Halloween has just passed and the boys’ haul sits on the kitchen counter. I must say it was so lovely seeing so many children and parents wander around the neighbourhood. Some familiar faces, plenty of new ones, lots of smiling and such a pleasant community feel to it. It made me think how nice it would be if it happened more often; the Italians know what they are doing in those little villages with their evening passeggiata.
I found a little surprise in the letterbox the other day. I was puzzled at first as to what it was, but further inspection showed it to be an antique stamp with the name of the house and the address. The daughter of house (of the previous owners) found it and thought we might like it; her father had it made several decades ago. Wonderful!
Meanwhile, over the last few weeks the garden has come alive with colour, there are blooms everywhere. Our chooks are loving exploring it all. Though I think I may be overfeeding the girls, they’re getting awfully big and have been producing some whopper eggs – this one weighed in at 79 grams.
The other day I bought some mulberry seeds. I adore mulberries, but they are quite hard to find and the season is short. Occasionally I stumble across them at farmers markets. They will take quite a long time to grow, the Marito and I have to figure out where in the yard they will end up once they graduate from the pots, as the trees do get quite big.
In my kitchen is some granola I bought. Most granolas have dried fruit and maple syrup which automatically rule them out for me as I just find them too sweet. This one had neither and a just dash of honey, though I did find the cinnamon a little strong for my taste. I think I will try making my own.
IMK regulars will recall that last month I bought some San Marzano tomatoes that most pizza chefs rave about. A few of you wanted to know if they were any good. So when I made pizza the other day I gave them a test. “What did you do differently to this pizza?” said the Marito. They definitely resulted in a more flavoursome sauce (and yes, that is a Lego tablecloth in the background, its from the boys’ birthday party a few years ago).
For all of you IMK’ers who are baking sourdough from Celia’s Priscilla – a party trick for your starter (though maybe everyone knows it and I’m just late to the party) to know that it is ready to turn into dough – put a dollop in a glass of water. If it floats, you are good to go! If not you may need to wait for your starter to get bubblier or it may need another feed and another few hours.
What’s happening in your kitchen? Thanks to Liz from Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things who is now hosting this monthly linkup.