the autumn switch has been flipped around these parts and i couldn’t be happier with a few months of cooler climes ahead of us. the real excitement, however, is the promise of vegetables made for braising, roasting and for making soups with. so i took the first cool day of autumn to welcome them in. [...]
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ah. two more sleeps for a weekend breakfast. this weekend we’ll have the luck of a weekend breakfast in the countryside. this morning scene was from our homely weekend just passed: french toast with organic bacon and a generous drizzle of maple syrup. all good things.
sweet potato pound cake made small a dozen eggs from belle fleur.
it continues to swelter in this part of the world and so we just sit and try anything to keep cool. this has meant the blinds drawn, bags of ice in the freezer, the water filter on over time. and of course cold watermelon for lunch and then party drinks outside.
when the temperature was shifting between 38 and 42 degrees celsius and the long weekend ahead all plans for cooking had to be put aside. inspiration took the form of some fresh seafood and lemon. and today when it was milder, i popped a few fresh beetroot in the oven to roast and waited for [...]
sad skies and wacky winds kept us inside today, so the beach was put on the back-burner for another day. no matter, we had lots of things to do. a game of tennis in the morning. painting during the day and also more jam making. this time banana jam. after momo left a comment on [...]
in the space of a week i have made a few jars of pineapple jam and tomorrow if all goes to plan there will also be a few jars of banana jam. unfortunately the batch of pineapple jam i made in the middle of the week turned out too sweet and even after simmering away [...]
i’ve been spending a lot of time with my grandmother recently. yesterday she taught me how to make one of yummiest of sri lankan cakes; appropriately called ‘love cake’. it has such things as chopped cashew nuts, crystalised pumpkin, crystalised pineapple, crushed pineapple, semolina, all kinds of waters and essences and 22 eggs and lots [...]
happy new year! our folks are coming over for a light lunch today, it being the first of the year and all. i was going to make a big pot of curry and some fragrant rice, however at the request of L’s mother it shall be a light meal of salads, ham (more!) and if [...]
the first batch of cookies for holiday baking were dead simple: golden syrup cookies. much like honey snaps, the golden syrup makes it taste a little more… richer. the cranberries were an afterthought. i think i’ll add more to the batch i bake tomorrow morning.