Media Release: The Recorded Poems of OCH AYE THE G’NU -Jimmy Barnes

Check out this exciting news! I am listening to the CD as I read this cute children’s book.

 

Jimmy Barnes and Anthony Field

Jimmy Barnes and Anthony Field

 

 

“Legendary Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes is excited to announce his new venture into the world of children’s entertainment with ‘Och Aye the G’Nu.’ This exciting double release comprises an album featuring the world’s most popular children’s group, The Wiggles, out March 31st via ABC/Universal Music, and children’s books out April 1st via Five Mile Press.
With ‘Och Aye the G’Nu’, Jimmy put pen to paper to create truly unique poems inspired by his grandchildren, especially his cheeky red-haired, blue-eyed grandson, Dylan. The music release also showcases the best of Jimmy teamed up with The Wiggles in an album that will be sure to excite and entertain young audiences all over the world.
Jimmy explains- “It has been such an honour and a pleasure to work with my old friends The Wiggles, on this project. Anthony is the best in the world in this field and he guided me through this project every step of the way. We had a lot of fun doing it too.

 

‘Och Aye the G’Nu was written for my grandchildren, especially my cheeky little red headed Scot. Glasgow holds a
special place in my heart and it was also inspired by my love of Scotland”.
All seven poems within the poetry collection are Illustrated by the inimitable Kat Chadwick, the story follows G’Nu, a
happy young wildebeest who lives in Glasgow Zoo with his very best friend, Kangaroo, as they set off on adventures
far and wide.

Och Aye the G'Nu
A CD of Jimmy reading the poems is included in the back of the book, so kids and loved ones can recite the poems
together, creating a beautiful extension to the storytelling. A limited number of signed copies of The Recorded
Poems of Och Aye the G’Nu (red cover) will be available from ABC Shop (online) and book retailers.
In addition to the deluxe collection, there is a separate book that features the introductory poem “Och Aye the
G’Nu”, beautifully presented with colourful illustrations throughout.
The album of music coinciding with the release of the book was produced by The Wiggles’ creator and Blue Wiggle,
Anthony Field. Anthony and Jimmy formed their dynamic duo through a shared love of infectious melodies and
music that makes children and parents alike want to sing and dance along.

 


Lachy, the Purple Wiggle, sings beautifully on the album, while Jimmy is the voice of his cheeky character Och Aye
the G’Nu. Jackie Barnes and former Purple Wiggle, Jeff Fatt, add to the musical merriment, while Yellow Wiggle,
Emma, and Red Wiggle, Simon, are also joined by most of the Barnes family for star performances that will
captivate children and families everywhere.
After working on the project, Anthony Field said; “The songs on ‘Och Aye the G’Nu’ are absolutely beautiful, they
come from Jimmy’s heart. There’s also a great sense of fun, perfect for the young listener. Every morning we’d come
into the studio and be so excited, we knew we were working on a very special project for children. It was one of the
greatest experiences working with Jimmy.”
Children can join Och Aye and march their energetic little feet to songs including “I’m a G’Nu”, they’ll adore moving
just like a wildebeest dancing to “Shake Your Shaggy, Shaggy Mane”, as well as pursing their lips and playing along
with “My G’Nu Kazoo” and stomping around with “I Got New Shoes”. It’s music that will appeal to both children and
the child in you.
Album ‘Och Aye the G’Nu’ is out March 31st and is available here
Children’s Books ‘Och Aye the G’Nu’ is out April 1st and available here
Preorder now to receive a copy signed by Jimmy Barnes (limited copies available)

MEDIA RELEASE – Jimmy Barnes teams up with The Wiggles to release ‘Och Aye the G’Nu’

 

 

 

Meatless Monday – Corn and Zucchini Fritters: All Day Cafe – Stuart McKenzie

All Day Cafe_CVR

‘Images and recipes from All Day Café by Stuart McKenzie (Murdoch Books). Photography by Armelle Habib. RRP $39.99.’

 

Corn and Zucchini fritters

Serves 4

 

This recipe is our best-selling dish, hands down – it has icon status. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it generates about 20 per cent of our kitchen sales. We hope you like it as much as we do!” p.86

corn and zucchini fritters_smlCorn and zucchini fritters

4 cobs of fresh corn

olive oil

2 zucchini (courgettes), grated

1 red onion, finely diced

1/2 bunch of coriander (cilantro), leaves picked and roughly chopped

2 free-range eggs

150 g (5 1/2 oz/1 cup) self-raising flour

 

4 free-range eggs

2 firm, ripe avocados

juice of 1/2 lemon

200 ml (7 fl oz) Kasundi (page 49)

4 tablespoons sour cream

pea shoots or micro herbs,
to garnish

smoked salmon or fried bacon,
to serve (optional)

 

To make the corn and zucchini fritters, preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the corn cobs on
a baking tray, drizzle with a little olive oil and roast for 45 minutes. Allow to cool, then use a sharp knife to remove the corn kernels from the cobs.

