Here we are in Autumn, but Sydney remains rather humid and balmy, with small bursts of cool weather a hint of what is to come.
In my kitchen this month are some delightful housewarming gifts. This stunning orchid, it looks like a lady bowing gracefully as you walk by.
A wood carved rolling pin to make decorative pastry and biscuits – isn’t the work on it just beautiful? It is from a Polish company called Valek, I can’t wait to try it.
Another good friend bought me this cute little sign she found at a market in Queensland; she thought it would be nice to put in the garden pointing towards the water.
In my kitchen is some sourdough from the Noma pop up at Barangaroo which a friend generously bought for me. It was fantastic. There was no bread at the actual restaurant, this was a separate stall they did for a short while.
For Easter, the boys received these chocolate Darth Vader heads – they loved them!
In my kitchen is a batch of silverbeet and ricotta cannelloni, I made them for the freezer stash for an easy after work meal.
With this endless stretch of warm weather – Sydney had over thirty consecutive days of over 26 degrees and not a drop of rain – it doesn’t seem like Winter will come but it will be here before you know it. I bought these great microwave cups for soups, which are ideal to take to work for lunch. One of my favourite soups is this leek, zucchini and pea soup.
In my kitchen is champagne melon, or “yellow watermelon” as the boys call it. They tried it when they were little on a trip to Thailand, and one of them adores it. We don’t find it often, and never whole, always cut.
Another Asian fruit I love are rambutans, again not something you see frequently. I gorge on these, mangosteens and dragon fruit whenever I am travelling in Asia.
I have officially become my grandmother. The other day I bought a shopping trolley. At our new place it is quite a walk from the driveway to the kitchen, and multiple time consuming trips back and forth can be required after a grocery shop. One day after a large shop I got the Marito to bring the wheelbarrow up to the car and wheeled everything down to the door in one go. The Marito found this very amusing. I found it rather practical. Anyway the shopping trolley will help, but it will also be great when we go to the fish market and the Italian deli, or any food markets.
I remember Nonna, who never learnt to drive, walking to her local shops with her trolley in tow. Sometimes during school holidays I would go with her. She didn’t speak any English, but the shopkeepers got to know her, and with her sunny disposition and lots of hand gestures she always got what she needed.
I hope you are having a lovely time in your kitchen. Thanks to Maureen from Orgasmic Chef who hosts these linkups, have a peek at kitchens around the world.