Thursday 17 December

Thank you all for your contribution to and support of BCA in 2020. What a huge year – we couldn’t have made it without you.

We hope you enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating break over Christmas and New Year. BCA staff have contributed some of their recommendations for activities, podcasts, TV shows, books, food and drinks in this Member Update. Please enjoy!

2021 is shaping up to be a big year with plenty of new programs and projects in the pipeline, as well as our ongoing policy and advocacy work, communications, and partnerships.

We look forward to another year of informing, connecting and empowering in 2021.

In this update:

Christmas Shut Down

From 5:00pm AEDT Friday 18th December the BCA office will be closed. Our staff are taking a well-deserved break. We’ll reopen on Monday 4th January at 9:00am AEDT.

During this time, you can access recorded information through our phone system however we will not be taking calls or responding to emails.

Looking for something to do over the Christmas break?

What are the BCA Team up to this Christmas?

The BCA team are looking forward to some time off, here’s a list of some of the things we’ll be getting up to over the Christmas period:

Podcasting:

  • Playing to Win (Search on YouTube)
  • Grounded with Loui Theroux
  • Stuff You Should Know
  • Overhead at National Geographic
  • Big Sister Hotline with Clementine Ford
  • In Bad Taste

Watching:

  • The Queens Gambit (Netflix)
  • Emily in Paris (Netflix)
  • Douglas (Netflix)
  • Glow (Netflix)
  • My Next Guest Needs No Introduction (Netflix)
  • The Prom (Netflix)
  • Virgin River (Netflix)

Reading

  • The Stand by Stephen King

Muso Biographies:

  • Ben Folds – A Dream About Lightning Bugs;
  • Paul Kelly – How to Make Gravy;
  • Clare Bowditch – Your Own Kind of Girl;
  • Lenny Kravitz – Let Love Rule. (all available through Audible, read by the author).
  • Any of Judy Nunn’s fictional stories about historical Australian events
  • The Wanderers by Meg Howry

Enjoying

  • Rikki recommends indulging in some tasty new coffee grinds from Red Parrot Coffee
  • Tim suggests dusting off (or renting) a tandem and smashing out a 25km bike ride while blasting Metallica
  • Kathie will be chilling out to an orchestral version of Impossible by Nothing but Thieves, available on Spotify
  • Anna is going to bust out the art supplies and get creative with some painting while listening to her current favourite Spotify playlist – Tarantino’s Jukebox
  • Sally is a big fan of hitting the beach at dawn, before it gets crowded, for a run and a swim in the ocean. She’s also hoping to go for her first tandem paraglide in the next few weeks.
  • Angela plans on enjoying the summer of cricket, and highly encourages you to chill out on the couch and do so too
  • Naomi is going to continue her virtual run around Australia. Earlier this year she started in Canberra and has almost reach Coffs Harbour.
  • Sam is keen to decorate her tree and spend some quality time with her family and friends
  • Miriam has amassed quite a stack of books beside her reading chair and is very keen to ‘crack the spine’ on a few, as well as continuing her studies through “The Artists Way
  • Tony will be hitting the golf course, and hopefully even the golf ball if things go well!
  • Emma will be enjoying some creative writing, supported by The Writers Studio. Their online courses are very accessible, so if you want to get your creative juices flowing,, she suggests visiting their page.

Drinking:

  • Nexba Iced Teas and Kombucha – they’re delicious and a perfectly refreshing afternoon indulgence on a hot day.
  • Green Ant Gin – from South Australia (not for vegetarians or vegans, as green ants are used in making the gin)
  • Saffron Gin – Gabriel Boudier from France – or look out for Saffron Gin distilled in Tasmania
  • Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin
  • Gurney’s cider – from Victoria

Eating

Rum Balls

Ingredients

  • 2 packets of scotch finger biscuits
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ¼ cup rum
  • 1 cup additional coconut for rolling balls

Method

  • Process biscuits into fine crumbs.
  • Place crumbs in a large bowl, add condensed milk, coconut, cocoa and rum. Mix well to combine. You want a firm consistency.
  • Roll into walnut sized balls, toss in extra coconut. Place on a tray and refrigerate until firm.

Grandma’s Green Bean Casserole

Original recipe yields 10 servings – don’t worry, it’s delicious as leftovers (but I NEVER have any!)

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 ½ – 2 cup/s sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • ¾ kilo green beans (chopped to 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheese
  • 3 handfuls of crumbled potato chips (sea salt flavour)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Par boil green beans ( 3-5 minutes)
  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth, and cook for one minute. Stir in the salt, sugar, onion, and cook for 2 – 3 minutes. Add sour cream or Greek yogurt and green beans, stir to coat.
  • Transfer the mixture to a baking dish with plenty of surface area (so you can get the most of the crispy melted cheese and chips!) Spread shredded cheese over the top, cover with crumbled plainly salted (or jalapeño if you’re feeling spicy!) potato chips.
  • Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is crispy, cheese is bubbly and/or it smells good

Baked Vanilla Ice-Cream and Raspberry cake.

Ingredients:

  • 1 litre melted vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 1 cup raspberries (frozen, defrosted or fresh)

Method:

  • Stir flour into ice cream.
  • Fold in raspberries.
  • Pour into ring tin.
  • Bake 180 degrees for half hour or until it bounces back slightly when pressed gently with your finger.

Where can I go for help?

Although we may be closed, if you need someone to talk to, there are still plenty of places you can call.

  • Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
  • Life Line – 13 11 14
  • Kids Help Line – 1800 55 1800
  • Mens Line – 1300 78 99 78
  • 1800-RESPECT – 1800 737 732

How to contact BCA

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