The summer holidays have come to an end, kids are back at school and in a couple of weeks, uni studies will commence for another year. So life, although still busy, is settling into a bit more of a scheduled routine.
In my kitchen I have new salad servers. I saw them in a homewares shop in Leura in the Blue Mountains and had to have them when I saw the dragonflies on the handles. In a previous home we had a large pond with lots of water lilies and dragonflies would hover over the lily pads. I used to sit on the edge of the pond and watch them fly around like tiny helicopters.
In my kitchen I have Sriracha hot sauce that Archie got stuck into before I’d even had a chance to photograph the bottle. It boldly states on the bottle that this is ‘The best hot sauce on earth’. I have to say, having tried the sauce, it really is an outstanding hot sauce and now I really want to make a bowl of pho. The sauce is authentic and natural and made with non-processed ingredients. I’m very lucky to have a bottle as at the moment, it’s only available in the USA.
In my kitchen I have a new cookbook created by Stockland Merrylands called A Slice of Life. Stockland is a shopping centre in Merrylands and Merrylands is an area in Sydney with a very heavy migrant population. Stocklands asked people from the area to submit recipes and the best of those recipes were compiled into a cookbook that features cuisine from all around the globe. As well as the recipe, you get the owner’s story of how they came to call Australia home, their family life and the food they serve. The cookbook is a wonderful celebration of life in Merrylands.
In my kitchen I have date vinegar that comes from the Middle East and is now being distributed throughout Australia. Date vinegar has a lot of health benefits and one of them is that it eases the pain of childbirth. That would have been handy. I found the taste of the vinegar to be a bit like apple cider vinegar and it is interesting how both products have similar health benefits.
Last night we had a baby spinach salad with pan-fried halloumi and it was dressed with the Sweet Date Vinegar. I found the cheese and the vinegar went very well together.
In my kitchen I have products given to me by celebrity chef, Miguel Maestre. I recently met Miguel at an event and I’ll tell you all about it in an upcoming post. He gave me a copy of his recently re-released tapas cookbook, a bottle of his non-alcoholic sangria, and two boxes of ingredients to make paella.
Just outside my kitchen was this…
It’s two backpacks and a favourite hat that’s been to more continents than me. Last Christmas Archie broke the news that he’d booked a trip to South America. I said, ‘Archie, you are the best travelled poor person I know’. And then he told me it was a backpacking holiday and he’d be staying in youth hostels in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru, and that he would be ‘checking out’ the Amazon, Iguezu Falls, Machu Picchu, Carnivale, and even travelling down to Patagonia. As I stood there grabbing hold of the kitchen bench for support, I said, ‘Archie, South America has been ranked the most dangerous tourism destination in the world’. And he said, ‘I know all that mum, don’t worry, I’ll be fine’. Because boys his age believe they’re invincible.
And not in my kitchen but out on our boat is Rosie. We took her out on the weekend and she just loves it when we pick up a bit of speed. Here she is with her eyes closed because of the rush of wind in her face. I must get her some little goggles.
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