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 →

In season – Eggplant

Eggplant season, January-March The maligned eggplant is one of my favourite fruits (Yes, it is a fruit, part of the Solanaceae family and has relatives including chillies, tomatoes and potatoes – more of my favourite things). Some people hate it because it’s ugly, bitter and intense, but just like a person who may appear like... Continue Reading →

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