Last September I started working part-time. I quit full-time work. I wanted more time to do things that I enjoyed rather than working for the man all the time. I was lucky that a part-time job opportunity came up when my colleague returned from maternity leave and only wanted to work two days a week, so now I job-share working 3 days a week as a policy analyst in government. I had no game plan for what I would do when I started working part-time, but many interesting projects and opportunities have come up. Even though I work part-time, I am busier than ever!
I thought I would share what I get up to in my life outside of blogging :)
I have been a part of the TEDxPerth committee since October 2012 and we organised our first large scale full day event last December. Plans currently are underway for our second full day event this year which will be on 26 October 2013. We recently did a live stream of TEDGlobal at Spacecubed.
|(photo taken by Kira Rikkers)|
Here I am with my TEDxPerth crew at the entry of The Vault at Spacecubed at TEDXPerthLive 13.6.2013.
In December last year, an expression of interest to host Eat Drink Blog 4 was placed on the Eat Drink Blog website. Eat Drink Blog is the Australian Food and Drink Bloggers Conference. The inaugural Eat Drink Blog conference was held in Melbourne in 2010, Sydney hosted in 2011 and last year the conference was in Adelaide. I discussed the possibility of hosting the fourth Eat Drink Blog conference in Perth with other WA food bloggers, and there was wide support and interest in bringing the conference west. I put together our submission and on 22 January 2013 it was announced on the website that Perth would host Eat Drink Blog 4!
I am chair of the Eat Drink Blog 4 organising committee. It’s very exciting to be bringing the national Australian food and drinks bloggers conference to Perth. It has been more work than I thought it would be, the committee has faced challenges but we are working our way through them. Slowly but surely the conference is starting to come together and we hope to make some announcements in a few weeks.
Thanks to the Eat Drink Blog 3 Adelaide committee for giving Perth the opportunity to host Eat Drink Blog this year. Special thanks to Christina (co-chair of Eat Drink Blog 3) who has provided helpful advice to me during the submission process and handover of Eat Drink Blog.
I am currently doing the RTRFM radio training course. Fulfilling a dream of mine to one day be on the radio playing my favourite tunes, stuff that you wouldn’t hear on any other radio station but RTRFM as it’s the sound alternative. At the moment I am listening to a lot of post-metal \m/ Everything might sound natural and spontaneous on the radio, but I’ve learnt that it’s everything but! I’ve gained a lot more respect for anyone who does radio because behind the scenes there is a lot of hard work and planning. I’m still working on my radio voice.
I have also just become a food curator for Urban Locavore along with Grace. Grace and I worked on the Beaufort Street Festival cookbook last year and it’s great to be working together again. Urban Locavore is a small Western Australian business that aims to discover, promote and share food made and grown by Western Australian producers who source most or all of their ingredients locally. Each month Urban Locavore curates a Tasting Box featuring seven to nine of Western Australia’s best products and delivers them to people in the Perth metropolitan area or boxes can be picked up at our store in Osborne Park.
So I am pretty busy these days but happy to be doing the things I am involved in, and also the poorest I have been in a long time. TEDxPerth, Eat Drink Blog and radio are all things that I am volunteering my time to and for Urban Locavore at the moment, I work for food. Urban Locavore is still a relatively new small business operating on a shoe string and are not in a position pay for staff now but I get to consume lots of amazing local produce every week. Grace and I are on board to help the business grow, we have lots of exciting plans for events and a bigger store. Grace and I often talk about how one day we’ll be able to give up our day jobs!
Right now I’m trying to absorb as much as I can. I'm doing whatever interests me, building up skills and knowledge along the way, and then I’ll see what I can do with myself.
As can you imagine, I am on a budget these days. I have been eating out less and cooking a home a lot more. Making more use of my pantry, produce that my parents give me from their restaurant and also items from the Urban Locavore Tasting Boxes.
