Read all of the Fig & Cherry posts in chronological order from today all the way back to 2008!
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
Because I have stopped buying bread. I now make my own. Excitement!
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…)