|delicious smoked salt from Canberra|
I have an obsession with salt, and I have lots of different kinds in my pantry. This is one I bought recently; mostly 'cos I couldn't resist that gorgeous little jar. It has a lovely, smoky taste and adds oomph to any dish.
|artwork and recipes from John Olsen|
Sadly due to illness, I missed seeing the exhibition of his works in Melbourne while we were there over Christmas. But at least I have a copy of this book which highlights some of his art and recipes. Who knew he could cook? But it is one of his passions apparently.
|handy dishcloths made by my crafty sister|
My sis got all the crafty genes in the family, which she has handed down to her kids. Mum tried to teach me to knit and crochet but I'm afraid it didn't stick. :=(
|more salt for my pantry|
No idea what this is like yet. I have too many other salts to try first. But it sounds interesting, doesn't it?
|Holly the hedgehog|
Holly sits on my kitchen dresser, overseeing the culinary happenings. She is made of cold cast bronze, and is delightful to hold.
|I adore this pretty little jug|
My cousin gave me this cute jug, to add to my extensive collection. I love it to bits. I think it is meant to be a VW Kombi van, for which I have a bit of an obsession too.
|salad servers from Dinosaur Designs|
I bought these from the NGV store in Melbourne. I have lusted after them for ages, and finally took the plunge. As our mate Princess Pia said when she saw the price: I thought they would be expensive, but not that expensive. Our secret spy nephew said plaintively on viewing them: You say Dinosaur Designs like I should know what that is!
|a fab 50's cookbook|
My niece gave me this for Christmas. It appears to be from the 1950's; and it is a trove of lovely, old-fashioned recipes. You get such an insight into contemporary society when you check out a cookbook from the times. It has lovely images of 50's housewives holding up various items like Aunt Mary's Baking Powder - the only way to be a successful baker apparently.
|a lot of nectarine/peach chutney|
I made a big pot of chutney using yellow and white nectarines, and yellow peaches. Hubby says it's the best chutney I have ever made. Now that's a big call, but thanks Mr P., so kind of you to say.
A friend from Hobart came up this month - let's call her The Piano Teacher, and gave us this lovely jar of local honey. According to the website, it is a classic honey collected from clandestine hives around Hobart. I love the sound of that - clandestine hives; how romantic.
Okay, I think I have craved your indulgence enough this month, as Jane Austen may have said. So you can check in with me next month for further news in my kitchen:=) Do join in with Liz from BizzyLizzysGoodThings in the monthly roundup of global kitchens. It's so much fun to check out kitchens all over the world.