We are finally over the dreadful weather we have been having lately. Mind you, a bit of the rain was very welcome, as we were in a nasty drought situation, the ground was cracking up, the trees were stressing badly and our tank was getting lower and lower.
We were actually very lucky with the wild weather, suffering no major damage at all. A couple of the plastic chairs were tipped over, a few leaves were shredded, and a wattle got blown over. Just missed the water tank, so no damage done, and we now have a bit of firewood for winter.
I’ve been reading a lot of cozies lately, they’re such fun. Of course, 99per cent of them are book themed, and you’d be amazed how many murders take place in and around bookshops and libraries.The major series has been Lorna Barrett’s Booktown Mysteries.
From Lorna’s website
“Stoneham, New Hampshire, was a dying town until community leaders invited booksellers to open shop. Now, its streets are lined with bookstores–and paved with murder… When she moved to Stoneham, city-slicker Tricia Miles was met with friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met with friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased–and the locals think that someone is Tricia. To clear her name, Tricia will have to take a page out of one of her own mysteries–and hunt down someone who isn’t killing by the book…”.
I’ve read five of the series of eight so far, and I’ve even got Tim onto them, which is a pretty good endorsement I think.
Not quite a cozy, but another book well worth reading,
From the publisher
“The skills of butchery meet the world of fresh produce in this essential, inspiring guide that demystifies the world of vegetables.
In step-by-step photographs, “vegetable butcher” Cara Mangini shows how to break down a butternut squash, cut a cauliflower into steaks, peel a tomato properly, chiffonade kale, turn carrots into coins and parsnips into matchsticks, and find the meaty heart of an artichoke.
Additionally, more than 150 original, simple recipes put vegetables front and center, from a Kohlrabi Carpaccio to Zucchini, Sweet Corn, and Basil Penne, to a Parsnip-Ginger Layer Cake to sweeten a winter meal. It’s everything you need to know to get the best out of modern, sexy, and extraordinarily delicious vegetables.”
This really is a lovely addition to your cookbook repertoire.
Fortunately, she only shows you how to improve your knife skills on veges, not peacocks, as they were definitely ready for the knife the other day. Came home from a long and stressful day in the shop, and noticed that the tomatoes in the planter box at the bottom of the steps had been totally decimated, by the peacocks. Every leaf, flower and tiny tomato had been stripped off the plants, and not a peacock to be seen anywhere. They didn’t come back for a couple of days, obviously knew they weren’t popular. My fault, I suppose, as I hadn’t fed them that morning, but still, they could have eaten something else.
Till next time, TTFN