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It sure has been forever and a day.

I’ve been cooking – I promise!

I’ve even been photographing!

(just not posting anything.)

More importantly – I’ve been working and saving and WE BOOKED OUR FLIGHTS TO EUROPE!

Funnily enough, our mainly Europe trip has ended up consisting of:

  • 5 weeks in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam
  • 2 weeks in India and Nepal (my heart flutters for Nepal)
  • 2.5 MONTHS in Europe
  • 3 days in NYC (hehehe – this is solely for us to ice skate at Rockefeller Centre at Christmas time!)
  • and then back to Canada to live for a year or two or 5 million, who knows.
So throw any food/restaurant/cafe ideas my way for any of those extremely vague travel plans I have given you!
To keep your tummies rumbling, here’s a little of what I’ve been up to lately..
Moroccan Chick Pea and Vegetable Curry. Served with cous cous and yoghurt.

A sneak peak into my quest for the perfect flatbread! Tomato, Basil, Onion, Caper and Cheese Flatbread.

Chilli Soy Hokkien Stir Fry.
(I work near an Asian cafe’ and have been stealing stir-fry tips to get the smokey flavour!)

Pizza pizza maaaaan!

What you will need…

FOR THESE RAINBOW CUPCAKES!

Creating some artwork with food colouring and a handy-dandy toothpick!

Fresh outta the oven.

Rainbow Delights!
Both cupcake AND icing recipe are from JoyofBaking.com – I’m really enjoying this website, it’s so easy to find good basic recipes. Everything I have tested from it has turned out great!


CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE.

Nom Nom Nom Nom.

pssst, this is mah new do. Ya dig?!



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I realised that I never posted photos of my beetroot cake after I cut into it!

Nor did I ever mention that it was seriously the greatest chocolate cake I have ever made (and I make cakes VERY OFTEN)!

Imagine the most moist, chocolatey, sweet, perfect cake ever – and you’re a little close to what it tasted like :p

After I ate my first piece I was just in shock from the beauty of it!

So moist!
Now.. some food I’ve made lately: 


Burger of doom. Cracked wheat rissole on a toasted turkish bread roll, with tomato, avocado, mushrooms and baby spinach. BIG!

A big fresh salad with a cuppa vanilla t, and crackers spread with pesto, olive tapenade and walnut “pate”.


Spicy soy hokkien noodles for mah muffin.


Home-made laksa for the bug (muffin isn’t a lover of coconut like me! hence his soy noodles)

 

Side by side dinners. I fried the tofu, onion, garlic, lemongrass, chili, capsicum, tomato, mushroom etc all together and then separated the noodles and made the soy sauce in one pan and the laksa in another –

THATS HOW KIND I AM!
TWO DINNERS!
(just kidding, my mum used to do that allllll the time hahaha)



The beginning of perfect tiny scalloped potatoes in my perfect tiny pots.


Perfect pots baked fresh outta the oven!


Just like popart!

Perfect mini scalloped potatoes.

Makes four mini pots.

3 large dirty taters (starchy ones), sliced super thin
1 small onion, sliced super thin
1 sprig rosemary, finely smooshed
1 vegie stock cube
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup (ish) skim milk
1 Tablespoon cold butter
S+p
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese (optional)
Preheat your oven to 200C.
Rub cold butter around the edges and bottom of your ceramic pots.
Slice taters and onion super thin. I used a food processor with a slicing attachment, although a mandolin or a knife would do!
Heat the water and stock cube in a saucepan until dissolved. Add milk, rosemary and salt and pepper – bring to the boil and switch off.
Layer your taters and onions alternately and top with a little extra butter and the grated cheese.
Pour the hot liquid into the pots, don’t worry if it doesn’t fill it – half way is fine.
Put the mini lids on and bake until soft (but not mooshy) … about 45 mins… to be honest I didn’t pay attention and just baked with mah nose and sense of smell!You’ll know.

EAT! 

Nom. Nom. Nom.


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What do you do when you wake up looking like the elephant woman? (For serious, I woke up with a lip the size of my nose!)

Well you obviously go to the doctor first and get a magical cream to fix your disfigured hideous face … AND THEN when you can’t go to work (for obvious reasons, such as scaring customers off of their food), you stay home and make about a billion salads. When you realise a billion is probably a little much to fit in your fridge, you settle on six. Just six. . . of the best salads of your life.

