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{ Monthly Archives } April 2012

Signs of genius

You know what’s great? Gnocchi. You know what else is great? Carrots. Boy howdy, those two things sure are great. Wouldn’t it be even greaterer if some genius combined them? Well, ’round Chez Spoonfully, we be smart. Enter M and his dynamic brains. He roasted four fat orange carrots until they were mashable, and then […]

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Why I use my words

I’m a writer, not a photographer. Stewed quinces! Yay! Peel, core and slice quinces; mix a spoonful of sugar and pour about two cups of water over. Add whatever spices plough your paddock: I used cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger and nutmeg (in descending order of quantity). Boil until the quinces become lush and soft and […]

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So close you can smell the beans

Black Coffee Tunic: the fans want to know. What happened to it? Where is it? Are the rumours about it and Anthony Bourdain true? The truth is much less exciting than the tabloids would have us believe, but ultimately more satisfying. Black Coffee Tunic is very very close to being done, as in finished, as […]

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Sprinty sprite

I tried something new — something hard and sweaty — grumbled about it a lot, and then mysteriously found myself excited and into it. I took up running a couple of years ago and it was hard. Freaking shitnuts, it was hard. Hard and sometimes ouchy, but I kept wanting it. After a long, stubborn […]

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What’s shoushaking?

Everyone! Check out my post title! It’s a pun! Today I made shakshouka, and I was all “what’s shakshouking?” but that didn’t make sense so I had to flip it around. So now it’s like “Hey, shakshouka, what’s shoushaking?” Pretty clever, huh? And my cleverness doesn’t end there! I’ve been whisking up cleverness into a […]

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Small cooking revelations to share

The trick to making the besterest felafels, as discovered by M this week: don’t use cooked chickpeas. Use dried ones, which you boil for ten minutes and then leave to soak, heat off, for a few hours. Add seasonings of choice and a little flour, mash it all up in the food processor and chill […]

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Thinkycooking

I think while I’m cooking, mostly about the process of cooking (multitasking has never been a strong skill), but also about things in general. I think about money, priorities and time, and how those things constantly have to be considered through life, readdressed, rebalanced, reshuffled, almost every day. I think about how awesome sleep is […]

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Manifest Awesome

Ever had shakshouka? It’s a thick, spicy soup with capsicum, onions, tomatoes and such, and before you serve you poach eggs in it. It’s one of the finest culinary creations known to man, particularly when served with flatbread sprinkled with za’atar. Ever had pizza? ‘Course you have. I’m not going to fuck with you on […]

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Cake 2: Even Cakier

While I was triumphantly preparing Awesome Cake for the Earth Hour Party I went to (with additional Extra Awesome in the form of Cake Balls), I cranked up the challenge by also making a cake to take to Mumini and Dadini’s for morning tea. Truly, I have been in a world of cake lately. As […]

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I Am Genius. Also balls.

Earth Hour Party: time to make a cake. I kept it easy, with a simple moist chocolate cake. Having seen Pencil Kitchen’s Mango Upside Down Cake (and holy CRAP that looks freaking delicious and different and totally new to me), I was intrigued by the dark, moist chocolate cake, the first chocolate cake recipe I’ve […]

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