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Self Talk

May 23, 2015 · 2 comments


Yesterday, in my psych session, it really felt like my psychologist was trying to cheer me on – pointing out the things I’m capable of doing in order to look after myself.

Like, when I over-react to “getting things wrong”. Getting things wrong could be not heating the soup up enough, forgetting to bring the washing in, or smudging a freshly done fingernail.

I know – all life altering situations.

Purple toes! #nailpolish #mud #purple #mardigras

But, apparently, I’m getting better at rationalising things.

Even if it is an hour lately.

Talking through with myself what happened and why I reacted the way I did.

I’m getting better at … Well not over reacting. Crying in a heap, sure, but that’s a safer reaction to my past

So scared of what comes next



So, I scienced my way through trying these travel products, some with my dear Ezri above who was very certain on what she liked and didn’t like, and some with me and my own experiences of spraying things in my eyes and nose. Ezri, being my deputy reviewer declared that the “porpul” – Purple Apple Blackcurrent Hyrdralyte tablets – were the winner.

hydralyte apple backcurrent

So these guys were the best as far as taste went… “I wike it” being Ez’s review.

She also liked the taste of the “Frequent Flyer Boost”…. with the things you expect in Berocca with a touch of echinacea

long fight boost




I also tried the FESS nasal spray, whic on my stuffy nose worked a TREAT! Breathing before bedtime? YES PLEASE! Thank you tea tree oil.

FESS and murine eye mist

The eye mist was interesting. As an eye drop user from way back, I’d rather just irridate my eye, but this spray over the eyelid stuff would have been great before I was a contact lens wearer who could do anything to her dry eyes with impunity.

eye spray

What do you do to make travel less taxing on your body?


I received the beer as a sample

Time for Friday Drinks!

Zeven Lemon Strawberry Blonde

Last week we got to try the new Strawberry Blonde from Zeven Lemon. When the parcel arrived from the PR company, I declared it the girliest beer alive!

Zavan Lemon strawberry blonde

It smelt like beer, but didn’t have a beery taste – nor could I really taste anything “Strawberry”, but Bruce claims to have tasted lemon in it. I don’t even know what is in it – aside from natural fruit flavours. He finished off the 4 pack and declared it a success.

Taylors Shiraz

The other good tastes from last week came in the form of this very smooth Taylors’ shiraz… a little splurge for us, a bit of spoiling for me.

Hunter Belle Cheese Blue Moon

And this delightful Hunter Belle Cheese Blue Moon from the local IGA.

What are you drinking tonight?


I received the stock as a sample

maggie beer game stock

It’s definitely winter, with the ugg boots on, cup of tea in hand, and the stove or crockpot simmering away most afternoons, filled with the promise of a hot, hearty dinner to fill your cold belly and nudge you towards the comfort of your doona and an early bedtime.

Simmering soup

So, my first thoughts when I received this game stock to try (yup, it has kangaroo and venison in it) was a large hot pot of soup, particularly as the air was so damn cold and we are all snuffling away with some sot of ‘flu.

ingredients for soup

It was a weekday afternoon when I decided to make it, and I couldn’t face either of the local shopping complexes – the carparks at both Glendale and Warners Bay are HELL at school pickup time until close to six – so the IGa up the road it was. All local IGAs have their good and their bad, but ours is pretty good with its range of fresh veges and meat.

Herb Scissors at IGA Boolaroo. K&C brand

The also stock these cool herb scissors!

cheap cut of steak

I got the soup pack, a cheap cut of meat, and some garlic bread to serve it with.

Simple vegetable peeler

I really like the basic vegetable peelers. I’ve used the bigger ones, but I’m either not coordinated enough and keep peeling myself, or I find them really hard to use of small veges (like the tiny parsnip in the soup pack – not impressed!)

induction hot plate

I ended up cooking the soup on this plug-in induction plate, because, even though I had it down to “1”, the stove was way too hot and was no conducive to simmering the soup for 3-4 hours!

soup with crusty garlic bread

And the verdict on the stock? Lotsa rich flavours that were something special compared to normal chicken bone broths. Not salty, so we could add salt to taste unlike many stocks where you just WISH they were a little more diluted.


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Boolaroo Takeaway by Iron Chef

My local takeaway at Boolaroo is under new management, but the Iron Chef, (or IRNCHF, according to his numberplates), no less…

IRNCHF numberplate

As it was a cold, rainy Saturday night, we had to see how he was going!

fish cutlets and chips

$10 for 6 fish cutlets and chips – The fish pieces were really fresh tasting, and while I didn’t like that the chips aren’t the traditional, oddly-cut, fish and chip shop chips, they were cooked well and had the right amount of chicken salt. I just like it better though when you get the little crispies that are tiny and slightly overcooked in the paper bundle!

We also got a Works Burger for $7, but my photo is rather blurry… but the bun was fresh, the salads nice, and the met patty moist! :)

Boolaroo Takeaway By Iron Chef
40 Main Road Boolaroo
02 49 588 929


I received the Orgran products as samples

So…. I got a couple of Gluten Free pastas to try from Orgran just in time for the wintery weather!

Gluten free goodies from orgran

Wanna see??

