Recipes and Ruminations of a Freelance Eater

Recipes and Ruminations of a Freelance Eater

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Laksa

Laksa

I used to follow a liberal version of the paleo diet, and it was very successful for some time. But I got sick of carb-shaming and I don’t think any diet that excludes anything is one I can get on board with. Everything in moderation and eating as many whole foods as I can is for me, the best way forward. I feel there’s no use trying to eat paleo versions of old favourites like spaghetti made with courgette or pizza made with chestnut flour. Most of the time it doesn’t work and when there are so many other delicious, …

Spring Chicken Stew with Herb Dumplings

Spring Chicken Stew with Herb Dumplings

Sometimes I think know everything when it comes to food and eating. This is one of those recipes that I thought might not be very tasty, due to the simplicity of ingredients. But I love it when I’m wrong, because it means I’m learning new things. This recipe is from the April issue of the Waitrose food magazine, which I always read. I only ever try one or two recipes each month, because I’ve been disappointed in the past with bland results. But sometimes the photo looks so good I can’t help but try it.

I’ve made this 3 …

Priya’s Chicken Masala

Priya’s Chicken Masala

This is not so much a recipe, but rather a guide to using local dynamo Priya Tailor’s (of Priya’s Kitchen) home-made masala paste. As some of you might know, Priya is the woman behind the pop-ups that everyone is talking about, and the maker of the Fiday night curry take-aways that some of you might have had the joy to experience. I recently had the pleasure of taking part in one of her cooking classes and most recently trying her curry paste. All of my run-ins with Priya have been incredible, I’m a massive fan and I will admit …

Portobello Road Gin – Local Heroes : Mark Knopfler

Portobello Road Gin – Local Heroes : Mark Knopfler

Many moons ago (some time last year, my recollection is hazy), I attended the launch of an exciting addition to the Portobello Rd Gin repertoire, Navy Strength Gin. Like a bolder, more commanding cousin of the flagship London Dry No. 171 blend including juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, orris root, lemon peel, liquorice root, cassia bark and nutmeg, the Navy Strength edition is infused with a smattering of sea salt at the end of the distillation process, thusly conjuring nautical impressions. Coming in at a whopping 57.1% I was to discover that evening, that a strong gin doesn’t have …

Broke in Bruges

Broke in Bruges

I’ve always wanted to go to Bruges. It’s one of those places with a mystical aura that feels like an essential place to see in one’s lifetime. And then there’s Colin Farrell’s film In Bruges where it’s portrayed as a wonderful, fabled place and he calls it a “shit-hole” and you’re left wondering is it worth the visit? Bruges is indeed a beautiful town. It does have the famed cobbled streets and a whole town centre made up of old buildings and squares, there’s a clock tower and a windmill and everything you could want in a medieval mini-break, however, …

Skinny Smoked Salmon Salad

Skinny Smoked Salmon Salad

I don’t know if you can relate, but I have to wear a bathing suit in a few short months. It’s bad enough that my skin is winter-pale and scaly but having a few kilograms extra of it laying about isn’t helping. I have 3 months until this body hits the beach and so I’ve started making small, but consistently better food choices and I’m hoping that with my new salad regime there’ll be a little bit less of me to offend the other holiday-makers. As soon I decide that it’s time to cut-down on the pork scratchings and lunch-time …

Cafe Brownies

Cafe Brownies

So there’s a debate raging in my house. I’ve just made a brownie and it’s different recipe to the one I normally use. This new recipe comes from a friend who used to work as pastry chef under one of Sydney’s well-known chefs. This friend has been making these brownies since forever and they always look incredible but I never tried making them because the recipe was always so large – 10 eggs large. These ladies are working large-scale tray bakes here for the hungry cafe-goers of Sydney but I’m looking for something more humble in size so I had …

Strawberry Shortcake with Baby Basil and Sweetened Creme Fraiche

Strawberry Shortcake with Baby Basil and Sweetened Creme Fraiche

This is no ordinary strawberry shortcake. Perfect for when strawberries are in season when they not only taste great but are cheap too. Fairly easy to make, always impressive and lovely to eat, this almond shortbread and with strawberries served with baby basil leaves and brown sugar creme fraiche is a recipe I’ve held onto for years. Ideal for dinner parties, afternoon tea or family get togethers, you can make the shortcake the day before and it takes only minutes to assemble. While you can use almond meal in place of processing your own almonds, you won’t get the rustic, …

Hrstule

Hrstule

I have a little recipe book where I keep all my cuttings and family recipes. Its pages are splattered with flour and other ingredients, and some of the pages are even stuck together. Scattered through out this book are mysterious little post its with hand-written and very scant recipes for various Croatian sweeties. Sweeties for recipes that my mum and I love, but find hard to track down. Something you might not know about some people, is that sometimes they don’t share the entire recipe with you. You’ll get enough to get you a good result, but often a little …

Lemon Yoghurt Cake

Lemon Yoghurt Cake

It’s nearly Mother’s Day. In my house this means home made cards from the boys, and an uncertain spouse asking what I want. While I wasn’t blessed with the sensitivity and understanding of little girls, I was gifted with two precious boys who love me. I don’t need Hallmark to help us along with that, but I do believe that Mother’s Day is a good opportunity to tell your mum how much she means to you. This lemon yoghurt cake is an ideal way to celebrate Mothering Sunday, as it’s known here in the UK. It’s light, sweet and tingles …