It’s Noah’s flood here in Sydney at the moment. It honestly hasn’t stopped raining for days and I’ve been living in my knee-high gumboots. Not only that, it’s cold; today I’m seriously back in winter clothes. I have a very good friend who booked a family holiday for one week in an apartment on the beach at Manly. They packed up their sunscreen, beach umbrella, esky and surfboards and headed to the coast. As soon as they arrived the clouds came over and the rain came down. They haven’t been to the beach once. Instead of swimming in the surf and worrying about sun exposure, they’re indoors getting on each other’s nerves. Fortunately for Annie, she’s a subscriber! She can take her mind off the weather by checking out what’s happening in my kitchen this month.
In my kitchen I have some gorgeous earrings made by the very thoughtful and talented Celia that she posted to me as a Christmas gift. They are a very pretty shade of blue and go well with a lot of my summer wardrobe. I’ll look forward to wearing the earrings when I can next put on a summer frock.
In my kitchen I have a parcel sent to me by Maureen. It was meant to be my secret santa gift however, Maureen had a few challenges in December causing her to fall behind and so this gift didn’t arrive until after I’d already left for the Sunshine Coast. Can you believe we booked a house only a few minutes away from where Maureen lives – she could have given this to me in person! Alas, with so many family functions celebrating Christmas it just wasn’t possible for us to get together. Next time!
Maureen made me some beautiful shortbread. It was made in Christmas shapes of wreaths and stars. The wreaths were iced with crushed, crunchy candy canes (try saying that three times), and the stars with icing and giant silver cachous. I tried one of the shortbread and it was so buttery and melt-in-the-mouth, I took the rest into my office and ate the lot sneaky style.
In my kitchen I have a cookbook also given to me very generously by Maureen. It’s written by Margaret Pomeranz and her daughter-in-law. A few years ago I met Margaret at a film review. We were chatting and she became worked up into a terrible fluster as she discovered she’d lost her car keys – I had nothing to do with it!) I’ve admired Margaret’s career reviewing movies and will look forward to reading this book that has over 80 recipes and is about food, film, family and friends.
In my kitchen I have some festive cookie cutters that were also given to me by Maureen. They’re very cute and no, you can never have too many cookie cutters in your collection. I’m sure I will use these more often than just at Christmas time.
Don’t you just love it when you come home and find a beautifully wrapped package on your doorstep! This arrived from the Billington company.
So In my kitchen I have the full range of Billington’s products. I’ve always been a fan of their quality sugars and I’m never without a box or two in my pantry. I’m really looking forward to cooking with these sugars that can elevate a cake, brownie, muffin or dessert to a new level.
In my kitchen I have a Kitchen Aid pastry cutter. A few weeks ago I was reading Kristy’s blog where she was making a pie and using a pastry cutter that was photographed. I commented that when I was growing up my mother had a pastry cutter and then when food processors arrived on the scene, somehow the pastry cutter disappeared. I told Kristy I would love to have a pastry cutter but hadn’t seen one in the shops for years. Well can you believe, Kristy, as busy as she was packing up to move herself and her family from Chicago to Poland, went to the shops and bought me one and sent it to me with a beautiful Christmas card. I was really touched by her thoughtfulness and I’m all inspired to start making pastry – and lots of it!
In my kitchen I have Rosie. Here she is on high alert guarding the entrance to the house. Evil-doers beware!
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