And just like that, summer was over.
But not exactly. Because here in Sydney the first day of autumn was a scorcher with temperatures soaring to 36C (97F). With February being so short, when March arrives the seasons don’t cooperate.
In my kitchen I have two passionfruit. Yes, just two but these are homegrown and from my own garden. I was hoping for greater abundance but they have been taking individual turns at ripening so the daily harvest amounts to just one. Yes, these are golden. And that confused me for a while as when I bought the vine it had a ticket on it advising it was the purple variety. No matter the colour, these organic passionfruit are divine.
In my kitchen I have a lovely jar of bread and butter pickles handmade and hand-delivered to me by Maureen. She travelled down from the Sunshine Coast with these in her luggage and gave them to me when we caught up for dinner a week ago. I really love bread and butter pickles and these have nostalgic qualities as my mother used to make them when I was growing up. They were always a favourite of mine and if I could be dissuaded from eating them straight from the jar, I would enjoy them on a rare roast beef or ham sandwich.
In my kitchen I have a jar of very special balsamic vinegar. It was given to me by Tania when we met with Maureen for dinner. A very unexpected but greatly appreciated gift as you can never have too many bottles of quality balsamic.
In my kitchen is a tomato and labneh salad that I dressed with the balsamic vinegar Tania gave me. The sweetness of the balsamic was a wonderful contrast to the sourness of the labneh.
In my kitchen is a pot of stock I made using the turkey carcass from Alfie’s birthday lunch. I did intend to use it immediately by making a mushroom risotto but it’s just been too hot to stir a pot of boiling rice. I will freeze the stock and wait for a drop in temperature.
In my kitchen there is Archie taking the girls to the groomer. While Rosie can walk, Ruby is too arthritic so she is travelling to her salon appointment in an overnight bag you would think was purpose-made.
In my kitchen I have sweet Rosie who is road-testing her new bed. The old beds had height challenges for girls with dwarfed arthritic legs and it was time to find something less vertical and more horizontal. The bed is cuddly and snuggly and is machine washable. Unfortunately I was only able to buy one as that was all that was in stock but the shop has ordered me a second for Ruby. Due to the heat, both girls are choosing to sleep on the lino rather than their beds but I’m sure as the weather cools, the new beds will suit them just fine.
In my kitchen it’s ‘home sweet home’ for Miss Arabella who came home after a week in hospital. She is managing the stairs (slowly) and discovering there are limits to what she can do on crutches. I am wearing my nurse’s hat and assisting with showers, dressing, washing of clothes, meals, boosting morale and finances. Just like autumn, it’s a new season.
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