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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Tempeh is Great and You Should Try It

October 27, 2012 § 3 Comments

I have the makings of a cold.

When I was a teenager, a bit of a cold was a pretty good thing. I could stay home, drink endless cups of tea and re-read The Lord of the Rings (have I said too much?).

But now as an adult (give or take), getting sick is the worst. You can’t do any of the fun things, and when you don’t go to work, the work just piles up. I have stuff to do now.

So I’m going to get my wellness on and drink all the carrot and ginger juices and water and lemon and honey and ALSO, smash some broccoli. And why not broccoli and tempeh?

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How To: Make Your Own Tortilla

October 22, 2012 § 1 Comment

Making your own flour tortilla for tacos is so easy and cheap and rewarding, you’ll never have to pay for overpriced Mexican street food again (hola, Melbourne!).

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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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