This year seems to be passing me by way too quickly. I am so confused about what's next for me. I've had so many commitments of late that I have had very little free time to enjoy life and thus little to blog about. Food and cooking however have been a huge passion. I am loving my kitchen and am spending hours experimenting with recipes, digging up old magazine cut outs and tweaking some of my favourites.
I also took a little break and headed to South Australia. A change of pace and plenty of fresh produce and wineries to explore.
Maggie Beer has done wonderful things for the food industry in Australia - from restaurants to cook books and her own authentic produce. Her farmshop in Barossa Valley was a little difficult to find, but so very charming. It was the perfect pit stop on a bitterly cold and wet late autumn Sunday afternoon. The open fire in the corner hit the spot (as did the cheese picnic basket and glass of red wine).
I came home with some delicious quince paste, a bottle of verjuice for cooking as well as some of Maggie's olive oil and dukkah. The dukkah is incredible. The different nuts and seeds create the most intense flavour and surprise to the taste buds. Can't wait to use it as a coating for lamb.
I'm really excited about picking up this dress for those occasions when I feel like I have nothing to wear (which is a common occurance these days). Zip up and go. I think it can be cross seasonal and dressed up or down. Very happy with my latest buy.
If you are a fan of delicious, impeccable and decadent desserts, but don't live in Sydney to frequent Adriano Zumbo (see my post HERE), I do recommend Luxbite on Toorak Road in South Yarra. I work close by yet didn't stop in until last week when I was desperate for some cheer - the weather is bitingly cold already and winter hasn't even officially started and I've been doing some crazy hours at work. What's a girl to do?
Once in a while I get the urge to leave the city and spend time on my own. Thinking, dreaming, reflecting and planning. Writing lots and lots of lists. And eating delicious food and drinking wine. Last week I took a drive to the Yarra Valley and had lunch at Tokar Estate. A stunningly picturesque setting and delicious food indeed. A favourite new discovery. The autumn colours photographed wonderfully and the sunshine was out in force to top off a perfect day.