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.

Coriander

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.

Lavender

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.

Rosemary

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?

Lil

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.

Lil

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.

Fangirl 

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.

Cress 

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.

Longbourn 

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.

Lil

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!

Lil

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.

Fast Five Friday – YouTube Education

This week it’s YouTube channels:

Specifically YouTube channels with an educational purpose.

These channels are all actually all sort of linked as they are produced by the Vlogbrothers team but they are some of my favourites.

Crash Course

With courses on Biology, Chemistry, World History, Literature, Economics, Astronomy and more Crash Course is a great place to learn something new. I have watched a number of their courses and am currently working through their Anatomy & Physiology course . They are filled with little animations to show how things work and ad a bit of fun. They also now have a kids channel too.

SciShow

Answering your science questions, keeping you up to date on science news and telling you about some of the great science minds. This channel is an easy one to get stuck continually clicking on related videos in a search for more answers.

The Financial Diet

The new kid on the block. They started out as a tumble blog and have now branched out into videos. They are here to pass on practical financial advice.

Health Care Triage

A channel for busting medical myths and giving you the latest heath news in an easy to understand way. If you have an interest in the medical field or you have some questions on your health this ones for you. I like the way Dr Aaron breaks down the research to make it easier to understand.

How to Adult

While this one can be very American specific there are some good tips in there for young adults who are wondering why they weren’t taught basic life skills like how to do laundry or how to make spaghetti.  Its really all in the title.

So thats my five for this week. let me know if you have any favourites I haven’t mentioned.

As this is fast FIVE Friday there are only five on my list but they are certainly a lot more channels out there giving good education. If you want to find more I suggest looking at the featured channels or creators & friend lists of the above channels.

The First Fast Five Friday! – Kitchen Utensils

Welcome to something new.

It’s Fast five Friday!

Each Friday I’ll be bringing you a list of five.

Five what?

Well that will depend on the week.

This week is:

Top five essential kitchen utensils

These are the 5 I think are the minimum to get you by. In no particular order:

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  • Spatula – A spatula is versatile. You can use it as a spoon to stir stuff, use it to scrape the last little bit of whatever out of a bowl or even use it as a flipper if need be.
  • Measuring  jug – Make sure your measuring jug is microwaveable and you’re all set. It can be used in place of cup measures or hold liquids, or use it to microwave  you’re frozen vegies in so your plate doesn’t get to hot.
  • Whisk – If you don’t have a sieve whisk your flour (or whatever needs sieving) to aerate it. Also can be another impromptu spoon.  Great for getting the lumps out of your pancake mix.
  • Knife – an obvious one really. A good chefs knife can make all the difference. Make sure you take care of it and keep it sharp.
  • Chopping board – look after your benches from scratches and cuts! If you have a wooden one you can also protect your benches (or table) from the heat from pots, pans and whatever else might have come out of the oven.

So that’s my top five, what’s yours?