Japanese pancakes

Sunday, 17 January 2021

A few weeks ago I was at the Milton Markets in Brisbane and ordered delicious Japanese pancakes from one of the stallholders, who made them with chicken teriyaki and avocado.

It seemed amazing that something with so much cabbage could taste so good.

Savoury Japanese pancakes, more correctly known as Okonomiyaki, contain a variety of ingredients in a wheat-flour-based batter. The name is derived from the words okonomi, meaning “how you like” or “what you like”, and yaki meaning “cooked”.

The extras and toppings vary by region and according to personal taste.

I recently saw this recipe which made me think it should be possible to cook these myself. [Read more…]

Topics: food, Japan

Big Bash cricket

Sunday, 3 January 2021

I appreciate cricket in all its forms for skill and strategy. I grew up when ODI was on the rise but Test matches still held sway as the pinnacle.

Oddly enough, one-day matches became boring because the tactics were so predictable. A winning formula rarely varied, especially for the team batting first.

The arrival of T20 cricket was the biggest revolution since Kerry Packer’s World Series in the 1970s.

Suddenly the game was popular with kids again and women for the first time.

I’ve been to a few matches in Adelaide and yesterday went to a Big Bash game at the Gabba in Brisbane between the Heat and Sixers.

A group of South African women sat beside me and chatted all evening, with occasional interruptions to sing, dance, clap and play the virtual bongo drums. They didn’t seem particularly interested in the cricket but had a good time. [Read more…]

Loggerhead turtle

Saturday, 26 December 2020

This morning I was fortunate to see a loggerhead turtle nesting on the main beach at Bargara about 5am.

It’s the first time in three years here that I’ve seen one of the turtles the Bundaberg Region is famous for.

Mind you, I probably should get up early more often because it seems the turtles arrive during the night, lay their eggs, have a rest, then head back to sea while most of us are snoozing.

The loggerhead which I saw was about a metre long. A turtle volunteer was protecting its space, which was close to the centre of Bargara where people walk dogs and children play. [Read more…]

Elliott Heads visit

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Kite surfing

I went for a short visit to Elliott Heads today. It’s a sleepy village about 25km from Bundaberg at the mouth of the mostly tidal Elliott River.

It has one of the longest and most stunning stretches of sandy beach in the area, making it very popular with kite surfers.

It’s amazing how they zoom along at a rapid clip in both directions, regardless of where the wind is blowing from.

The tidal impacts are more noticeable at Elliott Heads than Bargara.

I don’t think it will be a sleepy village for much longer. A major housing estate has begun construction, which could see significant growth in the years ahead.

The Council has done a lot of work to landscape and beautify the village hub. It’s a lovely place to sit down and watch the world go by.


Wednesday, 23 December 2020

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I’ve recently purged my Facebook account and deactivated Twitter. I figure that if people really want to know what I’m saying they can visit my website directly.

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Topics: blog