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Goodness, I feel as though I’ve blinked my eyes and July has gone in a flash...Where does the time go! I’ve no doubt that’s the catchcry of many of us these days. Life just seems to zoom by, and I constantly have to remind myself to stop, take a deep breath, and just be present in the moment. I know it’s a well-worn phrase, but it’s so very true, and the more I do it, the calmer and more centred I feel. It may not last for long, but at least it’s a start!
And I think I shall be needing plenty of those deep breaths these next few weeks, as I have a big photographic shoot coming up for my next book, travel on the horizon, and rather a lot of work to get through before either happens. Still, I feel so very fortunate to do what I do; how I do it; and where I do it; and it’s in those quiet moments of breathing that I‘m reminded of all that is good in my life.
Right now, that’s not hard to feel, as it is a truly sparkling winter’s day, and the garden is looking shiny, gorgeous, and surprisingly colourful as all the grevilleas and bromeliads are blooming. As I’ve been writing this, two small brown honeyeaters have been flitting around a patch of bromeliads outside my window, feeding on the nectar from their flowers. They hover over each flower just like hummingbirds, their little wings beating rapidly as they sip - it’s truly wonderful. Both also come for a dip in a large shallow bowl of water that I use to float flowers. As it turns out, this bowl has become quite a meeting place for all sorts of wildlife. At various times it’s a watering hole for birds, frogs (especially tiny green tree frogs that then cling tenaciously to my window, their tummies pressed up against the glass), dragonflies, wasps…and occasionally my neighbour’s dog! It’s so lovely to look out on when my eyes tire of the computer screen. In fact, I’ll share a photo with you that Rodney Weidland, the hugely talented photographer I work with, took of one of the honey eaters having its bath – I absolutely love it; it’s just so joyful!
And that seems a perfect note to finish on…Oh, no, not quite; I forgot to mention this month’s recipe! It’s for one of my favourite cakes – a rather gorgeous, pistachio and lime syrup cake, that I make again and again at this time of year when limes are so plentiful. It’s simple, but lovely, and its pomegranate and pistachio topping make it look really beautiful. I hope you enjoy it.
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Upcoming events and classes
In October (20th and 21st) I shall be giving cooking classes at the Accoutrement Cooking School in Sydney to celebrate the publication of my new book, Belinda Jeffery’s Utterly Delicious, Simple Food. If you would like to find out more about the classes, go to Accoutrement
I shall also be holding a hands-on class featuring recipes from my new book at one of my favourite cooking schools, the Pepper Tree Kitchen in Lismore, on Wednesday 8th October. For more information contact Helen Nott on (02) 6622 0180.
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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