 

Place the corn, zucchini, onion and coriander in a large bowl. Add the eggs and flour and mix well. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

 

Heat 200 ml (7 fl oz) of olive oil in a large heavy-based frying pan over high heat. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop balls of the fritter mixture and add to the hot oil. Gently press the fritters down with the back of the scoop to flatten them slightly. Take care, as the oil can spit.

 

Cook the fritters for 2 minutes on one side, then turn them over and cook for a further 2 minutes,
or until golden brown and cooked through. This amount of batter should make 12 fritters.

 

Poach the eggs for 2–4 minutes in a pan of simmering water (page 33).

 

Meanwhile, cut the avocados in half, remove the stones and then use a spoon to scoop the flesh
into a small mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Use a fork to crush everything together and set aside.

 

To serve, spread 2 heaped tablespoons of kasundi over each plate and top with three corn fritters. Top with some avocado, a poached egg and some sour cream and garnish with pea shoots. Serve with a side of smoked salmon or fried bacon if the troops are hungry.

 

Poached Eggs

Serves 4

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 teaspoon sea salt

8 free-range eggs

Fill a wide saucepan or deep frying pan with water until about 10 cm (4 inches) deep. Add the vinegar and salt. Bring to the boil over medium–high heat, then reduce the heat so the water is just simmering.

Working with one egg at a time, crack the egg into a saucer or cup. Using a slotted spoon, stir
the simmering water in one direction to create a whirlpool. Holding the saucer as close to the water as possible, gently slide the egg into the centre of the whirlpool. Repeat with the second egg.

Cook for 2–3 minutes for a soft yolk or 3–4 minutes for firm. Remove the eggs with the slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat with the remaining eggs and serve everyone two eggs each with some toast.

 

 

Cook’s tips

Make sure your eggs are really fresh for poaching.

Cracking the egg into a saucer first lets you check the yolk is intact and gives you better control when sliding it
into the pan.

While the eggs are cooking, and between each serve, use a slotted spoon to skim any foam off the water.

French Toast With Balsamic Strawberries: All Day Cafe – Stuart McKenzie

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‘Images and recipes from All Day Café by Stuart McKenzie (Murdoch Books). Photography by Armelle Habib. RRP $39.99.’

I’d recommend you start this recipe the day before, so your crumble and strawberries are ready to go, and all that needs to be done in the morning is to cook the French toast. At the café we often serve this with ice cream, even for breakfast, so look for the best vanilla ice cream you can find or have a go at making some yourself (page 122). Alternatively, serve with vanilla yoghurt or mascarpone.p30

 

French toast with balsamic strawberries and macadamia crumble
Serves 4

 

french toast w balsamic strawberries
Macadamia crumble
35 g (1 1/4 oz/1/4 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour
2 tablespoons caster (superfine) sugar
50 g (1 3/4 oz) chilled unsalted butter, chopped
40 g (1 1/2 oz/1/2 cup) shredded coconut
40 g (1 1/2 oz/1/4 cup) crushed macadamia nuts

 

Balsamic strawberries
55 g (2 oz/1/4 cup) caster (superfine) sugar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
300 g (10 1/2 oz) strawberries, hulled

 

French toast
4 free-range eggs
80 ml (2 1/2 fl oz/1/3 cup) milk
80 ml (2 1/2 fl oz/1/3 cup) thin (pouring) cream
30 g (1 oz) unsalted butter
1 brioche loaf, about 400 g (14 oz), cut into 8 slices about 2 cm
(3/4 inch) thick

TO MAKE THE MACADAMIA CRUMBLE, preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Put the flour and sugar in
a bowl and stir to combine. Add the butter and
use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour mixture. Stir in the coconut and macadamias.

Spread on a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes, or until the crumble is golden and crisp. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. The crumble can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

TO MAKE THE BALSAMIC STRAWBERRIES, put the sugar, balsamic vinegar and 2 tablespoons cold water in a small saucepan. Stir over low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the strawberries and increase the heat to high. Bring to the boil and cook for 3 minutes. Set aside to cool, then refrigerate until needed.

TO MAKE THE FRENCH TOAST, whisk together the eggs, milk and cream in a wide bowl. Melt half the butter in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Dip four slices of bread, one at a time, in the egg mixture until soaked, then drain off the excess.

Fry the bread for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Remove from the pan and keep warm while you cook the remainder of the slices. Serve topped with the strawberries and crumble.

