Sweet potato muffins

I'm sure I'm the only person in the world who has children who don't eat their school lunches. All other children open their compartmentalized lunch boxes each day, and ravenously partake of carrot and cucumber crudites, cherry tomatoes, maybe a little hummus mopped up with some wholegrain sourdough, then olives for the gourmets and chorizo... Continue Reading →

Easy fig chutney

I'm one of those annoying people who doesn't eat many carbs. I do ridiculous things like put bolognese sauce on broccoli, wrap taco innards in iceberg lettuce, and say "mmm that's delicious" while chomping raw celery and beetroot hummus while everybody else eats nachos. I lost 20kg last year, and it had needed to happen.... Continue Reading →

Fig frangipane pie

Lunch with Lou is never just lunch. It's like following a boulevard of tastes that always starts with Champagne, and meanders its way across the south of France, through Burgundy and the Tuscan hills, and often ends in a cafe in Rome. The path is always as liquid as it is solid, and I always... Continue Reading →

Fried eggplant with miso paste

Picture a St Kilda farmers' market. Windy Melbourne summer day, me and my husband ambling around in Birkenstocks and hemp t-shirts, heads shielded against a sun that refuses to come out, but looking quite the part - straw, of course, just a little ratty. Our retriever leads the way to the Sicilian barbecue stall, while... Continue Reading →

Garam masala from scratch

1 tbs coriander seeds 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp cardamom pods 1 cinnamon quill (broken) 2 tsp black mustard seeds 1 tsp fennel seeds 1 star anise Dry-fry all ingredients for a few minutes until fragrant, then crush in a mortar and pestle. Easy! Try and use within one month. Dried spices keep longer... Continue Reading →

Mary’s Eggplant Curry

Watching Mary cook was a wonderful thing. No measuring bowls, no gadgets, no timers, and no timing. Lunch might be at 12:30, or at three. But as soon as you catch a scent of her art in the kitchen, you wouldn’t mind waiting. You'd know that when it arrived, it would never simply be curry.... Continue Reading →

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