I love cooking. I'm pretty bad at baking anything more than simple banana bread, but cooking up delicious meals from scratch, now that I can do!
Pasta with Tomatoes, Basil & Garlic - I'd just finished roasting the tomatoes and garlic for this when my housemate reminded me that our gas bottle was finished. So no pasta. Aduh! Fortunately they kept well in the fridge overnight (while we popped out for a feast of sushi) and I was able to recreate this delicious dish (replacing the basil with spinach).
I'm getting ready for a birthday BBQ and pool party, so have been waist-deep in food-related Pinterest boards. I'm providing food for everyone and it sounds like there'll be quite a large crew of people coming, so I wanted it to be as simple and snacky as possible. On the list so far are: chicken souvlaki, pasta salad, potato salad, some pizza ordered from a great little warung down the road, and a Bruschetta Bar similar to this one (if I can find the ingredients!).
I got my currency conversion screwed up for the first time since I moved here (it's a pretty simple one, so there are no real excuses) and ended up spending $30 on a bag of Quinoa. Now, I like Quinoa as much as the next person but not $30-worth-of-love. I was wondering how I was ever going to find enough Quinoa dishes to cook when I stumbled across the payload: Quinoa 'Fried Rice'. Perfect hot or cold, it's now my go-to meal for lunch, and means I don't have to eat the oily, sugary and fatty fried rice they sell across the road from work. I add in brocolli, carrots, beans and top it off with some spring onions and soy sauce. Enak sekali (delicious)!
This is a bit of a long read, but it's a good'un. And if you don't have the time, at least go and check out the amazing photos accompanying the story of real workspaces hidden in the depths of the Natural History Museum of LA. What a way to work! The article focuses on how quickly the modern world is changing versus our ability to adapt to these changes, and discusses 'mismatch theory' where some people idealise an earlier life without realising that they are missing out on the benefits of modern technology. The argument being, for example, that just because our ancestors ran with bare feet doesn't mean it's the best way to do it in this modern world. It's an interesting topic to mull over.
Can changing your password change your life? It sure did for this guy! Read about how motivational passwords can help you get over your ex, finally go on that holiday you've been dreaming of, hell, even QUIT SMOKING! Surely this is worth a try. I'm changing mine to W1nth3l0tto! right now.
Knowing I'll be heading back to the 9-5 workforce in a few months is kind of daunting. I've been working here in Indonesia for the past 11 months, but the pace of work is very different and expectations are not the same. It sometimes makes motivation very difficult to muster. Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed discusses the return to a 40 hour work week after almost a year of travel and the culture of unnecessary materialism that the workplace not only encourages, but actually requires to keep functioning and prospering.
More of a 'listen' than a 'watch, one of my favourite finds recently has been The Moth, a non-profit organisation dedicated to keeping the art of storytelling alive. Featuring true stories, told live, without notes, this is my new morning listening while I'm walking. There are some better-known people but a lot of regular joe's, like the guy from New York who invented the baby calzone pizza but then ran into some problems with the mob - his accent is fantastic! My current favourite is In Deep Guano by Dan Kennedy, a story about the time he tried to live in the moment by heading to Indonesia to visit a cave full of snakes. Don't worry, there aren't any videos or pictures for the squeamish!
Twin Peaks. I know, I know, I'm a little late to the game. But how fantastic is this series! David Lynch is typically surreal as he brings to life the bizarre and interesting world of a small town called Twin Peaks, where local girl Laura Palmer has just been found murdered.
True Detective. Genre-breaking crime drama. It's only 8 episodes. You owe it to yourself to check this out.
Tracks tells the story of a young Robyn Davidson, as she leads 5 camels and a dog across the outback on a 1,700 mile solo trek. Shot in stunning locations across the Australian outback, think of this as the Australian 'Into The Wild', except with a much happier ending. Worth a watch!