belinda jeffery's news and events
1 june 2013
June, and winter has begun in earnest. Overnight the temperature has dropped at least 4 or 5 degrees, and I’m now rugged-up from head to toe when I go out on my early morning walk. However although it’s brisk, I do love this weather and find it has all sorts of compensations, not the least of which is the advent of our local avocado season. One of my neighbours has an avocado farm on the outskirts of town and leaves a box of ‘seconds’ at the end of his driveway for locals to buy. It beats me why they’re called seconds as they usually have the tiniest imperfections – often the only one being that they’re too big!! It’s an honesty system where you leave the money in a box and help yourself - at 2 or 3 avocados for $1 it’s an absolute bargain, and there is always a steady stream of walkers beating a path to his gate and departing laden with avocados. And they’re such beauties too; when I get home, I’ll often scoop out the flesh of one and squash it onto a slice of sourdough toast for breakfast…it’s such a treat!
On the cooking front things have quietened down a little this month as I’m beavering away trying to get my next book written. Rodney, my photographer, has been staying for a week while we photographed recipes for the book, and as always it was a madcap, non-stop cooking marathon where the house was turned upside down as props, food and photographic equipment were squeezed into every spare inch of space. We usually do this a number of times over the course of a book, and every time I’m amazed at how our small house seems to take a huge breath and expand outwards for the duration, then once it’s all over it heaves an almighty sigh and returns to normal. I must admit I feel as though I do something similar, as I’m pretty tightly keyed up for the shoot, and a few days after it’s over I suddenly feel my shoulders drop as I too return to normal. Well, as normal as I can be!
I wasn’t sure what recipe to share this month, however when the lovely tomato grower at my local farmers’ market gave me a bag filled with slender red and yellow capsicums which are incredibly crisp and sweet, I knew I would have to use them in some way. The resulting recipe, a rather special frittata, makes a lovely winter’s lunch or light supper – I hope you enjoy it!
P.S. I shall be giving a hands-on cooking class at the Pepper Tree Kitchen in Lismore on Wednesday 3rd of July. If you’re interested in attending please contact:
The Pepper Tree Kitchen on 02 6622 0180.
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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