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About those travel posts…

The trouble with coming back from Europe into a storm of politics and then work madness and other fun and games is that one doesn’t actually ever get around to transcribing one’s travel diaries (partly because very idea of sorting all those photos is so horrifying).

But this is my last day of leave before going back to work, so I’m taking the opportunity to sort all the photos I took, and go back and fix the photos that came out sideways, or not at all, in the travel posts I wrote on my dodgy laptop.  So if you are suddenly getting a lot of twitter updates of old blog posts, that’s why.

I’m hoping to get the next travel blog up tonight, but these photos are taking *forever* so no promises…

If you want an index of the travel blog posts so far, look below the cut…

Edited on December 3: So I rather lost momentum, between crazy times at work and horrible politics and wrist and eye issues.  But I’m updating again and am determined to finish the last of the Germany posts before Christmas!  And who knows?  Maybe next year, this blog will become a food blog again…

Edited on December 6: And… done!  And it only took me five months after getting back.  But they were a pretty hectic five months…

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Jetlag and Facebook Page

So I had all these plans for getting my next Norway post up today, and then work on my Farmers’ Market post, and it was going to be amazing and posterific…

… and then I discovered jetlag.  I really thought I’d managed to avoid it this time, but nope, here it is.  I spent most of the day barely able to function (I had an accidental three hour nap this afternoon), and now I’m wide awake.

So I suspect you will be waiting a little while before my regular travel posts.  I’m back at work tomorrow, assuming I can manage not to sleep too heavily at my desk, and this will tend to interfere with one’s blogging schedule!

In the meantime, though, I have created a Cate’s Cates Facebook Page especially for those who wish to follow this food blog without necessarily hearing all about my opinions on politics or what I think of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.  Or grant writing.  All the cool kids were doing it, you see.  So feel free to pop over and like (and even share, should this float your boat) my page.  I’m currently working out how to like my fellow food bloggers in my persona as Cate’s Cates rather than as just plain Catherine, because I like the idea of having all my lovely foodie people together where I can find them easily, so if I haven’t found you yet, and you are so inclined, please do pop over and like me and I will reciprocate.


This is not a glacier

Hello!  This blog post is a message from the past – a time-travelling blog post, if you will.  As you read this post, if all is going according to plan, I will be on a train on my way to Folgefonna Glacier in Norway.  Or possibly already on the glacier.  The aim is to go hiking, ideally without breaking my neck.  Since I am a total klutz, and glaciers are slippery, there is no guarantee that I will succeed.  Please keep your fingers crossed for me!

Anyway, to celebrate my close encounter of the cold kind, I thought I would launch a new page for my blog today.  Welcome to my Raw Food page!

(See what I did there?  Cold food to go with my cold journey…)

As you will see, it’s not the longest page on this blog, but I hope to give it more fodder soon, so that it can be a go-to page for food that doesn’t require switching on the stove or the oven.  Which, given that I am writing this in a middle of a Melbourne winter and will be posting this while I am on (or possibly under, but let’s hope not) a glacier, is possibly a little ironic.  Like rain on your wedding day, only with actual irony.

I hope you are all well, and I will try to post some photos of my travels soon.

Up, up and away!

This is it!  By the time you read this post, I will be on a plane to Darwin, which will be followed, several days later, by a plane to Norway.  I’ll be away for three and a half weeks in total, during which time I suspect I will have little, if any, internet access, so you can expect it to be quiet around here.  Not that it hasn’t been anyway, but at least this time you will know in advance.

Have a safe and happy August, and may your table always be full!

PS: I have blue hair.  This wasn’t entirely intentional, but I am certainly enjoying it while it lasts…


Indices updated!

My recipes should now be significantly easier to find than they were a few days ago.

Goodnight, all!

Fructose intolerance page now has recipes!

Just a note that I have finally gone through my entire recipe collection up to January of this year side by side with the list of fructose friendly and unfriendly foods I got from Shepherd Works, and have updated my low fructose page accordingly.  Note that I have not yet updated which foods are low fructose and which aren’t across my other dietary requirement pages – I hope to get to those in the next few days, along with indexing everything from February to July.

(I’m sure it thrills you to read this as much as it thrills me to do it)!


Not many recipes around here recently, because I’ve been enjoying the last week of my holidays fairly quietly, meeting up with people, trying to get into a habit of daily yoga and language practice (in the very faint hope that such a habit will survive Grants Season at work), and mostly cooking from cookbooks.  I do have a couple of longish posts pending, but recipes have I none.  I will also be overhauling my Low Fructose page in the next week or two, following an incredibly useful conversation with a dietician about fructose, FODMAPs, and how these interact with cooking.

Next week is going to be hideously hot all over Melbourne, so now might be a good time to investigate (and even join in!) the Raw / No Cook Vegetarian Challenge I’m running this month.

But in the meantime, here, have a photo of my most recent vegetable harvest.  If you look closely, you will see a tiny, tiny asparagus.  Almost too small to really count, but maybe next year?


I hope those who are still on holidays are having a good one, and that we all survive the heat next week.


One year ago: Bushfires

Two years ago: Recipe: Old English Matrimonials

Indices updated!

Nobody needs to care about this except me…

Blog on Hiatus

I have so many things to blog about right now, but have been too busy *doing* them to write about them.

And last week, I discovered that I was organising a conference… that will be taking place in four weeks.

And about an hour ago, I discovered that my November singing exam is going to be in October – date to be determined, but some time in the next three weeks.

I love you all and I love this blog, but there are only 24 hours in every day, and for the next few weeks, I’ll be spending them working and singing.   Cooking may happen, but writing about cooking takes a bit longer.  So until the exam is done, and probably until the conference is over too, I must bid you farewell…

(I’d say au revoir, but right now my state of intense panic does not allow me any such confidence in the future!)


I have created three new pages on this blog!

  • Breakfasts – now that I have two whole recipes that really don’t fit well anywhere else, and several more that do sort of belong here, they get a special page to celebrate their morning fabulousness!
  • Vegetarian – really and truly, the overwhelming majority of recipes on this site are vegetarian.  But apparently, more orderly minds than mine find the lack of a vegetarian recipe index distressing (or perhaps just untidy).  They may now rest assured that there is tidiness.  And an index of my vegetarian recipes.
  • Disclosure Policy – this is one of those things that grown-ups are supposed to put on their blog pages.  I’m not a very convincing grown-up, but occasionally I masquerade as one, so…

In addition, I’ve made a couple of rearrangements.  There is now a brief (ha, like I’m ever brief) introduction to the blog on the right hand sidebar of this site, and instead of having a standard blog-roll, the list of blogs I love now links to their most recent post.  This seems like much more fun, at least to me.

Oh, and all the recipe indexes (indices?) are now up to date.  Until I write the next one, that is…