The other night Ash was part of a volunteer team cooking up a feast of quiches and pies (450~?) for the homeless people in Sydney. Oz Harvest is a charity that collects leftover food and ingredients from shops and restaurants, and feeds it to the people on the street. Such a wonderful way to a) improve the quality of life for people who are suffering disadvantage, and b) reducing the ‘waste’ food we so thoughtlessly discard. Continue reading
Do you remember how I had been cooking to a ‘theme’ each week? I still sort of do, I just haven’t mentioned it in a while. This week’s theme is recipes from a book called ‘Tasty Chicken’. On a vegan blog you ask? Yes, I’m not exactly following the recipes. Continue reading
For the past few days we have been staying in an adorable cottage in the Blue Mountains. We’ll staying the entire week.
Reading a lot, writing a lot. And taking photos.
Today it’s about zero degrees (or so it feels to us, softies that we are), and drizzling rain.
We’ve been pottering around the house in flannelette shirts, red wine in hand, nibbling rum’n’raisin chocolate and playing rummy in front of the fireplace.
While confined to the house, I’ve had the luxury of simmering soup for hours, slow-cooking a curry, and generally appreciating all that is warm and comforting.
Today I’ll share with you the hot and sour soup I whipped up yesterday, a more traditional vegetable and bean soup that sat on the stove for a good two hours before making it’s way into our tummies at lunchtime, and a spicy, creamy, slow-cooked mushroom and eggplant vindaloo. Continue reading
This post wouldn’t have been so overdue had WordPress not crashed and lost my post at 11pm last night. Here goes!
According to a meat-lover who isn’t too crazy about vegetables, this soup is really good. Ash and I loved it too, so I thought it would be worth sharing. Loaded with fresh vegetables, the broth is tasty with only just a touch of coconut milk, which gives it that moreish small-children-would-ask-for-seconds flavour.
Plus, it’s made without tom yum paste. Continue reading
As I was drawing names out of a hat for the chocolate giveaway (speaking of which, Fiona Andrews, please Facebook or email me to claim your prize, or I will have to redraw a new winner on Wednesday), Ash was proving once again that he is a capable and creative cook in his own right. Boys aren’t only good for doing the dishes you know. Continue reading
One of our favourite dinners used to be from the Stonesoup – tuna, broccoli and white bean mash. Fast, delicious, healthy and cheap. This is an adaption that subtracts the tuna and adds some grilled vegetable skewers. Call me biased, but I think it’s even better. If you’d like to try the tuna variation, you can find it here. Continue reading
As bizarre as that sounds… it was delicious!
The flavour profile was inspired by a recipe for blackbean fritters from of my favourite recipe books, Vegan Soul Kitchen. This book is full of interesting African-American dishes, a cuisine I had never before explored. We discovered it when Ash made this recipe for ’Jamacian veggie patties’, posted on 101cookbooks (see Blogroll). And for the record, those patties are mindblowing! Continue reading
A.k.a. lentils in tomato sauce. Served beside spicy broccoli with mayonnaise! Continue reading
I’m pretty stuck on this Indian spice combination… you might recognise it from the orange lentil soup recipe, and it’s likely to crop up again in various shapes and forms. Whatever, when something works why change it? Continue reading
It sounds like something naughty doesn’t it.
It’s so secret, mainly because I don’t remember the exact mix of ingredients or the measurements. But I’ve made it a few times so I have a general idea of what goes in, and each time it seems to taste the same. Next time I’ll measure it, I promise. Continue reading