Hoisin pork with beans, snow peas and noodles

p1000688copyThe snow peas have really gone mad.  We are, at last, getting some sunshine (although it is raining as I type) and now we have more snow peas than we can possibly eat.

We also have more avocados and asparagus than we can eat.  And soon it will be broccoli with this and broccoli with that.

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Chilli con carne

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Another grainy photo, this time, however, graininess is not a theme of the post.  I can’t wait to get my hands on my camera.  I swear I will never forget it again.

Chilli con carne is something I used to make quite a bit but haven’t done for ages.  The recipe I use is from the Australian Women’s Weekly and, of course, I don’t have it with me.  Such are the woes of living between two houses.  There are Australian Women’s Weekly recipes on-line but it is such a long time since I made it, I didn’t know which, if any, of those I was reading was the actual recipe I used to make.  In the end, I went with the taste.com.au recipe – on the basis they are, usually, reliable.  And it was very enjoyable. Continue reading

Penne alla senese

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That is: penne with sausage, walnuts and cream.  It sounds so much more exotic in Italian.

The day I made this dish I wasn’t looking for anything exotic.  I was just needing something, anything in fact, for dinner.  Sometimes, when you have lots of cook books, it is harder to find something to cook than if you have only a few.  It is a bit like when you have a limited wardrobe – it doesn’t take long to figure out what to wear but, when you have several wardrobes of clothes, the decision is significantly harder.

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Cannelloni with spinach and ricotta

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Sorry there haven’t been many posts of late.  I haven’t been feeling like cooking for one reason or the other, the latest being, I have a bloody head cold.  Waking up every morning with a headache is quite wearing.  As a result of my lack of enthusiasm for cooking, we have been eating meat and three veg more often than not. Continue reading

Chicken with cashew nuts and snow peas

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At the beginning of the snow pea season, I searched my cookbooks on Eat Your Books for recipes featuring snow peas.  I received less hits than I thought I would.  This recipe is one of those hits.  I made it with my first snow peas and we have had it quite a few times since.  It tastes fantastic, is dead easy to make and uses my lovely, fresh, home-grown snow peas.

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A French chicken curry

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I bet the title has got you smiling.  It certainly made me smile.  What next?  I guess each country puts its stamp on cuisine from other nations.

Sometimes, inspiration for dinner is hard to come by.  I had just flicked through Madhur Jaffrey’s A Taste of India (a great book, BTW) and had not been inspired.  I was thinking “chicken” but I was in one of those moods where everything sounded like too much effort.  I decided to pass the “What’s for dinner?” baton to Maus.

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Jane Grigson strikes back

 

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I buy cookbooks to read, just as much as to cook from them.  I know this sounds weird but I am not alone.  Publishers have known people do this for many years and style cookbooks accordingly.  So I wasn’t that perturbed when I found Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book to be more of a good read than anything else.

I usually try a few recipes out of each book.  If one is good enough, it will appear on this blog.  Once in a blue moon, I will find a recipe that I will make time and time, again.  If this happens, the cookbook is worth its weight in gold. Continue reading