from one generation to the next
It’s good to return to regular posting and to contribute to the In My Kitchen forum after a few months off. Link back to the lovely Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial to see what’s happening in the kitchens of food bloggers worldwide.
After we set the date for our relocation from Melbourne to Brisbane for September 1st, I went into a cooking frenzy to empty out the pantry. The removalist firmly stipulated that no open containers of liquids would be packed as spillage would invalidate any insurance claim. Turns out it wasn’t liquid we had to worry about. Fourteen small original works of art need to be reframed because the packer deemed a single sheet of paper between each, sufficient padding for the 2000km trip. The road vibration led to scratching where hanging screws rubbed against the frame behind.
Most of the boxes are unpacked now, our new grandson is very late arriving and Brisbane is beginning to feel like home.
Sadly I’m a bit disappointed with my “new” kitchen. Mind you, I was very spoiled by my personalized space before. This kitchen is very badly designed and I’m holding it solely responsible for my cooking mojo being at an all time low.
The pantry storage has restricted access. Finding things on the deep shelves of the black laminate lined cupboard means shifting everything for access and using a torch. It’s like peering into a cave with a burning match! And speaking of matches, the heat produced by the gas burners is akin to a single match. It’s perfect for poaching if you have the patience to wait for your stock to boil and really it’s just as well because the exhaust doesn’t extract any cooking odours at all. The main work area is large enough but it’s dangerously under illuminated and the shelves and drawers below are sagging under the weight of my cookware and crockery. This is not a cook’s kitchen, it’s a builder’s kitchen, cheap, under-specced and and not even showy! There will be a total kitchen renovation in the not too distant future.
Before I left Melbourne my inner squirrel forced me to stock up on walnuts and add some fresh cold pressed walnut oil from Victoria’s High Countryto my oil collection which travelled north in our car. The fresh nutty flavour of this oil is a delicious complement to lightly steamed local asparagus.
I love the flavour of horseradish but the fresh root is not easy to find so discovering Saskia Beer’s preserved horseradish in a jar at a local store is a bonus, now I can have horseradish all year round. I love it’s bite and adding it to vinaigrette to dress potato salad adds a ton of zing.
Avocadoes, strawberries, bananas and pineapples are much less costly in Brisbane. I’m eating avocado smash for breakfast, guacamole for lunch, avo in our salad for dinner. Fruit smoothies featuring bananas and berries with almond milk or coconut water are our current afternoon tea choice.
Our first visit to the closest “Farmers” Market resulted in beautiful free range eggs, potted living herbs, wild, line caught barramundi for half the price asked in Melbourne and some terrific organic produce. I was delighted to find locally made Labneh packed in chilli, garlic and rosemary oil. It’s absolutely delicious spread on crackers and topped with cucumber.
I’m going to Canberra for the Eat Drink Blog Conference mid October, for a weekend of inspiration with other Aussie food bloggers. I’m looking forward to meeting online friends and making new contacts. On my kitchen bench, hot off the press, are my introduction cards. The whole process of creating the artwork, uploading to the online print shop and their delivery was seamless, prompt and economical. This is a free plug for MOO. More about the conference after it’s done and dusted.
During October, as well as welcoming my grandson and attending the EYB conference, I have plans to create a vertical herb garden on my balcony and dedicate all but a small seating space to an edible garden in containers. Hopefully too, my motivation to cook will improve.