I told you I'd have a lot to show you this month, and I do. These things accrued over a couple of months just FYI :-) Here we go:
|a fair bit of mustard
Every summer I make a batch of sun-dried tomato and basil mustard for Mr P. He is a big fan, and loves to smother his lunchtime sangers (sandwiches) in it. I'm more of a sweet mustard pickle gal myself. Oddly I've never made pickles so I must give that a try one of these days. I learned to enjoy mustard while travelling in Britain years ago, where we would buy Marks & Spencer's (the department store) ham sandwiches, which came with a liberal dose of dark brown mustard.
|my annual delivery of bio-dynamic garlic
Also every summer, I rush to buy a box of Patrice Newell's garlic, as it is snapped up quickly by restaurateurs and canny cooks from all over the country. I divvy up the cloves, and freeze them, skin and all for the rest of the year, hopefully. Sometimes I run out!
|as per the label
And I make mango chutney every Christmas break too. I recently discovered frozen 100% mango chunks at the stores so I often use them when I'm in a hurry. I know, I know, it's crazy when fresh mangoes are around, but it is so quick and easy ... sorry to all the purists out there :-)
|my new sauerkraut crock
Our friend Miss B. made this for me. She forgot to glaze and fire the weights so I'm still waiting on those before I can make some sauerkraut. Plus I think Winter is probably a better time to make and eat it anyway.
|a Christmas gift
Haven't tried this one yet but looking forward to it. I think it would be marvellous on bacon. We were in Yosemite National Park one time, and not able to get dinner due to not having evening wear with us (in a National Park! Those crazy Americans!), so breakfast the next day was a most marvellous, fabulous thing. Overlooking the redwood trees, we ate lashings of bacon and eggs and maple syrup. The best ever! I have been a huge fan of the combo ever since.
|my homemade Irish Cream liqueur
I always make this at Christmas, giving away a bottle if I'm feeling generous. It is very rich and moreish. And absolutely has to be made with Irish whiskey. I've tried others and it's just not the same.
|dare I say? yes another wooden spoon
This is a little sweetie I bought over the Christmas break, up in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast when visiting friends who were staying up there. Yep, it had to come home with me.
|another cookbook (and a Snow Gromit in the background)
There are lots of fab recipes in this book. I've never been much of a Donna Hay fan, but there looks to be many interesting recipes to try ... so hang onto your horses, you will be seeing some luscious bakes soon on the blog.
And last but definitely not least: here is my great-niece Lolly, all dressed-up appropriately in her lolly-strewn costume for her recent first birthday party. I call this her Frida Kahlo look:-) She's sitting here on her granddad's knee, delighting in a cherry tomato. What is she thinking? :-) Tomatoes - eek!
|the great, the magnificent Lolly
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