belinda jeffery's news and events
1 april 2013
As I sit writing this I have the office window flung open, for it’s a truly glorious autumn afternoon. The sun is low on the horizon and its last rays are bathing the grevilleas in a soft golden glow. The thrum of mowers is my background sound-track, and the fragrance of newly-cut grass is wafting in on the breeze – it’s such a treat! We’ve had a very long wet spell throughout summer, and to be starting April on a sunshine-y note is a welcome change.
The temperature is yet to drop significantly, however during the last few weeks I’ve found myself pulling on a light blanket in the wee small hours of the night. I’m enjoying every minute of this gentle transition to cooler weather, especially as the humidity is lessening and the lovely crisp, dry air of autumn is only a whisker away.
It’s a time when I find myself revitalised to get out into the garden again. Whereas in summer it’s a battle just to keep on top of the incredible rate of growth, April brings a slowing down and a chance to catch up. I suspect my pruning shears are going to get a bashing these next few weeks, as everything has trebled in size with all the rain! Still, I shall enjoy every minute of it for I love being outdoors, and it will be so good to get the veggie patch back in some sort of order as it’s been a battle to grow anything successfully with the constant rain. However, despite that we’ve had an abundance of finger-length cucumbers (so sweet we just hose them off and munch on them), and the spinach has gone berserk. But I rather think the grasshoppers have eaten more of the mint, basil and lettuces than we have!
After a very hectic March, I’m hoping this will be steady writing month for me. As many of you know, the beginning of March saw a makeover of this website, and I’ve been really delighted with the response I’ve had to it. Many of you have written to say how much you like it, which is so encouraging, thank you. My latest book, simply called Belinda Jeffery from the Lantern Cookery Classics series also came out hot on the heels of Desserts, which was launched in October last year, and the response to both of these has been terrific.
I must admit, I’m also looking forward to doing some cool weather cooking - it will be a lovely change of pace after months of salads and barbecues, and a treat to use some different produce. For it seems as though all of a sudden the branches of our mandarin, lime and lemon trees are weighed down with fruit; and the winter greens that like cool feet are sprouting new leaves daily. And in the farmers’ market, the stone fruits of summer have given way to pears, persimmons, pineapples and dragon fruit; while the vegetable stalls are laden with fragrant bunches of dill, pencil-thin leeks, and no end of mushrooms.
And on that note, I should probably sign off, for it’s those earthy autumn mushrooms that star in this month’s recipe for a rather fabulous coiled mushroom, dill and pecan strudel. I hope you enjoy it!
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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