Post Script: The Green Unknown: Travels in the Khasi Hills – Patrick Rogers

The Green Unknown

The Green Unknown: Travels in the Khasi Hills
Patrick Rogers
Westland
ASIN: B0759PFF28

 

Description:
The Green Unknown is about walking, without a map or a plan, across the Khasi Hills in the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya—a place of jungle canyons and thousand-foot waterfalls, where it rains more than any other inhabited place in the world, where each village has its own dialect or even its own language, and where the people grow living bridges from the roots of trees. The book is an attempt to express what it’s like trying to explore, mile by mile, village by village, valley by valley, a place that’s beautiful, complex, and fascinating, but most of all, unique.

My View:
This is a book that will appeal to travellers and readers alike. Arm chair travelling is one of my favourite past times and Patrick Rogers has taken me on a journey that has filled me with awe. This is a very personal account of Patrick’s travels as he explores remote, tropical jungles searching for evidence of living tree bridges.

Written with passion, humour and respect for the landscapes that he explores (both societal and physical), you will love the frizzon of excitement you will get when accompanying Patrick on his adventures.

Wishing you safe travels Patrick.

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Post Script: The Cowgirl – Anthea Hodgson

The Cowgirl

The Cowgirl

Anthea Hodgson

Penguin Random House

Michael Joseph

ISBN: 9780143797265

 

Description:

Teddy Broderick has lived on her farm almost all her life, committed to the rhythms of the country – seeding, harvest, shearing and the twice daily milking of the cow her grandmother has looked after for years, but she dreams of another life, in the wide world away from the confines of her property.

 

She thinks she knows her home and its community inside out, until her grandmother Deirdre announces there is a house buried on the property, and Will Hastings, an archaeologist, is coming to dig it up again.

 

As they work together to expose Deirdre’s past to the light, the stories they tell bring them together and pull Teddy further away from her home.

 

But what is hidden in Deirdre’s childhood house that she needs to see again before she dies – and why? What is it that stops Teddy from living the life she truly wants? And will she ever find her freedom?

 

 

My View:

A uniquely rural Australian coming of age story that tips it hat at the #MeToo movement.

 

Anthea Hodgson writes empathetic characters that challenge societal pressures to confirm and be controlled. Sometimes there are small victories, though the scars form the many skirmishes take a long time to heal.  Ultimately this is an uplifting book that will bring a tear, all be it a happy tear, to your eye.

Post Script: The Portrait of Molly Dean – Katherine Kovacic

The Portrait of Molly Dea

The Portrait of Molly Dean

Katherine Kovacic

Echo Publishing

ISBN: 9781760409784

 

Description:

An unsolved murder comes to light after almost seventy years…

 

In 1999, art dealer Alex Clayton stumbles across a lost portrait of Molly Dean, an artist’s muse brutally slain in Melbourne in 1930. Alex buys the painting and sets out to uncover more details, but finds there are strange inconsistencies: Molly’s mother seemed unconcerned by her daughter’s violent death, the main suspect was never brought to trial despite compelling evidence, and vital records are missing. Alex enlists the help of her close friend, art conservator John Porter, and together they sift through the clues and deceptions that swirl around the last days of Molly Dean.

 

 

My View:

What an outstanding read! In this book you will EXPERIENCE history, art, mystery, murder…

When I picked up this book I was enthralled by the cover art and then I started reading! I hadn’t read but a page or two and I KNEW this book was going to feature on my “Best Reads 2018”. Fantastic writing, locations that leap of the page.  An era that is succinctly captured; the socio economic environment, the mores, the fashion, the corruption, and the abuses of power. This novel is intriguing, you will devour the pages till the revealing end.  Plus I loved the characters.  And the dog. 🙂

 

Encore! More!!!!

 

 

Post Script: The Wife Between Us – Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The Wife Between Us

The Wife Between Us

Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Pan Macmillan Australia

ISBN: 9781509842827

 

Description:

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.

 

You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.

 

Assume nothing.

 

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage – and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

 

Read between the lies.

 

 

My View:

I am a lover of the domestic noir and this book held some remarkable twists and surprises which I delighted in.  Domestic violence favours no particular socio economic group, and this novel highlights how appearances can be deceiving – how the public and private domains do not always reflect a congruent lifestyle.

 

Be worried. Be thrilled. Be pleased when you discover the ending.

