Of Indulgences

I’ve been sick for three weeks now.  It’s getting very frustrating, especially as I’m not sick enough to stay home from work, but of course, going into work does tend to make it worse… And then I get depressed about the whole thing and wonder, quietly, if this is the start of some terrible chronic illness that will be with me for life.  Which is completely paranoid, but I’ve found that viruses of all kinds tend to lower the spirits and encourage negative thinking.

I have therefore declared a policy this week of Indulgence, which is another way of saying that I have been mildly irresponsible with my discretionary spending (calling it ‘indiscretionary spending’ might be more apt), and have booked myself not just into a chocolate lollipop-making course but also into one on making croissants, puff pastry and brioche during my next bout of annual leave.  And if that wasn’t indulgent enough, I also bought the Melbourne Food Ingredient Depot‘s kit for making the MasterChef Lolly Bag Cake, which I plan to make next weekend, assuming this bloody cough goes away.  And assuming I can assemble the equipment (does anyone have a blowtorch I can borrow?).


And if *that* wasn’t indulgent enough, I went to the Slow Food Market today and bought hardly any vegetables at all, because I was too busy buying all the joyous and wicked culinary delights that the farmers’ market has to offer.


But do you know what the best bit is?  Well, of course you don’t, because everything about this policy is the best bit, except for the part about my bank account, but we will gloss over that part, because it’s nearly tax time, and I did have a little paid singing work this week, and these things will cover a multitude of gratuitous culinary expenses.  Or so I am firmly telling myself.

Anyway, the *other* best bit is that the universe and several lovely people in it have apparently also decided that it is Indulge Catherine month (hooray!).  I ordered freeze-dried fruit from TasteBom, and it arrived with a bonus packet of smoked salt and the most gorgeous, plump vanilla beans I’ve ever seen – turns out I was the 200th customer.


I entered Oxfam’s GROW challenge, and won a Curry Hamper.  There is more excitement associated with this, but it will have to wait until I am on my feet again.


And I came home from work last night to discover that my local romance bookshop had sent me a book and a little coffee sachet, so that I could curl up with a book and a hot drink over the weekend.  (Thanks, Mirna!  It was just what the doctor should have ordered!)


I’m feeling very lucky, right now.


But I’m also feeling like someone who ought to be in bed.  So you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for a proper view of my farmers’ market loot, I’m afraid.  My focus this weekend is on getting rid of this fell disease… and I’m going to try not to feel guilty about my lack of blogging while I do so!

Instead, I will feel guilty for being the sort of cat-mother who, finding a cat in her curry hamper, thoughtfully starts stacking the curry ingredients in around her, so that she can photographed said cat. ... yeah, that's a total lie.  I don't feel guilty about this at all.

Instead, I will feel guilty for being the sort of person who, on finding a cat in her curry hamper, helpfully starts stacking the curry ingredients in around said cat, for photography purposes.
… yeah, that’s a total lie. I don’t feel guilty about doing that at all.

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8 comments for “Of Indulgences

  1. Heath Graham
    June 22, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Augh. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

    We have a blowtorch! Not sure if it’s gassed or not…

    • Catherine
      June 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you, that would be very helpful! And thank you for the good wishes.

      (I told Andrew that you had offered me a blowtorch and that I like his friends, and he seemed strangely worried. I can’t imagine why. I was smiling *very* nicely!)

  2. June 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Aw, I’m glad you’re finding a few sources of pleasure while this sickness drags on and on.

    Thanks for the extra laugh with that last picture. 😀

    • Catherine
      June 23, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks, Cindy! I must admit, I’m feeling quite cranky and sorry for myself, but it does lift my spirits knowing that I have all this lovely cooking to look forward to…

  3. June 23, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I hope you feel better soon Catherine – I agree that being unwell tends to lower mood and increase negative thoughts, and so concur that some indulgence is the perfect way to respond. It seems that others agree too! Those market buys sound excellent.

    • Catherine
      June 23, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks, Kari! I’m feeling almost human now, and really looking forward to my cooking classes…

      (and yes, my market buys have provided me with a delicious weekend so far.)

  4. Iestyn
    June 24, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Next time you are looking for a Blowtorch, I have one too. Great to see Outback Spirit included in the new Cat Basket.

    Hope you are feeling better soon, I’d say more but you have truffles enough.

    • Catherine
      June 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      There are those who think you are a bad influence, you know. I’m not sure that offering me a blowtorch is the best way to fight such rumours.

      (then again, I doubt you would want to)

      And thank you. Though not for the pun.



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