Skirt Steak Tacos

March 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Skirt Steak Tacos

One of those dinners I could happily eat every night. Chili does that to you. I also have a passion for skirt steak, as a cheap and incredibly tasty cut that just needs a bit of love and affection to be ten times better than expensive eye fillet.

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January 19, 2013 § 2 Comments

Fattoush Salad

Recently I bought Jerusalem, ┬áthe fabulous collaboration between Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. It may well be the first cookbook I’ve ever bought for myself, and I’m thrilled, I think Tamimi and Ottolenghi really do hope that hummus can pave the way to peace in the Middle East. It is also full of salads, and as my current resolution is to eat all the salad, I made the fattoush recipe from this book (mind you, I ate it alongside their hummus shawarma).

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Perfect Risoni Salad

January 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

Risoni Salad

Christmas happened and it was delicious and now I’m back at work and in Melbourne and committed to one thing; more salad in my life.

Therefore, this salad, which was recently brought to a picnic by a friend and I have now gussied up with more herbs because otherwise it’s mostly pasta, is brilliant. Sweet sultanas, crunchy almonds, and delicious DELICIOUS risoni. Make it for work lunches as it keeps well in the fridge overnight.

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Miso Eggplant (Nasu Dengaku)

December 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Nasu Dengaku

Moving quickly on from the fact that I haven’t posted in a while, here is a recipe I’ve wanted to share for ages. Classic, delicious and incidentally vegan, nasu dengaku is one one my favourite dishes to order at Japanese restaurants. I used to make this with a recipe that used egg yolk in the glaze, but it turns out that is absolutely unnecessary.

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How to: Homemade Mayonnaise

October 12, 2012 § 3 Comments

Easy homemade mayonnaise

Most mayonnaise that you can buy is pretty underwhelming, if not entirely horrible. And although I think Thomy is ok, making mayonnaise at home is so easy and it’s so damn tasty. I favour a more Japanese-style mayo, with rice vinegar and a nice lightly-flavoured oil such as peanut or canola or rice bran. I can’t tell you anything about their respective health benefits (or otherwise), you’ll have to work that out for yourself. Olive oil, I find, is too strong for mayonnaise and overwhelms the all-important egg flavour.

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Lentil Soup

October 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Summer is coming! I can feel it in the air and see it in the dawn light waking me up at 5 am (come on, daylight savings). So why am I still making soup? Because you can’t be too careful, and this is Melbourne, and in no time at all I’ll be back under the doona covers reading YA fiction and wishing I had some soup.

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Melting Moments (are easy)

September 11, 2012 § 3 Comments

I am employed again! Which is great and means I can lash out and buy the quality butter, which is also good because did you know Melting Moments (aka Yoyos) are mostly butter? Well, you do now. Just like pastry, which I’ve come to realise is essentially butter, with just enough flour added to hold it up.

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Magic Coconut Pie

August 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Impossible Pie, Easiest Coconut Pie Recipe, Coconut Dessert
Aka Impossible Pie, this incredibly simple and quick cake recipe turns into an almost-pie after cooking, with a smooth base, custardy middle, and chewy coconut top.

I left this one about 15 minutes too long in the oven so it’s overly brown on top (I was doing my dismal tax return), but it still tasted perfect. And look at those layers! This is a recipe you can, and should, learn by heart.

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Chili Sans Carne

August 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

Sorry about the horrible pun.

I became officially unemployed last Friday, so even more serious austerity measures are being adopted to keep myself afloat during this hopefully brief period without an income.

This means vegetarian black bean chili. And we don’t need to have a conversation about whether or not beans go in chili because this one doesn’t even have meat. Take that, internet food geeks.

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Alfajores with Dulce de Leche

August 12, 2012 § 5 Comments

One day we’re all going to get over this salted caramel thing.

But it is not this day.

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