|good Aussie vinegar, olive oil and salt|
I always buy Aussie olive oil; it's great quality even if it can be a bit too grassy sometimes:-) That's just 'cos our olive trees are young and sprightly, rather than ancients like the Italians and Greeks.
|homemade Worcestershire sauce on the go|
Every Christmas, I make a batch of this homemade sauce. It ferments away in the dark, walk-in robe for two weeks, making the whole bedroom smell like a fish factory (just kidding, sort of). This time the jalapeños were amazingly hot, so the sauce is a real kicker. We love it!
|homemade mango chutney|
I made my usual Christmas batch of mango chutney. There are some good cheap mangoes around this time of year. And you can see Mr P.'s tub of tomato sauce he made for sick friends, in the background. I made the meatballs though!
|and there were tim-tam truffles|
I think these truffles were my best in a long time! That mix of dark and milk chocolate biscuits with a big spoonful or two of Nutella... (Recipe on the blog - check the archives, my dears.)
|tea towel signed by the Kransky Sisters|
As per Christmas tradition, we go to see The Kransky Sisters, along with our mates the Barrel-Makers (not their real name - tee hee). The lovely ladies - Mourne, Eve and Dawn - signed the tea-towel for me. It was our friend Johnny's 18th birthday, so they signed his tea-towel and took lots of selfies with him. Such a fun afternoon. Check them out online; they are so funny.
|another book about food|
Can't wait to get stuck into this one. M. F. K. Fisher was such a well-loved food writer; the American version of the English Elizabeth David perhaps. These are essays, plus a few recipes. I reckon How To Cook A Wolf will be fab!
I knew the Dreamfarm factory was in Brisbane, but I didn't realise how close it was, till we were driving around recently. I saw the sign, and yelled out Stop! to Mr P. - which he did, and we rushed in. I bought a couple of things, and sneakily Mr P. bought me these two little treats. The spadle has a handle which bends around to become a straining spoon or a ladle. We had to check the website to work out how it works. Are we getting old and feeble-minded? Tee hee! Oh yeah, we are for sure.
|the Christmas turkey monster!|
Nearly forgot to show you the four kilo monster bird with about two kilos of stuffing (dressing for US readers) inside, and a whack of bacon wrapped around the carcass. Delicious I must say!
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