I do a bit more cooking these days than I used to, but sometimes it still feels like an awful lot of bother.
I often cook vegetarian meals at home, often because meat is just so much more difficult. Meat is all slimy to cut up, it can be difficult to cook without making it too dry or too tough, but if you don’t cook it enough it’ll make you sick. There’s cross contamination concerns, best before dates and all those times I wish I’d separated the pile of chicken breasts before bunging them all in the freezer.
Recently however I thought I’d try a new recipe for chicken curry. Now it was a bit late in the evening, I was a bit tired, but really how hard could it be? [Click link below to read more....]
A while ago I wrote about some bad experiences with taxi drivers. It recently occurred to me that I also had a good experience story to tell, so this piece is to redress the balance.
One Friday afternoon, my boss suddenly decided I needed to go and visit a client in a suburb somewhere out west. Upon leaving the client site, I spotted a taxi on the other side of the road.
I waved, I didn’t think he’d seen me, I wasn’t sure if his light was on, then suddenly in the blink of an eye, there he was. I jumped in, gave my destination, sat back and looked around.
The passenger side dashboard and the centre console were covered in notices – messages in black ink printed on white paper, blue-tacked to every available surface. [Click link below to read more....]
I recently had three months off from alcohol. I expected it to be a struggle. I expected to really, really miss drinking. Funny thing is - I didn’t.
Here are a few things I learnt during those 3 months:
1) Damn I felt good without alcohol
Even one or two drinks makes me fuzzy in the head, both at the time of drinking and when I wake up the next morning. I may not even feel it perceptibly, but it happens. It took several weeks of not drinking for me to realise this. I was amazed at how much energy I had and how I felt able to stay on top of things. [Click link below to read more....]
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