too but the 1994 version is my favourite.  It’s a lovely story about believing and it’s a must watch for me each year.

The Polar Express

A movie with charm. Beautifully drawn and with many lovely reminders about what the season is about. As someone who hopes they will always hear the bells ring this movie will always be a favourite of mine.

The Muppet A Christmas Carol

A fun twist on a classic story. Definitely my favourite version of A Christmas Carol. With some catchy songs and some of the usual Muppet shenanigans it’s one of my families favourites.

Arthur Christmas

A fantastic look at a modernised North Pole operation but still with a focus on the spirit of the season. I love the mix of old and new and how they show the generations of Santa.  I also like the ever prepared Mrs Claus, I want to be like her some day.

So these are five of my favourite Christmas movies. There are of course many more I could have talked about.  I’d love to hear what your favourites are.

Friday Fast Five – Tips for Convention Goers

Since I’m spending the weekend at Brisbane Supanova I thought this weeks topic should be 

Tips for convention goers

1.Water and Snacks

Bring your own supply of water and snacks. Usually there will be places that will sell you these things but they will be very busy and you might be in a hurry so always best to carry backups. 

2. Be prepared to queue

You will probably spend a lot of your time at a convention in a queue. There are queues for tickets, for entry, for tokens, for signatures, for photos, for panels, for lunch, and for the loo so be prepared for that. 

3. Look around at everything before you start spending.

Many a time have I heard people lament having spent all their money at the first shop they stopped at and thus missed out on some other cool item at another stall. My advice is to go and look all around all the shops before you sart spending your money so you can work out your spending priorities.  

4. Be considerate of Cosplayers. 

They have probably worked really hard and spent a lot of their hard earned cash on that outfit. They are probably super excited to be showing off their costume to everyone. That are also probably wanting to view and enjoy the convention themselves. So remember all these things. Don’t make nasty comments. Ask before taking photos and like you would with any other person don’t touch them without express permission. 

Remember – Cosplay is not Consent.

5. Have fun. 

That’s what your here for. That’s what everyone is here for. Have fun. And make some new friends. And try not to ruin the experience for others.
These are my tips, what are yours?

Friday Fast Five – Domestic Plane Carry on Items

This weeks topic:

Domestic Plane Carry on Items

I do a fair bit of domestic travel each year to visit family and attend Supanova.

There are five Items I prefer not to get on  plane without:

Headphones & Headphone converter jack

I know that sort of two Items but I bought them as a pack so I’m counting them as one.

I always prefer to use my own headphones when flying as they have a better sound quality and they are kind of useless on a plane without a jack converter. If you don’t have one you can usually pick one up at travel shops or at the airport.


I rarely go anywhere for longer than a day without a book to keep me company. I don’t always end up reading on a flight but I like having the option open to me if the other entertainment options are not to my liking.

Phone/mp3 player/ tablet etc

 Some form of electronic device with my own music on it. I don’t mind listening to the airlines radios most of the time but sometimes I just want my own playlists. Also the sound quality is much better on my devices then the planes entertainment system.


Planes get cold and weather conditions can change. Better to be prepared with a jumper even if your traveling somewhere that is supposed to be hot. Most seats have a small hook in the side that you can hang your jumper/jacket off if you don’t need to use it.


I always buy some at the airport news agents. If nothing else it gives me something sweet to chew on as we ascend into the clouds. It also usually helps with popping the ‘bubbles’ you get in your ears from the change in pressure.

So that’s my five. Do you have other must have Items? What other tips do you have for domestic flights?