This week’s small pleasures #188

It is a grey and wet Monday today. It is also a public holiday, for with Anzac Day falling on a Saturday this year, today is deemed a holiday. Of course, we can’t go anywhere or do anything anyway, so the miserable weather is fine as we stay indoors, cosy with books, films and of course, getting this blog post written.

So first up….well, I have to say the bread deliveries from Arobake are still bringing me joy and are definitely a small pleasure. From the parmesan and polenta bread (great with hummus in a sandwich or topped with creamy scrambled eggs for breakfast) to the walnut and honey stick to the caraway and rye sourdough, all are delightful. We also had eggs delivered today (I just like the thought…the supermarket has plenty), and a wonderful selection of very special wines from Noble Rot Winebar appeared in time for the weekend. These little luxuries really help at this time.

Monday’s delivery

Sticking with food for now, I naturally made Anzac biscuits* on Saturday. Built around that excellent combination or rolled oats and desiccated coconut, it is claimed that these biscuits were sent to the Anzac troops (ie Australia New Zealand Army Corps) in World War 1. However, this has since been disclaimed, with the story that the biscuits were sold to raise funds back in New Zealand and Australia. The history doesn’t matter: these biscuits are absolutely delicious and at least two need to be eaten at one sitting. The Edmond’s recipe can be found here.

The small pleasures of the week have not just been about food. We have had some amazing sunny autumn days (see Wednesday’s post). The featured image at the top of the post and the two pictures below were taken on Friday.

A close up of the beautiful red leaves
Autumn colours

Other small pleasures have included several Pilates classes of varying intensity (sometimes watched by Charlie with a bemused expression), endless cups of tea, cooking, eating and also reading. Or should I say re-reading a fun collection of pieces by Julian Barnes on food and cooking, and Barbara Pym, whose writing couldn’t be more perfect for a grey Monday in lockdown.

So that is it for this week. Wherever you are, take care and look out for those little things that bring you joy in these strange times. What were your small pleasures of the week past? 

Thanks to Mani over at A New Life Wandering for the original idea.

*obviously not American biscuits!

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  1. Wow I am looking to order some bread in that bakery. The photos of the trees are so beautiful. I haven’t noticed those tree around my area in Lyall Bay. I only walk around the beach most of the time during this quarantine.

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  2. The ANZAC biscuits sound wonderful. I need to find golden syrup..and we would call those cookies – I am from the American South and a biscuit lover. Any kind of biscuit American or otherwise.

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        1. Nigella says there is no equivalent! Suggestions are honey, light corn syrup and maple syrup. There are so many British tourists here there is a Britfood section in the grocery store. I will have to see if it is there.

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