These are:

  • soy soba noodle salad
  • rosemary lemon potato salad
  • pesto pasta salad
  • balsamic bean salad
  • chargrilled vegetable salad
  • meditteranean cous cous salad

soy soba noodle salad:


this could easily be made super spicy, but I like to taste and enjoy the flavours of the noodles themselves. Also, hold back on over saucing the noodles as they will get sloppy < this is not good.

2 rounds soba noodles

2 T soy sauce

1 T sweet soy sauce

1 T vinegar

1 t sriracha

1 t sesame oil

1 t fresh ginger, grated

1 T toasted sesame seeds

Capsicum, 1/4 cup thinly sliced

Cabbage, 1/2 cup thinly slices

Cook soba noodles for a couple of minutes in boiling water, remove and dunk into cold water to give them their chewy slurpy texture and stop the cooking process.

Mix together all other ingredients to form the sauce. Toss noodles in sauce and leave the flavours to infuse for at least half an hour.

rosemary lemon potato salad:


this one would be delicious with something green like spring onions, but alas I had none. I feel like the extra roasting of potatoes at the end gives them a better texture than usual mooshy potato salad, which I dislike.

10 baby potatoes, cut into bite size pieces, par boiled

2 T olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 brown onion, thinly sliced

1 T fresh rosemary, finely diced

1 T lemon juice

1 t salt

1 t pepper

Par boil the potatoes until almost cooked through.

In a big frying pan add oil, garlic, onion and rosemary. Cook until onions are translucent. Add in potatoes, lemon juice, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to a baking tray and bake in a 180C oven for about 15 mins or until slightly golden. Remove. Cool in fridge. EAT!

pesto pasta salad:


I mean honestly, is anything bad with pesto? When basil is not in season you can use rocket and save on money – and probably the taste of bad out of season herbs!

2 cups mix of rocket, basil and spinach

2 garlic cloves

1/2 red chilli

1/2 cup cashews

good glug of olive oil

squeeze lemon juice

salt

Blitz!

1 tomato, finely diced

1 avocado, finely diced

Cook 2 cups spiral pasta until al dente. Drain and while still hot add about 2 Tablespoons of the pesto, extra salt and pepper. When slightly cooled add the tomato and avocado and mix through. Serve cool.

    balsamic bean salad:

    This salad will bring you great joy and make you as strong as Popeye! Even though there is no spinach in it… It’s simple and full of things that you can just throw in from your pantry. Excellent!

    1 tin mixed beans

    1 T olive oil

    1 T balsamic vinegar

    1 garlic clove, finely minced

    1/2 t horseradish

    salt

    pepper

    5 marinated artichoke hearts, chopped

    cucumber, 1/4 cup finely diced

    Add oil, balsamic, garlic, horseradish, salt and pepper in a bowl. Rinse beans and mix through, add in artichoke and cucumber. Let flavours combine for at least half an hour.

    chargrilled vegetable salad:


    THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST SALADS EVER. Fo real. It sounds really strange with the sweet marinade, but it brings out the earthy flavours in the mushroom and eggplant. The Asian flavours don’t come through in a strong way in the end, just the flavour of ohmagoodnessdeliciousness.

    10 swiss mushrooms, small and roughly the same size

    eggplant, 1 cup, diced roughly the same size as mushrooms

    pumpkin, 2 cups, diced roughly the same size as mushrooms and eggplant! (see a theme?)

    1 T sweet soy sauce

    1 T sweet chilli sauce

    1/2 t sriracha

    1 t water

    7 marinated green and black olives

    1 cup rocket, chopped

    Roast mushrooms and eggplant at 180C on a tray for about 10-15 minutes or until cooked and soft.

    Roast pumpkin on a separate tray at 180C for about half an hour or until cooked and browned.

    In a bowl whisk together sweet soy, sweet chilli, sriracha and water. When mushrooms and eggplant are still hot, add to this mix and coat well. Leave them soaking in this until the pumpkin is out of the oven. In a big bowl add the rocket, olives, pumpkin, mushroom and eggplant mix. (there was some sauce left over in mine and i opted to save it to dress the salad later if it needed it.)

    meditteranean cous cous salad:


    Yum yum yum! The flavours in this dish are delightfully balanced and Moroccan. I love me some Moroccan flavours. You can use any dried fruit, but I tested a couple and found apricots to be the best. It really does round off the flavours nicely, and therefore I banish you from removing it!

