These stories vary from bizarre to extremely personal; delicious little morsels from around the globe that I think you might be interested in.
Here I also chat about developments with the blog, new sponsorships and partnerships with brands and flashy events I attend – such as the unforgettable Masterclass with Tetsuya Wakuda!
This article and recipe first appeared in the Autumn 2013 issue of Sample Magazine.
There isn’t a vegetable that screams Autumn more than pumpkin. At this time of year, the sheer variety and abundance of pumpkins at the farmers market, coupled with their silky smooth flesh, makes them a joy to work with in the kitchen.
The cooler evenings of Autumn call for meals that are comforting, but not too rich. That’s when I reach for my spice rack to inspire me and help avoid the temptation of fatty braising meats. After all, there are plenty of opportunities to stock up on calories over Winter with all the puddings on offer. (more…)
Sunday morning was really fun. Poppy fell asleep in the back of the car, so hubby and I decided to take the opportunity to go for a little drive around an area that we hadn’t explored before – Rous (it’s between Ballina and Lismore).
We were surprised how pretty and quaint it was, with lots of macadamia farms and rural properties growing their own produce. Each of which had honesty stalls, and we stopped at all of them! (more…)
In my kitchen this month is a collection of things that (mostly) aren’t edible, but ARE food related.
Firstly, the only edible goodies are new season pears, apples and figs. I made a special trip to Byron Farmers Market yesterday to get the figs and paid $8.50 for four. I was so excited to grill them and eat them with crepes on the weekend…
BUT, I left them out on the bench last night and the sticky ripe juices attracted about a million ants – which I awoke to find feasting on my expensive figs. Sigh. I will have to find some more on the weekend. (more…)
My hubby will not eat tuna. No siree. No tuna for him. Ever.
I’ve tried many times to disguise it but to no avail. Pasta bakes, dips and more – he can always taste the ‘cat food’ (that’s his terminology).
Give him the best quality tuna you can find! I hear you shout. I hear you. Tried it.
I’ve made sure the tuna is soaked in oil to mask the fishy taste and presented him with fancy tuna slices, imported from overseas, when Sirena wouldn’t cut it. No. No. And a big fat NO.
So, I’ve given up. For my sanity. And it’s his loss (as us tuna-loving folk will know). (more…)
Yesterday was my 5th wedding anniversary. I booked a table at a gorgeous restaurant in Byron Bay, but we never got there.
I didn’t mention in my last post, but I’ve had a bad cold for the past week and now I’ve given it to hubby. I gave him such a good dose of it that he was too sick to go out to the restaurant last night.
Don’t worry, I’m not upset. We can just reschedule for next weekend and it doesn’t matter to me as I’ll still get my fancy meal eventually!