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In my plague-ridden kitchen (ha ha!):
|home-made coriander oil|
I had a bunch of coriander and I had lots of olive oil. We were heading out of town and I didn't want to waste the herbs. So I shoved them into a small jar of oil and let them infuse away while we were gone. When I got home, I strained the oil, et voilà - herby oil ready for cooking.
|some locally made Worcester I bought on our trip to Rockhampton|
We love Worcester in this house, and I often make a batch at Christmas to tide us over for a while. I had to buy this one when I saw it in a little coffee shop in a country town on our way up to Rockhampton last month. Haven't tried it yet so I can't report on it.
|cute little tumbler I bought at Rockhampton Gallery; local artist Tricia Greinke|
We dropped in at the Art Gallery in Rockhampton. Mr P. can't do stairs very well so we asked to use the lift. The very sweet girl on the counter said "Yes, but you have to go through the Exhibition so you'll have to keep your eyes closed." There was a fashion type exhibition which you had to pay to get into, so we weren't allowed to look. Then I had to use the toilet; guess what?! It was inside the Exhibition, so once again I was told I would have to walk thru it with my eyes closed. Oh boy, did we laugh later.
|home-made toasted muesli|
I went down to the bulk store a few weeks ago to buy lots of grains, nuts and seeds to make toasted muesli for Mr P.'s brekkies. Wow, I love that store. It's next to the Japanese Mart so I have double the reason to go there.
|gorgeous home-grown cumquats for marmalade|
Our lovely English friends gave me a bag of their home grown fruit to make marmalade. These were gorgeous little orange globes, soft and perfect. Recipe coming up later on the blog.
|home grown limes from other friends|
There were more but we used them already:) These were lovely; fresh and organic and full of juice. They have been used in salad dressings, and for baked fish and chicken.
|yep that's my shoe; oh, and a new tea-towel|
It was Love your Bookshop Day recently, so I hotfooted it down to one of my fave indie bookstores Avid Reader and bought a tea-towel. Oh yes, and a book of course!
|you guessed it! Harry Potter soup cauldron - I mean mug|
A Harry Potter shop opened last month out in the sticks. Mr P. and I trotted out there on a Sunday (which is where we got the plague I reckon) to check it out. Oh my, it was brimming with Potter fans. And the most photographed boy in Brissie, who dresses like Harry and has his photo taken ALL The TIME.
|beautiful strawbs ready for freezing|
I think there has been a bumper harvest of strawberries here this year, as they are plentiful and cheap. So I bought 3 punnets and have sliced them up for the freezer. They go into the freezer till rock hard, then bagged for the future. Now I am fully set for breakfast smoothies for a while.
|last but not least - home made raspberry vinegar|
Our mates from Tasmania came up a few weeks ago, bearing gifts of raspberry vinegar, made with their own fruit of course:=) As you may know, Tassie folk are resourceful and active, and ALWAYS have gardens full of produce. Thus they spend all autumn harvesting, freezing and preserving etc. Based on the cost of raspberries, our friend said she had a veritable gold mine in her freezer.
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