It’s late spring and BBQ season here in Adelaide, so recently we have been giving our gas and charcoal BBQs a workout. We like cooking on the grill because of the ease of clean up, especially on a busy week night after work. Some simply seasoned meat, a salad and that’s dinner done.
Last night featured thick pork loin chops, marinated with a little soy while the grill heated up. The salad was a simple mix of two types of cabbage, purple and white, finely sliced on the mandolin, a grated carrot, two spring onions cut into rings, a red capsicum (bell pepper) and some ripped coriander leaves.
To follow with the an Asian theme I whipped up a dressing for the salad with a combination of soy, canola oil, a drop of sesame oil, a squeeze of fresh lime and a few teaspoons of a sesame nut spread that we normally use for toast. The salt of the soy sauce was balanced by the sweetness of the nut spread and the addition of lime created a freshness that matched the season!
A grind of fresh pepper on the chops, toss the salad and serve up. A thirty minute meal for busy people. Leftover slaw for my lunch. What could be finer?
Adelaide’s spring is a fickle affair, one day 16 degrees (62F) and blowing a gale, the next 30 (90F) and clear blue skies. But one thing is for sure. After the winter rain, the weeds make an appearance along with the first buds and fruits. Andrew has pulled out the worst of the weeds and now the garden is looking grand!
We have a brand new fig tree planted about a year ago and it is already showing good-sized fruit. The apricot tree is full of small apricots this year and if the birds don’t get too many, it could be a bumper crop. The first tomatoes and basil have been planted and the herbs are looking lush after all that rain and cool weather. Adelaide summers are long, hot and dry so this is probably the greenest our garden will be for a little while now.
The change of weather causes a craving for lighter meals and a few Friday nights ago we dined at the very old school Ding Hao on Gouger Street by the Central Market where we enjoyed some sang choy bow and beer!
My Italian Language Meetup group gets together each fortnight on a Sunday morning for ‘un caffè e una chiacchierata’ – coffee and a chat – in italian. Where there’s caffè, there’s usually biscotti!
I welcome spring and riding my bike home from work in daylight, dining al fresco, watching the garden grow, breakfast on the verandah before work, long weekend breakfasts, planning BBQs and recipes we can make with the bounty from our garden and enjoying a cold beverage at the end of a long day while the sun goes down.
Hello everyone. It’s winter here in Adelaide and I’ve been a very busy girl. My blog has been somewhat quiet but that’s just because I’ve been busy setting up a companion blog about my Italian passion, particularly the Abruzzo region. The new blog is called ‘With my heart in Abruzzo‘. It combines stories from visits to Abruzzo as well as memories, heritage and food topics related to the region. I will continue to publish posts on this blog as well. I’m going to have to be a bit more disciplined I can see! So stay tuned to both blogs if you like and drop me a comment if you want. Ciao for now. MLT
P.S. My new blog is featured on the Abruzzo Blogger Community along with other blogs that promote the Abruzzo and all it has to offer. So pop over and have a look at some of the wonderful posts!
Speedy is an amazing little creature with no end to his curiosity. In the garden he is always on the move, investigating, sniffing or digging. He’ll chew anything. So far he has left the garlic chives alone…
Autumn is my favourite time of year. Finally, out come the cozy corduroy trousers, knitted vests and scarves, and bike commutes that don’t make you all sweaty and give you helmet hair. But best of all are the autumn fruits and veggies. Apples, pears, pomegranates, persimmons, grapes, cauliflower, garlic, butternut squash and the rest.
To celebrate the season we poached some d’Anjou pears in a local Shiraz and served with a quenelle of mascarpone.
Tomorrow, the 10th of April will be seven years since we lost our mother Louise and I know we all think of her daily. More often than not I think of her in the kitchen. The place where she prepared so many meals for her six children and anyone we brought home with us. The room with a table around which 12 people could sit comfortably. Where there was always a light on and a chance to talk about your day.
Today, the day before what would have also been her 88th birthday, my husband decided to cook one of my mother’s favourite dishes in her honour. The dish she always ordered when it was available. A dish that spoke volumes of her Italian heritage – spaghetti con cozze.
The mussels Andrew cooked came from a farm in Port Lincoln here in South Australia. They were big and juicy and oh so fresh. Quickly cooked with some parsley, garlic, fresh tomato and white wine. Simple and tasty. Louise on a plate.
I’m excited to start taking some pics with my new Panasonic DMC-TZ40. I’m not quite ready for a full on digital SLR camera. I’ve enjoyed a previous Lumix and the controls here are familiar. This photo was taken with my iPad 2.