As you know, I was away in Adelaide for three days over the weekend. I haven’t had a great escape too often in the past (only once) for premonitions that the wheels would fall off and I would arrive home to an utter disaster. My fears for this weekend were heightened because Arabella wasn’t going to be there either as she would be away with friends leaving three bachelors to fend for themselves. On the camping scene they’re pretty resourceful and organised but on the home front; not so much.
On my return the house was in a very sorry state and the cupboards were bare, the washing was piled to the ceiling and the overall cleanliness in all areas had sunk to new levels.
But there were no hospitalisations and there were no injuries or accidents to speak of and Carl had taken Alfie rock climbing on Friday, to the beach on Saturday and kayaking on Sunday. Everyone had a happy time and so I’m calling my ‘time-out’ a success.
In my kitchen there is a fruit bowl and I did top it up before I left but this is how it was on my return…
Good if you like and can create something with lemons and garlic and on the positive side, clearly, while I was away they must have eaten some fruit.
In my kitchen I now have (after my repairs and maintenance)…
a much better looking fruit bowl.
In my kitchen there is a mini-bar fridge. It was full before I left but on my return I checked to see how it had survived.
Nothing but an almost empty bottle of cinzano and some rosewater syrup. Today I fixed it…
I did want to know what they did for food. I left them a chicken I had stuffed and roasted and all they needed to do was heat it up. They didn’t have it on Friday night because they ate takeaway. They didn’t have it on Saturday night because they ordered pizza. They ate it on Sunday night and told me it was, ‘really good’.
‘What did you have it with?’ I asked.
‘The stuffing’, said Carl.
And I was confused because I thought that was just the basis for the roast and not the entire meal so there needed to be a few accompaniments. But Carl thought that as the stuffing had quite a few ingredients including quinoa, chorizo and mushrooms, that all the necessary food groups had been covered.
In my kitchen I have a new cookbook. A few weeks ago I had some of Carl’s family to a dinner party. A few days ago I received this cookbook in the mail as a thank you gift…
I cook from Spirit House cookbooks all the time and this is their fourth cookbook and it all relates to cooking on a bar-be-cue which is so seasonal right now with us coming into summer and wanting to cook more and more outside. I hope to bring you some of these recipes over the summer season.
In my kitchen is a bunch of roses. These were delivered to the door unexpectedly and I couldn’t wait to find out who they were from. They were sent by Sarah. Remember she is the client of Carl’s we took out for dinner who had that amazing life story. No matter how much you give to some people, they always out-give you.
In my kitchen (well…not exactly, but just outside my kitchen window) there is a jacaranda tree in full bloom.
These trees always come into flower in November and are so pretty with their violet petals. It’s a pleasure to look out the window and gaze on these trees.
So I am now back from the conference in Adelaide and am putting the house back together. The bachelors all got on well and they all had the best of times; it’s just they overlooked the domestics.
I’m still calling my weekend away a success.
So that’s it for what’s in my kitchen this month. If you’d like to join the fun just link your post to Celia’s blog at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.
Oh…and by the way…I know I’m a bit behind the times but I’ve just joined twitter. Do let me know if you’re on twitter too so I can follow you.