oh sweet cherry tom
January 15, 2012 § 2 Comments
yay. welcome to summer. well, lets hope! the rain here in auckland seems to be clinging on to the relic of winter long gone.
firstly, i have some apologising to do. many months have passed since i last posted here (11th november to be exact). not because i didn’t want to, in fact i longed to. life got caught up in the busy mode of juggling work, a little near three year old and that pre-christmas rush, making copious amounts of gin & blackberry jam along with fig and hazelnut panforte to wrap for the hordes prior to christmas day took a tonne of energy and love.
it took a timely and ever so sweet reminder from a dear friend over coffee the other day, to remind me of this. his words were, “there is only one thing wrong with your blog…..you don’t post enough”. let it sink in. reality, very true.
so, heading forwards i will cross my heart and promise to visit this little land and share with you all things scrummy more frequently. and in return, i hope that your heart will smile, that your tongue will savour and that your loved ones will partake in the warmth and pleasure that the joys of food creates.
this little wonder below is the ultimate summer tart (i love this word so much more than ‘quiche’). ruby red little cherry toms, succulently sweet courgettes, salty feta all encased in the butteriest of pastries.
the past two weeks of our summer holiday were spent in christchurch, enjoying all the sumner has to offer. beautiful beaches, seagulls to chase, rocks to throw (presently im sporting a lovely wee butterfly clip thanks to rock to head collision of very good armed near three year old), coffees to savour, bean bags to lounge in, books to devour.
joe’s garage in sumner is worth a wander into. great macchiatos. lovely eggs & spinach on whole grain. endless amount of colouring, truck playing and chalk drawing for little people. great start to many a morning.
heading away was also a wonderful opportunity to devour many a book. i was in hammock heaven! check out this lovely read from nz restaurateur Fleur Sullivan. at age 72 with a string of restaurants and an amazing life behind and ahead of her, the energy in which she writes and the achievements she has bought to fruition is inspiration enough for this green bean.
i’ll leave you with this beautifully zingy sweet blackberry & gin jam recipe (a wonderful ripe deli recipe which has been tweaked and adapted with gratitude).
go on….smother it on your grainy toast with slathers of butter…