from one generation to the next
It’s May and the hub of the In My Kitchen forum for bloggers has come to Brisbane. Sherry from Sherry’s Pickings has accepted the role of managing this amazing monthly worldwide roundup. You have until the 10th of the month to link a post and be a part of this long standing, inclusive group.
Autumn has come to Brisbane too. At long last the days are a little cooler and a little less humid, the nights are positively crisp. I welcome the change of pace and have begun to think about soup, braised meat, roasted vegetables, puddings and pies.
It was a privileged to be at a Long Italian Lunch yesterday organised by the New Farm Deli, the hub of all thing Italian in my area. Finding the deli was a affirmation that all would be well when everything in Brisbane was new and unfamiliar to me. I felt as if I’d been transported in Italia. Music wine and mountains of food, dancing, laughter and spirited discussion. Such life affirming experiences pick you up, sweep you along, make you feel glad to be alive.
We’ll be eating a lot of Italian food in the coming month, so in search of inspiration I’ve taken all my old Italian favourites off the shelf to browse. I’ve made my favourite recipes from them so much that I rarely refer to them now, but you never know what will spark inspiration.
In My Kitchen is a new microplane, an indispensable tool in my opinion. The old guy had become blunt from frequent use zesting citrus, grating ginger and Asian aromatics like lemongrass and finely shredding parmagiano reggiano. It a joy to have a sharp tool again.
In My Kitchen I like products that come in fancy tins. Recently I’ve bought both smoked paprika and wasabi powder in gorgeous little tins. Once empty the tins will be repurposed.
In My Kitchen I have several plastic shower caps. I use them when baking sourdough bread to cover bowls with dough resting inside and dough as it proofs in bannettons. They are cheap, big enough to fit most of my containers and last about 12 months if washed after use, as contact with oil will make them brittle. Shower caps are just one small way I can help lessen the impact of single use plastic on the environment.
In My Kitchen as always is sourdough bread, fresh from the oven. Plenty for us and neighbours. The more I bake the better it gets…