Today’s Five Favourite Things guest is lovely Michelle of one of my very favourite blogs, Hugo and Elsa. With beautiful photography and gentle words, Michelle shares snippets of her life in gorgeous Tasmania. (I’ve always fantasised about moving to Tassie!) So here are five of Michells’s favourite things…
What’s your favourite time of day?
I think morning, because of the potential a new day brings, everything is all new and fresh. Plus I’m still in my cosy pyjamas and there is coffee! Which is also my favourite!
What’s your favourite thing to bake?
I have lots of faves, but right now I’m baking lots of victoria sponges. I love that you vary the flavour easily, say, go for vanilla or lemon or chocolate without any bother, then fill it with your favourite jam, or poached fruit and lots of silky whipped cream. I just invested in a set of sandwich tins, I used to bake it one tin then slice it in half before. I feel much more grown up now having the proper tins.
What’s your favourite place to visit?
Cradle Mountain – it is so beautiful. I love walking through the alpine landscape and Cradle Mountain has such an interesting history. It’s so vast and so ancient, all your problems seem to vanish when you’re there. It just makes you realise how insignificant humans are.
What’s your favourite ingredient to cook with?
Right now it’s eggs – I just love their versatility – which is a good thing as our girls are laying a lot at the moment. From cakes to tortillas, pasta or a simple boiled egg for breakfast, you can make so many meals with them. And because they’re from our girls, who have been fed scraps from the kitchen, leafy greens from the garden and bugs from the yard, there’s something symbolic about each egg and how it fits into the cycle of how we live our life.
(Photo by Luisa Brimble)
What’s your favourite thing to read?
Cookbooks, I have piles of them all over the house. I especially love reading vintage ones. The unusual ingredients fascinate me along with the measurements used such as gills, pecks and bushels. They’re also written so succinctly – people knew how to cook then I suppose, it was more instinctive and didn’t need the processes explained in such detail. I like that.
I you fancy sharing your own favourite time of day, thing to bake, place to visit, ingredient to cook with and/or thing to read, I’d love to hear all about them!