The Sweet Life: on getting the financial priorities right

Before Christmas I enjoyed a lovely evening sitting at an upper end seafood restaurant in Canberra’s swanky new foreshore and marina area, where I enjoyed a seven course chef’s selection with matching wines and gins.  It was a beautiful, mild summer evening. Mr Red Sports Car and I were happy and relaxed, enjoying the textures and tastes of each new dish that was presented to us.  People at nearby tables were celebrating. It was a happy moment – La Dolce Vita, the sweet life.  Yet I feel a bit guilty in admitting I was there.

XO pippis at C Dine

XO pippis at C Dine

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$5 Friday: Suitcase potatoes

I arrived back home in Canberra just after a whirlwind tour of Taiwan.  What fun!  I ate and ate and ate some more, and occasionally did a bit of hiking and Youbike cycling and relaxing in the hot springs.  Then I arrived home – to an empty fridge.

A bowl of potatoes and purslane

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$5 Friday: Candied orange peel

Hmmm, the scent of orange peel and its connection with Christmas.  Orange peel is an essential ingredient in many Christmasy things including fruit cake.  And beautiful just by itself. My Nana used to make the best candied orange peel.  I have tried to replicate, and while hers are hard to beat, I think I have done a pretty special job as well.

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