I wish I could be more excited by August but I am wary and tired. July was a very
unsettled month. Our Covid19 restrictions tightened a few times, school
went remote again, masks in public became mandatory, we have an 8pm curfew
(which would bother me more if there was anything to do out of the house in
the evenings), Sylvia had a week of illness, we both got tested for Covid19
(and to our relief were negative), a few people around me worked with people
with Covid19, Sylvia's school had a diagnosis, and the numbers of daily
diagnoses got as high as the 700s. All our relief at Melbourne doing
well in June has dissipated. Compared to may other countries, it is not
so terrible. However, the disappointment of too many people flouting the
restrictions means too many discussions about the whys and whos of
responsibility. No wonder I have so little energy for blogging.
At home, we have been enjoying comfort food (pizza,
brownie in a mug), trying to eat more fruit by drinking more
and experimenting with some new recipes. Above is a failed experiment
with a an old recipe. I took an
overnight sourdough bread
and tried to pretty it up (inspired by
VegHog). I didn't flatten it properly or cook it enough. I will try
again and remember not to prioritise style over substance.
On the same afternoon, Sylvia made a far more successful smaller rosemary and garlic focaccia. She used a corner of my dough and decorated it with rosemary sprigs, gold salt, and crushed garlic. It was cooked until it was lovely and golden brown. I had focaccia-envy!
As I mentioned, face masks are mandatory. Here are mine. I made
one (green), a friend who sews made another (grey), I bought a couple (large
ebay, and a couple (smaller flowers) from the
but I am not sure if either are selling any more. They are preferable to
disposables but still fog up my glasses and can be stuffy after being out for
Last month I mentioned I had dabbled in making kombucha. I confess my
scoby is quite neglected but I am doing a great job of collecting
bottles. Just in case the mood takes me, you know!
I am not cooking that often but I do the occasional big casserole or stew that
can last a few meals. It can take a while to chop the vegies but a
colourful pile of vegies always makes me happy. These vegies were
chopped up for Jacqueline's
Roasted Vegetable and Rice Bake. It lasted quite a few meals but was not quite right for me. Possibly
due to my changes!
Aldi supermarkets recently had a special on British foods and Sylvia brought
home some wine gums. They were not quite the rght texture. So when
I saw a packet in a local supermarket I bought them for her. These were
the real deal, soft but slightly chewy. Unfortunately they have gelatine
in them (ie not vegetarian) so we had them for a treat but are unlikely to
have them much.
A photo of the garden before we used quite a bit of parsley. I have had
so much bad luck with parsley that I still get excited when it regrows.
And the straggly baby leeks above have hung around for a few years and
continue to help out when I need spring onions or chives.
I made cauliiflower cheese recently because it is great winter comfort food and I had a cauliflower that needed using. Then i ate some as a side dish but one or two nights I just piled cauliflower cheese on toast with a bit of extra cheese and put it under the grill on low so it heated through. A great lazy but warming meal.