In my kitchen I have two golden passionfruit. Just two. That’s because while there have been plenty of passionfruit on the vine, the possums are eating them, skin and all, before they even ripen. Every now and then, they either miss one and Alfie is able to quickly grab it and bring it to safety, or they’re kind enough to leave us one. Or two.
In my kitchen I have a cookbook by Suzanne Gibbs that has 80 pressure cooker recipes. Handy if you have a pressure cooker. Must get one. Suzanne is the daughter of Australia’s first celebrity chef, Margaret Fulton, and since graduating from Le Cordon Bleu school of cookery in London, she has had a thirty year career as a cook and food writer.
The cookbook was sent to me by Suzanne’s publisher, Penguin Australia and it contains everything from starters to desserts. When I buy a pressure cooker, I’m most looking forward to making the Hainan Chicken and Rice dish.
In my kitchen I have a vase full of blooming roses. Alas, they’re not mine. They were given to Arabella. But she’s sharing them with me.
In my kitchen I have the world’s worst hot cross buns. I tried a new recipe and spent hours making these yesterday. I didn’t make buns, I made rocks. These are so solid, hard and heavy you would think I made them with a cement mixer. I’m having a day off bun-making today but tomorrow I’ll be back in the saddle making hot cross buns with my very old but very reliable recipe.
In my kitchen I have Rosie who is looking after Ruby. A few weeks ago Ruby had oral surgery and while the surgery has gone well, the vet told me she was very concerned about the thickened tissue in her mouth and jaw. It looks cancerous. A biopsy has been taken and I’m awaiting the results. Back at the vet on Saturday, I asked what her treatment options would be if she does have a tumour. The vet said alas, it would be too difficult to operate.
Right now she is on painkillers, antibiotics, a pureed diet and a lot of love. We always want our beloved pets to journey through life with us and it’s such a harsh reality that they’re not given as lengthy a lifespan as we are.
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