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March 24, 2014

Plum relish… a little tango for your tastebuds

Posted in brisbane, cooking, food, health, life, music tagged , , , , , , at 4:29 pm by Margi Macdonald

The late summer stone fruits are with us, and being late in the season, are not as gorgeous as their earlier siblings.

So here’s a little dish which straddles late summer and early autumn, when the evenings are still warm, and the days humid.

Elegantly dice a couple of plums, and a couple of spring onions.

Place in a bowl, and add apple cider vinegar and some cold pressed, extra virgin nut or seed oil.
Usual ratio of oil : vinegar (or lemon or lime juice) is 2:1
Grind in some pepper. I think pink peppercorns would work beautifully here.

Add some chopped fresh dill.
At this point, decide (as I did) whether it needs a little seeded and diced cucumber.

Select some kind of greenery, which is perhaps a little bitter, and tender yet firm.
I used baby endive.
Roughly, yet kindly shred it.

Toss and serve.
Hey presto!
You have a cute little salad with piquant surprises in every mouthful.

It goes very well with a mackerel or salmon cutlet, and kipfler potatoes, boiled, sliced, and tossed in a little hot ghee and salt.

If your cardiologist faints at the thought of ghee, toss the potatoes in some very fine, “fruity” olive oil.

If you just want to make this as a fresh relish or salsa, add a little seeded, finely chopped chili, some freshly toasted ‘raw’ nuts, and some freshly picked coriander leaf (cilantro). You might like fresh lime juice here, instead of the apple cider vinegar. Fresh mint torn and tumbled through might be sublime.

I am hopeless at photographing cooked fish, so instead, here’s some excellent music; tight ensemble playing, fine musicians.


February 9, 2014

Sing-along Sunday

Posted in brisbane, life, music tagged at 7:57 am by Margi Macdonald

Is there any other song which is so darned chirpy and cheerful?


Go here, and sing along


Note: On this blog, we’re all about acceptance, inclusion and empathy. I see charm and sunny optimism in this video, yet it is entirely out of context. I acknowledge the original Disney movie is offensive. There’s a discussion here.

February 1, 2014


Posted in life, music tagged , , , , , , , , at 8:35 pm by Margi Macdonald

For heat waves, blizzards… anytime.


Just listen.

Fitzgerald and Armstrong


Image: It’s iconic, it’s all over the www. I don’t know who took it, or who owns it, but I wish I did, because it’s such a wonderful shot.

January 27, 2014

Scentual Sunday

Posted in fragrance, health, music tagged , , , at 11:44 am by Margi Macdonald

Each Sunday, Amanda Feeley at Essentual Alchemy shares some of the best music ever composed.
Amanda composes and creates completely beautiful, intriguing and evocative perfumes.
I hope you enjoy her sublime choice of renaissance music today.

July 24, 2013

The world’s easiest exercise for health and happiness

Posted in health, life, music tagged , , , , at 7:52 pm by Margi Macdonald

Everyone knows we’re all “supposed” to do a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day.
But what if it’s raining?
Or joining a gym and actually using your membership makes you want to crawl under a rock?
Or all those repetitions make you want to shriek, because they’re just plain boring?
Or you don’t live in a safe neighbourhood?
Or you feel really self-conscious about moving your body vigorously when you’re in public?
Or it’s too darned hot out there?

Well here’s your answer: conduct music!
Do it with passion.
Do it in your pyjamas, or dress right up.
Do it with a friend or when you’re feeling lonely and bored.

Here’s your inspiration… Enjoy!

June 10, 2012


Posted in brisbane, health, life, music tagged , at 10:30 am by Margi Macdonald

April 1, 2012

Sunday, Bach and Il Giardino Armonico

Posted in brisbane, health, life, music tagged , , , , at 10:04 am by Margi Macdonald

Turn it up, make a fine beverage, and sit with your back to the sun for the next few minutes.


March 19, 2012

Good for soup and symphonies…

Posted in cooking, food, health, music tagged , , , , , , at 3:35 pm by Margi Macdonald

Sometimes when we’re thinking about dinner, and the shift from summer to autumn, our thoughts turn to soup.

You know, soups made from scratch, with a foundation of homemade stock and that great soupy trinity of carrot, celery and onion (or leek).

Sometimes when we’re pottering about on locavore and sustainability websites, we come across a gem such as this.

Now…I’d love to know about your all-time favourite soup; why you like it, memories made while supping its nurturing deliciousness, super-soup ingredients… all of that. Please share with a comment!

Convinced soup-making is all together too time-consuming?  You need this.

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