Vegetable Frittata – Recipe

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This recipe evolved in my kitchen during a bit of an obsessive weight loss get healthy binge I went on and its been a bit of a staple ever since. I love it because it’s easy to make, its delicious and there are many different ways to make it according to what is seasonally at its best. It started out as a Quiche of sorts then I decided that had way to much excess crap in it and I simplified it and made it healthier. I hope you enjoy it !

Ingredients:

1/2 bunch of fresh spinach

1 half cup cooked and diced pumpkin

1 half cup cooked and diced potato

1 half small red capsicum diced

1 medium brown onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 thinly sliced zucchini

6 button mushrooms sliced thin

1/4 cup of finely sliced sun-dried tomatoes

1 small tin of asparagus cuts

1/2 cup low-fat shredded tasty cheese

6 eggs

1/2 cup skim milk

Method: 

I fry my onion and garlic in a little butter with the mushrooms first, then while that is on I shred the spinach and blanch it in boiling water until its soft. I then take all the veggies and spread them out in a large rectangle baking dish. Then spread the spinach over all the veggies.

The next step is to lightly beat the eggs and add the milk and whisk it all together. Pour the egg mix over the top of the veggies and then sprinkle cheese over the top. Pop it into an oven at 180 degrees till the cheese is brown and the frittata is cooked firm.

Serving:

Once the frittata is cooked cut a big slice and serve on a plate, I like to serve it with a light garden salad, with tomatoes, lettuce greens, cucumber, olives, spanish onion, celery and some finely sliced capsicum.

You can serve the frittata hot or even cold its delicious both ways ! And you can substitute any veggies that are seasonally better or that you prefer the taste of. The key is making sure the hard veggies like the pumpkin and potato are cooked first ! You can also make this with cream instead of milk etc but it adds calories and doesn’t taste any better ! Definitely add olives to the mix too if you like them ! Oh and of course you could add prosciutto, bacon or ham if you like !

This recipe is super easy, really healthy and a great way to get kids to eat veggies !

(photo courtesy of Louise Lister via Taste.com.au)

I would have made it and posted a piccy but im lazy like that 😉

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ANZAC DAY – What It Means To Me

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For so many people ANZAC Day is a day to give thanks, a day to remember, and a day to solemnly reflect. For me it is all of those things and it is so much more. I know so many people who wake before dawn to attend dawn services and people who devote their whole day going to the march through town. That makes me feel so proud to be an Australian.

For many years I have gone to services and marches, I have paid my respects and cried tears of real sorrow as they played the Last Post. Nearly every person in Australia has been personally affected by loss from the many wars Australia has fought in.

I have had family fight in the Wars, I know a victim of the Nazi concentration camps, I had a dear friend commit suicide after completing his tour in Iraq. I know people who have lived with the effects of post traumatic stress syndrome as a result of the atrocities they saw in Vietnam. I had a friend pass away recently who fought in two tours of Vietnam and lived out the rest of his days battling the images in his mind. I have friends who are currently serving in the Army and the Navy.

To all of you, I say THANK YOU, thank you for your courage, your sacrifice, your fearless determination and for laying your life on the line so that I have the privilege to live in a country where I am free to speak my mind, to take my child out into a safe environment where there are no bombs being dropped or war being waged on our soil. I thank you for giving yourself mind, body and soul for a country that at times was very lack lustre in their thanks.

Today is a day to say thank you, it is not a day to air grievances. I am saddened that today of all days politicians have taken the opportunity to speak their mind about irrelevant topics and tie it into ANZAC Day. I have heard politicians use today to speak about issues like Gay Marriage and Islam and many other things and is if that wasnt bad enough they have used today to say that the ANZACS didnt fight wars to afford people the right to gay marriage. To them I say ……What does any of that have to do with ANZAC Day ?

ANZACS didn’t fight conditionally, they did not pick and choose what freedoms they fought for. The outcome of their fighting and the giving of their lives was they we have the freedom to speak our minds. That doesn’t mean we should abuse that freedom. It is a great disrespect to assume you know why anyone fights for their country. Right now Australia has gay men and women fighting in our military, are they not ANZACS ? Do they not fight for freedom ? Should they fight conditionally for what some archaic polly thinks is right ? No they fight for freedom from persecution, and not just for us but for people around the world to enjoy the same freedom that we are so blessed to enjoy.

Today is a day to reflect, a day to solemnly remember those who went before us, it is not a day to pick and choose which minority you will beat up today. You should be ashamed of yourselves! ANZAC day is not here for you to beat your political drum and to get on your soapbox.

