Back to Spring after months away

After a confusing winter, because I was away for most of it: first a month in tropical Sri Lanka on another culinary tour, and then enjoying two months of Northern summer. Now I am back in Sydney and it is spring. Yes, it has been confusing because when I left Europe early this month autumn was settling in with the trees just changing colour, and there was a noticeable nip in the air. So coming into Sydney where the weather was warming and trees and plants were in in flower took a little bit of adjusting to.

My time away was wonderful. The culinary tour of Sri Lanka with all the cooking demonstrations was a lot of work but so enjoyable, particularly cooking with great fresh produce and seafood and introducing the group to new flavours, delicious tropical fruit and an endless array of fresh spices and medicinal herbs. I’m so looking forward to planning two tours scheduled for 2018. More on this later.

We had a great English summer with mostly sunny days and again visiting beautiful gardens and restaurants set in gardens where we feasted on fresh local produce. I even managed to cook up Sri Lankan hoppers for 70 at a cafe in London – this was hard work – exhausting but enjoyable. This was followed later by a private hopper-making class.
France, Spain and Italy after the UK meant lots more travelling and lots more delicious food. The local markets and quality produce available was a delight and we had fun sampling and enjoying it all. I managed to take in a cooking class in Tuscany, and this was an experience I’ll never forget. It was in the kitchen of an old abbey, Badia a Colibuono, with beautiful countryside, great wines and olive oil, and cooking with freshly picked produce. I have come back refreshed and rejuvenated!