An eventful Winter 2020

2020 has been a very trying year. Here in Australia along with the rest of the world we have had to cope with shortage of essentials and food, lockdowns and trying to remain happy in what has become a very eventful year. But, it has made us more resourceful and resilient. Most people are social distancing and being mindful and protective of others. With time on our hands we’ve reached out to help others more needy, and these troubled times have brought out the best and sadly in some cases the worst of people. All we can hope for is that this too will pass and it will be soon a memory.
I’ve been busy cooking and improving my sourdough baking. I have gone back to painting in oils, something I have neglected for almost 40 years! So we make the most of it as we should.
This winter I have enjoyed packham pears – They are cheap and plentiful. I love them firm and green, or soft and yellowish when ripe. They work well in a fruit salad, stewed in wine and sweet spices, pickled when firm, or grilled when semi ripe. I love them in a warm salad grilled until they take on a char and combined with grilled Haloumi cheese tossed with seasonal greens, combined with lightly toasted walnuts and dressed with good olive oil. Such an easy, tasty warm salad on a sunny winters day.
Check out this recipe in the recipe section.

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