If only life were so simple that the Cicero quote “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need” covered it. There’s nothing like a pandemic to get you thinking about what’s important to you. Books. Tick. I’ve more than enough and I’ve also been indulging in a little early birthday-Christmas … More not quite everything . . .
Today I spent most of the day in the kitchen… In addition to needing to do dinner prep, we were out of: bone broth but had beef bones; tomato & chilli jam but had tomatoes and chillies; fresh bananas but had frozen. All the recipes I needed I’d recently and conveniently compiled on a new Useful … More you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone
Time, where does it go? Time since my last blog post? 45 days. Time since we moved from Sydney to Taylors Arm? 1729 days. Time since Coronavirus travel and social distancing restrictions were first imposed in Australia? 171 days. At time of writing. These past few months I’ve been haunted by a dream I had … More Timing…
Once upon a time many years ago when I first began blogging a curious non-blogger friend asked “is blogging like being a pen pal?” At that time in early 2012 I was launching missives into an electronic ether… so my bemused answer was “not quite”. Not long afterwards I commented and followed and made my … More dear friends…
Despite getting a bit creative with the title it’s evident, notwithstanding the best of intentions, for the moment monthly round-ups are the only posts I’m managing to blog* with the exception of my spur-of-the-moment #covid19 post last week. Even with our focus on Covid-19 life here is busy-ness as usual. Amidst it all I’ve completed … More March past . . .
My Instagram #bestnine2019 doesn’t quite reflect the extent of my predilection for #frugalandfabulous food but it does of course feature Deez-dog and my favourite go-to place; the beach. What do you think, would you like from time-to-time to see my shorter Insta type posts and pics on this blog? In the meantime, I’ve compiled a … More Between the cracks . . . 2019
I’m preparing to launch @daleleelife101 -and myself- as a stallholder into the world of local markets. A long-term patron of local markets… and not so local… we visited our fair share of markets when we travelled around Australia in 2016… for years I have bored the G.O. witless with my to-ing and fro-ing on the … More from my #witchskitchen . . .
Our planet is a mess. Our world is a mess. Our economies are a mess. Our politics are a mess. Our food culture is a mess. Too often I feel just one person -me- can’t do enough about saving the planet, changing the world, fixing the economy or persuading politicians… other than making my vote count at the next election by choosing as … More In My Kitchen: I want what I want not what you’ve got. It’s my money.
Once again I wasn’t sure if I’d manage it but once again I’ve scraped in before the 10th of the month IMK cut-off which makes me very happy because via this post I wanted to highlight the loveliness & friendship of our blogging community, and thank some special people.
A month and a day has passed since my previous IMK post; the boxes have been packed, shifted to Taylors Arm, stacked in the shed, sorted, unpacked into the house, some re-packed & re-stacked in the shed for another day. Four years ago we shifted between similar city apartments but last month’s packing up and moving to … More In My Kitchen: living it
In My Kitchen at Sydney are 25 packing boxes and numerous other receptacles waiting to be filled, collected by the removalist and shifted to our house at Taylors Arm in 6 days time. In My Kitchen at Taylors Arm are boxes containing the final supplementary pieces that will render our old kitchen user-friendly, a ten year work in progress.
With the festive season approaching and in view of our imminent shift to Taylors Arm I’m attending early to Christmas gift strategies and shopping. Resigning myself to the inevitability of on-demand occasion-dictated gift exchange but hopped off the consumer-retailer spending hamster wheel, once again I’m favouring gifts of products we’ve enjoyed this year, purchased locally … More In My Kitchen: up close and personal
The power of cereal isn’t to be underestimated. Australia’s “muesli magnate” Narelle Plapp went from selling from the back of her car to a $5 million business in a decade.
As winter in Sydney oh so slowly relinquished its chilly grip I made the most of slow cooked food, the type we tend to eat only in the cooler months. And ticked off a few new-to-me ingredients I’ve wanted to try. Hence we’ve eaten slow braised ox-tail, lamb necks and a soupy-stew made with pearl barley.
Late in June the oven in our apartment stopped with a pop; adjourning baking of the G.O.’s rain-checked sausages, bacon & onion gravy birthday dinner to the electric fry-pan.