Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Turning a new page

It is super busy at Chez GG.

In between the usual incredibly busyness of raising my five boys, I am also doing all the final finishing touches to the GG Renovation.

The upstairs bath went in yesterday and despite no electricity up there, a mirror still to be fitted on the wall and a few other bits n pieces,  I lit candles and soaked in there.

Oh yes I did.

I have also been making time to read again.  I sat out in the winter sun and finished a book recommended to me - AM Homes 'May We Be Forgiven'. I could not put it down.
Have you read it?  I highly recommend it.  Dark & funny and confronting yet uplifting and wonderful at the same time. I found it compelling reading.

Last year when I started my health kick, turning a new page on my life, I also promised myself I would not only be focusing on the physical parts of my health but the soul health parts too.  They go together don't you think?

For me reading is one of my greatest pleasures.   I feel so pleased that it seems that I have passed on this love to my children too.  They all crave reading time and get so sad if I withdraw it from them as punishment.
When I am not in a reading books kind of groove I know that my balance is out of whack.

I asked a few people the other day for a book recommendation and was thrilled to see how many people responded- and with such a variety of books.

This week I also loved reading about this new project that my friend Michelle is part of- go over here to have a look.

And I looked at this recipe and really wanted to make it immediately!

I hope your week is going great guns.

Do share what you have been up to.

Do you love reading?

What is your fave this year?


Working at home has lots of benefits.  One of the best ones is being able to make nice lunches.
This was one I made this week to cheer myself up. It worked.

I bought the crabmeat fresh from my fishmonger.

  • 150g crabmeat
  • 2 fresh corn cobs
  • 1/2 bunch of finely chopped fresh coriander, rinsed WELL.
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 red chilli (optional- remove seeds if you don't want it super hot)
  • 1/4 cup SR flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce
  • juice of a lime
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • S & P
  • rice bran oil


Peel the husks off of the corn cobs and using tongs hold it directly over the gas flame till lightly charred all over.  Now cut kernels of the husk and divide into 2 equal portions.

Blitz the coriander (roots and all!) with one half of the corn kernels and the garlic and chilli until a rough paste.

In a large bowl add the blitzed mixture in with the other half of the kernels, the crabmeat, the egg & the flour. Mix well and season.

In a small bowl mix together the sweet chilli sauce, fish sauce and lime juice & set aside.

Heat some rice bran oil in a non-stick pan till medium/high and add large tablespoons of the corn and crab batter. I did about 4 at a time.
Fry for 3-4 mins each side and set aside on paper towel.

Serve with sweet chilli sauce.

Jane Tyrrell's voice is mind blowingly divine. She stopped me in my tracks last week when I heard her sing live. This is her singing on Urthboy's track- Shruggin':


  1. I love reading too. I've just been reading some light novels this year but I saw one called Far from the Tree on Tuesday night book club last week. It's a collection of stories by parents with special needs children.
    My children have inherited my love of books, something I'm hugely proud of!
    Oh my goodness, crab cakes make me weak at the knees...

  2. Every single thing about this post is wonderful and inspiring. Oh those links...blood orange, pistachio, chocolate, that bath tub, those tiles....crab cakes...
    My all time favourite book is A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, I feel I have just told a secret out loud

  3. You are absolutely inspiring cousin... although we have not met I get to spy pictures of my cousin and your wonderful family. Love reading your blogs. Keep up the wonderful work ..

  4. LOVE THE SONG!!!! And that bath looks amazing....:)

  5. So fabulous, you have inspired me to keep my chin up on the renovation front... Loving your bathroom layout it reminds me of mine (when it gets fitted)... and our fittings are so similar... Similar bath with large window above, same toilet... hehehe
    I love love love the bathroom floor too!

  6. I am a big reader. My mum & aunties tell stories of me reading golden books at 2! They all swear I could read Big Bird Little Bird cover to cover. Since then rarely is there a time I don't have a book close to hand. Except now. Post baby I never have the head space, or time, to read. It makes me antsy but it's happened with each baby & I know it'll pass.
    In the last weeks I devoured the Call the Midwife series. I'd take them to all my hospital visits & each midwife I seen would say that she had read them too. Those books made me appreciate how lucky I am to be a woman having a baby in these times. I love books set in the early 1900's. It's so interesting seeing the advances we've made in a relatively short time :)

    Can't wait to see all the pics of Chez GG- how flipping excited you must be?!

  7. GourmetGirlfriend22 August 2013 at 10:04

    how great is Tuesday Night book club?! Love that show.

  8. GourmetGirlfriend22 August 2013 at 10:04

    oh thank YOU!
    I have that book on my bedside table waiting......! x

  9. GourmetGirlfriend22 August 2013 at 10:05

    how super nice! thank you! xx

  10. GourmetGirlfriend22 August 2013 at 10:05

    isn't it ACE Kat! xx

  11. GourmetGirlfriend22 August 2013 at 10:05

    yes do keep your chin up! xx

  12. GourmetGirlfriend22 August 2013 at 10:06

    Reannon I totally get why you are not able to find the headspace to read at the moment! BUSY!!!!
    and YES so so excited! the upstairs floor is being installed as we speak. eeeeeep!

  13. Your reno is looking amazing! x

  14. I love reading too,so much in fact I would read all day If I could !! I have read 2 books this week cause I could not put them down and love a good book recommendation Thanks Ruth for sharing your recipe and your good books.Your renovation is looking great a bath by candle light is the BEST.Being healthy in both mind and body is very important they should go hand in hand I think.Good luck with both do some meditation daily or whatever soothes your soul and enjoy x

  15. Gorgeous post, Ruth. Having been an voracious reader my whole life, I'm really struggling with not finding the time to do so over the last couple of years. And it's not for lack of good books! I have a stack of books on my bedside table, waiting to be read. I did read a book when I was away on my own, a while back and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I have hope!

    The house is looking amazing, I am so thrilled for you. xxx

  16. I would have dived straight into that bath too! That floor that light! It already looks amazing. x

  17. that bathroom - and that floor look fab!! no wonder you couldn't wait
    we saw Jane sing live with Paul Kelly - her voice is to die for


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