In digest: week ending 7 February 2016

It was a rare week in our kitchen – all the main-meal dishes of food we prepared were tried and true favourites. No recipe discoveries. No experiments. No radical departures. Just a series of palate-pleasing, reliable regulars. Think barbecued beef steak, Weber-roasted pork belly, barbecued chicken thigh fillets, veal schnitzel and chargrilled calamari. Although, if we were vegetarians, the zucchini-and-feta-fritter innovation would count as the base on which to build a main meal.

No, last week, our quest for ‘new’ was channelled into home-furnishing, with the installation of modern interior shutters on our four largest windows.

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And, on top of that, our dance-card was particularly congested: lots of late-season produce to process – green tomatoes converted to pickle, figs to jam and basil to pesto; and five days of looking after our grand-dog, Stevie Nicks.

Trainee kitchen hand

Trainee kitchen hand

Tomorrow, Stevie will head home to Healesville, along with a batch of a rare summer treat for her family – cold cucumber soup. But that, my friends, is a story for another day.

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About rmgtravelsandfood

Maggie and I are both in our mid-60s and live in Melbourne, Australia. This blog is devoted to our shared passions for travel and fine dining at home. As cooks, we are skilful and adventurous within a framework of mainly traditional ingredients and techniques, and we aim to prepare nutritious food that looks good and tastes delicious. Our evolving repertoire is influenced by both our travels and Melbourne's vibrant food culture. While we are young enough, our priority travel destinations are overseas, although we do spend a few weekends each year exploring south-eastern Australia. As travellers, we are most comfortable with a combination of organised and independent touring. Our first overseas journey together was to Italy in the northern autumn of 2008. We later travelled in France (2009), Spain (2011), Singapore and Cambodia (2012/13). All trips from 2014 onwards are documented in this blog.
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