April is always a great month – the Brisbane heat has cooled down to a perfect temperate Autumn, work starts heating up for me but along with the busy comes the fun part of putting together the program for this year’s festival, and we always head away camping and bush walking for a week of blissful absence from the world. And May looks to be starting off pretty well too – I get to meet my brand new niece for the first time!
For your perusal, below are some of the recipes and readings that sparked my interest this past month.
– This Meyer Lemon Honey Tart looks all kinds of tasty
– Fresh fig and roast beetroot salad, yes please!
– “It is easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends. I can remember now, with a clarity that makes the nerves in the back of my neck constrict, when New York began for me…”. I’ve just finished reading Joan Didion’s collection of essays Slouching Towards Bethlehem and never fail to be struck by the stark clarity and beauty of her essay Goodbye To All That
– The indomitable and wildly talented Colombian writer and journalist Gabriel García Márquez died earlier this month, so I’ve been re-reading his essays and stories; this profile from the New Yorker in 1999 is well worth reading
– Winter be damned, nothing is going to stop me making this No-Churn Blueberry & Lavender Ice Cream
– And just one more lavender-flavoured treat, this mouth-watering Chocolate Lavender Cake with Earl Grey Buttercream from Local Milk
– I’ve been listening to Sigur Rós lately (and yes, I’ve also been watching Game of Thrones)