Thursday, June 26, 2014

Life right now

Life is jam-packed at the moment.  The school holidays are in sight, farm life is busy and Flour and Fire Day is almost here.  Preparations have started with a batch of home-made pasta for the bakers to enjoy for lunch on the day. 

Mum has recently visited us.  We spent time in the garden, walked, cooked, sat by the fire and tried to make the most of the quick visit.  Mum picked these pretty wild flowers in the paddock near our house.

We have had some dramatic fog which even makes the cobwebs look impressive.  Thanks to Terry for these photos.

I leave you with a question.  How do you view your blogs?  I use the Blogger Dashboard which has had a few hiccups lately.  Is there a better way?  I need a simple way of viewing and commenting on my favourite blogs without having to go through multiple links and steps.  Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance. 

Friends, enjoy the rest of your week. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Afternoon walks and winter dinners

I am relishing the gentle light and cool days of June.  

There is always bread.

Endless views on afternoon walks.  I need to just get out and walk more often.  

A tidy back verandah.  This scenario never lasts long.  

A collection of old and not so old enamel cups.


Camp oven cooking and weekend dinners by the fire. 

How is winter looking at your place?

Friends, have a great week and stay warm.


Friday, June 6, 2014

In My Kitchen June, 2014

At times social media can be distracting and infuriating but it can also be so much fun!  On Sunday morning I posted a photo on Twitter of some dough rising.  Later that day my friend and fellow blogger, farmer and bread enthusiast Anne, posted a very similar photo. On opposite sides of the world we were both quietly watching our dough as it proved.  The love of bread, baking and real food is universal.  Anne’s dough is on the left and mine is on the right, just in case you are curious.

Speaking of Anne, I made her brioche rolls.  They felt so indulgent served with raspberry jam and were definitely one of the simpler brioche recipes I have experimented with. 

Bloggers are some of the nicest people. Jane sent me all of these thoughtful kitchen things and it was truly the loveliest surprise.  A girl can never have enough wooden boards and the beautiful brush has been designated to the task of brushing flour from my bannetons. So much better than the plastic brush I used previously. 

My last batch of poached quinces for the season.  I am so grateful to have had my first real quince crop. 

Lime pickle is not something I am familiar with but when I started to get desperate to use up my excess limes I turned to Google and found Laura and her beautiful blog This pickle is sweet, tart and spicy all at the same time and so good served with a biscuit (cracker) and cheese.  I am fairly certain that this is not the traditional way to enjoy it but I followed Laura’s lead with the cheese idea.  

What are you cooking at the moment?  

Linking up with Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.  Love your work Celia.