This is the third long weekend in a row here! We had Easter; we had Anzac Day and now we have Labour Day. I baked up a storm of Anzac biscuits last weekend for our local Historical Society's Anzac Day service. As long-term readers may remember, my granddad fought at Gallipoli during the First World War. Such a young lad to go off to such horror. And he never really recovered from his war wounds; he was in and out of hospital his whole life.
The weather is finally changing at last! I even wore a (light) scarf on our afternoon walk the other day. We are heading down south to Canberra (our capital city) in a few weeks where it will be freezing for us poor Queenslanders. I am taking MANY coats and scarves. But for now, I am sitting here in a tee-shirt, enjoying the afternoon breeze. Let's head off to my kitchen round-up, before I get stuck into the several short stories I am intending to write before we go away.
In My Kitchen:
|snipping parsley and chives for the freezer|
I love having herbs in the freezer, so I snip them up and shove 'em into freezer bags. Et voilà! Ready to pour into a stew or a soup.
|there were many seedy chicken pasties made|
Our friends were unwell, so I made some pasties for them so they didn't have to worry about meals. Quite tasty, I have to say. I do love me a whole heap of seeds! These had white and black sesame seeds plus poppy seeds. Do you remember all the fuss a while ago about people turning poppy seeds into opium/heroin? I didn't even know you could till they told us :-) The same with the painkillers they used to sell; you could make 'em into hardcore drugs. Who knew? A wee bit hilarious for us innocents.
|and hand-carved wooden spoons by Thea Conway|
As regular readers are aware, I am obsessed with hand-carved wooden spoons. These are eating spoons, made by an Aussie lady. I do find the bowls a wee bit shallow, so I will use them for cooking mostly.
|I bought this|
Not really a fan I have to say. It was expensive, and I don't really like the flavour. I may try making my own version next time, but without the dried garlic! And I always have heaps of seeds in the pantry :-)
|here we have semi-dried tomatoes in EV olive oil|
I bought these for the pizza pie I recently blogged. I drowned the leftovers in EV olive oil, and into the fridge they went. So handy for other dishes.
|Easter gifts from my cuz|
My cuz sent these to me for Easter. So sweet of her! I adore that bunny plate.
It has been a busy April, and I have much to do in May before heading off for our road trip. Covid restrictions have been lifted, and we seem to be heading into normal life again. What a weird world it has been! Hope yours is coming along well too.
|oops, nearly forgot my curveball!|
This is another wee sculpture from our mate Dion. I have several of his works; this is L'il Dusty who sits on my desk, watching me type. So cute. And as a tribute to our Pa: in uniform, going off to war as a teenager in 1915. They didn't even have the proper uniform or insignia at that stage. Lest we forget!
|Bertie Jackson aged 17|
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