OMG, it is summer. I have been neglecting this blog big time. I still intend writing posts but never seem to get around to actually doing it. Maybe this post will be the start of a flurry of activity. I really don’t have any excuses. It is just that I have been writing this blog for nearly 7 years and wonder whether anyone really cares whether I write a post or not. Are blogs still popular? I don’t even know that.
Another reason for my lack of activity is we haven’t been cooking many new things lately… but last week we did. We had two nice Asian-style salads in anticipation of summer. And this recipe, in particular, was very nice. It was so delightful, in fact, that I decided to made a grand effort and take a photo of it. Continue reading
Maus went shopping the other day and on the shopping list was half a celery. We were going to make a chicken dish that required one stalk. I had already thought I could make a pot of pea and ham soup to use up some of the celery I knew would be left over.
Instead of half a celery, Maus came home with one very large celery. It appears that the half celery was nearly as expensive as the full one and Maus can never forego a bargain. I did explain to her that it is only a bargain if you need it but I have made that point, off and on, for over 35 years now, to no avail. Continue reading
Squid and I have a funny relationship. I really like squid but don’t (before now) make it at home. This is because the couple of times I have tried to cook it, I have ended up with rubber. And I don’t get much encouragement from Maus. Maus is not a fan of squid or seafood, generally, for that matter.
Because of the above, and the fact that seafood is good for me, whenever I see squid on a restaurant menu, I order it. I am sure all my friends and rellies think I love squid. Continue reading
It has taken me a while, a long while in fact, to work out the focus, if any, of this blog. If it does have a focus (which I doubt), it is the provision of tasty recipes to use, or preserve for later use, home-grown (or seasonally purchased) produce. Continue reading
Both Maus and I have the dreaded lurgy. I am only a wee bit poorly but Maus has it bad.
When Maus is sick, she doesn’t feel hungry and, therefore, doesn’t eat. I eat whether I am sick or not. That is one reason why Maus is skinny and I am not 😦 Because of the above, I haven’t cooked much this week. In fact, this is the only dish I have made. Cooking for one is no fun. Continue reading
It is already hot here. It reached 30°C today, so we are prematurely thinking of salads.
We were experiencing our usual dilemma of what to have for dinner last night so I decided to go through a little pile of recipes Maus has accumulated. I settled on this recipe by Margaret Johnson. Margaret regularly publishes recipes in The West Australian. This one appeared on 25 March 2014. Continue reading
Maus and I have decided we don’t like frozen broccoli which is a bit of a problem because there are several bags of it in the freezer – Oh well, more dog food. 🙂
As a consequence, when I picked two huge broccoli heads last week, I was determined to find a use for it. We made penne with broccoli and chorizo which lasted us two nights and then I found this salad. It is from a great little ABC publication I use more than I thought I would, Homecooked Favourite Recipes from Australian Kitchens. It was out and about because I was making one of my favourite biscuit recipes, gingernuts, from it. I started flicking through its pages (as you do) and came across this recipe. Continue reading
It is summer-glut time and this year it is beans, beans and more beans. I didn’t have many last year but, this year, it is beans galore and they all seem to have come at once. Off to Eat Your Books I went and typed “beans”! I wanted either a pasta dish or a salad. I found quite a few recipes worth trying, including this one. It was a real jackpot. It is dead easy to make, a meal in itself and very tasty. We have already had it twice this summer.
I have been eating too much rich food lately. So much so, when Maus asked me what I wanted for dinner the other night, I said ‘a salad’. A salad was not possible that night because we had just come back to Perth and we were yet to go shopping – I had peanut paste on toast instead. 😦 But before going to bed, I went into the the study to run my eyes over my cookbooks. They landed on the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet. Gee, I must have felt weighed down! Continue reading