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.

Travel Theme: Beaches

How could I pass up on this awesome photo challenge, when I have been in search of the perfect beach my whole life. I moved to an island to be surrounded by beaches, for god’s sake. Thankyou once more to the awesome people who create these challenges and give me a reason to look through and reminisce over old photo’s.

In this case it is Where’s My Backpack providing the challenge today. _MG_4729Sunset at my former island home – Hayman Island, Queensland.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Boats on the ocean – Sihanoukville, Cambodia.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA My final sunset in a wonderful country – Kep, Cambodia

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A scattering of shells – Langkowi, Malaysia

IMG_3489Holiday paradise – Busselton, Western Australia

IMG_3316My new beach, my new home – Bunbury, Western Australia

(Couldn’t help but include the last two shots even though they are Instagrammed off my iPhone, amazing what technology can achieve these days!)

Weekly Photo Challenge – Patterns.

Another weekly photo challenge from The Daily Post, another chance to flick through old photo albums. _MG_4493Plant in the rainforest – Hayman Island, Queensland

_MG_8979Window of the Cardrona Hotel – Queenstown, NZ.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALangford Island – Whitsundays, Queensland

Weekly Photo Challenge – From Above

Here is my first ever attempt at the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge. These are my photo’s ‘From Above’, taken of the Great Barrier Reef during a helicopter tour. It was one of the best experiences of my life, and one of the most magical things I have ever seen. The reef is just as beautiful from the sky as it is underwater.

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The dark blue through the centre of this shot is an ancient river which ran through this area when the reef was mountains, millions of year ago.

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I like this shot because you can see the curve of the earth. Out on the reef you feel a million miles from anywhere.

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In the centre of this photo is the heart reef, the most photographed location in the entire Great Barrier Reef. It is a truly amazing natural occurrence.