Finally I've settled back into home routines after our time spent travelling, and what a pleasure it's been to once again fossick around in the kitchen.
Many months ago I was a lucky recipient of a tiny package of Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial's world famous soughdough starter, 'Priscilla'. Unfortunately circumstances conspired against me until this week - when 'Lisa Marie', daughter of 'Priscilla' finally entered the building!
A novice sourdough baker, before taking the plunge, I read every relevant post on Celia's blog - where she so generously shares her expertise, tips and step by step photographs. My first efforts were quickly devoured by the family - with instructions to make more! So, while I have much to learn about the art and science of sourdough baking, I will definitely be giving it my best go! I'm hooked!
Gifted a beautiful bottle of homemade vanilla essence a couple of years ago - that I used to the last drop - I've been inspired to make a batch of my own! Glenys, you are my inspiration!
We've had an abundance of plump juicy Meyer lemons this year, so I was thrilled when a generous friend provided me with her family recipe! The colour and aroma of the macerating lemon rind is quite wonderful! Thanks so much, Anna!
My amazing 89 year old mother-in-law, Maria, has been making these dry cured Kalamata olives. They are stunning on a meze plate, dusted with a little freshly grated lemon rind. I think another culinary lesson is in order!
Finally, I would like to extend my grateful thanks to wonderful Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for not only for hosting this amazing series - check it out here - but for inspiring cooks, like myself, everywhere! Thank you so much, Celia!