Phew, I feel like I'm still catching up from the weekend. My mum and I went down to Newcastle, New South Wales to visit my brother who moved there for work recently. Newcastle was pretty cool! One of the highlights was going to Estabar at Newcastle Beach with another Newcastle-based friend. They made one of the best coffees I've had ever and their food was rockin'. We also enjoyed some wine . . .
...aka the world's best fruit toast. I have decided it's time to blog some bread, because I've been baking a lot of it recently... like, every second day. Obsessed doesn't even begin to describe it. There are *sooo* many different ways of approaching making a loaf of sourdough bread, but one thing that seems to be common across the board is it ain't ready in a couple of hours. It takes a . . .
It's been two weeks since my last blog post, and I'm bringing you soup. Brisbane has entered its proper winter phase. Things that signal winter has arrived: - people start wearing maroon-coloured jerseys around town, meaning State of Origin is upon us - the open air ice-skating rink appears in King George Square - the golden orb spiders have all but disappeared from sight / been eaten by . . .
Last night I headed to a PepTalk with Josie. The highlight was Lara Nobel's talk. She's an architect, carpenter and all round boss lady who, along with her boyfriend and carpentry trainer, designed and built a Tiny House . It was fascinating hearing her explain the design concepts behind the house and how different it is from a caravan! It is so great to see the tiny house idea burgeoning right . . .
This month is preserving month (for #CBpreserves!), but in hindsight I think it would have been better to preserve things in March or April when we still had nectarines and mangoes and peaches. The end-of-summer fruit haul is already over. The citrus fruit and persimmons are here, along with apples, pears and pumpkins. This means: citrus curds and butters, pear or apple pastes to have with cheese, . . .
Mum lives on the Sunshine Coast - at a beach close to Noosa, so almost a two-hour drive from Brisbane - so this Mother's Day we converged at the halfway point between our two cities. It wasn't a glamorous affair: the only cafe open had already finished serving food by 1 pm, the only bakery was nearly out of stock, so we ended up at McCafe, where it seemed like the rest of the town was too. I . . .
The Cook Better '16 theme for the month of May is PRESERVING! And just in the nick of time, a beautiful new cookbook just arrived in my mailbox that is allll about preserving things, and I'm so excited to get into it. It's called Not Just Jam. We're talking jams, jellies, chutneys, fruit pastes, cordials, sauces. I'm going to go out on a limb and say things like ice cream and smoked meats can . . .
For the most part, my ANZAC Day long weekend was spent up at Tamborine Mountain with friends in a rambling old house. We barbecued, played games, and commented on how cold it felt (pathetic, I know, when it's barely below 20C). I made ANZAC biscuits... and then I made an ANZAC biscuit-inspired pear crumble served with rivulets of double cream. Avocado featured in almost everything we ate, because . . .
I just finished reading a book called Still Alice and I have never cried so much reading a book in my entire life. Poor Maths dude had to comfort me a lot. It's a fictional story about a 50-year-old Harvard psychology professor who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease, and Claudia recommended it to me, but I imagine her reading it and maintaining at least a small degree of medical . . .
PSA: if you need to have a good cry, I recommend watching Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. Ya know, the 1993 movie about a wise old golden retriever called Shadow, a bulldog called Chance and a cat called Sassy who set out on a cross-country journey to find their owners? Yesterday I was having a bad day, so I skipped out on life and ate cereal on the couch whilst watching it. SO MANY TEARS. . . .