As life races towards the end of the year and the calendar starts to fill with school events, social events and farm commitments I have been trying hard to prioritise and make time for the small things. This can take effort and also means politely declining to some invitations and events in order to keep some sanity in the house.
For me, sanity comes in the form of cooking and trying new recipes like these steamed bao buns which I stuffed with slow cooked pork shanks, shredded carrot and chilli sauce. For anyone who likes to experiment with bread, these soft buns were very simple to make. Next time I will use roast duck as a filling.
can always be found in the garden but often
I rush through it turning hoses and irrigation on and off while heading to the
clothesline. Sometimes it is nice to stop and notice the light and these
spectacular alliums that are almost ready to flower.
garden there are also tiny zucchinis.
apricot tree that is absolutely loaded with the promise of summer jam making
time with the horses is always time well spent.
Like all animals they can have their challenges but in many ways they
force us to slow down and pay more attention to our levels of patience and acceptance.
I hit the second hand shops I scored three stools which originally came from a local high school science laboratory, for $10 each.
They are sturdy and perfect for our shed where people tend to congregate
in the afternoons.
and I recently caught up for a chat about renovations, babies, chooks, bees and
artichokes. Whenever we catch up we
usually exchange small gifts, just because we both appreciate the same
things. I gifted Zara a well-worn copy
of The Magic Pudding for a special little place on the bookshelf.
made some time recently for this podcast. The behind the scenes world of the food industry is endlessly
fascinating for me. If you are
interested in real, seasonal food and community you will love the interview with Alex Elliot-Howery from Cornersmith.
Are you rushing to every school and social event on the calendar?
Are you doing some polite declining?
I hope you are finding some balance. Enjoy your Sunday, friends.