A breath of fresh air

 

20180930_164929I was up early this morning to meet friends and their kids at the Werribee Zoo. It was good to get out for a drive in my much loved but little used car, but also to catch up with these fabulous folks. I’m not normally a fan of zoos, but I was pretty impressed as the animal enclosures had loads of space. I think we also got there early enough to avoid the crowds, which is perfect for me and my dislike of other people.

I made the decision quite some time ago that I didn’t want kids. Some people think that automatically means I don’t like children. That’s absolutely untrue. I just don’t believe it’s possible to have it all – career, relationship, family, health, happiness etc. My career, health and happiness are my priorities, meaning the other things are compromised. I’m OK with that. Maybe I’ll write more about my views on this another time.

This weekend I’ve seen four of my favourite small people – all children of close friends – and it was incredibly refreshing to hang out with them, as always. Kids’ priorities are so different to mine, and spending time with them is so all-consuming that my stresses are instantly forgotten. Even though my stress levels are pretty low at the moment, I still felt completely refreshed from a few hours with them.

Before I headed off to the zoo this morning, I threw a few things into the slow cooker for my dinner. The slow cooker is one of my favourite things in winter, and who doesn’t love coming home to a ready-cooked meal?

I made a lentil and butternut pumpkin curry, roughly following this recipe.

  • 2 cups red lentils (not pre-soaked)
  • 3/4 of a butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 cloves each of garlic and ginger
  • Curry powder
  • Ground coriander seeds
  • Garam masala
  • Turmeric
  • Ground cumin
  • Can coconut milk (always full fat)
  • Stock (always low-salt)

I cooked it on slow for 9 hours and it’s come together beautifully with warming and fresh flavours. I’ll definitely be making this again.

No wine tonight. Still feeling a touch dusty lots of fizz while watching the Grand Final yesterday.

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