Kitchen redemption at last: Coconut Custard Tart

Lack of inspiration. Unripened fruit. Overcooked cabbage. Boo-boo. Lumpy custard. Sunken cake. Misread recipes. Gritty rice. Burnt beans. Disaster. Why haven’t I blogged in so long, you ask?

I could tell you that I haven’t blogged in ages because I have my final exam for my final subject in my final semester in a week’s time, but that would be a lie. I haven’t posted because a) I haven’t had any culinary adventures worth sharing, and b) those that I anticipated would be bloggable were not. It’s humbling being reminded that I’m just as prone to kitchen catastrophe as anyone else, whether I take pretty pictures of my food and share my recipes or not. Thankfully, the bad luck gremlin has finally had his fill and has left my kitchen. Today I have a recipe for you that is so delicious, you’ll be making it again and again. Its theme song is Tubthumping; it’s name, Coconut Custard Tart. Continue reading

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Escaping to the Blue Mountains: two soups and a spicy curry

For the past few days we have been staying in an adorable cottage in the Blue Mountains. We’ll staying the entire week.

Reading a lot, writing a lot. And taking photos.

Today it’s about zero degrees (or so it feels to us, softies that we are), and drizzling rain.

We’ve been pottering around the house in flannelette shirts, red wine in hand, nibbling rum’n’raisin chocolate and playing rummy in front of the fireplace.

While confined to the house, I’ve had the luxury of simmering soup for hours, slow-cooking a curry, and generally appreciating all that is warm and comforting.

Today I’ll share with you the hot and sour soup I whipped up yesterday, a more traditional vegetable and bean soup that sat on the stove for a good two hours before making it’s way into our tummies at lunchtime, and a spicy, creamy, slow-cooked mushroom and eggplant vindaloo. Continue reading

The sous chef proposes

I’m just about the happiest woman in the world! As you can see, Ash proposed, and placed the most beautiful antique ring on my finger.

I know this doesn’t have much to do with cooking, or recipes, but bear with me and I’ll share something edible with you too. But before I do, I must share some photos from our weekend away.  Continue reading

Funeral for a blender

Creamy dreamy saucy coconut and peanut coated vegetables... nomnomnom

I’ve been thinking a lot about minimalism of late. You may be familiar with the philosophy, it’s just based on the simple knowledge that less is more. Material clutter and stuff is touted as providing us happiness, but does it? The more stuff we have, the bigger a house we need, costing more money and getting into more debt. Which then makes us unhappy, so to remedy that, what have we been taught to do? Buy more stuff! Continue reading

How to be a haphazard host

Maybe it was the lack of sleep this weekend, or the copious number of vodka sodas last night, but I’ve been completely useless today. Take this chain of events as an example. We invited some friends around for dinner, and the following… well… followed. Shit I’m on fire tonight. Continue reading