Happy New Year! Happy Chinese New Year that is – 新年快乐，or the more common 恭喜发财 (congratulations and prosperity).
Ah, Christmas. How did it sneak up on me this year? One day we were still in November (heaps of time), and suddenly it is Christmas day. I didn’t even put up a tree this year. But still, some traditions are still important to me. And one of them is panettone.
Early spring teased with its promises of warmth, only for me to reach for the heater remote. But warmer weather’s promise is definite, and Canberra is slowly but resolutely waking from its winter hibernation. What I love about spring and summer in Canberra is how people socialise – there is always a picnic, or a barbecue or a party. And with that comes the desire to find something to drink. It is like people feel the need to make up for being insular over winter.
As I was making this recipe, I was multi-tasking and chatting with my mum on the phone. When I told her what I was making, she was appalled. “Don’t eat that,” she said. “You will make yourself sick!”.
My housemate begged me to teach her how to make cauliflower gratin. My mum had made it as a side dish for a roast we had had a few months ago. “But I’ve got the craving for it now,” she said.
It is hard sometimes to find healthy lunchbox snacks that your kids will eat and that which don’t contain nuts. And ideally something that isn’t processed (I hate giving them things that contain corn syrup – you would be surprised how common that is).
At the height of summer it seems like everyone is trying to give away plums. Well, not me because my baby plum tree hasn’t reached maturity (yet). But one of my friends put a call-out for a plum give away, and I quickly put my hand up and headed over with the kids in tow. They had a great time jumping up and down on my friend’s trampoline while I collected some of the best dark purple plums ever.
Simple things can become extraordinary in the hands of a good cook. So I was excited when my friend Kirsten, a talented cook and even more talented photographer, shared her recipe for Moroccan carrot soup.
Do you have a breadmaker sitting in the back of your cupboard gathering dust? If so, my challenge for you this winter is to get it out and use it. You will save money, and more than that, you will save your family’s sanity.
Mr Red Sports Car came over last Sunday night for a casual meal. The Chinese dishes I planned to cook were all sorted. But what to have for dessert?