    1 cup cous cous

    1 cup water

    glug olive oil

    1 t smoked paprika

    1/2 t za’atar

    1 t ground cumin

    1/2 t ground coriander

    1 t dried chilli flakes

    1 t salt

    1/2 cup grated carrot

    1 handful roasted, unsalted mixed nuts

    5 olives, quartered

    1 T dried apricots, very finely diced

    Oil for extra body

    In a saucepan bring 1 cup of water, olive oil, smoked paprika, za’atar, cumin, coriander, chilli flakes and salt to a boil. Add in cous cous, stir quickly with a fork, cover and leave for 5 minutes until cooked. Pour into a big bowl and fluff with a fork. Add in carrot, nuts, olives, apricots and extra oil if the consistency is too dry.
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    This seems like a crazy amount of salad (it does make a LOT), alas, it only took me about an hour and a half to create. Stick some funky tunes on and get chopping. The crazy thing about all of these flavours is that they all work together! Nothing really overpowers anything else and it is a nice harmonious mix in the belly 😀

    * T = Tablespoon
    t = teaspoon.
    Just incase…

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    Today is a day of new things! Our power was shut off from 8am-3pm today so I tried my best to stay in bed until at LEAST 1pm.. alas, the plan didn’t work. It was nice to be woken up by the postie bringing me my copy of Veganomicon though! I accidentally ordered this on Amazon when I was trying to figure out how much postage would be! A pleasant accident. I stayed in bed all warm flipping through the pages and making mental notes of what I will cook first. Where do I even begin?!


    My brother moved out a few weeks ago and took his blender with him. I know, the shock, the horror. I have been smoothie-less since! Today I went and bought a blender. It it glass and super lovely and brand new and shiny and will make me full of smoothies again! Woop woop.

    Muffin made me dinner the other night (this is a rare occasion) and it was delish! A miso soup base with carrots, mushrooms, tofu and quinoa. Very tasty indeed.

    This food week isn’t the most inspired.. dont say you weren’t warned. I have a cold now and am trying my best to be inspired but all i want to do is be warm and not spend time writing recipes!

    One night we had spuds. I LOVE A GOOD SPUD. I love baking spuds in the oven and then looking whats in the fridge and throwing it all on top. It’s even better when it tastes good (!) I fried mushrooms with zucchini, onion and garlic and made a spicy yoghurt to go on top, in place of sour cream. I flavoured it with cumin, chilli, coriander, garlic, lemon and salt+pepper and we ate it with a nice salad.


    Another night we had a simple stirfry and muffin plated up.. notice a chef difference?!

    Right now I am eating freshly baked cookies from the freezer from this recipe.


    and soon I will eat a vegetarian snossage in bread with sauce and curl up along side the heater/tissue box. LOVELY!

    Also, i’m reading Cravatalicious! I highly disliked watching Matt Preston on Masterchef. Mostly because I don’t like watching people eat but mainly because he always made creepy faces and creepy eye movements that made me feel uneasy. WITH THAT SAID, his book is actually hilarious and I have a new found respect for him as a food journalist.

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    I love a good food day, infact a bad food day can really ruin my day! So today was both happy and delicious! It’s funny when you’re expecting a good lunch so you skip breakfast.. probably not the best for your body, but MAAAAAAN are you ready to eat when you finally get to the restaurant!

    I had lunch at Dumpling King with my Muffin and my sister. I freaking love dumplings. And thus, also hold a special place in my heart for Dumpling King. It’s so cheap and freaking delicious. I’ve never had a meal there than I don’t like! The vegetarian options are limited, but when it’s this tasty – I don’t really even mind.

    Note: I did find out the bad way that the little pots on the tables of what look like chilli oil are indeed some little fishy smelly pickley thing 😦 sad times. (my friend and I usually secretly take in a bottle of sesame oil for ours hahaha)

    Together we had vegetarian dumplings, asian greens in garlic sauce, vegetables with noodles in soy sauce and Muffin had a hot and sour soup (he is obsessed).

    vegetables with noodles in soy sauce.

    DELISH. This all came to less than $40. Freaking bargain. Of course I had to finish it all, it would be a waste otherwise 😉

    Then when we got home we watched a really awesome documentary called Food Matters. It made me crave raw delicious, unaltered food, and so dinner was an absolutely massive salad with home-made dressing. . . dessert was 2 oreo’s. WHAT WHAT.

    Dumpling King
    5/85 Grote st
    Adelaide, 5000
    (08) 8212 1886

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