Bits and pieces

by Bonnie Pockley

I’m having a small love affair with a book. Which one? ‘The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings.’ It’s essentially a recipe book although the recipes themselves – while sumptuous and beguiling – seem beside the point. The real treasure of this book is its small individual profiles – a glimpse into the lives of the people behind the recipes. It’s philosophical, artisan and considered: portraits of paired-back living with emphasis given to the process of production. It’s everything from Mel and Tom’s Lemon Drizzle Cake to Danish couple Ida and Lasse’s Buttermilk with Sweet Biscuits and Smorrebrød. It’s Portland florist – Riley Messina’s – Calamari Linguini and Ciabbottola. There’s a recipe for Home Brewed Coffee, Tea Smoked Eggs and Spiced Raw Chocolate Mousse. These are recipes that are loved and perfected, personal and inherited – stories told through food to be shared with friends at small gatherings.

On the home front:

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Also this week: Inca graduates to undies even though she’s been toilet trained for a while. Pax had started saying, ‘Mummy I’m a little bit tired.’ Mamma finds some old photos and is congratulating herself on her thriving little vegie garden.

Stay tuned: Colourbash will have its first GIVEAWAY in the next few weeks. It’s a good one.