from one generation to the next
It’s been an interesting month In My Kitchen. After a total cupboard reorganization my kitchen and I are finally coming to terms with one another which is just as well, as our tardy grandson finally arrived on October 2nd and I don’t have much time to spare. Will’s first month hasn’t all been plain sailing but maturity, patience and common sense are seeing Mum and bubs through the difficulties and heading in the right direction.
The other slightly less momentous event for me last month was attending EatDrinkBlog in Canberra, a conference for food bloggers. It was a terrific weekend on many levels. It was quite exciting to see how Canberra is throwing off it’s conservative reputation and joining the cutting edge of the Australian foodie revolution. Then the excellent speakers left me with a brain full of ideas for writing, planning, photography and growing readership. Also, thanks to incredibly generous sponsorship, not only were we wined and dined beyond our capacity, we were given a take home goodie bag full treats and fabulously useful stuff. What I loved most of all about EDB15 was connecting with fellow bloggers, and especially some “old” online friends. In the spirit of sharing the link love I met Margot from Gather and Graze, Liz from Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things and Beck from Searching for Golden Pudding, all Canberra based bloggers. Margot generously gave me a welcome to Canberra gift which included honey from her neighbour’s backyard beehive. On the Saturday morning of the conference we visited Canberra’s Capital Region Farmers Market. With the help of Margot’s insider knowledge I chose to spend my vouchers on beautiful green and peppery extra virgin olive oil from Homeleigh. I also bought some of their vacuum packed olives which are sadly, just about all gone. They were truly delicious. There were several competitions to enter before the conference began, food narrative writing, restaurant reviews and recipe writing. A condition of entry was that the piece had to have been posted on your blog in the previous six months. I’m very proud to tell you that my Cajun Spiced Roasted Vegetable Salad recipe won the runner up prize, a bottle of wine from Capital Wines and a copy of the Capital Region Farmer’s Market Cookbook. Back in Brisbane I’m finding it uncomfortably humid. I made the observation that the tap water isn’t very refreshing, mainly I think because the water from our cold tap is actually lukewarm, but then it’s not Melbourne water either which is reputed to be among the best in the world. Anticipating an enormous consumption of chilled mineral and soda water and concerned about excessive plastic bottle usage, we decided to invest in a “Soda Stream” to aerate our tap water. It far exceeds our expectations, now we literally have sparkle-arkle-arkling water on tap. We’ve located a gas cylinder swap centre very close to home to help keep the cost down.
I love participating in this forum. In My Kitchen is hosted by Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. Hope over to her site and follow the links to see what’s happening in food bloggers kitchens around the globe. It’s always a great read.