Saturday, March 20, 2010

food for thought

After a rough couple of weeks I am re-indulging in the simple pleasures of cooking.  Amongst my treats from North America were some Mint Chocolate Hershey Chipits!  After having stored them in the fridge over summer in a container with my cocoa power, it has taken on a hint of mint rendering it unmixable with other flavours.  My solution - Chocolate Choc Chip Cookies....

I put half the dough in the fridge for baking later in the week so I don't eat them all at one and ensure I share!

I have also been reaping the rewards of my lovely herb garden.  the basil has be going strong and I've put some in pots to give away to several friends..

and added it to breakfast
I wouldn't win any awards for my presentation, but it tasted amazing!

The rocket is getting a good work out in salads and the parsley is ready to be re potted too for sharing.  My shade house is really paying off.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Woman and Home - January 1958

a vintage find at the boat shed market in adelaide on saturday is full of food for thought....

The kitchen is very much the heart of the home in these days - and, if the family can do their work at a table there, it is cosy for them and company for the housewife.  Meals served in the kitchen can always be piping hot, too.


sensible advice
' how could any girl feel at ease if she knew that she had only the one set of clothes she had on, which was in first class order?  The keeping of our own wardrobes is an almost full spare-time job for any girl.  If you doubt it the consider:
How do you keep your dressing table?
How do you keep your chest of draws?
How do you keep your shoes?  Your stockings?
How do you keep your jewellery?  
Your hats?

A single girl only has herself to look after;  her clothes and all her accessories should be kept perfectly.  If not how will she manage when she has (a) a husband and (b) a husband and a family plus herself to care for?

the 2010 me would fail in 1958.  I wonder if a 1958 me would also fail...
I hear the faint whisper of ' spinster' and 'such a shame' ' she's a lovely girl... just ... headstrong/independent....'

but then they say / said a way to a man's heart is through is stomach
so maybe the pineapple puff would be my redemption

or my fancy entertaining??

a complete story to pass the time??

Petra didn't know if she wanted to marry Neville or not.
She was twenty-nine.  That fact should not have swayed her decision one way or another, of course.  She had always sworn she would never look upon marriage merely as an escape from spinsterhood, and yet - and yet . . . Well, time was passing, swiftly and ever more swiftly, and she had not met anyone she liked better than Neville....

I have a funny feeling she doesn't marry Neville.... someone much better comes along and sweeps her off her feet in the most romantic of ways, maybe...

and finally some grooming tips to help me on my way

how things have changed?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

and the garden grows

my herbs are getting more love and attention than i give myself sometimes and they are coming along...

my rocket rocks - second sewing starting to show
the first few leaves plucked were delish

the basil is thriving and needs to be thinned and replanted

the chives are very happy
a new thyme plant is wild while the seeds are slow
a little chilli is just starting
the parsley was a slow starter but making a good show
and the corriander is also reluctant but coming along

my shade house is protecting them not only from harsh sun but the current storms
next job is to replant some seedlings to share the love