belinda jeffery's news and events
I somewhat suspect that we never really grow up, and that there are certain things that continue to delight us no matter what age we are. For me, one of those things is treating myself to the last little dabs of leftover batter when I’ve made a cake. I run my finger around the bowl; the spatula gets licked from top to bottom; and every skerrick of batter is assiduously scraped off the beaters and into my mouth! I don’t know why it is, but that batter always tastes better than the finished cake. What’s brought me to these musings is that I’m busy cleaning cake batter off my keyboard, as I rather overenthusiastically launched myself into writing this only to find I still had splotches of it on both hands…Goodness knows how I missed those; I must be slipping! The batter is from this month’s recipe for lemon, blueberry and sour cream cake, which is going to serve as a birthday cake tonight for a very dear friend. It’s a really lovely cake – light and lemony, with the jammy indigo berries adding little bursts of sweetness.
I must admit it was a no-brainer to feature a blueberry recipe this month, as it’s blueberry time where I live and we’ve been indulging ourselves with them while they last. Our local blueberry grower sells them by the bucketful, and I scatter them willy-nilly into pancakes, pikelets, fruit salad, pies and cakes - it feels to be such a luxury to do so.
Apart from my blueberry-inspired baking frenzy, which will no doubt continue for a few weeks yet, February is shaping up to be a steady month of getting on top of things – or so I keep telling myself. What’s that expression about the road to hell being paved with good intentions!
I’ve had two bits of lovely news to start the month – the first, is that I have a new book being published in early October this year; and the second, is that I’m about to sign a contract for another one. I must admit that I’m thrilled to bits to be doing so, and can’t quite believe that it will be my seventh book.
I’m also busy planning some events which are taking place a bit later in the year. The first two events will be held in April at the Food of Orange District (F.O.O.D) Week. As part of this wonderful week, which showcases the local produce and fine food of the region, I shall be talking about food, cooking, writing recipes, cookbooks and more with one of my all-time favourite food writers, Barbara Sweeney; and giving a combined cooking class and lunch at the lovely Old Convent at Borenore (near Orange). For more information, follow this link to the Food and Words website, http://bit.ly/L7INB2
Later in the year, 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 http://accoutrement.com.au/WebModules/Pub/ClassesPage.aspx?idx=10
And that’s it from me – more than enough for the start of a year! I hope you enjoy this month’s recipe, and I look forward to reading your comments.
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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