Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Hello dear friends, what are your plans for the upcoming Easter week? Have you got anything special planned? A holiday perhaps or maybe that long-awaited long weekend break?
Well, for me, we usually gather for a backyard barbecue at home or at my in-laws or sometimes hubby and I would go for a weekend away somewhere in the country. This year I'm totally on my own. No husband or daughter to spend my Easter long weekend with. My daughter is studying and working as a casual teacher in Sweden and hubby is on a European history tour with his year 11 -12 students for 3 weeks. The thought of my husband being away brought some anxieties. Lots of things to take on; the garden, chickens, birds, the dog on top of my demanding job. One week on, I realised that being alone wasn't that scary after all. In fact, I am using this as a breathing space to reflect on my spiritual journey and solitary thinking. I managed the household without too much drama and enjoy some tea time alone. I have been experimenting and testing my ability in baking and cooking(with my dog as critic) playing with the ingredients which are readily available from our garden.
Thank you dear friends for visiting and I really appreciate all your sweet messages. Wishing you all a happy and safe week.
Two cups of flour, some butter, a couple of fresh eggs, three overripe bananas, our home grown apples, sprinkle of sugar and a pinch of care. Equals a delectable tea cake.
Dainty teaspoon, almost out of grip but its message makes my heart leap.
An old silver knife and fork with a handle made of ivory, a little rusty but retained its intricate beauty.
All that chopping, peeling and whisking, were all worthwhile. As I was rewarded with this another perfectly baked banana, peach and apple tea cake.
A little bit of modification and some common sense, to create something so simple yet so delightful.
Nature has its way of showing appreciation after the rain, the vine of Panama Red passionfruit is teeming with golden green succulent treasure.
Some blemish-free banana peppers, not so sweet, not so fiery. Rich in vitamin C, full of flavour specially when stuffed when herbs and something cheesy.
Birds eye chillies, please don't underestimate, they make look tiny but once tasted, its intensity could last for days.
Yellow pear tomatoes, must be the last crop of the season. As the weather is now cooling down, as we go deeper in Autumn.
Rosemary, Basil, parsley and thyme. I've gathered them for drying, in preparation for colder months.
Recycled olive oil tin, it matches the table cloth I purchased from a vintage store in Amsterdam.
My rose garden never cease to amaze me, as they continue to offer the best of their ability.