(Urban Locavore goodies come in a box of hay - Margaret River Free Range Eggs)
In the May Urban Locavore Tasting Box there were beautiful eggs from Margaret River and a recent edition of SBS Feast magazine featured a Burmese Golden Egg Curry. It looked amazing and I asked my Burmese friend MM from high school if she had cooked this dish before and she told me that it tastes better with the addition of ground dried shrimp, and also advised to cook the shallots for longer until it was soft and caramelized. She also recommended putting some ground paprika in at the same time as the turmeric in the oil that the eggs got fried in to give more colour.
So I have used the recipe from SBS Feast magazine as a base and adapted it, incorporating MM’s suggestions.
Burmese Golden Egg Curry
• 6-7 small dried shrimp (or enough to make 2 teaspoons of ground dried shrimp)
• peanut oil
• ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
• ¼ teaspoon ground paprika
• 3 large shallots, finely chopped
• 4 garlic cloves, crushed
• 5 tomatoes, finely chopped
• ½ teaspoon ground chilli
• ¼ cup water or chicken stock
• 1 tablespoon fish sauce
• salt to taste
• 3 green bird’s eye chillies, deseeded and sliced
• 4 large eggs, hard-boiled and peeled
• chopped coriander for garnish
Prepare the dried shrimp – soak in hot water for 30 minutes until softened, then finely chop and roast in oven for 10 minutes at 150C.
(finely chopping dried shrimp)
(roasted ground dried shrimp)
In a small saucepan that can fit in 4 eggs, fill with 3-4cm of peanut oil and heat over medium heat to 180C.
Add ground turmeric and paprika, and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Lower the hard boiled eggs into the oil and fry them, using chopsticks to turn them around until they are golden all over and blistered. Remove and drain on paper towel. Slice eggs in half.
Heat up a wok and spoon in 3-4 tablespoons of the oil the eggs were fried in. Add the shallots and cook for 5-6 minutes until soft and caramelized, then add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Then add the tomatoes, ground chilli and ¼ cup of water or chicken stock, and cook, stirring continuously, for 10 minutes until the tomatoes have softened. Stir in the fish sauce, green chillies and 1 teaspoon of ground dried shrimp. Season to taste with salt.
Place eggs, cut-side down, in the sauce and cook for 3 minutes or until heated through.
Spoon the sauce and eggs onto a plate, scatter with chopped coriander, ground dried shrimp and serve with steamed rice.
Note: It’s also great with toasted bread!
What a busy few months! It all amounts to full time work to me but a lot of fun too. Looking forward to seeing how EDB4 shapes up :) These eggs look amazing! So hungry now lolReplyDelete
Yeah it has been really busy. I have 8 different email accounts! Looking forward to sharing news on EDB4 soon but still confirming some arrangements.Delete
It's a really simple egg dish to cook, hope you enjoy :)
Holy cow, I can't imagine getting all that squeezed into one life AND produce a quality blog. My hat's off to you :)ReplyDelete
Your egg dish will be on my table this week. I love how it looks.
Thanks Maureen :)Delete
I have packed a lot of things into my life, but when you are doing things you love it doesn't feel like work most of the time!
Oh I've got something similar (but quite different on the to do list). The golden eggs were what attracted me! :) And best of luck with everything too!ReplyDelete
Thanks Lorraine :) Deep fried eggs are great! I look forward to seeing your version one day :)Delete
my my my what a busy life you lead! policy analyst! i would love to participate in the next conference! and that egg curry looks pretty amazing!ReplyDelete
Thanks :) sometimes I can't believe how busy my life has gotten! Eat Drink Blog is open to all Australian food bloggers, there will be a registration process and limited places so keep up to date by following @eatdrinkblogau on twitter or check out Facebook page www.facebook.com/EatDrinkBlogAUDelete
I have to be honest - it would be hard to find an egg dish that didn't make me weak at the knees as you may have guessed from my repetitive "egg porn" shots on the blog! At first I glanced at this recipe and sighed "another yummy dish I cant eat" but then I realised it is actually gluten free! I stopped my self pity dead in its tracks! PS Cant wait til EDB 13!ReplyDelete
This looks amazing, I am mad about eggs so I'm trying this recipe out for myself.ReplyDelete
I am really looking forward to Eat Drink Blog 4. Well done on your creative endeavours.
Thanks Peggy :) I hope you enjoy the recipe!Delete