Ah, Christmas. How did it sneak up on me this year? One day we were still in November (heaps of time), and suddenly it is Christmas day. I didn’t even put up a tree this year. But still, some traditions are still important to me. And one of them is panettone.
Ah, King Valley in spring. I still think back to the lovely food, wine and memories from a road trip in early spring to this beautiful region. And it has inspired many Italian style recipes since, including this biscotti recipe that is loosely based on a recipe for almond biscotti biscuits in a regional tourist magazine.
Hmmm, the scent of orange peel and its connection with Christmas. Orange peel is an essential ingredient in many Christmasy things including fruit cake. And beautiful just by itself. My Nana used to make the best candied orange peel. I have tried to replicate, and while hers are hard to beat, I think I have done a pretty special job as well.
Want to enjoy a stress free Christmas? Then avoid the shopping mall this Christmas. I started from 1 December.
Sometimes I like to cook things to amuse my young boys. Occasionally they tell me they want to eat poo poo for dinner. It is a bit of a joke. But I like to oblige with foods that actually look like they do.
Early spring teased with its promises of warmth, only for me to reach for the heater remote. But warmer weather’s promise is definite, and Canberra is slowly but resolutely waking from its winter hibernation. What I love about spring and summer in Canberra is how people socialise – there is always a picnic, or a barbecue or a party. And with that comes the desire to find something to drink. It is like people feel the need to make up for being insular over winter.
My second diary of my $50/week challenge. And where did the week go? This week I spent $38.45, and on this I entertained Mr Red Sports Car for dinner and cooked food for Big A’s seventh birthday party. I am pretty sure no-one felt deprived. It can be done!
What is it like to live on only $50 a week for grocery items? I thought I would keep a diary for a week to show how it could be done.
Today is my birthday. Happy birthday to me. And I have many good reasons to celebrate, including the fact that I have just paid off my mortgage.
I have a new challenge – can I survive on only $50 a week groceries for one adult and two children between now and Christmas?