Where has the year gone?! It’s time for Junes In My Kitchen roundup.
Once again, it’s time for Fig Jam and Lime Cordial’s popular roundup of things which are making our hearts beat a little faster in our kitchens. Bloggers from around the world join in on this linked monthly post and you can check out loads of other gorgeous kitchens – head to Celia’s site for the full list.
I have another beautiful new cookbook in my kitchen this month. The French Baker was sent to me by publishers Murdoch Books as a review copy. It is full of delicious things that will make my heart – and hips – swell. More from me on this book later.
I spent last weekend in sunny Sydney, attending the last few days of the annual Sydney Writers Festival. While most of my weekend was taken up with listening to writers talk (and fighting the crowds to get from one venue to the next) I did manage to squeeze in quite a bit of great food, including a trip to Eveleigh Farmers Markets. The above was part of a very naughty haul which also included a divine salted caramel eclair and a wicked panna cotta lamington, both of which vanished rapidly. The salted caramel popcorn and salted caramel rocky road from Sweetness Patisserie made it home, but not for long, and I have plans for the gorgeous fresh, organic, hand made pasta from Pasta Emilia this week.
Anyone who is a regular over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial will know that Celia is an amazing chocolate maker and an extraordinarily generous soul. We caught up for breakfast, some shopping and a gallery visit while I was in town and she gave me some of her delicious handiwork. That, too, is almost all gone now.
We have no roadside mail delivery here, so have to go into our small town to pick up the mail each day. Occasionally I get a delicious surprise in the post and such was the case on the day I found this selection from Taylors Wines Promised Land range. The range includes five red wines and five white wines, is of excellent quality and priced to make you smile – do check them out next time you are looking for a fun drop.
One of my dearest friends has recently returned from a trip to Ireland to visit her husband’s family and bought this cheeky, bright tea towel home as a gift for me. The River Dance phenomenon was quite a surprise to many who, like me, had learned Irish dancing as children, for I certainly have no memory of Irish dancing being that much fun. Nor do I remember it being as brightly coloured as this – I’m glad to see times have changed.