Jammed pack family fun


My final week in Queensland with my family was filled with so much action interspersed with food which I love! We began our relaxing weekend with my sister and her crew coming to stay with us at our Air BnB we enjoyed a Sri Lankan feast with lots of wine for dinner and the kids enjoyed their fidget spinner collection and enjoyed the challenges of timing them.


We spent Sunday at my parent’s place and the kids watched a movie after a lunch of tasty pastries from the bakery and took some fun photos in the garden.

Monday we went on a family trip with my uncle into the city to see the Marvel exhibit at the Gallery of Modern Art AKA GOMA – it was a super fun exhibit and displayed behind the scenes costumes and sets but the kids just zoomed through it! For lunch we went to this delicious gyoza place for a sushi burrito for me covered in wasabi pea powder, yummo! The kids loved their doughnuts and ice cream by Mr Fitz.


Tuesday we enjoyed a family pub lunch for my aunts birthday celebrating with cake and balloons, scoring some super photos with balloons as props!


Wednesday my sister found this great German guy who custom creates bikes as well as hires bikes to visitors on the peninsula for $25 per hour – Street Art Cycles come highly recommended and as it is an excellent bike riding destination, this was a perfect score for a day trip and we rode 20 kilometers in total for the day. The kids were really enjoying the 24″ frames and really took off riding on this dedicated pedestrian / cycleway parallel to the beach front! I rode this Breezer bike called Uptown designed by a mountain bike pioneer Joe Breeze whose history in biking began in Marin, San Francisco (so random and so fun).

We also found some local cats of the neighbourhood that were just like our dearly departed. Monty the cat across the road was just like Yeti the Himalayan Persian who belonged to my parents. And on our side of the street was an orange cat just like our lovely boy Mack who enjoyed pats from strangers.


And my sisters beautiful black cat Millie gave us a bit of a scare when she disappeared for hours and we found her stuck behind the washing machine!

Towards the end of the week I realised I really had to get out and enjoy the sunny mornings and find some local wild life – I found some rainbow lorikeets on my morning walk / run having a party at a local mansion by the beach in this amazing tropical native garden. My friend Markus came to visit for lunch and we enjoyed another meal of fish and chips and went to find Gollums door on a tree by the beach. My last Sri Lankan meal of rice sticks, pan rolls, vadas with salad was enjoyed and it was such a treat!


Friday came around and it was peoples day at the show so we went together with my nephew and enjoyed the pastel chickens, checking out sideshow alley with all the crazy clowns and toys and riding the ferris wheel yet again, I was a bit nervous of heights but I had to be brave as I was with Mr Ash and mum had to ‘make it work’.

Saturday we planned for our sausage sizzle and bought a variety of meat sausages from The Meat-ting Place – an organic butcher who could tell me where they sourced all their meat. The bonus was that they also had fish and I found Wild Barramundi from the Northern Territory which was perfect cooked in a foil packet with herbs and spices on the BBQ.

Sunday was our final “together” day where we went out for a day trip into BrisVegas to ride the free CityHopper ferry and eat some delicious Greek street food at Zeus Cafe in Southbank. We caught ferry down to the place where I moved to when I first left home and wandered the streets of New Farm before we went to New Farm Park with the kids. They loved it there and so did we, as we enjoyed the big old Jacarandas and the way the playground was built with a Strangler Fig!


Before long it was my last morning walk on the beach where I said goodbye to the pelicans and our time in the peace and quiet of the Redcliffe Peninsula. I have to say it was an enjoyable couple of weeks with my family and catching up with friends!

52 week project – Sri Lankan Cookbook – recipes I did not have time to post

The last few weeks have been a bit of a blur with the last month of school and lots of random pot lucks announced at the last minute and little projects to be helping the school with. So due to the craziness I had no time to post recipes, I tried a couple but time has been minimal and chaotic!

Here is some Sri Lankan / Indian recipes and foods I have tried…

One of my first Vegetarian recipe books by Kurma Dasa – well loved!

The book and the salad

North Indian Potato Salad sprinkled with roasted pistachios

Lucky for me my daughter’s teacher had a 50th birthday party and celebrated in style with this amazing feast & I got to score some leftovers – in the picture are string hoppers, egg curry, coconut sambol & some ball cutlets (they had meat in them so my husband enjoyed them!)

A lovely treat of a Sri Lankan feast for dinner
The other meal I created was with my friends Recipe Sack of a Vegetable Pulav with fava beans from our garden and whatever vegetables I had on had – it was just delicious and makes a super easy meal for your first night out camping. We went to Sunset State Park for our second camp trip of the year and the beach was a special place to recharge your soul.
Vegetable Pulav with Fava Beans and Coriander fresh from the garden
So my 52 week project has somewhat gone awry with the busy, crazy life that overtakes my projects – I think what I will have to do is post the recipes when I can as some of the Sri Lankan recipes can be so time consuming and too fried that I cannot create the energy to make them. I love fresh lightly stir fried food and salads so I plan to make Sri Lankan with a twist add the spices, ingredients to something I can create and see how that goes! The Sri Lankan food I grew up with was always a treat and it is probably best kept that way 🙂