October 2018 had to have been one of the busiest month’s of the year so far. And when I get to next month I will be sure to say November was busier. We got back from an amazing trip to Sicily and Italy and then it was full tilt. Socializing, eating out for Dave’s birthday and cooking. We went away for motor racing and stopped on the way back. First in Knysna to see my 99-year-old mother-in-law. And then in Swellendam for the night. Be sure to pop back in to read more about that.
Some of you might remember the Severin machine I had? The first one came to me with a clip that would not engage. And the second one lasted for a while. Until the clip eventually gave way. I was sent a replacement one, with a clip that would not engage. And before the story could go on in circles I sent it back and was refunded. I bought a new one from our local supermarket. It works like a charm. I road tested it by placing 8 chicken wings into a bag with marinade. I then sealed the bag and froze it. And then vacuum sealed it. Not only did this work perfectly, the bags are readily available in rolls.
On our previous visit to the South of Italy Dave and I bought a string of Calabrian chillies. The first thing we did after crossing the Straits of Messina was to look for a stand selling them. We found one selling not only these chillies, but fresh fruit and vegetables galore. We spent a fair bit of money and it was all well worth it. Some of these have come home with us.
Given how expensive these Le Creuset Cannister’s are, I have to budget to buy them, I have selected this blue one for Ceylon tea, to match the black one I got for our coffee. I selected black for the coffee as that is how we drink it. I chose this colour only because it appealed to me in the tone variation.
I use so little of the liquid glucose and used to buy it from our local chemist. It was cheap and easy to find. When I ran out I did not think it would become a mission to find it. I went to at least 6 different pharmacies to locate this. One told me they could order in 500g – at over R100! I knew this did not sound right and sent my mom a message asking her to look for some in Johannesburg. Being a larger city I thought she would find it easily. She told me our local baking shop would stock it. I had to search for it in the store and was most grateful to find it. This 1kg container cost under R80 so a bargain.
October 2018 FOMO Box
The October 2018 food on monthly order box was full of good surprises this month. I replaced my pestle and mortar with this one. My old one was ceramic and not worthy of display. Whereas I really don’t like a clutter on my worktops, some things are perfect for being left out. The cashews and cranberries came with us to the racing and the quinoa will be used up as we eat so much of it. I cook with olive oil every night so we can never have too much.