My favourite place in my house is my kitchen. It is often said that no one has ever seen the kitchen bench because it is always covered with food being prepared or eaten. In the desert there are many foods we can't get, so its a place I experiment. My friends sit at the wide kitchen bench and we make ice-cream and meringues and fancy cakes and fresh bread and pizzas and whatever we have been dreaming about but can't be found for thousands of kilometres. I have been away from the desert for nearly two months. When I returned last Thursday I was feeling a little unsure and slightly scared about the year ahead. I decided...what I really needed to do...was to "cook up some happiness"....and so I did. It should also be noted that I had no idea (until I was finished) that this weeks challenge word was "kitchen".
I'm multi-tasking this week. I've been looking for inspiration to submit to They Draw and Cook and this week when I saw the Illustration Friday theme I knew exactly what to do for both. Ayers Rock...which for most people is one of the great tourist destinations of the world (and it is AMAZING!!) is where we go (as I'm sure I've mentioned before) if we need to get out of the desert for the weekend. Its got pools and restaurants, post office, bank, a supermarket(!) ....and.... if we really feel like spoiling ourselves, we go for cocktails at the Sails in Dessert Bar and then go into the restaurant to the all you can eat dessert bar. They have little ramekins with mini-cheese cakes and black forest cake and all sorts. But my favourite is the bush lime panna cotta. We were told once that if we ate all of them that they never replace them with the same dessert but bring out something different. Although we've tried, we've never proven this! We justify all this by telling the waiters we are researching so we can go home and make their desserts better than they can! After all, cooking and eating foods that aren't available in our little tiny food shop in remote Australia is one of our main sources of entertainment. I've been visiting my dad for the last month in Sydney and passion fruits are a plenty, so this is the dessert and illustration(!) for the week. Check out the recipe on They Draw and Cook.