Our next Five Favourite Things guest is gorgeous Jane of The Shady Baker. Jane blogs about her beautiful life on a farm in western New South Wales. I am always so inspired by the glimpses of farming life, homegrown produce and delicious cooking that she shares!
What’s your favourite plant or flower?
My favourite plants are mostly the edible variety but this wasn’t always the case. Years ago I dreamed of a garden full of roses and overflowing cottage style garden beds. Nowadays almost all of my gardening efforts are put into our vegetable garden. One of my favourite plants is rosemary. Not only is it both attractive and edible but it also thrives in our harsh growing conditions.
What’s your favourite time of year?
Winter. My love of taking photos has grown with my blog and subsequently I am always observing the light. The winter light at our place ranges from icy frost in the mornings, brilliant clear sunshine in the afternoons and sparkly golden light in the late afternoons. I adore lighting fires, collecting wood, cooking comforting food and rugging up in woolly scarves. Summer in our part of the world can be brutal and I relish every cold winter moment knowing that the hot weather is just around the corner.
What’s your favourite way to relax?
With a free afternoon I love nothing better than to light our wood oven and cook a batch of sourdough bread. There is something comforting and rhythmic about tending to the fire and preparing the loaves. After a few years of practice these afternoons usually result in sweet smelling loaves of bread goodness. It is also a chance to spend time in the fresh air, visit the woodpile and enjoy our outdoor cooking area.
What’s your favourite beverage?
My favourite beverage changes according to the time of day and the time of year. In winter time I tend to celebrate the arrival of Friday night with a dark and hearty stout. Stout seems to taste even better enjoyed by a roaring fire with my family.
What’s your favourite ingredient?
Always something home grown or home produced. Not only does it taste better, it feels better too. A trip to the supermarket just cannot replicate that feeling. Right now I am harvesting and cooking plenty of broccoli.
Now, you! What’s your favourite plant? How about your favourite time of year? What’s you favourite way to relax? Tell us about your favourite beverage or your favourite ingredient to cook with!