belinda jeffery's news and events
1 august 2013
Oh gosh, how can it be the end of winter already! Even now as I look around my garden I can see signs that Spring isn’t far away - the jasmine is tipped with delicate pink buds; our mulberry tree is covered with a fuzz of pale green fruit; the first shoots of spring-flowering bulbs are starting to push up out of the ground; and my citrus trees, which it seems only a moment ago were laden with fruit, are now dotted with a starburst of fragrant flowers. Lovely as this all is, I’m not quite sure that I’m ready for it yet,as the arrival of spring is also a timely reminder that the deadline for my next book is looming ever closer, and I still have much to do.
That said, in the moments when I’m not head down writing (even though I probably should be!) I’ve been giving my preserving pan a bashing by cooking batch after batch of marmalade. I find the whole process of making it – slicing the fruit, tying the pips up in muslin, squeezing the juice, and ladling the marmalade into its jars - incredibly peaceful and soothing, and of course, at the end there is the supremely satisfying feeling of seeing the jars all lined up in a row, and treating myself to a big dollop of marmalade on toast. In fact I’ve been so prolific that I now have a whole shelf in my pantry dedicated to marmalade of every hue. So far the cache includes lemon; West Indian lime and mandarin; orange, lemon, lime and ruby grapefruit; and my mum’s cumquat marmalade (I always remember her saying that making it was a labour of love, and she isn’t wrong! Still, one taste makes me realise just how worthwhile all that effort is.)
However, I’m aware I shall have to curtail my preserving soon or the book won’t get written, for I’m awfully good at procrastinating rather than doing the task at hand! And on that note I should probably get back to work, but before I go, I hope that you enjoy this month’s recipe for little honey crèmes – they’re a great favourite of mine as they’re so simple to make and taste utterly delicious.
The fabulous Sample Food Festival in Bangalow kicks off on Saturday September 7th, and it’s well worth marking the date in your diary. It’s a truly special day – there’s fantastic food, cooking demonstrations, great music, a showcase of local produce, and that wonderful chilled-out vibe for which the Byron region is justly famous. I’m one of the judges for the Golden Fork awards, so please drop by and say hello if you’re passing.
A little further down the track in October, one of the best food events I’ve ever been to, the Food & Words Festival, gets underway in Sydney. At this stage the program is still under wraps, but I shall keep you posted.
Belinda’s ABC interview details:
To see my in-depth television interview with Jane Hutcheon from ABC's One plus One, click here...www.abc.net.au/oneplusone
To listen to my radio interview with ABC Brisbane’s Mary-Lou Stephens about my latest cookbook, Desserts click here...
My favourite charity
Just A Drop - www.justadrop.org
My lovely sister-in-law, Fiona Jeffery, started this international water aid charity in 1998 when she learnt that less than $2 can deliver clean water to a child for up to 10 years. From this knowledge, and her passion and commitment, Just a Drop was born, based on the premise that if people can be encouraged to give a little then collectively we can make a huge difference. I’m so proud of all she has achieved over the years and encourage you to visit the site and see the fantastic work they do.
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