Life is complex. I say that often, but no truer words have been spoken.
I have long-held an ambition to make flour. Let me explain.
I have long-held an ambition to make wheat flour. I don’t mean buying a grain mill and some wheat and grinding it. I mean growing the wheat, harvesting the grain, thrashing it, grinding it and making a loaf of bread with it. Continue reading →
It’s summer glut time and I’m suffering badly. I find it impossible to let produce go to waste. And I don’t like giving away produce if I think I may need it sometime in the forth coming year. Cucumbers I am happy to give away because I am determined not to make any more relish or pickles until we have eaten what is in the pantry – and there is not much else you can do with cucumbers. Continue reading →
I still have 14 pumpkins from last year’s crop and I am told it is very difficult (impossible?) to store them over summer. Shit! I was under the impression that they could last out the year.
Oh, well, … I haven’t given up hope. Everything I have read says keep them in a cool dry place. As you all know, there is no such place during an Australian summer. The only other advice I have read to prolong their life is to wipe them with disinfectant. This protects them from bacteria. I washed my pumpkins in diluted Pine-O-Cleen, made sure they were perfectly dry, then put them in the cool room. Here’s hoping.
Postscript: I have just read this post where a pumpkin soaked in a weak bleach solution was still perfect after nine months. There is hope. Continue reading →
It’s rhubarb season. If you have a couple of crowns in your vegie patch, it won’t be long before you are over stewed rhubarb and custard.
Last year was my first rhubarb season. At first, I stewed it and told Maus she had to eat it all because I planted it for her. When that didn’t work, I took to freezing the excess but I have limited freezer space so, very soon, I had to come up with another plan. Continue reading →
The other day, I decided I would like to make some passionfruit butter to serve in little tartlet shells. After my bumper summer crop, I have passionfruit pulp stored in the freezer for winter treats… and passionfruit butter tartlets really appealed.
After a cry for help regarding the abundance of tomatoes in my vegie patch, I received the following comment from a reader named Jenny:
What about some kasundi with the next batch? We love it, and eat lots of it – with curries, as a marinade for meat, as a cooking sauce (thinned with bottled tomatoes), stirred into stews etc, with sour cream as a dip or topping, with cheese …
As you all know, I recently made passionfruit jam (and did a post on it). I was intrigued by the idea of making jam from the soft inside part of the passionfruit shells so I decided to give it a go. I was very pleased with the result. The jam tastes amazingly good but is quite thick and both Maus and I prefer our jam to be on the runny side. Continue reading →
If you have found this post looking for a passionfruit jam recipe, you may be interested in knowing that I made it again adding the pulp after the setting point was reached. I prefer the resultant jam. Here is a link to that post.
Hello, everyone. We are back after our little break. A good time was had by all.
Thank goodness, the passionfruit and tomato situation seems under control for the time being. The passionfruit have all but finished, the San Marzano tomatoes are ripening at a moderate rate and the self-sown cherry tomatoes are yet to peak.
This month, the Cookbook Guru’s feature cookbook is The Food of Morocco, by Paula Wolfert. Paula Wolfert is an acclaimed American cookbook author who specialises in Mediterranean cooking.
TheFood of Morocco is her latest book. It is an expanded version of her 1973 book, Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco, a book which is still in print after 40 years. If you have this book or can get it from your local library, why not join in? Just make a recipe from the book, write a post and then send a link to the post to Leah, alias the Cookbook Guru. Leah will then reblog your post on The Cookbook Guru site.
I was keen to post this recipe, asap, because I know many people currently have tomatoes galore and slow roasted tomatoes are the best way I know of preparing them. Even if you don’t have a vegie patch, tomatoes are very cheap at the moment. Roasted tomatoes freeze very well so it is a great way of preserving some for later in the season. Continue reading →