All good things come to an end (don’t they?). The No 1 star in the kitchen has gone home. Bill has returned to the UK.
The question is, will I be up to the challenge of preserving, jam and jelly making and freezing copious amounts of fruit which is still in the orchard … hmm I won’t hold my breath!
Still in saying that, he left on Sunday and yours truly managed to poach 2 jars of pears and 1 jar of preserved lemons. Not bad ah? I’m hoping I won’t run out of puff as I have loads to do and I’m not renown for my prioritising skills. Did I mention that I have seeds to sow, peach trees to prune, gardens to tidy up, fertilising …
So with a tear in the eye I know that there will be no more twice cooked pork, fondant spuds, or beautifully art directed salads. No more panna cotta, citrus marinated in cointreau with candied peel, or pavlova smothered in fruit and chocolate dipped strawberries …
At this rate I’m going to have to grab myself a hanky!
Handsome – pic taken at his recent birthday party
Thanks Bill … for all your help, you seriously are a star in the kitchen! We are indebted to you ..
I fell in love with this little guy in Melbourne
My trip to Australia was fabulous as can be expected. Busy times catching up with friends, enjoying my brother’s birthday luncheon and meeting a very special Melbourne blogger Francesca and her husband Stewart for the first time. Did I say I love this blogging world? I do, and it was so lovely being able to spend time with Francesca … it was like being with an old dear friend! Thank you so much for your hospitality and the divine lunch. If you don’t know her blog .. then you must pop on over to Almost Italian – its food, photography and travel which she does so well 😀
Our garden is still looking amazing. Something to do with the volumes of rain that we have been having. The tomatoes are still the stars in the garden, just divine … the spuds are growing like mad, I can’t wait to see what is underneath the greenery. The zuccs are running out of zoom, the broad beans are getting very stringy, while the cucs are still doing famously and thanks to the rain, there is no problem with bitterness.
Did I say I love my worm farm? I do and those fabulous slimies are providing me with daily worm wee and buckets of rich organic castings .. think worm poo 🙂
A walk to the beach the other day and I stood and wondered at it’s beauty (no I didn’t have my camera with me … not the good one anyway). As far as I could see the beach was strewn with clumps of seaweed. I was in heaven! Doesn’t take much does it? Did I take some home? Of course I did …