Running out of ways to keep yourself entertained in lockdown? Here's your latest lockdown survival guide.
1. Watch - Question Everything
In a world dominated by fake news and outright lies, the new ABC TV show Question Everything with Wil Anderson and Jan Fran aims to make sense of it. The show gives audiences the tools to understand everything they see, read, or sometimes share without knowing the facts. In the first episode, Fran explained the term patient zero emanated from a typo in a story about the first Canadian gay man to have AIDS. Check the episode on iview to discover the reason behind the error. Otherwise, watch the latest episode on Wednesday at 8.30pm on ABC.
2. Stream - Money Heist
Netflix's Spanish drama Money Heist has taken the world by storm and this week has released the first installment of its fifth part this week. Money Heist - or La Casa De Papel in Spanish - became the most watched non-English language series when parts one and two launched on Netflix globally in 2018. It's a mix of thriller, romance and melodrama with all of the great elements of a heist film. It follows a gang of misfits who team up to break into the Spanish mint.
3. Read - The Dawnland Chronicles
Looking for a new series? Canberra author Jenny Bond has released the first instalment of her historical fiction series The Dawnland Chronicles free on her website. How's that for a bargain? The Hummingbird and the Sea is the first in the series set in 1717 and based on real-life pirate 'Black Sam' Bellamy. If you get hooked on the pirate tale, the next two instalments, The Falconer and The Lark's Call are available to purchase as an ebook on her website, jennybondbooks.com, plus Amazon, Apple Books and Kobo.
4. Cook - Chicken, corn and prawn ramen
Why not get the slow cooker out? It's not like you haven't got the time to do it during the day. Besides, imagine how good the house will smell while you're finishing off your day.
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 chicken breast fillets, on the bone
2 corn cobs, husks and silks removed
10g dried kombu
5 green onions, bruised lightly
10cm piece ginger, sliced thinly
8 dried shiitake mushrooms
16 uncooked medium king prawns, peeled, deveined, tails intact
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp sake
270g ramen noodles
150g spiralised zucchini
1/3 cup dried bonito flakes
shichimi togarashi and shredded
green onion, to serve
1. Heat oil in a 6-litre slow cooker on sear setting. Cook chicken for five minutes on each side until lightly golden.
2. Using a sharp knife, slice kernels from corn cobs; set kernels aside. Place cobs, chicken, three litres water, kombu, green onions and the ginger in cooker. Cook, covered, on low for four hours.
3. Remove chicken from cooker; set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove chicken from bone; slice meat. Cover to keep warm.
4. Strain stock through a fine sieve and return to cooker; discard solids. Add mushrooms, prawns and corn kernels to cooker.
5. Cook, covered, on high for 10 minutes or until mushrooms are softened and prawns are cooked through. Stir in soy sauce and sake.
6. Cook noodles according to packet directions.
7. To serve, divide noodles, zucchini, sliced chicken, mushrooms and prawns among bowls, then ladle over hot stock. Top with bonito flakes, shichimi togarashi and shredded green onion.
- Recipe from Simple Slow Cooker, by the Australian Women's Weekly. Are Media, $39.99
5. Do - Portraits come home
If you can't go to the gallery, the National Portrait Gallery will come to you with a selection of free online events. This Saturday there is an online portrait drawing workshop from 2pm. Held over Zoom and live on Facebook and YouTube, the workshop focuses on ways of looking and engaging with drawing as a process rather than the creation of a finished product. Participants will be guided through a series of drawings from observation with a life model using two techniques developed by visual artist Elisa Crossing. Every Monday from September 20 is Mindfulness Monday, and, from 12.30pm, there is a slow, reflective virtual tour of Living Memory - The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2021 over Zoom. September 17 will also see a free family flower-making workshop from 3.30pm, hosted by craft-based designer Kitiya Palaskas, and on September 29 at 11am there will be storytime with Sophy Henn with the book The Best Worst Day Ever. To register or for more information go to portrait.gov.au.
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