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November 2016

Salmon, Orange and Chickpea Salad Recipe – Quick and Healthy

I’ve made this many times both as a main and a side. It’s from an old Jill Dupleix cookbook ‘Lighten Up‘ which houses many excellent and simple recipes. A few deviations I’ve often made to the recipe below: (1) substituting salmon for pan fried haloumi or poached chicken; (2) adding shaved fennel; and (3) using baby spinach instead of rocket or a mixture of both. You can play around with the citrus quantity as well. I prefer it quite zesty. It serves 4 and you will need:

  • 600g salmon fillet, skin on
  • sea salt and pepper
  • 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoons orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 400g canned chickpeas, rinsed
  • Handful of rocket leaves
  • 3 tablespoons small black olives
  • 1 tablespoon salted capers, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons mint leaves

View the full recipe.

Undone Podcast – Surprising Things That Happened When Everyone Stopped Looking

MoCU – Buy Curated Collections Of Craft Beer, Wine And Cider

MoCU (Modern Curations Gallery) is a new website a friend of mine has been working on where you can buy packs of craft beer, wine and cider that have been curated by some of the best brewers and winemakers around the world. They’ve pulled together inspired collections so you can explore and experience unique flavours, e.g. Foodie and Australia. The biggest perk here is that there are a number of beers and wines that you can’t buy anywhere else. Christmas gift for that beer loving friend or relative, sorted. There is free delivery to metro areas for orders over $50 and up to 20% off when you curate your own pack. Additionally, if you sign up you get access to member only offers and sales. The site has predominantly craft beers now with more wine and cider to follow. Shop the collections.

Transparent TV Series – Funny, Heartbreaking And One Of The Best Shows I’ve Seen

Transparent is one of the best TV shows I’ve seen in a long time and quite possibly, ever. It’s not new (season 3 came out recently) but it is so brilliant, funny, sad, thought and discussion provoking that I felt it was my duty to try and convince those of you who have not yet seen it, to watch it. The story centres on a transgender woman who comes out to her three adult children late in life and turns their worlds upside down in various ways. I’ve seen it classified as a comedy and drama but it is so much more than that. I will say no more than it scooped up those Emmy wins for very good reason and that you need to watch it immediately. It’s currently streaming on Stan in Australia and you can watch the trailer.

Waiheke Island – Food, Wine, Scenic Paradise 35 Minutes From Auckland

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Waiheke Island
is a paradise only 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland, New Zealand, with world class restaurants, vineyards, stunning beaches, great coffee and gelato, art galleries and jaw-dropping landscapes. Big shout out to my sister who has been relentless and persuasive in recommending Waiheke as the perfect holiday destination. I completely understand why this island holds such a special place in her heart. Tried so far and loved: The Oyster Inn, Cable Bay Vineyard, Mudbrick Restaurant and Vineyard, Man O War Vineyard, Solar Eating House. There are many more places on my list that we will be visiting during our stay but the one I’m most hyped about (everyone we’ve spoken to here raves about it) is the Sunday Italian long lunch at Poderi Crisci vineyard where they have a saying “There is always plenty more thyme in the garden, and there is always another ferry.” Arrive, sit, eat, drink, take in the beauty of the place and you’ll devour a feast of the chef’s choice which changes weekly. The island has accommodation to suit all budgets. Put this magical place (recently voted as one of the world’s best islands) on your travel list now.

 

The Other Side Isn’t Your Enemy – Upcoming TED Talk

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This TED Talk with social psychologist and expert on the psychology of morality, Jonathan Haidt, was filmed a couple of days ago and will be available to watch on 8th November. It sounds like a timely and worthwhile watch given the upcoming controversial US election. Haidt explains why people on the left and right don’t just disagree with each other these days, they actually think the other side is a threat to the nation and has advice on how to drop fear, reframe our differences and stop seeing other people as your enemy. “Be more humble; you don’t know as much as you think,” he says. “Make an effort to meet someone on the other side. Only with people who challenge us can we find the truth.” Read more about the talk here and watch the talk on 8th November at www.ted.com. As a side note, there was a great article I read on this topic early this year.

Hidden Brain Podcast – Using Science and Storytelling to Understand the World

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I listened to a couple of episodes of the Hidden Brain podcast over the weekend. Using science and storytelling, the show aims to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behaviour, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships. The latest episode is titled ‘Filthy Rich‘ (#49) which is about the amusing and disturbing findings a sociologist uncovered when she explored the secret lives of billionaires. The other was ‘Decide Already!‘ (#42) where Harvard researcher Dan Gilbert tells us why we’re bad at predicting our future happiness, how that affects our decision making, and why we are actually happier after making a decision that feels irrevocable. Some interesting take outs for everyone, regardless of how good/bad you think you are at making decisions. They are both under 25 minutes long. Listen to these and other episodes of Hidden Brain here.

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