Most of us in New Zealand are bemoaning the loss of light in the evenings due to daylight saving having ended ... but the one bonus is the extra light in the mornings (it's somehow harder to drag oneself out from under a warm duvet when itís still dark). My two portly cats are completely confused. The chill in the air has made them want to come inside earlier in the evening for dinner and to curl up, and once daylight saving ended they were arriving at the kitchen door at 4.30pm. Way too early cats!
While downunder cooks will be setting pots of soups and stews to bubble gently on the backburner filling the house with tantalising smells, northern counterparts will be enjoying the warmer air and change of produce.
Asparagus! Thatís the one word that truly typifies spring. Iíve written lots about asparagus and included some great new recipes. Iím hopping on a plane any minute to Portland, Oregon, so Iíll be able to claim a little share of this gorgeous vegetable while Iím there. If any of you are going to be at IACP, come up and say hi.
I've had great news this month ... www.JulieBiuso.com has been nominated for Best Website/Blog in Le Cordon Bleu World Media Awards, and my latest book
Never-ending Summer has been nominated in the
Best Soft-cover Cookbook category. How exciting! The winners will be announced at a glitzy occasion in Adelaide 3rd May.
I'd just like to say a special thanks to the lovely Robin Ward who designs my website and keeps it all ticking along.
Wherever you are, eat well, drink well and enjoy life. I'll post some warming autumnal recipes soon.
Ciao for now,