Outside my window ... sun! after a few cold, miserable days. And the very last of the roses which are due for their winter prune.
I am reading ... Janelle Wind's stunning first book, fresh off the press. It is delightful. Called 'Pieces of Me', it is a collection of fresh & happy small projects. Janelle has posted about her book here, here and here. And you can find stockists here.
From the kitchen ... a recipe for a winter warming soup. I've not cooked this recipe for years, but after its popularity at a dinner with friends last weekend, it has been revived.
carrot & cashew nut soup
800mL well-flavoured chicken stock
½” piece of ginger, peeled & finely grated
½ nutmeg, finely grated
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves garlic, crushed
100g roasted cashews
600g young carrots, peeled & chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large onions, coarsely chopped
natural yoghurt & parsley for garnishing
Sauté onions in oil until transparent. Add remaining ingredients, except stock. Cover & cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Add stock & simmer until well-cooked. Discard cinnamon stick & puree remaining ingredients. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Serve with a swirl of natural yoghurt & garnish with parsley.
I am in awe of ... the talent of these young Aussie musicians. Calling themselves Aston, they are a group of classically trained musicians at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
I am thinking ... of my Dad today. It is his birthday, and he would have been 70, had the dreaded cancer not struck 3 years ago. He would have dawdled up the drive in his farm truck, checked the lupin crop in the front paddock, joked that it wasn't as good as his, shared a cup of coffee, demanded 'something good to eat' & told me the same old stories he had been telling me for years. I miss him!
From my picture journal ... a favourite photo of my nephew at a family paddock barbeque recently. There had been so much rain that there were frogs EVERYWHERE. They are lots of fun to catch!
Have a great weekend, Bloom x