It’s January Favourite Finds time for 2021! This month is a mix of food, drinks, reading and exercising, what I see as a good balance really! I spent a bit of the month on holidays, a bit in quarantine (not my favourite part!) and the rest back at work. I still managed to get out and about a little – including a few trips to the MCG which was nice return to somewhat normality! I’d love to hear about your January Favourite Finds too!
In Praise of Veg Cookbook
I’m terrible at requesting Christmas presents, but this year I was on the ball and requested this cookbook from my sister. I’m so glad I did as it’s definitely lived up to expectations! It’s the sort of cookbook I will come back to all the time for both recipe ideas, flavour paring suggestions, cooking tips – you name it. It’s a gorgeous book too which is an added bonus – I love that the ingredients are organised by colour! For fellow meatless folk, it’s worth flagging that not all of the recipes are vegetarian, but a very large proportion of them are (and lots could easily be adapted!).
I know most people added exercise equipment to their homes during the worst of our lockdowns, but I thought it was better late than never! This spin bike has been an excellent addition to my office – it makes fitting in bursts of exercise so simple, and because it has wheels I can pop it in front of the tv too. Perfect!
I kept up my reading habits over January and finished three books, which is a good start for me! All three of them were very different, but very good, and helped tick off my some of my reading challenges too! An excellent biography (Three Cups of Tea), Ronan Farrow’s excellent but harrowing Catch and Kill and the debut novel by Jessie Tu – A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing. I may have gone a little overboard buying my next lot of books too!
This might not be a brand new find for me – I have loved sour beer for a long time – but I have gone out of my way to try some new breweries and flavours this month! I found some real winners too, and all from local breweries which always makes me happy. Like this Boatrocker’s peach sour which was tart but refreshing and easily drinkable.
This Bodriggy kiwi & passionfruit sour was on the stronger side (5.5%), punchier and had an excellent flavour combo.
I had some excellent options from Fury & Sons (Apricot and Mandarin!), Bridge Road Brewers (Raspberry!) and this Moon Dog passionfruit sour. All were excellent, and as you can tell, they were mostly enjoyed out on my balcony. Perfect combination for summer!