Hello dear foodie friends. Great to be back, and almost well at long, long last. I hope you've all had a marvellous festive season. Ours was incredibly quiet - just me, Mr P. and a chicken sandwich :-) But that's okay. We ate, we walked, we took drives and visited a few art galleries. Very relaxing.
(I'll just quickly mention that I had a very nasty Anonymous comment before Christmas, decrying my photos and with a mean reference to copyright issues. As you know, these sorts of comments are moderated and deleted, so it's pretty pointless. I realise it was just a nasty spammer, so I'm not having a go at the lovely bloggers I know you are! But just in case he/she is reading this: go away! You will always be deleted!)
In My Kitchen:
|pulling apart garlic heads/bulbs for the freezer|
I got around to pulling apart these biodynamic bulbs that I buy online from Patrice Newell's farm. My freezer is groaning with lots of lovely bags of cloves, ready for use throughout the year.
|gorgeously green round bowl|
I love this emerald-green Batch Ceramics bowl, given to me by friends as a hurry-up-and-get-well-soon gift. This really cheered me up. Thanks, Cooper family. Oops, no. I've just remembered it was a Christmas gift. Still good :-)
|a Chrissie gift from hubby|
We use a lot of sesame oil in this house, so phooey to those who say: "only use a few drops 'cos it's so strong!" We like a lot! I've been using pure black sesame oil for ages, but decided to try this one. The bottle looks so pretty, don't you think? ...
|cute little jug|
My cousin sent me this sweet little jug for Christmas. Love its terracotta bottom, and white overlay.
|and there were pecans ...|
A kilo of beautiful farm-fresh pecans from Boyne River Pecans. They were delightful! So fresh, and I didn't have to shell them! Ever tried to shell fresh pecans? It's a misery I tell you.
|and a Tassie tea-towel|
The ever-delightful Miss P. the Poet landed on our doorstep for dinner one night from the wilds of Tasmania. She kindly handed over a tea-towel, knowing of my fetish. And of course, I love Hobart and I love Salamanca Square. All that history ...
|and there were books ...|
I love Stanley Tucci. Look at those soulful eyes, and his cute round head. I had no idea he had cancer, so that was a shock towards the end of the book. And I am excited that Emily Blunt is his sister-in-law. Love her! And Dr. Annie Gray - what can I say? She is a wonder; funny and smart, and writes interesting books.
|and my Christmas mugs|
Once again, I gave lots of people mugs with my Christmas designs. Whether they liked it or not - tee hee. The printing place does a great job I think. (Background: Platter by Starr; bronze sculpture by Denise Murray.)
|my filtered and bottled Worcester sauce|
Here is the end result after two weeks sitting in a nice, dark cupboard to absorb the flavours. (Not me; if only.) It's one of my best, says hubby. Must have been that extra jalapeño :-)
|and the wildcard! Miss P. the Poet showing off dinner|
|and also Miss P. displaying my homemade berry 'ice cream'|
We had a lovely catch-up, and a healthy dinner - baked salmon on couscous salad, plus a dairy-free instant 'ice cream'. And that slurp of cherry liqueur hit the spot.
|Crumbs! I look a bit stupified :-)|
And as a final kind of wildcard - here's a bit of a promo for our recent talk. For anyone on Facebook, you can view the talk Mr P. and I (and our friend Niles) gave at the local Historical Society. My post is dated 17 January, under my name Sherry Mackay.
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