2018 Highlights Week 18: poke bowls

Sebastian having school holidays is a great bonus to the rest of the family as it means he does more cooking. Here is the fabulous poke bowl he whipped up one night.

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2018 Highlights Week 17: fermenting fun

Sebastian decided to try his hand at fermenting these school holidays.

I was at work in a teleconference when I received a text message from Sebastian – he has burned his foot by pouring boiling water on it and needed to go to the hospital…

Apparently, all had been going well until Sebastian decided to sterilize the glass jar by pouring boiling hot water into the room temperature jar. Surprise! It cracked, covering Seb’s foot with water.

Family legend will now never let us forget how Zac played his cello while Seb’s friend Martin struggled to clean. Or how Zac, discovering Seb soaking his foot in cold water in the bath, complained that he was planning to clean his euphonium. Or the number of times Jude texted “fuck” when he finally got my messages an hour or so later.

James took Sebastian to the hospital where the plastic surgeon commended him for having immediately put his foot in cold water and stopped it burning further. He has significant burns, but they were all superficial.

So the next day he finished off his fermenting and we just all had to await the results!

2018 Highlights: Sebastian makes croque-en-bouche

Sebastian decided to spend his Canberra day making croque-en-bouche.

It was fabulous work – I should probably just let the photos speak for themselves.

He used a recipe from a Zumbo recipe book.

It made a gazillion profiteroles – no one complained about this.

He stuffed them with his creme anglaise he made – it was delicious.

The base was caramel and almond.

And then there was the actual construction.

Decorated with spun sugar.

And a few minor touches bedore his masterpiece was complete.

Highlights 2018 Week 6: Back to School

Finally the school holidays are over and these three dufuses headed back to school – last year at Turner for Zac, last year at Campbell for Sebastian. New year, new adventures.

And here is a comparison of Zac on his very first day of school.

Highlights 2018 Week 4: card and knife tricks

Sebastian has taken up card tricks and has been spending hours perfecting them – with a little help from YouTube.

He’s actually started to get quite good at some of them – though there is still a bit of a failure rate. Nonetheless, we are all regularly impressed. Meanwhile, we find packs of cards all over the place.

The twist in the tale came on Saturday when he was helping me cook. Deciding to try and make his own coconut milk after having whipped up some paneer, his hand slide down the knife while removing coconut flesh. So it was off to the hospital. It is important to Snapchat these moments as you see happening above.

Fortunately there was no serious damage done and with a stitch we were done, and back to home and cooking.

A bit of a damper on the card tricks requiring manual dexterity, so he has been practicing the maths bases ones. But he hasn’t given up entirely and has been demonstrating how he can cut the deck with one hand. Can’t keep a good magician down.

Gym buddies

Sebastian has decided to join me at the gym this year and seems to be enjoying it. He’s mastered bosu squats (better than me) and has even done sets of 20kg bench press.

I was very excited to finally deadlift 100kg…the best thing about lifting the heavies is how easily quantifiable your progress actually is.

I did manage to injure my back, but tried not to let it completely break my gym habits. One of the bonuses of having a gym buddy is that on the mornings when you don’t feel like it, you have a reason to get going, and then you still feel better at the end.

Back is much better now, and we are back to usual – and having mornings where sometimes we just feel trashed. But we do love #gymlife.

Further experiments in baking

Sebastian decided to make some “pineapple” buns, which, to my surprise, contained no pineapple. The name relates more to their appearance.

They have two levels of baking. Buns which had to proof…

…and a biscuit -like top.

Baked up, they look like this

And tasted delicious.