Suddenly, winter…

It’s the 21st of June and the winter solstice here in the southern hemisphere.  Adelaide is putting on a true winter day for us; cold, dark and quite rainy.

Each season brings its own wonderment – different sights, sounds, events, foods and attitudes. But the period from Australia Day on 26 January, until the end of April, is special in Adelaide. It’s the festival season and we spend so much time outdoors.

It was summer

Then it was autumn

Autumn stayed warm, but with cool nights.

Lunch with friends at Oliver’s Taranga vineyard

A perfect autumn celebration of continuous food and wine.  Seriously, we had to tell them to stop!  Delicious flavours and passionate crew hard at work all afternoon.

 

And then Italy

I was fortunate to travel to Italy again this year to study Italian and travel. I’ve documented some of that trip on my other blog here.

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And now winter

It’s time to recharge the batteries.  What’s not to like about baking, stews, soups, winter salads, wooly layers and rainy Sundays with cat snuggles. And a trip to Sydney is on the books.

Winter, I’m ready for you.

 

Pork chops and cabbage salad

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 weeknight 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 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?

A simple dinner, yet so satisfying.

Spring round up

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.

Felice primavera a tutti! Happy spring everyone.