Geez, you wouldn’t know that this is a food blog, would you? I have really lost my cooking mojo of late. Essentially, we have primarily been focusing on tried and true recipes that have already featured on this blog. We have tried a few new recipes and I have even snapped photos of them but, to be honest, they weren’t stand outs so I didn’t bother preparing a post. Continue reading
Category Archives: Something Simple
Chicken a la Tunisienne
Chicken à la Tunisienne is a very fancy name for what is not much more than a respectable take on the infamous 70’s dish apricot chicken. Was apricot chicken as popular in other countries as it was in Australia? It was big time popular here. I know my mum made it and so did Maus’ mum (Though, her mum was a bit more posh than mine. She sprinkled flaked almonds on her apricot chicken!!). Continue reading
Home at last …
It certainly feels like I have been away. I have definitely been away from both this blog and Bridgetown. I hadn’t been here for ages.
As you know, I had been in Perth cleaning and gardening and packing. The house now looks so good it was very hard to sign the management authority – there were even a few tears. But I did it and now we are looking for tenants. Normally, that would be the easy part but Perth is a boom-bust town and, at the moment, it is going through a ‘bust’ so it is harder than usual to find tenants. Continue reading
Hoisin pork with beans, snow peas and noodles
The 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.
Chilli con carne
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
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.
Cannelloni with spinach and ricotta
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
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.
A French chicken curry
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.
Jane Grigson strikes back
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