Some Of My Favourite Things..at the moment
I thought I’d share a few things with you today that’ve been inspiring me lately. Around three weeks ago I did a floral arranging class and met the lovely Corinna from Hunter and Ivy. Corinna is an Interior Stylist and Designer, her work is beautiful, she kindly did a shout out for my blog on her Facebook Page. Corinna commented that she’d frame this picture any day of the week! It’s a picture I took at my brothers place in the country for My Easter Saturday post.
It was timely as I’d been thinking of framing this picture for a while, so got two copies made, one for Corinna and one for myself which I framed yesterday. I have to say I love it. If anybody would like to buy a copy of this 12 x 8 inch glossy print (note: print for sale only, does not include the frame), simply click on my Farm Store link above and I’ll happily post it anywhere worldwide.
The second thing that’s been inspiring me lately is vintage silver. I love visiting charity/vintage stores to see if they have any on their shelves and get very excited when they do. I’ve set myself a limit though of $5 for a small piece and $10 for a bigger, grander piece..it’s a fun challenge. Arranging flowers in my silver finds feeds my soul and enjoying the flowers brings me so much peace.
A while ago, I promised I’d do a review of Gwyneth Paltrow’s book “It’s All Good”. I figure everyone’s got the book by now so will say a few things about it. I’ve tried a few of the recipes..the chocolate brownies, thai style chicken burgers, japanese chicken meatballs but so far the recipe I’ve made the most is the fresh ginger tea. It’s winter here in Australia, so have had my moments of feeling unwell, like this morning woke up with a slight sore throat. When I feel like that I make this ginger tea and it gets me back on track, it’s really good. I keep all the ingredients on hand now, so I can make it when I feel like it. It’s the tea equivalent of a big warm hug!
“It’s All Good” is beautifully photographed, I found the brownies dense, I had to have a drink of water after taking a bite to help me swallow. For me this kind of eating is a gradual thing I filter into my cooking. My husband doesn’t mind eating healthy but is still embracing it so I don’t cook from this book every day. Having said that I’m going to choose a recipe from it to make tonight and think it’s a wonderful book you should have in your cookbook collection, it will change our eating life.
Fresh Ginger Tea
I used a microplane grater to grate the ginger.
The best way to peel ginger is with a teaspoon, this quick video will show you how it’s done.
1 tsp very finely grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp honey or good quality maple syrup
1 cup boiling water
Place all ingredients in a jug, stir and strain into a teacup.