Thursday, 30 October 2014

Lemon Salmon {Recipe}

I am trying to eat more fish. I am also trying to eat less sugar sugar (the processed stuff) and save my sugar sugar intake for stuff that is really worth the calories (like ice cream and cake!). One night as I was about to make my usual salmon marinade it occurred to me that there was quite a bit of sugar sugar in the recipe so I made something up and it was delicious.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Check Yo'self {and Love Your Sister}

A few weeks ago I wrote about my recent breast cancer scare. I am lucky that this time it was just a scare. I'm hoping that if there is a next time that again it will just be a scare. There is a good chance though at some stage it might not be; one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

During my weeks of waiting for results, the thought that kept crossing my mind, or rather the plea my mind was screaming to the universe was "Please please don't let me have breast cancer as a young woman!" Treatment for breast cancer is improving all the time but young women often have poorer outcomes. This is partially because the cancers detected in young women can be more aggressiv; if oestrogen dependent there are high levels of oestrogen present so they grow more quickly. However one of the most significant issues in the long term survival rates of younger women is lack of detection and misdiagnosis.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Happy Monday

Straight up I need to apologise to those who follow me on Instagram or Twitter. I had a sick day on Friday and seemed to be on social media all day posting very dull updates about my food and snot. Not together, the food and snot, separate updates. Although I did post pictures of custard at one point...

I've just struggled out the other end of my third cold/flu thing in as many months. This time it was a horrendous hayfever hybrid (alliteration was the only literary device I ever really understood at school).

I'm going to keep my introductory rant a little shorter today as I am really supposed to be studying, got my second WSET diploma exam in just 10 days. Yikes!

Things that made me happy this week:

:: Taking a whole day off (on one of my 'weekend' days). I should have been studying but dammit I didn't want to. Instead I had a leisurely gym session; one where I wasn't watching the clock to get to my next appointment, faffed about on Facebook, read some blogs and even a few pages of a book (well, screens of a kindle really). So nice.

:: Getting some supportive comments on my Instagram challenge post. I felt a bit weird posting it because my pictures are very much a work in progress but you were all very nice and helpful :)
I find that putting stuff up here, where people are going to see it, helps motivate me to keep pushing myself.

:: Ted mounting a bush to poo. Yep, you read that correctly, not a typo. I giggle about this every morning when I walk him and have thought to put it here before, but well, should I be talking about poo? As it happens I am, so let's get on with it. Ted likes to find a hedge or even a nice spiky grass plant to poo into. Spiky plants are his favourite spots and watching him try to posture in-between the spines is just the most bizarre thing. I do not understand. What is less funny is when I try to be a good citizen and pick up his poop in a plastic bag. Plastic bags and spiky plants do not mix well my friends.

:: Eating a giant cheese kransky for dinner. Apparently kransky is an Australian term so if that makes nt sense to you, think saveloy or hot dog. I know it's a simple thing. That's what this happiness thing is all about, the simple moments. I normally try to eat a bunch of vegetables at dinner or something healthy which made the cheese kransky such a delightful novelty.

:: Bugs landing on vines. Twice this week I have been faffing about in the vineyard after work, taking photos of vines when a creature has very kindly flown into frame and stayed still long enough for a bit of paparazzi time.

:: Almond croissants for breakfast. My favourite thing. I'm very lucky to have a man that gets up early on a Sunday, before we both have to go to work, to purchase pastries.

What has made you happy this week? Any hot tips for horrendous hayfever?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Miinot Gelato {Review}

I travel across town for ice cream. That makes it sounds simpler than it is. I travel across Melbourne for ice cream, and by across I mean West to East. Anybody who has ever been to Melbs knows you don't want to be going sideways anytime, ever, the traffic is always bad. But I go. Because ice cream is important and so far my faves have all been in the east.

But then a magical thing happened. Two cool cats who know a thing or two about gelato opened Miinot in Pascoe Vale South. In the West! Well north west-ish really, but the point is I don't have to battle traffic to get there. However, on my first visit I did have to battle crowds. It was school holidays and the queue was snaking out the door. I don't do queues so I left with a sad face. But it made me all the more determined to go.

Situated on Melville Road, it is an unlikely spot for a gelato parlour. Bordered by abandoned shops and on a busy main road there is a risk you might miss it (apart from the enormous smiling ice cream out the front). Clearly the Pascoe Valeans have realised their good fortune though and if the crowds are anything to go by, those abandoned shops may not stay that way. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

The fit out is exquisite. Little touches like the ornate mirror and vintage till would not be out of place in a luxury boutique. Which is really what Miinot is. A luxury gelato boutique.
seeking victory pascoe vale south

seeking victory

The gelato is gorgeous. Miinot distinguishes itself from many of the new gelato stores in Melbourne by getting back to classic and traditional gelato. This is not the place for crazy flavours and huge chunks in your ice cream, instead you will find beautiful intense fresh fruit gelatos, perfectly balanced creamy/chocolatey numbers and just a few quirky options. It is the freshness of the flavours and the silky texture that is luring me back for more.

seeking victory pascoe vale south

On this occasion I tried Strawberries and Cream and Old Salty, a subtle, not too salty take on salted caramel which reminded me of a rich sticky date pudding (in gelato form).

In addition to the usual cups and cones you can you can choose your own flavours for a well-insulated take-home pack. Which is handy because I get the feeling there are going to be some East-siders popping over for ice cream :)

miinot gelato pascoe vale south

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Please note: This post was unsponsored. All opinions are my own and all food was paid for.

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