I went shopping yesterday and bought myself a new spoon, and not just any spoon. I've had my eye on these for a while, and it's actually a very large spoon rest. This will sit mainly beside the stove, keeping me company, with my stirring spoon sitting comfortably in it whilst I cook. At $9.95 I thought it was a good buy. I also thought these would make nice gifts, with Christmas coming up. Occasionally we need a little extravagance and retail therapy don't you think, and we are being encouraged to shop to help the economy. My Mum's old cooking tablespoon fits in this spoon rest beautifully. There's just something about spoons that I love. I feel very fortunate though that I can go shopping and not feel that I have to wear a mask here in North Queensland.
I love old cookbooks and this one is a 1986 edition of a New Zealand cookbook published by Edmonds, a New Zealand company, titled "Sure to Rise", and originally published in 1955 when 120,00 copies were printed. Amazing. My friend Lulu lent it to me when I made my Afghan biscuits recently, and the original recipe is in this Edmonds cook book. Lulu bought it in New Zealand when she was living there, and she now has two sisters living over there so she has a real New Zealand connection over the ditch. I was pretty excited by this, and there is also a cheats recipe for Afghan biscuits in it which I have added to my recipe post for Afghan biscuits.
This is the photo of Afghan biscuits on the top left from the book, and others from the recipe book. I haven't made the cheat's version yet, but there are times when we need a cheats recipe based on a packaged cake mix to speed things up, don't you think? Take a look at all the products that Edmonds produce, similar to Betty Crocker, White Wings and the other packaged cake mix companies, however perhaps their claim to fame is their Sure to Rise Baking Powder. There are some great original recipes in it though. Lulu is in no hurry for its return so I am having fun with it in the meantime.
This Phalaenopsis orchid is a beauty and spends much of its flowering life in my kitchen, not today though.
Mr. HRK loves mulberries, and we are so happy that this potted mulberry is now bearing fruit, alas not that sweet so far and not enough to make a pie. However it is progress as last year it didn't bear fruit at all.
Our raised garden of Silverbeet continues to provide us with valuable greens at mealtimes. I tried some companion planting and the yellow marigolds seem to have successfully repelled the grubs. Each time I harvest the leaves, new ones grow, and this is the third flush of leaves ready for harvest again. I enjoy eating it steamed and served with butter and freshly grated nutmeg. Delicious.
An Ivy Bouganvillea below, always a source of vibrant colour in the Tropics.
Last week Mr. HRK and I drove up to Ballantyne's Strawberry Farm at Cameron's Pocket, just North of Mackay, which is where the Wintermoon Folk Festival is held each year, but not this year sadly because of the pandemic. There were lots of people filling punnets with hand picked strawberries, a few made their way home to my kitchen, but not many.
Morning tea was delicious. We chose strawberry crepes with homemade strawberry ice cream, made with fresh strawberries. I was tempted to try the Eton Mess, but crepes win me over every time.
Lots of happy strawberry pickers also soaking up the sunshine, not much social distancing in evidence though unfortunately.
This is my August submission to the #IMK series, hosted by Sherry from Sherry's Pickings. I hope you enjoyed reading it.Each month bloggers from around the world gather to share what is new in their kitchens. With local shopping being a challenge for many, and for me too, I am not purchasing much new stuff for my home or kitchen, however there is always plenty happening in my kitchen. Travel over to Sherry's blog to take a look at what everyone is doing.
You have a very beautiful and productive garden, Pauline. I love that special spoon too. So adorable and practical too.ReplyDelete
Thanks Angie, it's always nice to have something new and practical for the kitchen.Delete
Luscious flowers and I understand why so few strawberry made it home.ReplyDelete
Ha ha yes thanks Bernie,fresh strawberries are very moreish.Delete
i love that spoon rest pauline! funnily enough you will see one on my next IMK post:) hope you're doing well up there. we are so lucky here in QLD! my cousins, aunt etc are finding it quite tough down in victoria with the lockdown. I will add your IMK post manually. no worries. xxReplyDelete
I think those spoon rests are great, I'll be looking for other designs now.Thanks Sherry.Delete
Have added your IMK post!ReplyDelete
Wonderful, thanks so much Sherry, haven't got to that yet today.Delete
Pauline, I was halfway through writing when it disappeared. This has happened a bit lately with Blogger blogs for some reason including mine apparently. Anyway I had written that I love the colour of that creeper. Sadly I read today that needles had been found in some strawberries. I think it was in Brisbane. Our poor strawberry growers 🍓ReplyDelete
That has been happening to me a bit when commenting too Chel, and I find it takes a while for the Reply link to become active. Oh no, we remember that happening last year or the year before with strawberries and it devastated the industry.It's such a worry.ReplyDelete
I usually like cookbooks with pictures so I can see what the end product will look like but I love the Edmonds cookbook! :DReplyDelete
Lorraine thanks so much for the reminder, I have added the photo of the Afghan biscuits from the recipe book to my post. Take are, PaulineDelete
I love seeing your garden. It’s so beautiful.ReplyDelete
Oh thank so much Nil. It is a work in progress but we love it. I like seeing photos of yours as well, always interesting.Delete
I would love a lychee tree in my garden. And I never knew a mulberry bush could be potted. I think I better plant marigolds next in my vegetable garden. Thanks for the reminder. I think we will wear masks for a long time here!ReplyDelete
Our lychee tree doesn't produce many lychees unfortunately but it is a beautiful evergreen tree and I grow orchids on it and hang pots from it. I reckon the marigolds make a difference. Thanks for your comment Tandy, I am not digging my head in the sand, who knows things could turn around and we could be wearing masks in the next 12 months. Still being careful.Delete
I totally enjoyed reading your post. You have a nice garden space with some of the rare flowers i have never seen here. Even silver beet is not very common I only see in the farmers market. It looks like swiss chard which is growing well in my garden.ReplyDelete
How lovely to make home made strawberry ice cream and serving it with strawberry crepes.
Thanks so much Balvinder, I have never had swiss chard but it sounds very similar. So nice of you to comment. Hope you are well.Delete