How lovely that Spring is here, which means there is a lot more going on outside the kitchen. The chooks are past their winter slow down, and laying up a storm, and lots of planting is going on.
Outside my kitchen is a collection of fruit trees. A couple of months ago I pre-ordered some rootstock from Yalca Fruit Trees – a dwarf pear, dwarf apple, dwarf peach and dwarf plum, which we plan to put in the courtyard once the renovation is done, as well as a fig and two mulberry trees. Two months later and they are thriving! I can’t wait till we pick our first fruit.
I’ve also planted several tomatoes and zucchini which are coming along nicely. Everything has to be carefully netted at our temporary home as it’s a possum festival at night. The chooks also adore tomatoes.
I still have to plant a few more things, having bought an interesting collection of seeds from The Seed Collection.
Back inside, recently I took a look at Jamie’s new book, Jamie Cooks Italy. I don’t buy too many cookbooks these days, partly because at the moment I have nowhere to store them, but also because our local library has a rather amazing cookbook section. There are some nice recipes in this one. I tried his vegetables al forno (before and after shot), which is really a cross between a zucchini parmigiana and an eggplant parmigiana. It was very tasty. There are a few other recipes I have bookmarked.
The (not so) Small People had a birthday and it was baking time for a family afternoon tea. I made an apple cake, a blueberry crumb cake, some M&M cookies and a lemon ricotta cake. It won’t be long till they are taller than me, but they will always be my Small People.
Have a lovely Spring! Have a peek at other kitchens on Sherry’s Pickings, our lovely IMK link up host.