My Grandfather fought in WW2 and I can garuntee that he did not go forth in battle thinking about which particular rights he was fighting for that day. I dont believe that soldiers who fought in Vietnam chose which issues they fought for. No they went fearlessly and tirelessly into battle day after day so that we had the right to choose what was right, so we had a voice and so that the people they were fighting for had those same rights.

Every time you get on your soapbox and say the first inane thing that comes to your mind you disrespect the memory of those soldiers. To take the life of someone who died for their country and trivialize it is sacrilegious and disgraceful. YOU make me ashamed to be Australian. I am proud to share my country with a diverse mix of people. Black, White, Pink, Purple, Gay , Straight, Transgender, Bi sexual, Punk, Emo, Goth, Jock, Nerds……I embrace you all.

ANZACS I am proud to be Australian, I am proud that we live in a country that believes in multi culturalism and freedom for all, even if there is a few bigots among us who think otherwise ! Politicians need to think before they speak! The next time you stand up and fly off the handle with the first ignorant thought that comes into you pea brain spare a thought for the soldiers that died so you could abuse the freedom of speech.

I am proud to have a multicultural family, I am proud to have friends who are gay,lesbian,transgender,friends from different races and different religions. I am proud that I live in a country that affords us all those opportunities. You should be proud too! Everyone deserves their freedom, freedom to choose their religion, who they marry and what they do with their lives. Its just a pity that there are still narrow-minded politicians that don’t see it that way.

So today not only do I thank the ANZACS for the wars they fought on battlefields, today I say thank you for the battles you fought that gave us freedom beyond anything you could have ever expected ! You are heroes!

BlondiieC

xoxo

Robert Kennedy – Author Interview

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This week I got to interview a writer that is diverse and interesting the very talented Robert Kennedy. Roberts’s writing takes on many forms and for that reason I wanted to interview him to show that diversity in writing can come from one person, we are not all set to write in one particular style and Robert proves that ! I hope you all enjoy Roberts’s insights as much as I did.

First can you tell me a bit about yourself ?

Life has been quite diverse for me. I dropped out of high school at 15 and the first thing I bought was an electric guitar. But I took lessons in classical guitar over four years, and on an electric guitar this was quite unusual, more so for my teacher. At the age of 20, I bought my first of many pianos, and it’s the piano that has stuck with me for the last 30 years.

I settled on a career in music but writing and poetry would always hold a strong influence over me. After many years study to become a composer and with seven years study in composition and orchestration, writing and poetry finally became stronger than my love of music.

Music and composition is still with me, but today writing has the louder, stronger voice. I have written one book, with three new ones on the go. I have many short stories, and I’ve had my writing published in a variety of newspapers, magazines, books and online. As a poet, my writing has a distinct style, and you can feel my poetical influences in my prose. I hope people find that my words have a way of getting under their skin – in a good way.

Did you always want to be a writer or did you have a different goal growing up ? 

Even before music found me at 15, I wrote. I particularly remember my mother reading the short stories I’d written to the rest of my family. I use to hide behind the curtains in the hallway as she read, peeking into the lounge room to see their reactions; though I never kept any of those stories. My Mother’s father was a journalist and a speechwriter for Australian Prime Minister Ben Chifley. I’m sure some of Granddad’s blood is in me.

My goal always was, and still is to be an artist. Whether it is a composer, a writer, or painter; creativity and innovation are the first and last things in me.

You have written short stories and a novel how different is the process for writing a short story versus a novel ? 

I feel short stories should exhibit more of a poetic nature. And like poetry be compact and hold a small world in them. Verse-prose is a favourite format of mine for many of my short stories. In love as I am with almost everything that Dorothy Porter wrote, this has highly influenced me to use verse-prose to get to the heart of a subject, and fully reveal its inner world.

Cate Kennedy (no relation) has many interesting things to say about short stories; her stories are full of punch and breathe well at the same time. She has won many prizes for her short stories and even got into The New Yorker magazine.

The difference between short story and novel-writing for me is the encapsulated effect that short stories offer, as opposed to the extended, more worldview of a novel. And that’s produced by economy of words, style and feel. Novels have more of a narrative; you go along for a ride with them. Short stories quickly take you somewhere, usually to a surprising destination.
You also write poetry do you prefer one style of writing more than the other ?

