Well, April is starting off with ... a whimper, rather than a bang. Brisbane went into lockdown for three days from the 29th March, so here we are hoping that Easter isn't a total wipeout. It's already what my sister and I call "Covid quiet" - no traffic, no people, no noise. I actually really love it, as long as it's only for a few days. Here's hoping ...
Okay, here's where I admit that my mojo is still off with the fairies. I am finding it hard to get motivated at the moment. I have a short story or two to get written in the next two weeks, but I just can't seem to get there. But I'll keep trying. I hope you're all doing okay in this weird Covid world we live in. Anyway, let's jump over all that, and look at our kitchen shenanigans. Feel free to join in, everyone!
In My Kitchen:
|and I bought another cookbook|
Readers in Australia will remember Alice as a contestant from Masterchef. She is fabulous! And she has written this weighty tome about - you guessed it - vegetables. I'm looking forward to ploughing through it, and trying out some of her recipes.
|and more smoked salt|
I absolutely love smoked salt, so had to buy this one. Weirdly, even though it is a pale brown colour, it has no scent or taste of smoke at all. Maldon is my fave salt of all time, so I don't mind, but compared to other smoked salts I've tried, this is beyond mild.
|a gorgeous tea towel by local artist Kate Piekutowski|
|another fab bowl by Batch# Ceramics|
This is my fourth piece from Batch Ceramics. I love their handmade quirkiness, and the wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey ... nah, hang on, that's Dr Who:-) This one wobbles, and it's fantastic. It's called a Honeymoon bowl (in chartreuse); perhaps for sharing before or after connubial bliss? (The Little Bather painting by Susan Montgomery on the wall.)
|another tumbler from Magnolia Mountain|
I have quite a few (hmmph - lots!) beautiful tumblers of varying sizes from Magnolia Mountain. This one is so beautiful with its fine white hue and elegance. And in the sunlight, I can see my fingers through it.
|kelpy condiments from Mystery Bay|
I saw this on telly the other night on a lifestyle show, so I bought some, dear readers. Apparently one of the chemicals in kelp is being used in breast cancer treatments. I added some to an egg dish I made last night, and it gave a slightly salty, kelpy taste. We liked it!
|a personalised charcuterie/cheese/serving board|
Our old (as in long-standing) friend Mr. Astronomer made this lovely board for me. It's made of local blackbutt, an Australian hardwood. He's happy to make them for people (at a price naturally), but you'd have to be in the Brisbane area :-) It has a lovely heft, and smell and grain to it.
|my curveball this month|
I went to an art show with a friend recently. I love drawings, and I love portraits and I really love this one. She has such gravitas, and determination. You can just see my friend and myself reflected in the glass! And you can see the winner reflected back - a beautifully-drawn pair of boots. This is called Family Portrait 2 by Sharon Beckett. Can't wait to have it home on my walls.
So that's me done; hoping to see lots of you lovelies here with an In My Kitchen post. Once again, a wee reminder: IMK posts are about your kitchen (and kitchen garden) happenings over the past month. Dishes you've cooked, or preserves you've made, or herbs and veg in your garden, kitchen gadgets, and goings-on. You get the picture. And don't forget your curveball! Throw in whatever you fancy. The link is open from the first to the thirteenth of the month. Let me know if you need help with adding your post, or if you would like it added manually by me after the 13th. Here's how to join in:
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