Fish #1

I have already cooked a few fish dishes that I was quite happy with this year.  For Dad’s birthday I did a Salmon with Rice in Green Tea which involved pouring freshly brewed tea over the dish at the table – a brilliant twist on a broth! Another was a Baked Salmon with Leeks, Herbs and Garlic for a salicylate-free feast.  You might notice that there is a bit of a theme here – salmon is the only fish I ever seem to cook.  Sure it is wonderful for you, but I am also a big fan of variety and sustainability and so I am setting a new rule that I must try cooking a variety of fish for the rest of the year.

Today I watched the Neil Perry fish episode of Poh’s Kitchen and then found his elegant fish curry recipe on the lifestyle food website  http://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/238/fish-curry.

He uses blue eye cod, garam masala, ginger, garlic, paprika, tumeric and lime juice.  Sounds good!  I am also going to do a vegetable side dish, to try to use up some of the beautiful pumpkin and baby eggplant we picked up from J’s sister’s community garden.  So far the plan is to roast the veges with a bit of the garam spice and nigella seeds to tie the side dish in with the curry.  We will see!

It was delicious!

Technophobia

I can be a bit slow to get on board with new ways of doing things and wary of the rate at which technology expands the possibilities.  My partner can attest to this, especially as he is the opposite and has had to put up with his excited reports of cloud computing and e-books being met with suspicion and resistance.  I am even reluctant to update to a new OS.

I think I just need time to get used to new ideas and there is nothing really wrong with this.  In fact it is a valid point to consider in relation to health and the way people reach new levels of understanding in their own time.  As a naturopath, I see myself as a facilitator: helping a person to navigate the wealth of information about health and wellbeing and digest the parts that are currently relevant to them.

My techno-resistance is usually eased when I realise the function of the thing and have a first-hand experience of how that thing will make my life easier or more enjoyable.  Take this blog, which between us was in existence for at least 6 months before I was ready to actually use it (thanks J for setting it up!).  I have been collecting bits and pieces of information about health, research, science, food, home sustainability etc for years and now I have a place to put it all.

Another thing that helps is the normalising influence of the community.  I have realised that more and more of my friends have blogs and that there is a lot to be learned from what people write as well as what they say.   I have also started to explore along link trails of discovery.

Two blogs I have just come across that satisfy the ‘hey that’s useful!’ criteria are:

‘Nature Moms Blog – A guide to natural family life’ is a beautiful blog about sustainable living and eco awareness that I’m sure will be an even more invaluable source of ideas when I (eventually) have some kids.

http://www.naturemoms.com/blog/

‘Cut Out + Keep – Make and share step-by-step craft tutorials’ gives such great picture-filled instructions and already has me eyeing off all my candle ends to build a mighty new re-used candle.

http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/reuse-candle-scraps

It is practical, informative blogs like these that are helping me see another role that blogging can play, beyond voyeurism, debate and procrastination (that are also completely valid in their own time) and get used to the idea.  I guess I’m starting to catch up. Just.