 

Vanilla ice cream
Makes about 1.25 litres (44 fl oz/5 cups)
500 ml (17 fl oz/2 cups) thickened (whipping) cream
500 ml (17 fl oz/2 cups) milk
200 g (7 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
1 vanilla bean
12 egg yolks
Everyone has their favourite flavour when it comes to ice cream, but it’s just plain old vanilla for me – especially when you can taste that real vanilla bean flavour. Home-made ice cream doesn’t require many ingredients and it’s actually quite fun to make. Serve the ice cream on its own, with cakes and pies, or with poached seasonal fruit.p.122
Pour the cream and milk into a medium heavy-based saucepan. Add half the sugar.

Slit the vanilla bean down its length with a small sharp knife. Use the knife to scrape out as many
of the tiny black seeds as you can into the cream mixture. Cut the vanilla bean into three pieces and drop it into the pan.

Heat the cream and milk over low heat, stirring occasionally, until it almost boils. Take the pan off the heat and set aside so the vanilla can infuse.

Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, whisk together the egg yolks and the remaining sugar until pale, thickened and the volume has increased. Add the cream mixture and beat until well combined.

Return the mixture to the pan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon. Be careful that it doesn’t boil. As soon as you see any bubbles about to burst to the surface, the custard should be thick enough; take the saucepan off the heat so the mixture doesn’t curdle. Remove and discard the pieces of vanilla bean.

Allow the custard to cool completely before churning in an ice-cream machine following the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a container and freeze for 4 hours, or until firm (see Cook’s tips). About 20 minutes before serving, transfer
the ice cream to the fridge to soften slightly.

Cooks Tips
If freezing overnight, wrap the ice cream container in a double layer of plastic wrap. This will prevent ice crystals from forming.

 

 

 

 

Post Script: All Day Cafe – Stuart McKenzie

All Day Cafe_CVR

All Day Café

Café Style Food At Home

Stuart McKenzie

Murdoch Books

ISBN: 9781743368404

 

Description:

100+ recipes for scrumptious cafe food you can cook at home.

 

A blend of delicious food and urban lifestyle, All Day Café offers more than 100 recipes for sublime café meals you can cook at home. On the menu are easy seasonal ideas for every meal of the day: from Salmon eggs with red onion and dill salsa or French toast with balsamic strawberries for a fresh spring breakfast; Raspberry friands and Cherry pie with Vanilla ice cream for a summer teatime treat; Pulled pork burgers with apple slaw or Mushroom and leek tart for a long autumn lunch; and Pappardelle with beef cheek and gremolata or Scallop, roasted fennel and lemon risotto for winter supper with friends. All dishes are, of course, served with a touch of urban café style!

 

Author bio:

Stuart McKenzie ran a string of successful cafés and restaurants before opening his own café, called South of Johnston, in Melbourne. A passion for interiors gives Stuart a strong sense of design and the confidence to achieve a new kind of café – one that feels more like an extension of the most stylish, vibrant and comfortable living room. His food is fresh, delicious and thoroughly accessible. This is his first book. southofjohnston.com.au

 

My View:

In this book you will discover lots of our old favourites, BLAT, smashed avocado, Bircher muesli, French toast, minestrone soup, chicken noodle soup, lemon tart, terrine, scallops, tomato soup, brownies, pulled pork…and many soon to be new favourites. I love the fresh twist given to some of the classics, the emphasis on fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, the helpful pictures of the finished dish (don’t you think good food photography is a must for a good cook book? I need to have a visual reference when serving /or to see if I have indeed succeeded in reproducing the recipe, and there are some great images).

 

Along with a huge array of easy to make recipes you will discover the secret to making aioli, marinated feta, pesto, dips, dukkah, ( and there is a sweet dukkah which sounds amazing), kasundi ( my all-time favourite sauce/condiment), dressings, relish and so much more.

 

This book has it all and definitely has a place in my kitchen library.

Post Script: Safe From Harm – R J Bailey

Safe From Harm

Safe From Harm

R J Bailey

Simon & Schuster Australia

ISBN: 9781471157172

Description:

London: a city where the super-rich flock – and where their enemies follow. And in this city of eight million people, where any stranger could be a threat, a close protection operative is the must-have accessory for anyone who is anyone.

But not just any close protection officer. A female close protection officer. One who can blend into the crowd, but who is tough enough to counter any threat.

Safe From Harm is the explosive opening to an exciting new series by a thrilling new talent.

 

 

My View:

This is an action packed, adrenaline fuelled thriller! It took me a little time to absorb the acronyms and the back story – the story of PPO’s (Personal Protection Officers) I know this needed to be done but I felt this bogged down the narrative…for a short while, then when we were all up to speed – I could not put this book down!

