There was some good stuff too! We went down to northern NSW a couple of times to catch up with friends; we also went to the annual Sculpture festival on Currumbin beach. We dropped into one of my fave art galleries - Tweed River Art Gallery. The surroundings are exquisite (was there ever more beautiful scenery?) and the exhibitions are always interesting. Not to forget there is a great little cafe there too.
There are heaps of really keen chefs, organic gardeners and hippies down in that region so you come across great produce and great food. And award-winning restaurants where you often see celebrities dining (if you're interested in that sort of thing). So I usually come home with a few goodies. This time was no exception.
|fabulous salts from Byron Bay|
|fantastic flavour boosts|
We have been buying these lovely salts from Tridosha for years on our very regular trips over the border. We got these at the Sample Food Festival in Bangalow. I almost bought a beautiful tiffin (hear that fiona@tiffinbitesized?) filled with salty goodies, but I restrained myself. I didn't restrain myself from buying the salts, and a cookbook, and local chocolate and coffee and and and....
|we just couldn't choose!|
|the best cordial ever:)|
|chilli jam bought at a roadside stall in the northern NSW hinterland|
|very near to my kitchen is my collection of fossils|
This is my latest acquisition for my collection. My sis is currently working in a place that sells fossils amongst other things so she gave me an employee discount on this gorgeous, shiny relic.
|here we have a beautiful bowl made by our dear friend Brooke|
|I know this looks a bit suss but it is just dried fingerlime powder; it gives a great zing to all sorts of dishes|
|yep a bit hard to see; ramekins also made by Miss Brooke for my kitchen|
|and a bowl made for our niece|
The niece is a huge Heston fan so on this bowl we have a Heston quote and a depiction of his spectacles on the bottom. Oh, and she is a huge dachshund fan (and owner) so there had to be dachshunds! The other bowl was for the nephew; it was their mutual birthdays (being twins) so we arranged to have Miss Brooke make them some personalised bowls. Mr P. had the ramekins made for me so I have matching lovelies in which to put Nigella's chocolate pots.
Join in with Celia from Fig Jam & Lime Cordial in the monthly roundup of global kitchens. You won't be sorry! All manner of international foods and delicious items will come into your ken.