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.
Last year for my Birthday I had a ‘best of winter’ themed party with soups, roast, mulled wine and so on. My friend Nat baked a nut roast, it was delicious and since then my housemate Simone has longingly reminisced about it on several occasions.
We decided it was time to act and invited Nat around for an English feast – nut roast with gravy; roast potatoes; Yorkshire pudding; mushy mint peas; and spotted dick with custard. (more…)
Often when cooking, particularly baking, you can end up with leftover ingredients. There is no need to throw these extras out, be creative and find another meal for them.
Recently I made a layered veggie bake and completely overestimated the amount of vegetables that would fit in the baking dish. Consequently I had leftovers. There was no waste through because I decided to make a pie. (more…)
Vegetable bake is tasty, easy to make and you can use whatever vegetables are on hand or in season. When I first moved out of home, my mum popped by one day to drop of a vegetable bake. I was happy – free food and a baking dish (I still haven’t returned it!).
This post will show you how to make a five layer vegetable bake with a couple lessons learnt tips along the way. (more…)
Sometimes I feel like cooking and I know what I want to make, but I can’t be bothered going to the supermarket. This results in the compromise of cooking, but with the ingredients already in the house rather than the ones I want. Not so long ago this resulted in sweet potato and three-lentil dahl. (more…)
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…)
My housemate Amrita invited me to a winter solstice lecture and gallery showing at the National Library recently. The astronomy lecture was fascinating, the long exposure photographs amazing and the mini stuffed potatoes delectable. As this is a food blog, I will limit the post to the potatoes. (more…)
Pastry in winter is amazing. Technically, it isn’t winter yet, but it sure feels like it in Canberra. The cold weather, leftover pastry (my housemate made quiche) and lots of veggies, some of which really needed to be used, was the inspiration for making Veggie Sausage Rolls. (more…)