Well, La Niña has hit us big time this week. The north coast has had 500mls/20 inches in ten hours overnight. Two (now seven) people have died in floodwaters, and the rain keeps coming. I feel so sad for those people, but why oh why don't they take notice? Every summer we are told: 'If it's flooded, forget it'. And then just to add a bit more trauma, we wake up to hear that Russia has done the deed (invaded, not blown us up - yet). My friends I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed, as I'm sure you are too. And I thought 2021 was bad!
February events? Hubby had his booster shot; the tradie finally came round again to put on secure locks to our front gates (lots of daytime robberies going on lately), and my ribs are nearly, almost, just about fixed. I hope you're all feeling okay in these tumultuous times. But life continues in my kitchen, as I know it does in yours. So let's share a few cheery things from our global kitchens. Everyone is welcome to join in!
In My Kitchen:
|there was fruit compôte|
I made a compôte from all the frozen berries I had stashed away in the freezer. Our de-cluttering never ends :-) Or as a friend once (rather disdainfully I feel) commented: 'Oh, that's just a fancy word for stewed fruit, isn't it?' Mm, yes, I guess so. Tasted good anyway.
|and meatloaf 'cake'|
This is my beefy meatloaf 'cake', made with minced beef and lots of veggies grated into it. Oh yes, and I added nutritional yeast flakes. Whaaaat the? Has vegan madness come over us? Yes, oh yes it has. I ended up with a massive bag of it, so I'm adding it here, there and everywhere.
|and some Japanese goodies|
You might have noticed that I'm a wee bit in love with all things Japanese. I studied it at university for a couple of years (konnichiwa), and have never lost the attraction. I found an online store, so can now order lovely foodstuffs when I want them. Though nothing beats heading into our local Japanese grocery store up the road :-) The wee tumbler is also from Japan. (Sculpture in the background by our friend Catherine from Reason Gallery.)
|a Japanese bowl, some tasty pearls and cute coasters|
This is apparently a vintage/antique Japanese bowl, found at a market somewhere in Japan. I bought it online, while the lemon myrtle pearls come from our local providore. And the lovely fabric coasters were made by our arty friend Gay down in Hobart!
|and more Herbie's spices|
I actually bought three packets of the freeze-dried chives! I love 'em, and shove 'em in just about everything, especially eggy type dishes. That's omelettes rather than custard :-)
|treats from Singing Magpie|
That sticky quince syrup is a winner. A bit like pomegranate molasses in texture and density and sweetness. Great in a salad dressing.
|and my curveball - a new sculpture|
Yes another one! This is a bronze kingfisher, made by our mate Dion at Mint Art House on the Gold Coast. It is a beautiful piece - shiny and smooth and serene. I've run out of room on our tables etc so another friend is making me a white plinth for it. Friends keep saying I need to open an art gallery. Or at least, hire out my pieces to others :-) Mm, great idea ...
Your turn, my friends. Time for everyone to join in this month. Here's how:
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. And a curveball is welcome - whatever you fancy; no need to be kitchen-related (see my artwork above).
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