 

Thai Prawns with Coconut Milk and Seaweed: The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book- Dr Clare Bailey

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Extracted from The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book by Dr Clare Bailey with Joy Skipper, published by Simon & Schuster Australia, RRP AU$39.99  Photography © Joe Sarah

 

 

Thai Prawns with Coconut Milk and Seaweed

Simple to make and packed with health-boosting antioxidants.” p.141

Serves 2

 

140g green-pea pasta (or wholemeal pasta)

150g broccoli, broken into florets

3 tbsp coconut oil

½ red onion, sliced

2cm root ginger, grated

½ red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (or ¼ tsp chilli flakes)

200ml coconut milk

Juice of 1 lime

½ tbsp Thai fish sauce

2 nori seaweed sheets, chopped

2 00g prawns (fresh or frozen, defrosted)

Generous handful of fresh coriander, chopped

 

  • DAIRY-FREE
  • GLUTEN-FREE
  • GOOD FOR PHASE 1
  • 700 calories

 

Thai prawns with coconut milk and seaweed

 

  1. Cook the pasta according to the pack instructions.
  2. Steam the broccoli for 4-5 minutes and set it aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and sauté the onion for 4-5 minutes. Add the ginger and chilli, cook for 1 minute and then pour in the coconut milk, lime juice, fish sauce, seaweed and prawns.
  4. Bring the pan to a simmer, then add the broccoli and simmer for 2 minutes more before stirring in the pasta with the coriander. Serve immediately.

 

Prawns are high in protein, low in calories and a good source of vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron and selenium.

Chocolate Eggplant Cake with Pear and Walnuts: The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book – Dr Clare Bailey

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Extracted from The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book by Dr Clare Bailey with Joy Skipper, published by Simon & Schuster Australia, RRP AU$39.99  Photography © Joe Sarah

 

Chocolate Eggplant Cake with Pear and Walnuts

Serves 8

Chocolate eggplant cake with pear and walnuts

 

1 medium eggplant skin on, diced

150g dark chocolate (min. 70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces

60g coconut oil

60g pitted dates, chopped

½ tsp salt

3 eggs, beaten

1 tsp baking powder

80g ground almonds (or 100g gluten-free brown flour)

80g walnuts, chopped

1 ½ pears, cubed

 

  • DAIRY-FREE
  • GLUTEN-FREE OPTION

370 Calories

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4. Grease and line a 20cm cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Steam the eggplant for 15 minutes or until it is soft. Then place it, still hot, in a bowl. Immediately add the chocolate and coconut oil and stir until they have more or less melted. Then mix in the chopped dates.
  3. Blitz with a hand blender to obtain a smooth paste. Add the salt, eggs, baking powder and ground almonds and whizz one more time, then stir the walnuts and pears into the mixture.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake it for 35-40 minutes, until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave it to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack.

 

Oaty Pecan Pancakes: The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book- Dr Clare Bailey

 

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Extracted from The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book by Dr Clare Bailey with Joy Skipper, published by Simon & Schuster Australia, RRP AU$39.99  Photography © Joe Sarah

 

Oaty Pecan Pancakes 

“These indulgent wholemeal pancakes have extra substance and flavour thanks to the oats and pecans. Delicious eaten straight from the pan or once cooled, popped in the toaster.” p. 207

Makes 10-12

Oaty pecan pancakes

 

 

120g gluten-free rolled oats

120g buckwheat flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

1 pinch salt

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla essence

1 tbsp maple syrup

270ml almond milk (or any milk of your choice)

40g pecan nuts, chopped

1 tbsp coconut oil

  • DAIRY-FREE
  • GLUTEN-FREE

130 calories

 

  1. Mix the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, then pour in the vanilla essence, maple syrup and milk and stir well. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, pour in the wet ingredients and gradually stir them in, followed by the nuts. The mixture should be thick but pourable. Allow it to rest for about 15 minutes.
  3. Melt half the coconut oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Drop blobs of the mixture into the pan, using 1-2 tablespoonfuls for each pancake. Repeat, leaving space around each one, and cook them for 2-3 minutes until they’re golden brown and holes appear on the surface.
  4. Flip them over carefully with a spatula and cook them for 1-2 minutes on the other side. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
  5. They taste great served with 1 tbsp Greek-style yoghurt (add 75 cals), 1 tsp honey (add 20 cals) and some berries or half a sliced banana (add 50 cals).