Greetings, everyone. I hope you're all doing okay. We're having a damp and soggy end to the month. And yes - it's been raining again, and areas of northern New South Wales are inundated again. They had barely started cleaning up from the floods a few weeks ago. And as for Ukraine - I can hardly bear to think about that.
And then there's the topic du jour - Will Smith. I won't dignify his appalling behaviour, except to say he clearly needs help! And what the heck is going on with society where being rich and famous means you get away with this behaviour? Enough of that; let's move on to brighter things!
Easter is a-coming. Oh my, how did that happen? Hubby's birthday is on Easter Monday. Very inconvenient of him; and I'll have to order his cake the week before :-) Of course, he said: 'I don't need any presents'. But I managed to think of a couple anyway. Don't tell him I bought him a flat cap. Luckily he doesn't read my posts (unless I ask him to - tee hee).
In My Kitchen:
|yep, coffee bags and Tumami spread|
The coffee bags were a bit disappointing as I prefer my coffee stronger. The Tumami is a black garlic and tomato spread. Delicious in soups, stews and so on.
This honey is harvested once a year in Tasmania. Kunzea is a native Australian shrub, which has very useful essential oils. (I love the roll-on liniment which is an anti-inflammatory cream and is also excellent for insect bites!)
|native chilli oil|
This punchy oil has macadamias, pepperleaf, wattle seed, shallots and garlic swimming around in the jar. Delicious on many things.
|dried bush fruit powder and native spice|
Finger limes are a native fruit, growing in the coastal border region of New South Wales and Queensland. It's always a wonderful surprise when you open them up, as the tiny vesicles (aka beads/pearls/caviar) can be any one of a number of beautiful colours, including pink, orange, lime or lemon. The dried powder has a marvellous, tangy flavour and scent. And the Aussie lemon myrtle makes a beautiful lemony and fragrant spice.
|and then there was lunch ...|
I slapped together some avocado, smoked salmon, my homemade preserved lemon, and a good squeeze of yuzu Kewpie on corn thins. We go through so many bottles of that delicious, creamy, citrusy stuff!
|green food waste caddy from our local Council|
Our local Council has started handing out food caddies, which can be emptied into our normal green waste bins. Such a fab idea! All our food scraps go in them, to be turned into compost for farmers.
|ready to be hung!|
My curveball is this wonderful painting by our friend Catherine Reason Macauley from Reason Gallery. It is quite large, and takes up a fair bit of real estate on our living room wall. We love it!
So get to it, friends and new friends. Join us for another IMK post. And here's how to do it:
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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