How to not get swooped by Magpies.

How to not get swooped by Magpies.

via We are in the thick of Magpie Season here in south east Queensland, and I am not enjoying it very much at all. Several magpies have taken up residence in my street, one almost immediately outside my front gate, and people (including me) are getting swooped daily. It’s become a bit of a sport for my children to watch this from the front window. “Lady with an umbrella Mum! That guy with his hoodie right over his head!’ Sadly, no one is immune from getting swooped.  Male Magpies swoop at certain times of the year because they are hepped…

Gifts and Mysteries #myfamilylens

Gifts and Mysteries #myfamilylens

This post is part of the #myfamilylens competition, sponsored by Olympus and part of #voicesof2014, organised by Kidspot. All images in this post have been taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M10. The prompt I have chosen is Gifted. I am one of those people that become the repository for ‘family heirlooms’. Some people might call these heirlooms ‘junk’, an in actuality a lot of them are. Rusted manual pottery wheel, anyone? No? Maybe people instinctively recognise the secret hoarder that lives within my spirit, and feel safe in the knowledge that I will never throw out precious hand stitched tea towels,…

Creating Memories #myfamilylens

Creating Memories #myfamilylens

This post is part of the #myfamilylens competition, sponsored by Olympus and part of #voicesof2014, organised by Kidspot. All images in this post have been taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M10. The prompt I have chosen is Memory. When I was a new mum, I went to a mothers group run by the local early childhood health clinic. As we sat in a circle with our tiny, wriggly bundles, the midwife asked us to tell the rest of the group about a special childhood memory, and everyone spoke in turn; recounting adventures and escapades, and various rituals and routines that…

Authentic Cajun Creole Food at Movie World: an Interview with Chef Adam Smith!

Authentic Cajun Creole Food at Movie World: an Interview with Chef Adam Smith!

If you caught my recent post about the new menu developed for Carnivale at Movie World, you might have realised that Cajun Creole food is kinda my thing. I seem to have some inbuilt understanding of it, which is very strange for a girl from the northern beaches of Sydney, and a girl with Irish ancestry at that – it’s about as far away from New Orleans as you can get. I can only put it down to a past life experience, how else could you explain me ‘inventing’ Smothered Chicken as a 17 year old? You can’t! Lets just…

Why I Write

Why do I write? Why indeed. If anyone had asked me this before I would have shrugged, I don’t know, because I like it? The very funny Emily from Have A Laugh On Me has invited me to join in a writing blog hop, so I guess I’d better put some more thought into it! What am I working on? Well, this blog, obviously. At the moment I have several recipes that need to be turned into the written word, as well as assorted reviews, an interview, blog posts and the occasional sponsored post. I am working on drafts for…

Carnivale!

Carnivale!

For Wordless Wednesday I thought I would share a taste of Movie World’s Carnivale, a nightly themed street show inspired by the best of New Orlean’s Mardi Gras and Rio’s Carnivale. With live jazz, performers, a parade, and an amazing menu, you are guaranteed a fantastic night! Hot Sauce is available at every stand, as it should be. Proper Jambalaya. I know it’s proper because I lived in New Orleans in a former life.  Smokey ribs, Orleans Dog, Jambalaya and Stuffed Jalapenos. The food on offer is surprisingly authentic. Seafood Chowder, the star of the show! (Don’t tell Bugs)   Gumbo,…

The Naked Magicians

The Naked Magicians

Yes, men who are NAKED and doing MAGIC TRICKS! I’m not a prude (OK, maybe just a little bit) but I was a bit nervous about attending this particular media preview. It was a Monday morning after all. Would I at least have time for a coffee beforehand?  The Naked Magicians are Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler, both respected Magicians in their own right, with an impressive history of stage, television and corporate performances between them. The concept for The Naked Magicians was born presumably after a few drinks, when the question was asked ‘What if Magic Mike was actually…

Movie Review: Maleficent

Movie Review: Maleficent

via As a little girl, I was fascinated by Maleficent, the evil fairy that curses Sleeping Beauty. I wasn’t at all into being a princess, or wearing pink, nor did I have any dreams of marrying my Prince Charming; it all seemed a bit saccharine and felt completely false to me and my world. My day dreams where full of powerful (and beautiful) magical beings that took no shit from anyone and made no excuses. Maleficent was my ideal. Fast forward a few decades and Angelina Jolie is one of my favourite actors, for the same reasons – she takes…

Trying New Things

Trying New Things

I found these in the Supermarket recently and thought they’d be brilliant for an almost healthy something to nibble on late at night. Dark chocolate, nuts, fruit – what more could you want? A lot more actually, it’s a good thing they come in a packet of 6. I saw these Mantis Shrimp at the fishmongers recently for $2.99 a kilo, and thought wow, they look just like prawns! No, they are are not. They are a lot of work for not much to eat, but you do cut your hands up trying to open the spiky little bastards. Greek…

The Manu Interview

The Manu Interview

A few weeks ago I set off a mild frenzy on facebook when I posted this question: Off to #MurrayValleyPork evening to meet Manu. What should I ask him if I get the chance?  Well, a LOT of people had questions and even a few suggestions, but as I was a: with Mr BC and b: didn’t want to get arrested, I ignored the suggestions and took mental note of the questions only. I like Murray Valley Pork, they raise happy, cage free pigs to be delicious higher welfare pork, and then they sometimes send me some to cook and…