The last month of Spring.
In my kitchen I have dried fruits, glace fruits and nuts soaking in orange juice and brandy. This weekend I had good intentions of making two Christmas cakes but alas, I’ve been out of the house so much it hasn’t possible. The fruit and nuts continue to soak up the brandy which is not a bad thing and I will get these cakes made during the week.
In my kitchen I have Uncle Toby’s muesli bars. These muesli bars have been reformulated and now contain even more nutrition, less sugar and salt, and an increase in fibre and wholegrains. As the bars are now healthier than ever, they are an excellent choice for a school lunch box or snack on the run.
In my kitchen I have Pitango’s meal pots for one. Pitango sent me three of their new one-pot lunches that feature cuisines from around the globe. There was chicken curry from Sri Lanka, Chorizo and Chickpea from Spain and Miso Chicken from Japan. I found it terribly convenient to have these in the fridge so that when I was home during the week and ravenous, all I had to do was put one of these pots into the microwave for two minutes then lunch was ready.
I was impressed that Pitango uses only quality ingredients in its meal pots and appreciated that the company uses free-range chicken. Each pot retails for $5.00 which I think is a good price for a lunch. As we all struggle with busyness, a few of these in the fridge would be very handy.
In my kitchen I’m hobbling around on a broken foot. There actually aren’t any broken bones but I’m talking it up because of the pain I’m in. I had an unfortunate and spectacularly embarrassing episode at the gym on Friday, (another one). Tiago asked me to jump from side to side on a bosu ball (hate them), and towards the end of the set my left foot came down on the black edge instead of the floor. My foot snapped over to the side and I fell in a heap in front of a large audience. After Tiago scraped me up off the floor I couldn’t put any weight on my foot. I don’t know what’s wrong with it as I haven’t had time to see a physio. Getting fit is hazardous.
Later that day I had to catch a ferry into Circular Quay to see Alfie perform in a concert at the Opera House. I strapped my foot and off I went hobbling all over the city and screaming internally with the pain. He sang in a choir of 700 children from around 30 schools across the State. It was very exciting for him and a few red wines at the Opera House bar were a good anaesthetic (for me not Alfie).
In my kitchen we are in mourning. Last night was the final of the Rugby World Cup and we did hope the Wallabies would be the world cup winners. Alas, the win went to the All Blacks but there is no shame in coming second. In the lead up to the final, even the Opera House was lit up to wish the Wallabies well.
In my kitchen I have a platter of chocolates and lollies. Yesterday was Halloween and Alfie went out with his friends trick or treating. It’s amazing what bounty you can amass in just a couple of hours. I don’t know what he’ll do with all this loot but the sight of it horrifies me.
In my kitchen I have Rosie who is just a wee bit traumatised after her visit to the groomer. I’m even more traumatised because I asked him not to cut the hair on her ears or trim her tail because she uses her feathers to sweep my kitchen floor. And because there’s a language barrier I made sure to repeat myself three times. When I collected her the groomer was all smiles as he presented her. I wasn’t smiling because her ears had been trimmed and her tail feathers chopped. And sweeping the kitchen floor was her most important job.
That’s what’s happening in my kitchen this month. I’m sure next month’s post will be full of the Christmas frenzy. If you’d like to take part in an IMK post, please link up with the lovely Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.