In my kitchen:
|another book by Chelsea|
Chelsea was a Masterchef NZ winner, who has put out a prodigious number of cookbooks since her win in 2012. Her recipes are home-style with a chef-ly twist.
|a cup and saucer by Starr|
I already have a lovely platter made by Starr, and I couldn't resist getting this sweet cup and saucer. She is a local artist who paints, and has just branched out into ceramics.
|Polish Easter Sernik cake|
This was the cake I made for Easter. It has become a bit of a favourite in the last few years. I used to make Nigella's chocolate cake which uses about half a kilo of chocolate, but this is a light and lovely alternative made with ricotta and a big splash of rum.
|Clarice Cliff cup and saucer|
Mr P. and I were back in our fave haunt - the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales - in March. I had previously bought a lovely little jug from an antiques store down there, and happily for me, there were more Clarice Cliff pieces in the shop. This was what came home with me. There was a ferociously keen collector lady in the shop also, who swooped in front of me to grab a platter I had my eye on. Darn! I must be faster (and more ruthless) next time.
|as per the label :=)|
I'm not really a big cake decorator, so I rarely go to the cake decorating store nearby. But I went along on the weekend to grab some of this caramel essence for a future cake (and blog post). What a fabulous, magical shop - full of marvellous colours, and essences and moulds and baking tins of many shapes and sizes.
|hubby's great-uncle Mick Shanahan, having lost a leg in WW1|
Sorry, this is not food-related, but I just have to add this photo of hubby's Great-Uncle Mick, since we Aussies commemorated Anzac Day last week. He was a rather famous fellow here in Australia, serving in the First World War and losing a leg. He was in his forties when he joined up, a brave and amazing man. You can read about him here.
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