Here we go; back into the routine of another year.
In my kitchen I’m trying to adjust our diet to fit-in with Drew’s restrictions and so I’m coming up with new ways to present chicken. A few nights ago we had wing-tip chicken breasts with a herb butter rubbed under the skin.
And yes, again, we had a Mediterranean salad so the meal would have had the tick of approval from Drew’s doctor as long as he didn’t see the bottle of red wine under the table.
In my kitchen I have something that’s 7.5kgs (16.6lbs) and rock-solid frozen. It’s a turkey. I know I’m late to the party but I’ll tell you how I acquired it. On Christmas Eve I beetled down to the butcher where I had a fairly large order as I was picking up things for not only me but my mother as well. My order was packed into two boxes and two butchers carried it out to my car. As I was about to drive away I checked what was in the boxes and found I’d been given a fresh free-range turkey by mistake. I took it back to the shop and the owner of the store was so grateful he said he would like to give me a turkey for less than half price. I’m not one to turn down a bargain so I agreed and paid $40.00 for this monster of a turkey.
I’m actually really looking forward to cooking it, not because it’s good quality produce but because it’s taking up all the freezer space and I can’t even fit in a tub of ice cream. Em is coming back to Oz in the first week of March and so this bird will be cooked for a family get-together. Stay tuned!
In my kitchen I have black peppercorns, white peppercorns and vanilla beans. I bought them in Vanuatu. They’re from a company called Venui that represents over 300 indigenous Vanuatu farmers who specialise in organic spices. I am loving how the vanilla beans are so soft and fragrant.
Just outside my kitchen I have some passionfruit. I bought the vine a couple of years ago and it’s been somewhat neglected to the point where I almost forgot about it. But a few weeks ago I was in the backyard and I suddenly saw passionfruit hanging from the vine. I thought by now I’d be able to show them to you in a fruit bowl but alas, they’re not ripe enough to pick. Any day!
In my kitchen I have a very sweet girl who’s had a bit of an upset. When she was staying with the breeder she suddenly was unable to stand on her feet and was losing her balance and vomiting. The breeder thought she may have had a stroke but the vet didn’t think so yet couldn’t diagnose the problem. We thought her days may have been numbered but like Lazarus, she has come back to life and has almost made a complete recovery.
And we are very grateful.
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