Category Archives: Food

“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” ~ W.C. Fields

Mystic Kitten

I spotted this blackboard wisdom at Jeanneret Wines in the Clare Valley today on a tour around the valley with the purpose of restocking our dwindling wine rack. After what feels like an eternal winter the pickings are looking slim & we agreed it was time to go & grab some of our favourites.
 
The cellar door at Jeanneret is probably our favourite of all cellar doors. A few kilometres up from the famous Skillogalee it is a little haven hidden away where the romance fills the glass because they have learned how to bottle beauty. The roads are rough but the view is beautiful & serene. I am in love with this little gem & if fate ever smiles my way with a lotto win this will be my first point of call.
 
Now the guy who runs the cellar door is known to some as Richard, but to those of us repeat offenders we know him as Dickie. He is a splendid fella & chatting to him is just as special as the wines he (liberally) pours for tasting. The feeling here is that you are welcome – take a seat. Sit by the fire & enjoy your tasting – once you get to the Rank & File Shiraz this is exactly what you will want to do & you will want to savour every drop.
 
Another resident of this little establishment is a sly cat who we refer to as ‘Sink Kitty’. He is the second incarnation & is a healthy vintage of 19 years. He lays about in the old sink by the window where he can keep an eye on newcomers & likes a pat & a piece of cheese. His predecessor lived a long 27 years & you would be correct in thinking maybe they have the key to a long life out here. Good wine, good cheese, a small forest of gum trees, glorious vines & an attitude that kicks the ass of any other winery in the region.
 
We bought as much as the plastic would allow – but not so much we won’t have to come back just as soon as the season changes. I am already looking forward to our next adventure at Jeanneret…

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Strawberry & Lemon

Finally found my favourite Schweppes Pink Lemonade & bought every bottle they had in the store… Now I just have to convince them to order me a whole case 🙂

I remember this as a child & it tasted like magic to me. My first sip was like being 6 years old again – only with the power to drink as much of it as I liked. 🙂

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Autumn Cravings

I am craving oranges.
Or maybe it’s orange cake.
Must find a good recipe…
And then make it look like this… OMG. Why don’t we have 24 hour supermarkets here?

It’s raining outside, finally. It’s been an annoyingly summery 28 degrees all week & now it’s the weekend it’s cooled down & here comes the rain. My roof is leaking again though. The roof is leaking & the shower drain in blocked in my bathroom, water everywhere. I am sure there’s irony in there.

It would be nice to have a slice of orange cake to make the day slightly more zingy and fruity fresh.

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Nothing Else Matters

I walked out into the kitchen & told Corsmor we are pregnant this morning. It is very, very early but it was a certain positive. He held me tight & his happiness filled me with hope.

We took a short walk in the forest & went blackberry picking. As Corsmor ate handfuls of berries, his hands stained burgundy, he nicknamed our baby ‘Pip’.

This news we have waited for does not feel real – but I am filled with joy & it does not leave my mind for a minute.

I am tired & calm & it is the end of a very surreal day.

I feel as if we are beginning something. Something that is truly ours is happening. It is life.

So close no matter how far
Couldn’t be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
And nothing else matters
 
Never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don’t just say
And nothing else matters
 
Trust I seek and I find in you
Every day for us something new
Open mind for a different view
And nothing else matters
 
Never cared for what they do
Never cared for what they know
But I know

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Pumpkin Love

Had a wonderful Pumpkin Soup for tea made by my dear husband, with my Mum’s awesome recipe. When I got married Mum gave me a hand written book full of all the favourite recipes created by the women in my family. Slowly we are making our way through the book & adding our own touches & new recipes. One day I hope to pass it on.