April 21, 2013 § Leave a comment
Much like caramelised onion, homemade fried onion can improve almost anything. Use it to fancy up your rice, instant ramen, soups, salads and lentil dishes. A million miles away from the dessicated fried onion you can buy from the grocery store (and without the guilt of palm oil, with which almost all those products are made), home fried onion is sweet, rich and immensely addictive.
April 3, 2013 § Leave a comment
Figs are in season (in Australia), which is the only time that they’re worth eating. Make this cake, it’s very easy. I added yogurt and lemon rind to David Lebovitz’s cake recipe because normally upside down cakes use tart fruit like pineapples or cherries or plums (as you would for a clafoutis), but figs are so rich and sweet, I figured I could balance them with a bit of tartness in the cake.
March 16, 2013 § Leave a comment
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.
January 19, 2013 § 2 Comments
Recently I bought Jerusalem, the 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).
January 10, 2013 § Leave a comment
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.
December 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
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.
October 12, 2012 § 3 Comments
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.