How To: Fried Onions

April 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Fried Onion

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.

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January 19, 2013 § 2 Comments

Fattoush Salad

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).

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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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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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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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Leek and Potato Soup

August 1, 2012 § 3 Comments

I am so done with winter. I want to break up with winter. I want to tell winter it’s not me, it’s YOU, and you are the worst.

But short of flying to Queensland, which is not really on-budget, it seems I’ll have to go back to bed for another month or so and wait till it’s over.

There are some (small) consolations. One of these is soup. In this case leek and potato soup which I’ve only really discovered this year after tasting it once as a child and deciding I didn’t like it. Fifteen years later, and I’ve been won over by pumpkin soup’s wholesome, ugly, green cousin.

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