from one generation to the next
I’m a bit tardy getting to In My Kitchen this month. Until the Saturday just past my head and time had been filled with attending to last minute paperwork for our Life Drawing Group’s Open Studio exhibition. The exhibition is now open to the public so now I can direct my energies elsewhere. I’m linking this In My Kitchen post to the worldwide forum of food blogs hosted by Sherry @ Sherry’s Pickings. It’s an amazing group, there is always something to learn so click the link at the bottom of the page and check it out. Better still why not join in.
Although it’s been fairly quiet In My Kitchen I’ve welcomed the cooler weather to Brisbane with open arms, soup, slow braised meat and red wine. All require sourdough bread to make them complete so every week I bake bread; 3 X seeded spelt loaves and either a batch of bagels or flatbreads. I share the freshly baked bread with neighbours if there is a backlog of loaves in the freezer but I won’t stop baking, I find the whole process super satisfying.
It’s taken some adjustment moving to a sub tropical climate. Recently my pantry has been inundated with moths. It’s annoying, frustrating and wasteful. I already store all my ingredients in sealed containers but I’ve begun leaving grains and flours in their original packaging as well to try and isolate the source of the bugs. Expensive rices which I only use in small quantities I’ve put in the freezer. Meanwhile I have bay leaves in the pantry to deter the pests and a Pantry Moth Trap which cynical ol’ me admits actually works. Does anyone have further advice?
It’s citrus time here in Brisbane. Unwaxed and odd sized oranges, lemons, limes, cumquats, mandarins and grapefruit, fresh from the tree are plentiful at the market. A mandarin is the perfect snack, fresh, portable and easy to peel, so simple even my young grandson can manage alone.
It was a happy day when I discovered this old recipe book tucked inside another stouter publication last week. After a fruitless search a few months back I had deemed it lost. It seems our thoughtful relocation packer had recognised it’s fragility and protected it from damage. Published C1967 while I was a still a school, this wonderful little book is a snapshot in time of the locality in which I grew up, food products and home cooking in suburban Melbourne. My Mum has several recipes included.
Waste and recycling is a big issue in our lives so I felt compelled to share this non kitchen item. I received a fragile package through the mail recently. It was padded with a single flat sheet of brown paper that had been miraculously transformed into 3D cushioning by simple and ingenious design. The entire sheet was perforated by short slits. They had been made in parallel lines and every second line was offset alongside it’s neighbour. When you pulled the paper to open the slits, the pressure twisted the paper into a sheets of tiny 3D windows. Plastic bubble wrap be gone!