First up, is what I call “Chicken Pie Pasta”.

My dear Bruce makes a wonderful chicken, mushroom and leek pie, so I co-opted the ingredients for a hearty pasta.

chicken pie pasta

You need (for 4 serves):
Pack of Orgran Italian Style gluten free spaghetti
Olive oil
1 onion, diced
A leek, washed and sliced
Dessert spoon minced garlic
3 handfuls button mushrooms, quartered
5 pieces shortcut bacon, roughly diced (ensure yours is gluten free if you need it so – they usually are now, but just check!)
1 piece chicken breast – cubed
About the same of “Italian Herbs” or Thyme (both to taste, of course)
1 cup of chicken stock (not pictured)
Tablespoon sour cream
2 Tablespoons cream
Salt and pepper to taste

To do:

  1. Boil up the pasta in a separate saucepan as per packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat a sploosh of olive oil in a pan. We’re using classic and not extra virgin olive oil here because, I’m told, extra virgin olive oil burns too early in the heating process and should be reserved for splooshing on salads and dipping a delicious bread in. Add diced onion, sliced leek, garlic and saute til soft. Season with a little salt and pepper.
  3. Add the mushrooms and fry over medium heat, let them shrink up a little.
  4. Throw in the diced bacon, and cook
  5. Remove everything from pan, add a little extra oil if needed, and cook up the chicken. Stir through herbs.
  6. Add back in the leek/bacon/mushroom mix. Add in stock. Simmer on low-medium until there’s a lot less liquid.
  7. When reduced, stir through the creams.Ruturn to heat for about 5 minutes, then stir through cooked pasta and serve. Season with pepper and salt to taste, and there’s always the option of parmesan, but I think this is rich enough as is!

orgran pasta


And then there was my own creation… Using mushroom and tomatoes as the base with chili for added kick to the buckwheat spirals


You need:
Olive oil
1 brown onion, diced
Tablespoon garlic
Tablespoon Gourmet Garden Italian Herbs or similar
300g button mushrooms, quartered
5 pieces shortcut bacon
2 tins diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons Fountain gluten free hot chili sauce for a bit of tickle
a bag of baby spinach
250g Orgran gluten free buckwheat spirals
Nimbin Natural Parmesan cheese, to serve :)

To do:

  1. Heat some oil in a pan on about 3/4 heat. Add onion and garlic, and saute til the onion softens.
  2. Chuck in the mushrooms and bacon and cook these through
  3. Put in the tomatoes, herbs and chili sauce. Simmer for as long as you like – at least 10 mins. Add in some water or chicken/vegetable stock if you wanna leave it going longer. It definitely won’t hurt!
  4. Cook up the pasta as per the instructions on the packet. Drain and plate up.
  5. Stir the baby spinach through the sauce mixture, allow the spinach to wilt a little
  6. Serve it with the pasta, and top with shaved parmesan.
  7. Enjoy with red wine.

mushroom heb bacon



I have to say that Gluten Free Pasta is getting better and better with time, and while you still need to keep an eye on it, this Orgran pasta doesn’t go gluggy the second you over-cook it! Definitely one for the pantry!


I received a number of Harpic products as samples

sewer valve after storm

During the massive storms last month, along with floods, massive high tides, and branches coming down all over the place, our sewerage system got a little backed out – things were not draining properly, sinks and toilets threatened to overflow, and the sewerage drains in the backyard DID overflow (toilet paper in the yard was the proof!) I know it isn’t the most glamourous subject to write about, but blue loo!!!

harpic products

We pressure cleaned the outside paths and such, but the toilet needed something extra to reverse the smell and fortunately, I’d been sent a bunch of Harpic cleaning supplies to try out not long before!

toilet with Harpic products

So, the long life blocks went to my sister, the dual action blocks went in our loo (Dad’s call). The two blocks are supposed to clean extra well with the baking soda of the white tablet, and the blueness of the blue tablet. They were easy to throw in the cistern, and it seemed to do the job… however not all that long lasting as the one I gave Jen, but that’s given me the chance to have the Flushmatic in the cistern and the Harpic Power Plus toilet cleaner in citrus (yeah, sucker for citrus). The Flushmatic was a little messy to mount, since I had to attach the twist-tie like hook to it, plus it has an open top… bit of scrubbing to get the blue off my fingers. The Power Plus was simple, it doesn’t sit curved against the bowl, but once I realised that was okay, I moved on with my life.

Oh, the flushable wipes came a little later in my mailbox, but boy do they work!

So, do you wanna try these products?

I’m giving away a bundle of Harpic products to one Australian reader. The pack consists of:
Dual action block
Toilet wipes
Long life blocks for cisterns

Please answer the following question in the comments section and share via the means in the RaffleCopter for extra chances to win. The winner will be selected randomly, and entries close Monday May 25th.

If toilet water could be a colour other than blue, what would you choose?

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I received the soups as samples


I got to try the two new Maggie Beer microwavable soups recently…. While they’re not to visually appealing, they were packed full of flavor….


I have to say the mushroom one (below) was tastier…. And not something I’d make normally!


I’m also gonna try the Maggie Beer game stock soon…. My mouth is watering in anticipation!