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1 Watch: SAS Australia
The new season of SAS Australia started this week, throwing 18 Aussie celebrities into the toughest challenge of their lives.
In punishing conditions, the recruits will be subjected to extreme physical endurance, sleep deprivation, interrogation and psychological testing, with no allowances or exceptions made for their celebrity status or gender.
And we get to watch as they're pushed to the edge. The third episode of SAS Australia airs on Wednesday at 7.30pm on Prime7.
2 Stream: Chapelwaite
Based on Stephen King's 1978 novella Jerusalem's Lot, Chapelwaite is a slow-burner that sucks you in.
It tells the story of Captain Charles Boone (Adrien Brody) and his three children who move to his ancestral home - Chapelwaite - following his wife's death. From the moment they arrive, they are shunned by all but one of the residents: an aspiring writer (Emily Hampshire) who becomes the children's nanny.
The first five episodes are on Stan, with new episodes released on Sundays.
3 Read: Stephen King
Speaking of Stephen King, the master of thriller's latest Billy Summers is getting great reviews, with Canberra Times reviewer Colin Steele calling it one of the author's best novels.
It tells the story of Billy Summers, a 44-year-old decorated ex-Iraq war sniper, who has become a contract hitman. He takes on one last job which will entail going undercover for months. Of course, things don't exactly go to plan.
- Billy Summers, by Stephen King. Hodder, $32.99.
4 Cook: Raw caramel slice
As we enter spring, Bryony and Harry Lancaster believe it's all about drawing inspiration from what we observe and feel happening around us.
Their new recipe book, Egg of the Universe is full of inspiration, including this recipe for raw caramel slice.
365g coconut oil, plus extra for greasing
750g raw cashews
500g date paste (or simply deseed and mash Medjool dates)
400ml brown rice syrup
100ml coconut milk
150g raw cacao powder
chia seeds, to serve
1. Grease a 26cm x 36cm slice tin and line with baking paper.
2. To make base, melt 65g coconut oil over a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (don't let the bowl touch the water). Pulse cashews in a food processor until coarsely chopped (be careful, too much and it can become a paste). Place 250g date paste in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and pour 100ml water over the top, stirring to combine. Add melted coconut oil, chopped cashew and a generous pinch of salt, then beat gently to combine. Transfer to slice tin, pressing the layer flat with the back of a spoon. Place tin in freezer for base to set.
3. To make middle layer, melt 150g coconut oil in the heatproof bowl as before. Meanwhile, combine tahini and remaining 250g date paste in stand mixer, then pour in melted coconut oil, mixing to combine. Add one cup brown rice syrup, followed by coconut milk. Mix well. Once base layer has cooled, remove from freezer and spread this middle layer on top, smoothing it with a knife. Return to freezer to firm up.
4. Melt remaining 150g coconut oil in a bowl as before. Meanwhile, whisk raw cacao into 150ml water in a bowl until smooth. Whisk in remaining 150ml brown rice syrup, then melted coconut oil. Remove slice from freezer and spoon this final layer over the top, smoothing with a knife. Sprinkle with chia seeds and return to freezer to set, about one hour.
5. Once fully set, remove from freezer, gently tease whole slab from the tin and cut into squares or triangles.
Makes 30 bite-sized pieces.
- Egg of the Universe: From the community kitchen cafe and yoga studio, by Bryony and Harry Lancaster. Murdoch Books, $49.99.
5 Do: get drawing
NatureArt Lab is offering several online tutorials and courses to get people immersed in nature and learning about our unique flora and fauna.
This week's offering of courses includes Illustrating Native Bees in Watercolour, on Sunday. Led by professional botanical artist, Anna Voytsekhovich, learn the art of creating different colour patterns and textures of Australian native bees using watercolours.
Suitable for beginners to intermediate artists. For more information go to natureartlab.com.au.
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