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Nectarine, fennel and hazelnut salad

Nectarine, fennel and hazelnut salad

I got a call from my older brother to go out for bowling on a day when work was very frustrating and tiring. I declined at first because I was VERY upset and I really didn’t want to show the black medusa (my alter ego). […]

Fettuccine pesto with bacon, parsley and parmesan cheese

Fettuccine pesto with bacon, parsley and parmesan cheese

I opened the kitchen pantry with excitement beaming all over my face wondering what will tonight’s dinner be. Immediately, the fettuccine caught my attention and I remembered an idiosyncratic incident at my parent’s house. The moment you mention the word “pasta” or “fettuccine” in my […]

Food 4 thought | Unwinding from the busyness of life

Food 4 thought | Unwinding from the busyness of life

Sometimes the best days are when you are in the comfort of your own home doing nothing. For some, it may seem unproductive, but for me, it’s a form of self-care. After a busy hectic week, I decided it will be a quiet and relaxing […]

Baked eggs with Tomato Sauce

Baked eggs with Tomato Sauce

After buying some eggs and veggies at Queen Victoria Market this week, I passed by a few cafes selling baked eggs and decided to make this for brekkie on the weekend. This recipe is great for who loves eggs or would like to prepare eggs in […]

Morning tea thoughts | (Autumn) Immerse in nature

Morning tea thoughts | (Autumn) Immerse in nature

      It was Friday at 5:15 pm when I discovered that the train was delayed at Flinders station as there was a person who stood in front of the train tracks. You know what that means. This train is not going to leave anytime […]

Red Cabbage, pea shoot, edaname, enoki and Sesame salad

Red Cabbage, pea shoot, edaname, enoki and Sesame salad

There is a wonderful story behind this dish and it all started when I met Kemi Nekavpil.   I was privileged to hear the story of Kemi (who is also Nigerian, YESSSSSSS!!!!!) at the African gala event for young Africans. In a nutshell, Kemi is […]

Morning tea thoughts | A new canvas

Morning tea thoughts | A new canvas

It’s interesting how sometimes our blessings can be in disguise, especially when we encounter unpleasant situations. Actually, my webpage had gone down resulting in me contacting my hosting provider regarding the restoration of all my files. While he mentioned he was able to recover my files, […]

Caroline’s Sayur Asem (Tamarind Soup with Vegetables)

Caroline’s Sayur Asem (Tamarind Soup with Vegetables)

With today’s post, I am very privileged to learn more about Indonesian culture. Caroline Katrina, a good friend of mine and the lovely President for Deakin Toastmasters was very excited to share her fabulous dish and what this means to her. Caroline: “This is the […]

How to segment an orange

How to segment an orange

Orange segments are a great addition to salads, muesli, snacking, baked goods and also adds a professional touch to any of your dishes. Some, but not all, find the taste of pith to be bitter. The advantage of his technique is that it removes the thick […]

Orange, rocket and currant salad

Orange, rocket and currant salad

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden was the major stepping stone that opened my eyes to the numerous possibilities of enjoying salads which comes in different colours, shapes and flavours (Not just your average iceberg lettuce and tomatoes). I am always grateful to my teacher Lina, who […]


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Morning tea thoughts | (Autumn) Immerse in nature

Morning tea thoughts | (Autumn) Immerse in nature

 

 

 

It was Friday at 5:15 pm when I discovered that the train was delayed at Flinders station as there was a person who stood in front of the train tracks. You know what that means. This train is not going to leave anytime soon. People were waiting in vexation about this whole situation. Some cursed, others videotaped this situation. Being in this type of claustrophobic atmosphere for me personally made feel even more mentally exhausted and anxious. Then I realised why to wait here when I could just take a stroll to the Alexandra Gardens close the Arts Centre to calm myself and wait until the train starts running again.

It was still a warm sunny evening. I noticed that some of the leaves had started to shed making me realise that its already March (times flies) and that Autumn has arrived.

Autumn to me is the season of change. As the days will become shorter, the green chlorophyll slowly will start to disappear forming golden, amber, red pigmented leaves.

No one knows when each leaf falls, but when it does, these delicate leaves will graciously pirouette to Autumn’s gentle breeze reminding us all that winter is just around the corner.

Watching the leaves gracefully fall is like watching a kaleidoscope of colours descending to the ground. As the red and copped tinges leave fall creating a  carpet. How I love to walk through a bunch of crisp and crunchy fallen leaves.

Best of all, you can pile up the leaves and jump straight into them no matter what age you are, which can only be done in Autumn.

In this quiet and serene environment where it almost feels like time has stopped, I feel at peace and ease, (sweet mercy, I almost forgot about the train situation).

I walk back to the train station and sit down, now in a more calmer and jovial state of mind. I may have not being able to control the train delay, however, I do have the ability to how I respond regarding the situation in a positive outlook which can be beneficial to my overall health and well-being.

Like the leaves, we too can change for the better. Be a thermostat, not a thermometer.

Autumn.