Kitchen News – 8th November 2012

Week 5 already and the fete and the launch are behind us – what a huge few weeks they were! First up: the fete! We had a successful day at the SAKGP stall selling the beautiful new book alongside hand-crafted chutneys, pickles and bouillons with blood orange marmalade and chilli jam too*! Thanks to Emma & Grace for their work (and skills in packing away the canopy…!)

Next: the book launch! We had around 75 children and 27 adults contributing their time and skills to the relentless roster of prepping, cooking, serving and shepherding – the atmosphere in the cottage was akin to a harmonious 5-star hotel kitchen (with chefs of a diminutive stature) and helpers up to their eyeballs in instructions… I need to say another MASSIVE thanks to all the helpers, and especially to Rosa and Phillip who gave not only bricks and mortar but also time and sweat in the midday sun to contribute to our success! All our VIP guests & press loved everything and the day was fantastic.

Ok, this week’s menu: the big hit is the return of our globe artichokes with lemon vinaigrette; also starring is soft polenta with broad beans and spring onions; a salad of wild rocket, fennel and green lentils; curly endive, silverbeet and parsley soup; and a quick-flipped fine herb omelette. Superyummy – the feathered girls are getting nary a look in!

Recipes will be up here anon!

*The Bondi Makers and Growers market starts at our school next Saturday 17th November –come along and see me there: I’ll be there sizzling organic, preservative-free sausages and selling more jars of chilli jam! Nom nom. See you there!

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