Fig & Cherry Archive

Read all of the Fig & Cherry posts in chronological order from today all the way back to 2008!

Pumpkin and feta parcels {vegetarian}

Posted on June 10, 2013

Pumpkin is just sooo good at the moment. There are gorgeous local specimens flooding the farmers markets and green grocers, and I couldn’t be happier.

While straight-up roasted is my favourite way to eat pumpkin, you really need to get creative when it’s in season and features on your menu at least twice a week. That’s where these little parcels come in. I mean, what doesn’t taste fantastic wrapped in pastry? Exactly. (more…)

Dead easy pumpkin & halloumi couscous salad

Posted on June 3, 2013

When I make couscous salads I go a bit crazy and throw loads of different flavours into them; veggies, cheese, nuts, herbs, salad leaves and other extras like olives and preserved lemon.

It makes them delicious, but does take a bit of brain power to get the balance right.

On this particular day I didn’t have the necessary brain power required, so I practised an exercise in restraint.

And you know what? It tasted really good! (more…)

No knead homemade bread from scratch tutorial with step by step photos! #ggbreadrevolution

Posted on May 29, 2013

Do you avoid making your own bread because you don’t have the time OR don’t have the energy-slash-hands free (I’m looking at you mamas!)?

That used to be me. But that all changed when I came across a photo on instagram with the hashtag #ggbreadrevolution. I can’t remember who it was that actually posted the photo, but it was a beautiful loaf of bread, so I immediately clicked the hashtag and delved deeper.

What I found was a Melbourne Mum of five boys with a blog called Gourmet Girlfriend and her revolutionary adaptation of a NY Times no knead bread recipe. She promised it was easy peasy and every loaf would turn out perfectly. It made me curious, to say the least. OK, I’ll admit, I was damn right excited!

I followed her instructions that night and the next morning, voila!, a beautiful loaf sat on my kitchen bench. I was super impressed with myself, and I was hooked! No more supermarket bread for this family.

Today I’d like to show you my slightly adapted method in all its step by step glory and I strongly urge you to give it a try. It’s really sooo easy – even for a Mum of a 2.5 year old toddler and I’m also 30 weeks pregnant!

I’m so committed to this cause that I even went out and purchased a big 20kg sack of flour and a barrel to store it in last weekend. Without further ado – let’s get easy homemade bread making! (more…)

20kg of organic, unbleached plain flour & a barrel

Posted on May 28, 2013

I bought three exciting things on the weekend; 20kg of organic flour, a barrel to store it in and a butter dish for REAL butter to soften at room temperature on my kitchen bench.

Why?

Because I have stopped buying bread. I now make my own. Excitement!

It’s not just any old bread either. It’s NO KNEAD homemade bread from scratch. No machine, no kneading, no fuss. Seriously. (more…)

Han’s fresh tomato & red lentil soup {vegan, GF}

Posted on May 27, 2013

My friend Hanna and I have a reciprocal recipe relationship. She reads my blog and makes my recipes, and then she texts me her recipes and I make them (and sometimes feature them on my blog – raw fudge brownie is hers!).

Our friendship is, of course, more complex than that. But it is fun to have a mate to share regular tasty back-and-forths!

Anyway, the other week when I published my red lentil and sweet potato soup and shared it on my Facebook page, one of my loyal readers Judith commented that she used to buy a tinned soup that was tomato and lentil – and did I have a recipe? (more…)

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