BALADI: RECIPES FROM PALESTINE BY JOUDIE KALLA
It's that time of year again for me and maybe for you also where we look to hunkering down a little for the coming winter months. If you love the thought of cozy blankets, fluffy bed socks and snuggled in on the couch, then its a given that beautiful aromas emanating from the kitchen sets the scene for relaxing. There are so many wonderful recipes in this cook book, that dare I say like the experts, tried and tested, that its difficult to choose one. Since i err on the sweet tooth kinda life then I am going to nail it down to an amazingly moist sweetened cheesecake, Mahas Knafeh with rose and pistachios. OMG YUMMY!! If your like me and really missing the travel, then grab yourself a copy and let your imagination fly away into the heady delights of Palestinian cuisine.
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Official Blurb: Joudie Kalla, author of the bestselling Palestine on a Plate, introduces readers to more of the Middle East's best-kept secret - Palestinian cuisine.
'Baladi' means 'my home, my land, my country', and Joudie once again pays homage to her homeland of Palestine by showcasing the wide-ranging, vibrant and truly delicious dishes of this country.
Baladi features recipes that are broadly categorized according to the differing environments they primarily hail from, such as the land, the sea, the forest, the orchard. Experience the wonderful flavours of Palestine through daoud basha (lamb meatballs cooked in a tamarind and tomato sauce served with caramelized onions and vermicelli rice), fatayer sabanekh (spinach, sumac and onion patties), samak makli (fried fish selection with courgette, mint and yoghurt dip), atayef (soft pancakes filled with cream, cheese or nuts in an orange blossom sugar syrup), and many more sensational recipes.
Dishes are designed to complement one another, and Joudie explains which work well together as a meal, as well as the varied and diverse origins of the recipes. At the end of the day she takes an entirely flexible approach, using influences from her homeland to create new dishes, and bringing her own twist to more traditional recipes.
'An important cuisine and culinary tradition that needs to be understood, celebrated, and enjoyed.' Anthony Bourdain
'This book goes to the heart of the relationship between food and identity, and conveys a sense of belonging through beautiful, compelling and, yes, joyous recipes. I just want to eat everything in it.' Nigella Lawson
shore leave by david whish-wilson
Cracker of a crime story. I'm not normally the biggest fan of crime fiction, however after reading Shore Leave, I'm now a convert. Had me glued from start to finish on what is a fast paced and action packed journey. If you lived in or around Fremantle in the late 80s you'll know what a heady place it was after the Amercias Cup. Big tick from me.
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Official Blurb - It is Fremantle in 1989 and Frank Swann is at home, suffering from an undiagnosed and debilitating illness. When Frank is called in to investigate an incident at a local brothel, it soon appears there is a link between the death of two women and the arrival of the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Carl Vinson in the port city. Shore Leave is the fourth book in the Frank Swann series and also features Lee Southern, the main character from True West.
witness by louise milligan
If you are in Australia at the moment you cant help but notice the women's movement that is gathering momentum around the country. The decades of misogynic behaviour by those in power. This story by Louise Milligan is shortlisted for this years The Stella Prize Award and its no surprise that it should be. Its counting the cost of witnesses and victims in a brutal legal system. I highly recommend this as you will never see our justice system the same way again. Truly inspiring and brave woman. If your thinking how do I know this womans name, then let me remind you, she is the journalist who is being sued along with the ABC for defamation by none other than our Attorney-General Christian Porter.
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Official Blurb - From the best-selling author of CARDINAL comes a searing examination of the power imbalance in our legal system - where exposing the truth is never guaranteed and, for victims, justice is often elusive.
A masterful and deeply troubling expose, Witness is the culmination of almost five years' work for award-winning investigative journalist Louise Milligan. Charting the experiences of those who have the courage to come forward and face their abusers in high-profile child abuse and sexual assault cases, Milligan was profoundly shocked by what she found.
During this time, the #MeToo movement changed the zeitgeist, but time and again during her investigations Milligan watched how witnesses were treated in the courtroom and listened to them afterwards as they relived the associated trauma. Then she was a witness herself in the trial of the decade, R v George Pell.
She interviews high-profile members of the legal profession, including judges and prosecutors. And she speaks to the defence lawyers who have worked in these cases, discovering what they really think about victims and the process, and the impact that this has on their own lives. Milligan also reveals never-before-published court transcripts, laying bare the flaws that are ignored, and a court system that can be sexist, unfeeling and weighted towards the rich and powerful.
Witness is a call for change. Milligan exposes the devastating reality of the Australian legal system where truth is never guaranteed and, for victims, justice is often elusive. And even when they get justice, the process is so bruising, they wish they had never tried.
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