The Weekly Tonic is an end of week column about what we’re eating, reading, listening to, dancing to, watching and generally appreciating.
Eating – Truffles
Okay, I know that sounds indulgent, but we’re eating them sparingly, I promise!
Australian truffles are now well and truly in season, and there are some fantastic distributors out there nowadays distributing lovely Australian-grown truffles.
A few weeks ago we attended the Truffle Toastie Competition, hosted by Madame Truffles, and had a fantastic time. It was so fun to see how a number of top Melbourne chefs cleverly used truffle in a toasted sandwich – and it was even better being able to try the various truffles from the competition.
The winner was the most delicious toasted double cheese patty beef toastie, featuring freshly shaved truffle and a mind blowing truffle mustard (as well as rhubarb ketchup and a take on special sauce). It was ssssoooooooo delicious. The truffle worked so well with the beef and the cheese. I think I can well and truly say it was the most delicious, and the most indulgent, toasted sandwich I’ve ever been lucky enough to eat!
Watching – O.J.: Made in America
If you have been cruising around online over the last few weeks, you may have seen discussion of the eye-opening five part documentary, O.J.: Made in America. It’s an excellent five-part documentary, following the life of O.J. Simpson; from a young exceptional athlete to an egotistical, violent and possessive celebrity, to a hedonistic middle aged man, and to a now dishevelled inmate in a Nevada prison.
What I like most about the documentary is that it gave me the most insight of anything I’ve previously read or watched as to how a person could be found innocent of a crime with so much evidence pointing against them. As this case (and this documentary) shows, the administration of justice is about so much more than guilt and innocence.
Okay, I know we’re about five years tardy on this one, but this is most definitely a case of better late than never.
This book was a phenomenon when it first came out, reaching highs on the New York Times best seller list. And, with good reason; it’s a great, relatable, easy to digest, succinct guide to tidying up, organising and keeping things in order.
If you’ve noticed we’ve been a little quite here over the past few of weeks (so sorry about that!), this book is to blame. With pretty much every free block of time we have had over the past few weeks, we have been tackling different categories of items in our household, following Kondo’s tips and method.
I’ll admit, we don’t go to the full extent of thanking each item. But we do, as Kondo suggests, go through items in categories regardless of where they currently are in the house, take them out of wherever they are being stored, sort through them, only keep those that bring us joy, and then think carefully and consciously about how and where we will store them all together by category.
It’s an ongoing process, but already our house feels so much lighter. It’s easier to access the items we really do love in our house. And we’ve actually re-discovered a few items that we previously forgot about, because they were hidden underneath other items we didn’t really even care about. If you have any inkling at all to do some tidying up, I can’t recommend this book more highly.
Listening – James Vincent McMorrow’s cover of Higher Love
I’ll precursor this by saying I love the original of Higher Love, so I may be biased, but I never thought a cover of the Steve Winwood 1986 number 1 would quite knock my socks off like Irishman James Vincent McMorrow’s down tempo, reflective rendition has.
It’s an absolutely beautiful cover, as full of space as it is music, reminiscent of Bon Iver’s cover of Bonnie Raitt’s I can’t make you love me.
McMorrow’s voice wavers in falsetto so beautifully, accompanied only by his simple piano playing. It’s a classic example of less is more, and a perfect reminder of the beauty that a decade most of us cringe at produced.