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A Travelling Cook: June 2014

A Travelling Cook

A Travelling Cook: June 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

Selling my bike!

2012 model of the Great women’s bike in good condition, this is the 2012 model of the Breezer Uptown 8

The saddle has been replaced with something far more comfortable, the Electra Amsterdam Comfort seat and the cabling has been tidied up as on the original model, cabling would slip a lot. 

It's a fantastic bike, especially if you are on the shorter side like me and find a lot of Amsterdam bikes simply too tall. 

Pick up available Brunswick or I am happy to arrange a courier at your expense. Bought for $1000 selling for $600. Will throw in my shiny red retro helmet for free. Interested? Email me or give me a call on 0433584889

Sizes: (17.5″), M (19.5″), L (21.5″), XL (23.5″) Low-Step: XS (15″), S (17″), M (19″), L (21″)
Color(s): Black Satin/Mineral Brown, L.S.: Black Satin/Cobalt Blue
Main frame: Breezer Custom Aluminum, Single Water Bottle Mount
Rear triangle : Breezer Custom-Tapered Aluminum, Horiz-In Dropouts
Fork: Breezer CrMo w/ CrMo steerer, V-Brake Mounts
Crankset: Shimano Nexus FC-NX75, 38T
Bottom bracket: VP-BC73C Cartridge Style
Pedals : Wellgo CO21 Aluminum Body w/Kraton top and CrMo Spindle
Front derailleur NA
Rear derailleur NA
Shifters: Shimano Nexus Revo, 8-speed
Cassette: Shimano, 18T
Chain: KMC Z-51
Wheelset: Shimano Dynamo 3N20 6V-3W Front Hub, Shimano Nexus 8 Premium Rear Hub, Alex DH19 36H Rims
Tires: WTB Freedom Cruz Elite w/Reflex, 26×1.5″
Brake set: Tektro 857AL V-Brake
Brake levers: Tektro CL530
Headset: VP-H692W
Handlebar: Breezer Aluminum, 26mm Rise
Stem Breezer Aluminum, Quill Style
Tape/grip: Breezer Open End Ergonomic Kraton rubber
Saddle: Breezer Comfort Saddle
Seat post: Breezer Suspension Aluminum 40mm Travel, 350×27.2mm
Fenders: Polycarbonate w/Integrated Lighting Conductors
Headlight: Busch & Muller Lumotec Fly LED w/Standlight Feature
Taillight: Basta Riff Steady LED w/Standlight Feature
Rear Carrier: Breezer Tubular Aluminum w/Spring Clip
Other: Axa Solid Ring Lock, YWS Chime Bell w/Black Anodized Chime

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Catching up...

I've been a terribly neglectful blogger.

 The surgery knocked me around a bit.  I ended up with an infection in my right leg and a trip to emergency, all of which has not been fun. I had all the stitches out this week at last although I'm on another round of antibiotics and still have to wear a dressing on my leg so no baths for me sadly. My left leg is good although I think I'll end up heading the posterior compartment released at some stage. The scarring will be minimal due to the keyhole surgery, the actual cuts go from knee to ankle.

I've been struggling terribly with a spot of plantar fascitis (the condition is a bitch to treat effectively) but besides that my leg pain is gone. It's very strange, my body keeps tensing waiting for the pain and being able to walk differently takes a lot of getting used to!

One happy leg

We've just under a month before we leave for Leipzig. We're frantically clearing out the house, selling  and donating bits and pieces. It's quite a large job, especially once you start selling off furniture and end up living out of boxes and using the laundromat. But it's all part of the adventure!

 Getting rid of my succulents, I really enjoyed finding the little teapots and teacups

I did my last preserving class in Australia. It was a great day and there was quite a haul (apologies for a somewhat blurry phone pic):

Besides that I've just been busy organising our last few Green Renters events and workshops and making door snakes. I was hopeful of taking a finished hexagon quilt to Germany but it will have to be completed there. 

Here's one of the vegan Portuguese custard tarts I made this week.I'll be serving them as part of morning tea at our vegan masterclass this weekend.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hire me

I am a freelance writer, researcher and cook. I create content for websites, blogs, workshops and social media and write and test recipes to teach. I am currently writing my first novel.

I have extensive experience in the not for profit sector from running Green Renters which I co-founded in 2009. 

My accomplishments include:
  •  Sold out Jams Pickles and Preserves masterclasses for the 2013 and 2014 Melbourne Food and Wine Festivals
  • Sold out Vegan Roast and Vegan Cooking masterclass events for the 2014 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
  • Attainment of seven grants for Green Renters totalling 28K
  • Winner of 2011 World Wildlife Fund  Earth Hour award for education
  • Successful delivery of over 350 workshops on a diverse range of topics including green renting, saving energy, natural skincare, reducing food waste, containing gardening and natural cleaning. Clients have included many Victorian and New South Wales local councils, Macquarie University, Vic Super and many community groups.
  • Development of a Green Renters membership base of financial members 
  • Green Renters Expos for people living in rooming houses, social and low income housing, held in Richmond and St Kilda, Melbourne and Redfern, Sydney- the first of their kind in the world. 

In my creative work I am available to assist with:
  • Food product reviews
  • Recipe testing and development
  • Cook book reviews and editing of drafts

My experience in the not for profit section means I can assist with:
  • Grant applications
  • Workshop content and development
  • Presentations and speeches
  • Web copy
  • Media releases
  • Fact sheets and handouts 
  • Proposals and strategy documents
  • Social media strategy and community management
  • Constitutional amendments and policy writing
  • Planning and event management
  • Copywriting
A Travelling Cook is my personal blog. The content of my posts are things and experiences that I genuinely like. My views are my own.

I am open to sponsored posts and to provide opinion of products, websites and services  for a fee. However I will state my opinions freely.