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Tomato Salad with Green Beans and Basil and Peach, Rhubarb & Ginger Crisp YUM!

Well, it's been another week of late winter in Oz.  We grilled on Saturday night and I tried two great new recipes. 

Here in Queensland we can pretty much grill year round. We knew we were going to Costco on Sunday so we pulled out lots of meat to grill (I'll bring it for lunch all week...the fish, anyway).  So we grilled pork and steak and swordfish and salmon.  I made flat bread on the grill and we had some left-over rice. You know it's much better for you if you let your rice cool and re-heat it. Makes a lot of the carbs unusable by your body. Then I tried my new recipes.

The first was a Tomato Salad with Green Beans and Basil.  My husband always says he likes salads, then doesn't eat them, but he gobbled this one up!  I couldn't find romano beans at our local veggie market, so only used green beans. I only used one lemon and two heirloom tomatoes because only two of us were eating, and I left the cherry tomatoes for another time because I thought I had enough tom…

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas and a video from Down Under

So, do you like my new necklace?  I made it. I think it's the best one I've made yet!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live at the bottom of the world where it's currently winter and Christmas happens in the middle of the summer?
In some ways, it's not that different from the United States and in some ways it's very similar. Here's a little video of my drive from the Central Business District (CBD) of Brisbane, Queensland, where I drop my hubby off each morning to Windsor, north of the city, where I work. 

While I'm here, I'm taking as many pictures as I can to store up the memories of this beautiful, friendly land, and making art from them.
Here are a few that I've posted recently:

And now here's my recipe of the week, which is inexpensive, easy, healthy and delish! I didn't have to buy anything. Everything I needed was right there in my cabinet.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
2 cups cooked chickpeas, or 1 (15 oz) can
1½ teaspoo…

Grilled Fish Tacos with Peach Salsa

I just have to tell you guys....I went to Spotlight, which is like the Australian Michael's (I'm not even mentioning that HL word). And I had SO MUCH FUN taking pictures of fabric. They have tables and tables and tables of ROLLS of fabric. And just piles of every kind of fabric and lace. So much TEXTURE! So many COLORS! I can't wait to get these photos downloaded and just play!  (I also bought some awesome beads and got an idea for how to make a necklace holder with old hangers. No one but me will see it...)

It's still winter in Australia, but getting warmer, thank goodness. And the sun is coming up earlier and going down later. In the middle of the winter, it's pitch black here at 5:00 p.m. and in the middle of the summer, the sun is up and being cheeky at 4:00 a.m. And Queensland does NOT have daylight savings time.  As I took the picture above at my desk, I was listening to a story being told around the corner about a co-worker's cat's encounter with a ka…

Teriyaki Salmon topped by Sriracha Sauce

Well, I've waited long enough to write this blog post, haven’t I? 
It's winter in Australia. That means snow south of us, but it never freezes where I live. Or not yet, anyway, although they say it's the coldest winter here in over a hundred years. Today it's raining and supposed to get up to 70 degrees(°F), which is 21 degrees Celsius (°C). Saturday is supposed to be absolutely balmy, and I'm so ready for that. 

So I've been inside, working with my art and cooking. I've started using a recipe database to organize my recipes and cook healthier and better. The first recipe I tried is displayed below. I have adapted it my some of the ingredients I really like and have made it a little healthier that the original.

Dan loved it. The Sriracha sauce added a real punch to the sweet and tangy teriyaki salmon. We served it on rice with a salad.  I can't wait to try my next recipe.

Stay tuned!

Teriyaki Salmon topped by Sriracha Cream Sauce


Sriracha Sauce


Broken Hip in Australia Saga #3

Well, I've waited long enough to write this blog post, haven’t I? 
I've been battling trying to get well from breaking my hip. And it has been a battle. But I don’t want to sound really negative about the Australian medical system because I know so many people have good experiences with it.
It’s just that mine’s not been so great. And I attribute that to two major reasons.
1)I think I was in a really superior medical group back in Oklahoma. I was in a very interconnected medical system based on a very good hospital. 
Actually, it was almost too interconnected at some times. I tried to get away from a specialist and everyone tried to send me back to him. I couldn't get away from him. 
But it had its advantages. Many of them. Any specialist or doctor or clinic I went to had all my records. And they had assistants whose job it was to double check everything on a list. Was I still taking this medication? What was my blood pressure? Why was I coming to see the doctor today?

The Great Australian Medical System is Not Working for this Expat

I've been thinking about this blog for a while, but not writing it. I'm sorry. I hate to be such a whiner.

And it's changed from what I originally wanted to write. Originally, it was just my experience in the Nambour hospital with a broken hip, but it's become more a story about how, as an expat, I don't feel like I am being taken care of medically in Australia.

I try not to be negative about this beautiful country where I am a guest. I think Australia is a great place. If a young person, including my son, really wanted to make a home here, I'd encourage them. In many ways, it's a bubble of sanity compared to what's happening back home.

But, for me, an American just over here for a few years, this medical thing is NOT working.

Actually, so far, Nambour Hospital worked pretty well. We didn't even have to sign anything to get out of there. They will send the bill to BUPA, our private insurance. Then we will see what happens next.

My surgery happened quickl…