Catastrophe – A TV Comedy Series

One of the funniest TV shows I saw last year was Catastrophe, a comedy which follows Sharon and Rob as they have a one week stand while he’s travelling to London from the USA for work and she falls pregnant.

He decides to move to London to see if they can in some way make the parenting and relationship work. It’s awkward and completely unromantic but absolutely hilarious.

I’m telling you about an old(ish) show now because the first two seasons recently started streaming for free on ABC iView so you can get ready for season 3 which is due next year.

Though you’ll need to buy the first 3 episodes of season 1 through iTunes as iView is already up to episode 4 (and only available until Friday night so get on it now).

Watch the trailer for Catastrophe.

You’re welcome.

Brain Pickings Weekly Email Newsletter

I decluttered my email subscriptions recently but there a few remaining emails I look forward to each week and Brain Pickings is one of them.

Brain Pickings is the brainchild of Maria Popova, a self-described ‘reader, writer, interestingness hunter-gatherer, and curious mind at large’. She puts a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, inquiring into how to live and what it means to lead a good life.

A good place to start to get a feel for her work is at the seven things she’s learned in seven years of reading, writing, and living. If you like it, sign up for her weekly newsletter which offers the week’s most unmissable articles across creativity, psychology, art, science, design, philosophy, and other facets of our search for meaning.

Read more about Brain Pickings.

Three Blue Ducks Cafe/Restaurant in Rosebery

Four friends coming from all corners of Sydney. Rosebery seemed like a central meeting spot.

Three Blue Ducks opened a couple of months ago and has taken over the space that Kitchen By Mike inhabited. The menu focuses on food that comes from smoke and fire. It was excellent and healthy so of course, we got greedy and ordered too much.

Stand out dishes were Charred blue mackerel, eggplant, herbed labneh & wild rice ($15); Raw kingfish, buttermilk, roasted buckwheat & cucumber ($19), Wood roasted brussel sprouts, rye and pecan cream ($16), Charred cauliflower blistered grapes & hazelnuts ($11), Wood roasted whole flathead, celeriac, hazelnuts, tomato, lemon & capers ($55).

The menu is designed to share so go with your buddies. Service was pleasant and it’s a big space – great for groups and prams. We were there for dinner but they are also open for breakfast and lunch.

Find out more about Three Blue Ducks Rosebery and their other ventures including the original Bronte cafe and The Farm in Byron Bay here.

Three Blue Ducks is located at 1/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery.

The Hunter Works – Cafe in Balmain

The Hunter Works is tucked away in a laneway off Darling Street, Balmain in Sydney. The guys behind it (Mic, Toby and Jono) pride themselves on the fact that their produce is locally sourced, the menu avoids the usual run-of-the-mill cafe items (my favourite is the Speck + Soft Boiled Egg + Radicchio + Lentils + Pickles) and everything they do and serve takes being kind to the environment in mind. Portion sizes are designed to minimise wastage and any waste is composted in the local community garden.

There’s a deli section with pickled/preserved/smoked/salted goods and Brickfields bread (sliced meats and cheeses are coming soon). The service is super friendly, they play cool music and there is a nice outdoor area. All this and their excellent specialty coffee is what keeps the people of Balmain and surrounds coming back.

Go for breakfast or lunch at 7/332 Darling St, Balmain. Open 7 days.

Find out more about Hunter Works.

My Dad Wrote a Porno – Comedy Podcast

After a couple of weeks of illness and very few Very Good Things, the My Dad Wrote A Porno podcast brought a much needed change of mood. I’ve only listened to the first episode but it had me laughing so hard that I will definitely be going back for more.

The official blurb: ‘Imagine if your Dad wrote a dirty book. Most people would try to ignore it and pretend it had never happened – but not Jamie Morton. Instead, he’s decided to read it to the world in this brand new comedy podcast. With the help of his friends, James Cooper and BBC Radio 1‘s Alice Levine, Jamie will be reading a chapter a week and discovering more about his father than he ever bargained for.’

Skip the teaser and go straight for episode 1 ‘The Job Interview’ (runs for 30 min). Goes without saying don’t listen with kids around.

Listen to the podcast.

Stingray Sisters Documentary

This deeply moving three-part documentary is a must watch.

Stingray Sisters opens a window into the lives of the Eather sisters as they struggle to protect their home (Maningrida, a remote town in Northern Territory’s Arnhem Land) from oil and gas exploration and navigate their way between two very different cultural worlds.

I have so much to say about this beautifully crafted and visually stunning film and my words will not do it justice.

View the trailer.

Learn more about the sisters’ story and watch the series here.

Baked Fennel & Salmon – A Healthy and Warming One Pot Recipe

A one pot dish that is healthy, warming and stars one of my favourite vegetables which is now in season: fennel.

The recipe below is an adaption of the ‘Fish with fennel & cherry tomatoes‘ recipe from the Gourmet Pilgrim Italy cookbook. We’ve morphed it over time to bulk up the fennel to fish ratio and salmon is our fish our choice. It’s a great standalone dish though you could serve it as a side dish at a dinner party/BBQ. It also makes excellent leftovers.

The following ingredients are based on two people but you can scale it easily by adding more layers. Prep time is 5-10 minutes and cook time in the oven is 75 minutes. You will need:

  • Olive oil
  • 1 x bunch parsley (continental/flat leaf) chopped, including stalks
  • 3 bulbs of fennel, thinly sliced
  • 1 x punnet cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 2 x skinless/boneless salmon fillets cut into 3cm chunks
  • Parmesan, grated (approx 50-75g)
  • Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste

Read the full recipe here.

Hills Bros – Cafe in Sydney CBD

Finding somewhere in the Sydney CBD for breakfast that’s quality and beyond your usual eggs and coffee or pre-made fare can often be a challenge. Enter Hills Bros – a new cafe from the Reuben Hills team. It took us a while to find as it’s tucked away in the foyer of an office block at 5 Martin Place.

The menu has Latin American and Asian influences which sounds overcomplicated but the result is not. Top pick for me was the ‘Miso Braised Pork Bowl with Japanese slaw, shichimi buttered corn, fungi, pickled beansprouts, kewpie mayo, bonito flakes & egg’ ($18, pictured) which came in just ahead of the ‘Brown Rice Congee with poached chicken, shitake, bacon jam, gingered carrot and egg’ ($14) and ‘Brussel Salad with brussel slaw, apples, pomegranate, roasted chestnuts, charred leek, rye crumbs & maple mustard dressing’ ($14 or optional extras of achiote chicken or house baked ham at $4 each).

Read more reviews at Gourmet Traveller and Broadsheet.

See their yummy Instagram.

Hills Bros is located at 5 Martin Place, Sydney (enter between Pitt and Castlereagh).

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