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

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Heat up that belly: an Indian dinner. And a giveaway!

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked me whether Sydney winter gets much colder than what it was at that time, and I confidently reassured her that it didn’t. Never was I so wrong. This past week has been icy! And today has been ever so slightly rainy, so I walked home through chilling winds and tiny darts of freezing rain. Yuck. Curry time I say.

I had a difficult time coming to terms with the idea of a ‘dry curry’ when I started cooking. Maybe it’s the Aussie in me that expects everything Indian to look and taste like butter chicken, but I just thought curry should be swimming in a rich sauce. Not so, as it turns out. Paired with a saucier side of greens, this dry curry of sweet potato, cauliflower and edamame is spot on. Continue reading

Cooking tom yummy soup from scratch

This post wouldn’t have been so overdue had WordPress not crashed and lost my post at 11pm last night. Here goes!

According to a meat-lover who isn’t too crazy about vegetables, this soup is really good. Ash and I loved it too, so I thought it would be worth sharing. Loaded with fresh vegetables, the broth is tasty with only just a touch of coconut milk, which gives it that moreish small-children-would-ask-for-seconds flavour.

Plus, it’s made without tom yum paste. Continue reading

Jabberwocky wombok soup

I love the word wombok. It’s just so much fun to say! It seems to me that it should be a made-up word from Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem Jabberwocky. It’s fun replacing a word of a song with it, and it’s equally as fun to cook with.

Wombok is actually just Chinese cabbage. Delicate, crunchy, delicious cabbage, shredded finely into a curry and sweet corn soup. Continue reading

There’s a man in my kitchen!

As I was drawing names out of a hat for the chocolate giveaway (speaking of which, Fiona Andrews, please Facebook or email me to claim your prize, or I will have to redraw a new winner on Wednesday), Ash was proving once again that he is a capable and creative cook in his own right. Boys aren’t only good for doing the dishes you know. Continue reading

Dave’s Curry

Thank you all for your enthusiasm for the review of Black Velvet Gold Chocolat vegan range! I’m blown away by the response, which confirms that above all else, we just love chocolate! The entries are still open for a beautiful sample packet of the chocolates, so keep’em coming!

On the topic of things that we love, while I was busy photographing yesterday’s beautiful chocolate samples, Ash was diligently cooking up a delicious dinner for us.

In keeping with the theme of old favourites, this recipe was first introduced to us when Ash’s younger brother Dave cooked it for the family. Packed full of vegetables, absolutely moreish, spicy and touched with coconut goodness, no curry has been repeated as often. Continue reading

Indian quinoa curry

made on a camp stove

I’m pretty stuck on this Indian spice combination… you might recognise it from the orange lentil soup recipe, and it’s likely to crop up again in various shapes and forms. Whatever, when something works why change it? Continue reading