beans & pulses

Campfire Stew

A friend of mine, Chun, is looking to build an earthship home, meaning a bush house made from recycled and/or natural materials which is disconnected from the grid. Ro who lives down the NSW south coast has one such home and kindly offered to host us for a night and to answer all Chun’s questions.

This gave me an excellent opportunity to experiment with campfire cooking. I made smoky eggplant dip, charred capsicum slices, campfire stew and roasted veggies. This post is about the delicious, amazing campfire stew.

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Pumpkin & Eggplant Curry

Every month or so I have a bulk cooking session and prepare copious amounts of food for work lunches which I then freeze. On my most recent cook up I made pumpkin & eggplant coconut curry and Moroccan eggplant & tomato stew. This post is about the delicious coconut curry, which I will make again (and again!). (more…)

Healthy Hearty Veggie Soup

Winter means soup. As a child my mum use to spend the weekend making big batches of soup. She spent days making her own chicken and ham hock stocks and kept us warm during the cold winter months.

This vegetable soup on the other hand only takes 30 minutes to cook and will fill you nutrients. Perfect to keep a cold at bay or to recover from too much partying! (more…)

Pumpkin Dahl

This year for Easter my friend Sol and I took a trip down to the NSW South Coast to visit his mum, Ro. As has become customary when I visit there was a lot of cooking, including pumpkin dahl.

Ro lives in a beautiful off-the-grid mud brick house on a property known as Gentle Valley. It is a calming sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It is a great opportunity to unwind and recharge, and for me that means reading and cooking. (more…)