Posted at 3:33 pm
Every year as the cold weather sets in I staunchly declare that I will stick to my fitness regime, that I won’t succumb to those fatty/sugary/salty cravings and that I won’t complain about the rain/wind/grey skies. Hmph. Who are you kidding girl? When those sneaky winter blues and the “I-want-to-face-plant-into-a-bowl-of-fresh-summer berries, or more likely, a-big-fat-double chocolate-brownie-mm-mm” mindset emerges it’s good to be reminded that winter is a superb season. It provides a multitude of delicious culinary opportunities – soups, hearty stews, various bakes and pies resplendent with seasonal veg such as beetroot, cauliflower, brussel sprouts (yes, brussel sprouts), leeks, silverbeet and sweet potato…the list goes on. However, if you thought this was going to be a post incorporating some of the aforementioned healthy veg, you’ll be sadly mistaken. Despite the wonderful array of healthy seasonal recipes available, it’s the pastries, sweets and rich cheesy, cheesy, cheesy dishes that beckon. Let’s blame it on our ancestors – after all they were hardwired to reduce their energy expenditure and increase their consumption of calorie dense foods as the air turned chilly. Mole-like burrowing under the duvet and second helpings of pudding is therefore justified. Just sayin’. Continue reading
Posted at 7:14 pm
I haven’t had much time to cook, nor felt like it (what is the world coming to?!) over the past few days. Apart from the one exception (sublime homemade spinach and ricotta gnocchi in a pine nut and browned butter sauce – I’ll make it again just for you soon, promise!) meals have largely consisted of basic salads or poached eggs on veg. Despite the general abnormal behaviour in regards to cooking, I haven’t been able to resist a little baking. In fact, before I left small-town Western Australia in June last year, baking comprised the majority of my time spent cooking. My repertoire was far simpler than it is today so it only felt ‘proper’ to revisit one of the old favourites. These Dark Chocolate Orange Coconut Cookies used to be my ‘sophisticated’ biscuits. I felt very grown up using the complex ‘adult’ flavours. Boy have things moved along a fraction mile since then. Continue reading
Posted at 8:00 pm
Food has an uncanny way of making everything better. It also has the ability to make things infinitely worse – you’ve had a shocker of a day then to top it off discover that you’ve run out of a crucial ingredient just before it’s gotta go in the oven/drop the whole thing on the floor/burn your mouth on it (one of the worst.food.crimes.ever). But, this post is not about the ‘incidents’ we’d rather forget. Let me explain how one unassuming scone turned my week around.
The first half of last week was a why-does-the-man-in-the-sky-hate-me-so-much kind of week. One that you look back on and cringe at how much you overreacted/ how self-absorbed/immature/shallow you were. So what did my ‘shocker’ of a week look like? Continue reading