Daily Prompt: Nourishment

I thought this was a really interesting prompt from The Daily Post: If you could get all the nutrition you needed in a day with a pill — no worrying about what to eat, no food preparation — would you do it?

I’m sure in this age of dieting, food fads, weight loss pills and supplements many people would be putting their hands up to say ‘hell yes!’ But I myself am completely and utterly, unashamedly in love with food.

I love everything about it: growing it, preparing it, cooking it, buying it, paying for it, but mainly, eating it. Going out for dinner is one of my favourite things to do in the world. I adore trying new things that I have never tried before, particularly if it is from another country. There is something so satisfying in preparing, cooking and sharing a meal with people you love. There is something so indulgent in having food prepared and cooked for you.

_MG_5181Scallops with parsnip puree, balsamic reduction, parsley jubes and toasted pinenuts – Hayman Island._MG_5206Oak smoked salmon presented and served tableside by the chef – Hayman Island._MG_5174Let’s not forget the drinks that nourish us: for me, a crisp gin and tonic with lime or cucumber is the most nourishing, refreshing drink of all._MG_5244Half of the pleasure of food comes from its presentation – ‘We eat first with our eyes…’
French martini sorbet served in an ice igloo – Hayman Island.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABaskets of fruit sold on the beach in Koh Samet, Thailand. The most delicious, cheap fruit that money can buy.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASeafood extravaganza served at the beach front restaurants in Koh Samet – eaten while sitting on a cushion in the sand. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFruit stalls on the road between Thailand and Cambodia. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMeat markets in Siem Riep, Cambodia.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m still not sure exactly what this meat was, I will be the first to admit I was too scared to try it. Has anyone been to Siem Riep, Cambodia and knows what this is?  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFish drying road side in Kampot, Cambodia. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe most delicious and spicy meals that I had in Asia came from this stall in Hua Hin, Thailand. I could buy a bag of rice, a selection of vegetables and a bag of mince for around 30 baht, or around $1 AUD.  IMG_2319I can’t leave coffee out either, it nourishes and sustains me every day. I absolutely love it, and I am utterly addicted to it. We had coffee and schnapps at the Bavarian Bier Café, Manly.

And now my mouth is watering.

A Word A Week Challenge: Angles.

This week’s challenge from Sue over at A Word In Your Ear is fantastic. It had me searching through endless folders for photographs that best met the theme of ‘angles’. The beauty of this challenge is that angles can be found in nearly every photograph, if you look hard enough. Obviously, I got carried away.

Here is what I found…

_MG_5317Marble Fountain – Hayman Island, Whitsundays _MG_5397Underwater Observatory – Cruise Whitsundays Pontoon, Queensland  _MG_5745Our Christmas Ham – Bunbury, Western Australia _MG_5990Under the Sydney Harbour Bridge – Sydney _MG_6172The most famous toilet in New Zealand – Kawakawa _MG_6410Inside the Maori meeting house – Waitangi, New Zealand _MG_6414Inside the Maori meeting house – Waitangi, New Zealand

Travel Theme: The Four Elements

This weeks travel theme over at Where’s My Backpack is very intriguing…entitled The Four Elements, we have to come up with photographs representing Earth, Air, Fire and Water. This challenge has taken me on a trip through old photographs and old memories.

EARTH

_MG_5798Moreton Bay Fig Tree – Sydney Botanical Gardens

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATree growing through the rocks – Rabbit Island, Cambodia

AIR

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Tui resting on its favourite flax plant – Taupo, New Zealand

_MG_9090Hang-gliders – Queenstown, New Zealand

WATER

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Up to 220,000 litres of water rushes through the Huka Falls every second – Taupo, New Zealand

_MG_7232The awesome power of Huka Falls as seen from our helicopter tour – Taupo, New Zealand

  FIREOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFire-twirlers on the beach – Ko Samet, Thailand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      Huge burst of flames caused by the boys throwing their fire sticks into the air – Ko Samet, Thailand.