Saturday morning, we’ve been to the farmer’s market, had a catch-up coffee with a friend and now it’s time to settle down with my cup of tea and catch up on the week.
There’s not a huge lot to report this week – it’s been one of those weeks in the day job which hasn’t really left room for very much else.
Anyways, without further faffing about, let’s wrap the week up…
1.The Aussies are coming
The Aussies, in this instance, are the national surf lifesaving championships, and they’re being held this year here on the Sunny coast across three beaches: Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, and Maroochydore.
Over 7000 surf lifesavers of all ages from about 350 clubs around the country will be competing. With friends, family and spectators it means this is a massive event – and held in a covid safe manner.
The ocean swims and beach run events will take place at Mooloolaba and we’ve been watching the beach get event ready all week.
2. Vintage China
I’ve been pulling my vintage china out of the cabinet over the past couple of weeks. Partly because I love the look of it with whatever it is that I’ve baked, partly because there’s a FB group I’m in that shares the vintage china love, partly because I think I should be using it more often, but mostly because I’m researching the book next after next which will feature plenty of it.
I’m loving learning more about each piece – like this trio by Shelley, an op shop from years ago. Googling the back stamp tells me that it was probably made between 1925 and WW2.
In what free time I’ve had this week I’ve been working on the rewrite of The Café On Beach Road. I wrote a little about it and the real life café that inspired Beach Road Café here.
I wrote nothing new during the week for my main blog (ie. this one) but did publish a few pre-written pieces on BKD.
I’ve been very quiet on The Nigella Diaries front of late – remember my mini challenge to cook my way through her book How To Eat? I am in catch-up mode though and popped up the Carbonara episode. If you’ve read Escape To Curlew Cottage, you’d know that I used Nigella’s carbonara in a scene in that book. You can find it here – the post, not the scene.
Also on BKD is this recipe for chocolate chip butter cookies. These would definitely be in the massive cookie jars on the counter at Beach Road and are an easy and very tasty bake. Hello, butter and choc chips.
For those who are interested in the vintage plate used to style these cookies (and I do, as always, use the term “style” very loosely), it’s a Shelley plate “Blue Anemone” and dates back to about 1934.
Finally, there’s a cookbook review: Nick Nairn’s Wild Harvest. It’s part of a mini-series I’m doing whereby I pull out my old favourite books and cooks something from them. I’ve had this one since the mid 1990’s and still cook from it. The recipe I’ve featured is tarragon chicken – a recipe that I included in Happy Ever After. No photo of the tarragon chicken (which I made on Thursday night – bad lighting an all that) but there is a pic of the Dauphinoise Potatoes I prepared on Easter Saturday to go with the lamb I slow-roasted in a bottle of red wine (which was also from this book). Anyways, the post is here.
5. In the kitchen
From an excess baggage viewpoint, I’m experimenting with the 16:8 diet – which means I’m experimenting with the principles of intermittent fasting and minimising starchy carbs and midweek alcohol but pretty much making up the rest as I go along. What can I say? I’ve never really been great with rules or structure or, indeed, moderation – which means, of course, that there’s also an element of 5:2 thinking as in eating well 5 days a week and relaxing whatever rules I have put in place on the other 2 days.
This week I had a couple of days where I had breakfast for lunch – this really tasty Marsala Omelette from Nigella’s Nigella Bites. With eggs, spices and whatever veg I have lying around it’s both healthy and yummy. The photo of the one I made the other day does it no credit at all.
We also made up this Tom Yum Soup the other night for dinner. I bought the paste from Alice at Life’s Good Curry Pastes at the farmer’s markets, poached some chicken breast and added the poaching liquid, some cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and green beans. Grant had some noodles in his, but I had it as is. I love tasty dishes like that that are accidentally healthy, but also quick to prepare – this was on the table in 30 minutes.
Okay, that was my week… how was yours?