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{ Monthly Archives } May 2012

FO Report – Mermaid Gloves

Before I even get to the beauty, comfort and all-round knitaliciousness that make up these gloves, two very important points are worth mentioning. 1) These gloves have been a long time coming. I cast them on the first time M and I went to Tasmania, which was (err umm) June 2009. Blimey! Three years! Anyway, […]

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Sticky and triumphant

I can make relish, jam and pickles, but I always assumed marmalade was in the advanced category. I think it’s because every recipe I read gave finicky and painstaking instructions regarding the removal of pith, zesting the skin, fine slivers of lime peel curling like the eyelashes of kittens…I’m as impressed by a croquembouche as […]

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Black Coffee update: Coffee and a slice of humble pie

Okay, I’m sorry Black Coffee tunic. It was out of line for me to gripe so noisily about the length of your collar. I believed I described it as a load of codswollop-sprinkled bullshit that I should have to knit for nine inches. And I was right, but my anger was misdirected. Next time I […]

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Stockpiling IV (c0da)

There’s no point stockpiling and taking advantage of autumn’s abundance if you’re not laying down the groundwork for next season: For the record: today I planted shallots, broccoli, beets and snow peas. (This is less about writing an informative blog post than it is about reminding me what I planted.) Having pulled up all the […]

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Stockpiling III

bethini had a pickle party and nobody was invited but her and Gojira becuase THAT’S WHAT MAKES A PICKLE PARTY Y’ALL. Tight. (Also a friend dropped by and asked how it was going. It was going well.) I did relish; I did carrots; next up: backyard sourcing. Time to harvest some beets, friends. Frosts are […]

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Stockpiling II

As you can see, I’m pickling. The earth turns, seasons change, the kitchen moves with it. Pickled carrots combine two of my fav-our-ite things, so let’s go! I used this recipe from My Own Ideas, and it was easy as anything. (I haven’t tasted the results yet, which makes this blog post arguably premature.) Put […]

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Stockpiling I

It’s wintry lately. Fog on the Brindabellas, frost on the car, etc. I could go on, but you get it. Winter draws its sexy cloak o’er the land and the fruits and vegetables swoon from the stalks. It’s stockpile time! Food traditions are interesting: in particular, I get a kick out of “use it up” […]

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The pages turn on

My hard heart — Helen Garner This book of short fiction is another of my Library discoveries: I’ve heard Helen Garner’s name a lot — she’s pretty big in Australian literature — so I grabbed this book of short fiction to gain a taste of her work. It’s pretty awesome; the stories focus on the […]

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First world problems

My Dadini just came back from a trip up towards the north coast. While away, he stayed with some old friends who are avocado growers. Guess what I have many of? Many delicious, uber-ripe green friends are now crowding my fridge. A mix of Shepherd and Hass, if you’re interested. I’m not even sure how […]

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