 

A great opening hook – a job description – sounding more glamorous than dangerous – but don’t be fooled – this is a narrative where what you think you see/read is not what you get! Be prepared to be manipulated, to be conned, to be played…then watch what happens to the protagonist!

 

Told from alternating time frames – twenty months earlier, mostly safe and secure and then this very minute – where there is “a man coming to hurt us. Probably more than one man. Two or three perhaps. Not four. They won’t need four to deal with us. After all we are trapped down here…” p. 3 this really is a heart pounding read! I do not say this lightly – I could feel the tension in my body rising as I delved into this narrative, once engaged with the story I could not put this book down.  I had to read until the end, I had to know the outcome…and I was not surprise for the two mega twists here!

 

If you like your protagonist to be strong, sensible, assertive, combat ready and female and your villains to be dastardly, bold, calculating, incredibly smart and savvy who will fool you at least once, maybe twice in this read…than this is the book for you.   Be warned you will be staying up until you finish reading this book. You will not believe the gut wrenching outcomes…but rest assured there is at least one more book in this series, and if you are a fan or Rachel Amphlett, Ian Andrew, Ben Sanders or Lee Child, you will love this thriller.

 

 

 

 

Post Script: Agatha and the Dark – Anna Pignataro

Agatha and the Dark

Agatha and the Dark

Anna Pignataro

The Five Mile Press

ISBN: 9781760402075

 

Description:

Agatha is scared of the dark, and George is just making things worse.

When Agatha is accidently locked in a dark room at kindergarten, her body trembles like jelly.

How will she ever sleep in her own bed tonight?

A story about learning to face your fears.

 

My View:

This is an adorable book, beautifully illustrated with a message/lesson for all written between the covers.

Fear- of the dark – seems to be a universal challenge that most young children face at some point in their lives, in this narrative Agatha learns to face her fears by turning her fearful thoughts into a positive experience – Agatha is encouraged to draw something from her imagination… (No spoilers here) J  This is a very creative and positive way to tackle young children’s fears, a great example for parents and caregivers to have in their toolbox of parenting tricks.  And the illustrations are gorgeous!

Add this book to your birthday treat buying list.

The Queen of Quirky is Back! Crimson Lake – Candice Fox

Crimson Lake

Candice Fox

Penguin Books Australia

Bantam

ISBN: 9780143781905

 

Description:

From the award-winning author of Hades and Eden comes an ingenious and edgy suspense novel that will keep you guessing to the very last page . . .

 

12.46: Thirteen-year-old Claire Bingley stands alone at a bus stop

12.47: Ted Conkaffey parks his car beside her

12.52: The girl is missing . . .

 

Six minutes – that’s all it took to ruin Detective Ted Conkaffey’s life. Accused but not convicted of Claire’s abduction, he escapes north, to the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake.

 

Amanda Pharrell knows what it’s like to be public enemy number one. Maybe it’s her murderous past that makes her so good as a private investigator, tracking lost souls in the wilderness. Her latest target, missing author Jake Scully, has a life more shrouded in secrets than her own – so she enlists help from the one person in town more hated than she is: Ted.

 

But the residents of Crimson Lake are watching the pair’s every move. And for Ted, a man already at breaking point, this town is offering no place to hide . . .

 

 

My View:

The queen of quirky is back!

Candice Fox Margaret River Event 2017

Candice Fox – Margaret River Meet the Author event 2017

Last week I had the privilege of meeting Candice Fox as part of her extended Western Australian book tour. What a great night it was – Candice was open, honest and often hilarious, talking about everything that mattered to her – her childhood, family, marriage, divorce, second marriage, her childhood ambition to become a writer, her writing inspirations, the inspiration she draws from reading true crime novels (which was very evident to me as I read Crimson Lake) and her very successful writing collaboration with James Patterson.  What a night! What a life!

 

If you ever have an opportunity to meet an author/hear them speak about their work, take advantage of the opportunity – as a reader you learn so much more about the characters and how they came to life on the page, how they formed in the mind of the author. At the time I attend this event I was about 75% into Candice’s latest book Crimson Lake, and I noticed so many references that reflected places or people Candice had known, events in her life etc. and I discovered this Crimson Lake has been optioned for Television and there will be a second book in this new series. The TV option did not really surprise me – just the speed in which it occurred (as I was reading the first thing I thought was – this would make a great movie.)

 

This would make a great movie, why? Quirky, colourful, empathetic characters to start. Small town, semi-rural Queensland locations – with small town minds, dramas and… crocodiles – always good elements to ratchet up the creepiness and fear levels.  And themes – child abuse, missing persons, and famous authors, the questionable good cop or bad cop, did he do it? Did she do it? And the big question, why? The list goes on.

 

This book has a lot to offer (though I did think the start was just a little slow for my taste) but persevere and you will find an amazing read. Read it now before you see the film.