Its horses for courses; a style must fit the format. Of course, you can blend, as with verse-prose, so I have no preference. I find that style is the first thing I hear when conjuring a story. Many things also come at me poetically. I run an arts group, DiVerse, we transcribe visual art into poetry. It’s known as an Ekphrasis, it’s an ancient Greek term. Charles Baudelaire said, “Perhaps the best account of a painting is a sonnet or elegy”. I’m a great believer that you find the style in the format. While there are many things that can be altered and extended, like what the Ekphrasis form does to painting, a subject will scream out its style to you. It does for me.

Therefore, I will write in the style that is presented to me by the form, or content of the subject. This for me is a feeling; something will feel poetic, something will feel prosaic and other things can be done free form, or without style, such as stream of consciousness writing.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? 

Play the piano; go on walks and bike rides with my partner. I don’t really find nature inspirational, but for relaxing and enjoying, I find being in nature clears my head. It provides me with an untangled view of the world that makes complete sense. Opposite to the tangle that humans create, which just stilts innovation and inspiration.

What writers do you look up to or most enjoy reading? 

Some of my favourite authors are Patrick White, H.G. Wells, Vladimir Nabokov, and Ayn Rand. H.G. Wells is a particular influence on me; his ideas of social justice lie at the heart of a lot of my writings and thoughts. Along with the great inventive and dramatic ideas that Wells brought to his writing, my aim is to bring not only the dramatic but also that inner world of seldom spoken feeling and wants out onto the page.

Just finished The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, it’s particular style of foretelling annoyed me, but later I found it to be perhaps the best book I’ve ever read. And like the ending in his book, it haunted me.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? 

I’m still an aspiring writer; I’ve said this to many people, fiction writing is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, ever harder than orchestration and composition for a full orchestra. To not crumble (love that split infinitive) under the weight of writing, you need strength, physical and mental strength. You need to be healthy to sit at computers or your writing desk for most of your life. Strong fast walks are completely necessary for me, they are as necessary as writing, and you need to be able to turn writing on and off, when you need it. 

What is the best piece of advice you were given as a writer?

It’s the age-old advice, and I’ve found it’s the best advice because it works – just write.

Of all the books and short story collections you have written, do you have a favourite? 

Yes, it’s Two Things I Forgot. It’s actually based on an old B&W movie, I’m not telling which one, it’s very B. Like poetry, for me this is all about how it feels and it feels completely earth less. It’s not bound to a form, or style. It is all feeling, which is how I wanted it to work.

Finally what are you working on now ?

Two things, the first one is a project called The Book of Fascination. This is to be a multi authored, multi platform initiative. You can find information on that here.
http://thebookoffascination.blogspot.com/

The second is my latest novel, still struggling with the title, is about, hmmm, should I be saying this? It’s a story very loosely based on the life of David Walsh. Who? That crazy guy that owns MONA. I find him life fulfilling. He is a joy to hear and watch. For me he represents what humanity should be. That is, he represents a real life, and real living. I believe it is only certain wealthy people in this world who actually ever really get to live. He is free, and got free by his own constructions. David, is truly free, and it’s my belief that in our western world, it is only money that can set you free. Think of this what you like, I’m like David, in that I don’t care what you think about me.

Of course, it’s not money that sets you free; it’s what you do with it. He has built a museum, in his words “a cathedral to the secular”, he gathers art, supports, and promotes art and artists; he gives us all this art and his life and all his efforts for free. This is the type of person that I want to write about, because there is a true, unique, and revealing story in David. 

Thank you very much Robert for taking the time to answer all my questions ! For anyone who is interested I have included links to Roberts’s work and to his proposal for The Book Of Fascination. Robert is looking for Australian authors to contribute to the work so if you interested take a look at the proposal !

You can find Robert’s words, music, and images at various sites below.

http://robjkennedy.blogspot.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rob-Kennedy/200918376590020?v=wall

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/02/12/1044927661259.html?oneclick=true

http://www.culturewars.org.uk/2007-11/poetryaustralia.htm

http://www.cordite.org.au/features/robert-kennedy-the-journey-death-of-a-library

Day 2 Song 2 ( Your Favourite Foo Fighters Song ) – 30 Day Music Challenge

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Well day two is here and I have to admit I’m not the hugest fan of the foo fighters but Miss Felicity decided to change number to a Foo Fighters song so I will go along, I had to really delve the memory banks for this one. I used to be a huge fan of the Foo Fighters back in the day when they first formed not long after Nirvana broke up but their new songs do little for me. So here goes for my song choice for day two, hope you like it !