belinda jeffery's news and events
1 may 2013
I mentioned last month that the sun had finally appeared after months of rain, and I’m absolutely delighted to report it has kept on shining! Hurray! It’s a real Indian summer - so mild that we’re still swimming on the weekends in the calm autumn seas, and have yet to unpack our winter woollies. Every day becomes precious as I know the cooler weather will arrive very soon and the days of having the doors and windows flung open to the breeze will be over. Not that I’m complaining, mind you, as I love the change in seasons and there’s something awfully comforting about closing up the house at night and being snug and warm. And of course, being a cook, I love the autumn produce that creeps into the farmers’ market.
Last week I counted no less than five different varieties of eggplants – striking mauve and white ones that look as though they’re covered in shot silk; pure while ovals with jaunty green stems; lurid little orange golf balls; taut-skinned black eggplant; and tiny finger-length Japanese ones. Of course I couldn’t resist and ended up buying some of each, and we now have eaten so much eggplant I’ve had to declare a moratorium on them... Well, for a time anyhow!
I also stocked up on jammy persimmons; sheaves of silver beet; new-season avocados; fuzzy little soybean pods that only need to be quickly steamed and tossed with a little sesame oil, chilli and sea salt before sucking out the earthy beans ( a lot of slurping but well worth it!): the mandarins and limes were so prolific that I’ve already made two lots of marmalade to replace our dwindling stocks (homemade marmalade on toast with a hot cup of tea is my idea of heaven, so I start to panic when it runs low); and last but definitely not least, luscious golden pears that yield satisfyingly when you bite into them. And it’s these pears that are featured in this month’s recipe – a truly scrumptious pear and caramel brioche cake with caramel sauce. It’s a bit more long-winded than most of the recipes I feature here, but please don’t be daunted by that as it’s not hard to make and the resulting cake tastes really special (but please don’t expect anything glamorous in the looks stakes as it’s very rustic and homely).
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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