Where to start?

Since I am re-starting my writing here (after a seriously mad couple of weeks richocheting from one project to another work-wise) I though I’d take a moment to remark about becoming conversant with the basics of cooking. From where I sit (admittedly, as someone who loves cooking) it is something that can never come too…

Dukkah

Dukkah is a savoury spice mix that brings in the protein of nuts and seeds to revive you on hot or hard-working days.  Of course, it’s also good for making you look like a legend when friends pop in unexpectedly – just have a jar of this ready in the cupboard. Serve with small pieces…

Lemon butter (a.k.a. lemon curd)

To my everlasting sorrow, the garden here at Coogee is nominal – limited to a courtyard on three sides of the ground floor, and half filled with 4 massive trees along the back fence.  The good news is that we are set noticeably lower than the surrounding properties and the rest of this building (a…

Horse food muesli

Known around here as horse food, and elsewhere as naked muesli, probably it would be better in polite company to call this undressed or unvarnished muesli: it is essentially an uncooked mixture of grains, fruits and nuts that is eaten cold with milk.  Puffed grains are a bit friendlier to chewing, so I save the…

The mystery of ‘mookies’

Did you know that, when a teenage boy has a whole cookie in his mouth, his answer to the question “What flavour is that?” comes out “Mmmmm-ookie!”  (Picture it with a shrug that goes with the Mmmmm.)  The boy was our son Alan, the question was from his godmother, my sister Roslyn, and the result…

What’s with the spoons?

Rummaging around in my kitchen, a fellow cooking enthusiast might well notice that there is pretty much a spoon for every occasion.  Big spoons, little spoons, cooking spoons, eating spoons – you name I probably have one of it.  A whole range of them have come back to me via the travels of friends, family…

Chocolate bites

Is it possible to have afternoon tea without chocolate?  Yes, but I think it is probably a chargeable offence in most jurisdictions.  So of course I did the right thing for our Craftapalooza afternoon tea by banking a chocolate item ahead of time – this keeps very well in the fridge, but leave it out…