Happy 1st Birthday to Polkadots & Chopsticks! Yay! We made it!
So the road has been a bit bumpy at times, I finally got the blog moved to a new service provider. Crossing fingers that I have no more issues with it running slow.
For about a month I’ve been pondering what to have for my 1 year blog post and it wasn’t till a couple of days ago that I made a decision.
I’ve only been blogging for a year now but a lot has got me to where I am today. In my later teenage years I was in a bit of a pickle with my life and the Samaritans in Newcastle were there to put me on the right track. Now, I’m not religious in the least but this particular organisation does amazing things for the youth in the Newcastle and Hunter region.
Samaritans however don’t just care and aid youth with problems but pretty much everyone from single young mothers to families and mental health problems.
I really want to share this with everyone to make more people aware of the great help they give every day, perhaps make a donation as every dollar goes towards those that are in need of help, whether it’s a family struggling with financial problems, homeless youth that need a guide in life or people experiencing employment problems due to lack of education.
So my birthday blog post is not so much about me, as it is about helping someone else. Or if you have a particular charity or cause that is close to your heart I’d ask (ever so politely and not forceful at all) to think about making a small donation on today, my 1st birthday, to help someone else get to this part in their life where they’re doing something they enjoy and are happy with life.
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I’ve come to a realisation. After listening to the woman at work that I share my office with talk about her son and how he leaves writing speeches for school until the last-minute, I realised that I used to do that as well.
Not just that, I also realised that I still do it when writing blog posts.
I was horrible at essays but great at english in general. The whole beginning-middle-end thing never came naturally to me and is still something I believe I’m working at. Although I was in the debating team for a few years in my school life so all the jibber jabber I came up with on the spot couldn’t have been that bad!
I have a tendency to blurt out in a slightly-higher-pitch-then necessary-voice when something exciting that I plan on cooking or eating comes to mind.
This time, it was scallops.
I think I’ve only had scallops two or three times in my whole life. All occasions seared and topped with a buttery garlic sauce. Perfect.
I thought to myself, “you know what, you can cook scallops. You’re going to prepare them and cook them and they will be great”
And so it was.
Drove to three different seafood shops to get these. The suburb that I work in really doesn’t have any great places for seafood nearby and unfortunately I was too impatient to gamble getting to the one close to home before it shut. I believe these were Japan imported scallops. Roe on.
With google as my guide I de-roed the scallops and removed the tough muscle piece from the side of each scallop.
Pan Fried Scallop and Calamari Linguine with White Wine Garlic Sauce
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It’s really really hard to make baguettes at home, did you know? Earlier this week on My Kitchen Rules we witnessed how hard it is.
Peter & Gary. QLD Team. Served up an entree of Balmain Bugs in a garlic butter sauce with baguette. They destroyed the beautiful balmain bugs by overcooking them and drenching them with way too much garlic. Plated up with STORE BOUGHT BAGUETTE! Not even a good fancy baguette like Morpeth Sourdough. Plain old store bought baguette.
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