In my kitchen I have quite a few new cookbooks. The first was given to me by a friend who has a son at the Shore school, a private school for boys. The School released a cookbook to commemorate 125 years of the school. It’s a stunning hard-back cookbook that’s been incredibly beautifully photographed and all recipes have been contributed by the parents of current and former students. The book has a lot of categories including a tribute to the ANZACs with recipes like ANZAC biscuits and slice, and cakes. I’m delighted to add this cookbook to my collection.
In my kitchen I have three more cookbooks. They were all given to me by my friend, Monica, who was my neighbour for about five years when we lived in a former house. We had been living in our house for about a year when we realised someone had moved into the apartment next door. Alfie had just turned three and when he was playing outside he would run across the lawn and talk to the new neighbour. A few weeks went by and I thought I’d better introduce myself so I asked Alfie, ‘What’s the neighbour’s name?’ And he looked at me like I was an idiot and said, ‘The Neighbour’. We’ve been calling her ‘The Neighbour’ ever since.
The Neighbour has always been very fond of Alfie and he has always loved spending time with her. During these school holidays he asked me if I could take him to see The Neighbour and so I drove him up to her home for the day. When I arrived she said she had a lot of cookbooks she didn’t have time to look at and thought I might like them.
I’m very grateful to add to my collection, a book on eating raw, another on how to grow food in small spaces with recipes, and another on cooking easy gluten-free recipes.
In my kitchen I have a lot of cake. This is what is leftover from Arabella’s party. She forgot to serve it! I’m telling you now, this cake has given me more grief than you can poke a stick at. Anyone want some?
In my kitchen I have some wine glasses. These are part of a lovely collection of glasses I was given for my wedding. I have treasured and looked after them not only because they are part of only a few remaining wedding gifts but also because these Kosta Boda glasses are no longer being made. When Arabella had her party the other night she chose to use these glasses. I now have three less in my collection. I asked her why she handed her friends my wedding stemware. She said, ‘You never use them so I thought you hated them.’
‘No, Arabella, I don’t use them because they’re fragile’.
‘Yeah, they smashed really easily. I thought they were plastic’. And I’ve been told she’s intelligent.
In my kitchen I have some plastic wine glasses. I bought these to save the rest of my wedding stemware. These are now to be used by Arabella and all her clumsy Gen-Y friends. These weren’t cheap but they’re strong and sturdy and happy to go in the dishwasher.
In my kitchen I have two little girls who haven’t smashed or broken anything. They’re adorable but greedy and in this photo they’re looking at me announcing it’s dinner time. They have incredible internal clocks and can tell the time better than most. This weekend we have daylight saving starting and these girls will be onto it before it right from midnight.
So that’s what’s happening in my kitchen. If you’d like to participate, please link up with the lovely Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial and be sure to let her know you’re involved.