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The pastry genius

My friends, I appear today to sing the praises of M. I have often said that the best thing about cooking — and I expand this to include every creative endeavour — is the ability to manifest your own ideas. You think “I feel like a quiche, but I’m not sure I want something with […]

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Biere 3: The Tastening!

HOLY CRAMPONS THE EXCITEMENT! The beer’s ready! THE BEER IS READY! What’s that? You need a soothing, refreshing ale to calm yourself after that announcement? Would you be interested in an American-style pale ale, with supportive hops, cleansing savoury structure, and beautiful bubbles? Allow me to introduce my first ever beer: the Lucky Trout Pale […]

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Biere 2: The embottling

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll remember I recently expanded my fermentation repertoire by introducing beer brewing to my life. And how awesome it is turning out so far is beyond the scope of this humble blog. But just real quick: it is very awesome indeed. Since I decided to follow a kit ‘n’ kilo […]

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That went better than expected

We recently inherited a griddle! A wee cast-iron paddle with ridges and a handle. You heat it up over the gas flame and it leaves pleasing smokey ridges on anything you cook on it. Noteworthy successes have thus far included: zucchini, haloumi, marinaded tofu, and bread. Today, in an unexpected mood of adventurousness (must be […]

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Triumph by proxy

I would like to take a moment to praise M and his ability to manifest culinary visions. By which I mean doughnuts. M speaks fondly of memories of watching the doughnut-making machine in the shopping centre, popping rings of fresh(ish) dough into the hot oil, and then conveyer-belting them to completion, where they shimmied down […]

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These hips were made for walking

In passing, I would like to speculate how often the phrase “these [nouns] were made for [verb]-in’” has been used since the song was released: lots, I bet. Lots and lots. Last October, M and I cancelled our Tasmanian holiday so I could pop over to the local hospital and have a little hip surgery. […]

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Hybridity

After a few weeks’ grizzling around the place with a sore back (sleeping with a pillow under your knees is a compromise: your back stops hurting but you do feel like you’re laying in a bucket), I’m finally up and about. Sleeping right, walking properly (not waddling about like I’m trying to hold in farts), […]

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Snaily snail

Some of you may recall I established a Learn-How List some time ago, and upon that list I inscribed the noble words pain aux raisins. Pain aux raisins, or escargot, or snail pastries, are spiral-shaped pastries made from croissant pastry. You roll out your croissant pastry, spread crème pâtissière over it, and then liberally dot […]

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Awesome real quick

Just found these photos from dinner a couple of nights ago. If you ever want to be a bit fancy with the pizza-making, may I recommend caramelised onion, fig, feta and rocket? A particularly nice touch was mixing a spoonful of fig and balsamic jam into the caramelised onions before using it as the base […]

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Sterffed

A friend bequeathed me this pumpkin. Which was a lovely and generous thing to do, because it was a delicious pumpkin. Slight caveats: (a) I had to put it in my backpack and ride back to my car with it, not a long way but a fair step with several kilos of pumpkin on my […]

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