August is a blaah month, and not much happened here in Pickings Land. Mr P. and I both got mild colds, at separate times. We travelled to Sydney for a weekend; we bunkered down and did ... not much. But there was food, and there was cooking. Always a comfort, even if it's still on the cruddy old oven. The new one has taken up permanent residence in the dining room, while we wait and wait for the stove men to come do their thing(s)...
|young butcher bird|
Just for a bit of a change, I am showing you a juvenile butcher bird sitting on our back deck, waiting for some food. S/He still has baby feathers, so not quite as black as they will become. S/He comes to the kitchen window, and begs me for food. Such a sweetie, even though as adults they eat other birds' eggs! I love her whiskers though:-)
Come and join in everyone, for this month's In My Kitchen. All welcome, new and old. We love to see your global kitchens, and it's such fun to see what's happening in the 'other' hemisphere. You know who you are:-)
In my kitchen:
|that spread is a bit ... odd|
I loved the nuts, but the spread is kinda weird; not sweet at all so probably a bit too healthy for me. It will go in smoothies for breakfast. Macadamias originated here in Australia sixty million years ago, and have been a staple food item for the indigenous peoples for a very long time. So delicious!
|a sweet little tumbler from Magnolia Mountain|
I have several items from Magnolia Mountain, but this one had to join the collection. They make beautiful things!
|I won these!|
It was Love Your Bookshop Day recently, and my fave indie store Avid Reader had a cake-off, as they do each year. So I baked, and I won the above. I'm not sure what category I won, as they all seemed to be taken already:-) (I love the zero f**ks tea towel.)
This is Edchup, named after Ed Sheeran the singer. See the cute little tomato face with his spectacles? Why? Who knows? Tastes the same as good old ketchup.
|as per the labels|
We go through a fair whack of olive oil in this house, and I love pearl barley. It reminds me of my childhood; mum used to make a hearty soup with it. I guess it fed lots of hungry children cheaply. Oh, and there's a tea towel too. You know I can never have enough of these in my linen cupboard:-)
|I love Ruth|
I love Ruth, and this is another fascinating read; this time about her tenure as editor of Gourmet magazine. I sped through this one in a few hours.
|one delicious quiche|
This quiche is made to Ruth's recipe; it always works! So, not only is she a good writer, but she's also a great cook. And I've loved other recipes of hers too - like that ginger bundt cake. Mm, must make it again.
|the boastie bit|
Okay folks, here is where I do some boasting. I've had a story published in this anthology. That's why we were in Sydney on the weekend - for the launch. I even got to sign some books. It was very exciting, I have to tell you. Not food related, but I had to spill the beans. It's very exciting to see your name in print, I have to say. Well, that's it for another month. Come one, come all, fellow foodies; join in the IMK fun for September. Looking forward to all your wondrous posts. Cheers!
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