Sourdough pancakes

Sourdough pancakes

I make these pancakes whenever I have guests, and sometimes when I don’t. They’re made from the same starter/sponge as my sourdough bread, and I quite often make them the day before I bake my bread, while the starter is bubbling at room temperature. These are American style fluffy pancakes,...
A new world salad for a summer Christmas

A new world salad for a summer Christmas

You know what they say about hubris, right? “Oh, I’ve got it all sorted out,” I thought. “I have a plan for Christmas and it’s going to be great.” Ha. I woke this morning with my uterus tying itself in knots. It’s been so well-behaved lately that I haven’t even...
Kimchi pancakes

Kimchi pancakes

This is something I’ve been eating a lot lately. It makes a good breakfast, bruch, lunch, or light supper, and it uses things I have around the house anyway — including kimchi, which we made about 8L (2 gallons) of during the winter. We’re on our very last jar of...
Chili verde

Chili verde

Okay, a few people demanded this recipe after I tweeted about the deliciousness of my dinner, so here it is. This is pretty much a mishmash of the top few chili verde links I found on Google, but it’s my mish-mash, and it resulted in what’s the tastiest chili I’ve...
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The weekly (well, more or less weekly) haul

The weekly (well, more or less weekly) haul

Not actually weekly, since this is the first shop (apart from a NYE yoghurt-and-cheese stop) since before Christmas. That was a big one though. This week’s groceries: Onions, spring onions, eggplant, tomatoes, corn, broccoli, bok choy, avocadoes and grapes from Curtis Fresh ($15.40). Cider vinegar, yoghurt, UHT milk, feta cheese and peanuts from Maxi Foods...
Savoury zucchini slice

Savoury zucchini slice

Another one from the draft folder, from almost 12 months ago. Why, self, why? I think I wanted to refine and perfect the recipe a bit. Never mind, it was pretty good as-is, even if not absolutely perfect. Here endeth the cleaning out of the draft folder. It was chilly today in Ballarat (summer, what...

Four-cheese wheat berry broccoli bake

Found this among my drafts. It’s from mid 2014 and I never posted it because I didn’t have a photo. It was delicious, though, and if you’re in the northern hemisphere it’s probably just about the right season for you to eat something like this. Definitely not the weather for it here and now! Oh...
Buy ALL the groceries!

Buy ALL the groceries!

Remember when, back in the day, I used to post pics of my market haul? I was inspired by the excellent book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats which shows photographs of families from around the world with a week’s groceries. Well, today I did what passes for a Christmas shop at my place, which...
Wrapping up the year

Wrapping up the year

It’s a cliche to blog about how seldom you blog, so I won’t. Instead I’ll just take the opportunity to reflect a bit on 2014 in terms of my home life. It’s been a dog of a year. It’s been difficult to focus on anything much, let alone communicate about it. The first half of...

Carrot-ginger risotto for reflux

I get a bit of gastric reflux and it’s definitely not my favourite thing. When it flares up, it hurts to eat, especially to swallow. I’m a big fan of actual drugs (which work pretty well for me), but I also find that simple food helps, or at least hurts less: rice, broth, fruit that’s...
Simplest sourdough bread instructions

Simplest sourdough bread instructions

I wanted to post a short, simple version of my sourdough bread instructions — no fancy stuff or options, unlike the earlier rather confusing post that I made — so that I can point people at it when I give them some of my starter. So here goes. How to make a standard sourdough loaf...

A secular Lent

I’m going through a bit of a cash-starved phase at the moment so I’m looking at what I can cook from my pantry, freezer and garden without shopping for groceries. I thought I’d take a few minutes to write up what’s currently scrawled in green marker across the whiteboard in my kitchen, as I’m quite...
Garden share collective, April 2014

Garden share collective, April 2014

Time for another Garden Share Collective, hosted by Lizzie at Strayed from the Table. You should definitely head on over there to see how everyone’s garden is going! Last month, my garden had exploded and I was picking zucchini, eggplant, and other high-summer veg. I was planning for winter planting, and had just laid out...

Garden share collective, March 2014

Time for another Garden Share Collective, hosted by Lizzie at Strayed from the Table. You should definitely head on over there to see how everyone’s garden is going! Last month, my summer garden was going not-too-badly considering how late it had been planted, and I was starting to harvest a handful of vegies every few...
Harvest Monday, 24th February 2014

Harvest Monday, 24th February 2014

Whew, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but it seems like the stars have aligned and I have both a harvest and the time to post about it. This week, like the last few, has had harvests that look more or less like this: Actually those photos are from earlier weeks...
Garden Share Collective, February 2014

Garden Share Collective, February 2014

Time for another Garden Share Collective, hosted by Lizzie at Strayed from the Table. As you probably remember, I moved into my new house in December and quickly rushed to set up a bit of no-dig garden using my moving boxes as the bottom layer. It now looks like this: (For comparison, see last month.)...