In my kitchen this morning are these lovely Mother’s Day coupons from my darling boys. Happy Mother’s Day to many deserving women around the world!
New to my kitchen this month is this antique bell, hailing from the early 1900’s, just a little younger than the home it now resides in. In our previous modern cube of a house, I could tell where everyone was and it was easy to summon them for dinner, for a hand, for a chat. In our “new” home with its thick stone walls and sprawling surrounds it is nearly impossible, and I go wandering around to find them. Enter said bell. It works a treat.
In yet another sign that we were meant to embark on this crazy adventure of restoring this grand old beauty, the day after the bell arrived, I found a note it our letterbox. It was a welcome note from a nearby neighbour we hadn’t yet met. A bit of an historian, it contained a write up of the house she had done several decades ago, detailing some of its features and history. She thought we might like to see it – aren’t people kind? But the bit that made my smile in particular was this:
This month I road tested the Valek rolling pin I got last month, and made some shortbread. So pretty! I want to try it on this chocolate cookie recipe.
The oven I have here only has one baking tray, which makes it inefficient when making batches of biscuits. I was having trouble finding one that fit, and stumbled across this adjustable baking tray which solved the problem.
I was surprised this month to see Callipo tuna at my local Coles. Made in Italy in a factory close to Mamma Rosa’s village, it is in my opinion one of the best tunas around. Usually I only find it at the Italian deli’s I go to in the Inner West. I wasn’t sure if this was a temporary product or not so I stocked up. I used some to make these tuna patties.
I had a chuckle last month when I read the IMK post by Nancy at Plus Ate Six on some of the useless kitchen gadgets she had accumulated over the years. We’re all guilty of that. I got rid of most of my seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time stuff in the move. But the other day I was going through cupboards (I’ve been reading Marie Kondo) and came across this, still in its box, unused. Surely a knife would have sufficed!
In my kitchen are some metal straws. I first saw them at J&M bar and thought they were cool. But they are also better for the environment and apparently better for you than the cheapie plastic ones. The boys are going through a straw phase at the moment so thought I’d get some.
On a domestic flight recently I watched a couple of episodes of Simply Nigella. She made this delicious looking dish with squid and risoni, and while the recipe was fresh in my head I thought I’d give it a go. The Marito loved it.
Today is a day where mothers are praised and adored. My Mamma Rosa, an incredibly selfless and generous woman, deserves plenty of it year round. In my kitchen are a batch of fresh tagliatelle she made for us. Grazie Mamma, today and always.
I hope you are having a lovely time in your kitchen, take a peek into kitchens around the world in this monthly link up hosted by Maureen at Orgasmic Chef.