First of all - very sad news for those of us who knew Kim Bultman of the blog A Little Lunch. I was completely gobsmacked and shocked to read on her Facebook page that she had passed away last week. She emailed me at Christmas with some words of wisdom, which I really appreciated. Vale Kim, and hugs to her family.
But here we are, ready for another IMK post. I love June! - it's Winter, it's my birthday month, it's the Winter Solstice, it's fabulous. I pull out my many and varied scarves, and my boots and for about a month, we enjoy the change in weather. Though we Queenslanders do start to complain once the temp. drops below 20C/70F!
Our compatriots in Victoria have just gone into a 7 day lockdown again, poor things. I just hope we don't get any of that up here. I've already had some awful virus that lasted for 3.5 weeks! And I've had some marathon sessions at the dentist, with more to come. And I need new spectacles ... and on it goes. This year is full of surprises, and shocks. Now let's look into our kitchen happenings. Join in, one and all. Everybody is welcome!
In my kitchen:
|a few goodies from Grecian Purveyor in Sydney, and Long Track Pantry|
The dolmades are so delicious! They are not too soggy or salty, but just right. And the dried oregano is fantastic - full of flavour and a great scent.
|more goodies from our local village Providore|
Watermelon hot sauce is a tangy, sweet and spicy item. Great with all sorts of things. Such clever people to think of making this stuff.
|regional vanilla paste|
|as per the label|
|blitzing parsley and chives and olive oil|
Happily I no longer throw out limp, sad herbs but blitz them with salt, pepper and olive oil, and into the freezer they go. I feel virtuous, and I have a ready supply of herbs for soups and stews.
|shredding cabbage for sauerkraut|
My sauerkraut is going very well this year. Bubbling away nicely in the depths of my walk-in wardrobe. I love my personalised crock made by our beautiful potter friend Brooke from Red Door Studio.
|'A Book Trip' by Yuiko Uto|
This is my June curveball. I love watercolours! This is by a Japanese-Australian artist. I bought this at a local market, situated in trendy Fish Lane. So quirky, so clever, so gorgeous. My walls are getting rather well-populated, so this one is sitting way up above 3 other paintings. I keep telling Mr P. that I need my own little studio/getaway in the backyard.
Here's the usual reminder, folks: IMK posts are about your kitchen (and kitchen garden) happenings over the past month. Dishes you've cooked, preserves you've made, 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; no need to be kitchen-related. 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 (if you're running late). Here's how to join in:
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