Day 27 ” Australia Day”

G’day My little Vegemites,

Yes, I really do come from a land down under (like I wasn’t going to put that tune in your head Kristen.) I’m a fair dinkum Aussie, born and bred. And so damn proud of it. So sit back throw a shrimp on the barbie and let’s have some fun..

Who feels the love? Come on guys, group hug. Ahhhh that’s bonza!

Feeling a little home sick today. While I now reside in Thailand I will always call Australia home . We are larrikins at heart,mischievous,laid back and love a good time. We  also Love a beer, a brawl ( fight) and do anything for our mates.

It’s 9 am so time for my first meal. It’s an hour earlier but I have a few things that need to be done this morning.

Today we had bacon, eggs, snags ( sausages ) and Vegemite on toast. Not the Marmite or Pomite if your a fair dinkum Aussie you have to have Vegemite with lots of butter on the  toast, otherwise it’s unaustralian.

Struth ( omg ) it’s almost 11 am so I better get a move on.

Protein: 42.3

Net carbs: 4.1

Fats: 123

Calories: 1328

We’ve both been busy in the kitchen this morning. I had an idea of something I wanted to post, something special for Nigella. So we are winging a recipe to make it keto friendly as we go. Kauri and I actually work well in the kitchen. We have a lot of fun. We’ve been asked why we never went on a Masterchef style show. It’s because I enjoy it and don’t want the pressure of competition. Kauri really is a wonderful friend and partner.  We have a saying, “Her blood’s worth bottling.” As wives go she’s a rippa.

These are the keto lamingtons we’ve just made for Australia Day. Lamington is an Aussie institution. I would have done Pavlova. The Kiwis (New Zealanders) say it’s their creation. (They are wrong!) I wish they would just accept it and move

There’s a long rivalry between Australia and New Zealand but it is a friendly rivalry. Love to my Kiwi brothers and sisters ❤️

Lamingtons are a sponge cake, dipped into a chocolate mixture and covered in desiccated coconut.

This reminds me of a funny story. It’s 100% true and not fabricated.

When I was a kid we used to go to a church group on Friday nights. One of the ladies was an artist and I got on well with her.  let’s call her Trish. (I should have persevered as I was really good at drawing but that’s another story.)

One Friday night Trish brought lamingtons to the meeting. One lamington was not real. It looked real but it was a piece of sponge rubber, dunked in chocolate and covered  in coconut. Trish let me in on the joke and pointed out which one it was on the plate.

My step father ended up getting the fake lamington. I’m still laughing as I type this, remembering his face as he took a bite into the foam rubber ..

Today is movie day. We are off to the movies. Kauri wants to see Resident Evil (This woman is the best.) We have packed the usual goods to be smuggled in but I’ve now super sized the back pack. Im bringing in a sloppy joe to cover Kauri as it gets so cold in the theatre. The air conditioning must be working overtime.

So the man bag has become “backpack version 2.0.”


The movie was mindless entertainment but this is our getaway for a few hours. We have just come down one level from the movie theatre to our favourite coffee shop Doi Chaang. Thai coffee, especially Doi Chaang, is one of the best coffees in the world.


I’m going to take Kauri to dinner tonight. In the past year we haven’t gone out much but you need to live a little so we decided to go out for dinner after a movie once a week . Not only does it give us a break from cooking, it restores some sanity as we are in a house of five. There is a lovely spot on the water under a bridge (photos attached.)  This has  always been our spot for the past five years but unfortunately over the past year with a change in staff, the service gradually went down hill. The final straw was when we received a hair in the food. Mind you they didn’t charge for the hair: it was complementary.

A good nine months later we decided to give it one last chance and had a lovely meal. So let’s see if we get any unforeseen extras tonight.

Tonight’s order will be pork knuckle in five spice, green curry with prawns, stirfried morning glory in garlic and chilli, red curry mousse and water with ice. Kauri’s having a beer.

view of the restaurant


Food photos

The pork knuckle never ever disappoints, the skin is crispy, plenty of meat and size does matter. This bad boy of the pork knuckle world is huge. The morning glory was as good as what me make, garlic and chilli. The green curry was spicy. I love it. The only other spicy Thai I love more is Kauri.

Just a note, a good curry will have the fat separated that way you can be sure the coconut milk is freshly squeezed and not from a can.

Such a great meal. We have leftovers to take home and all for under USD $25.oo (830 baht) One of the many benefits of living in the is great land.

That’s my Australia Day done in Thailand, being with the woman I love, eating keto food and making the most of what life throws at you.










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