Brushing my teeth tonight, I look at the bathroom doorway and notice the lilac paint covering textures of plaster, wood and change. I painted that. Still looks like thick cream tinged with hope. So much has changed. Then, I was pregnant, hopelessly caught in nesting urges to make our house prettier and cleaner than it was. So much has stayed the same. Now, the house is still a work of layers. Grandmothers’ old furniture, dirty Ikea couch, art works wherever they last found a nail and Oliver’s organisational fetishes (takeaway boxes contain the bath plug, my blue scarf and magnets [...]
I’ve waited a long time to tell you about my new business. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to write about it. I just haven’t known when to. There’s been so many false starts, such a slow fruition, so much frustration. I’ve been in planning mode since last August, and never ending impatience mode ever since. But now, there’s a warehouse, see? and kitchens even – ok, just spray-painted ones. and Jo, my very first staff member! She’s been a bit camera shy up to now, hence the distance photography, but we’ll lure her out eventually. We’ve swept the dust off [...]
So, I didn’t make the final cut, but what an amazing bunch did! You can buy this e-book for $1.99, and learn a heap about the lives of animals in the process.
This post finds me a little out of order. You see, I should be telling you that my cooking classes are about to feature on Channel 7′s Queensland Weekender, and instead, I’m telling you that they did. On Saturday night! Sorry about the tardiness but I’ve had a very full week! My pickled ginger and asian coleslaw featured in the shoot, as did 6 of my loveliest students. Thanks, again, for being stars. Thank you also, dear Audrey, for the photos, and Ashleigh Frater and Alastair McLeod for the opportunity. If you missed our 5 minutes of fame (and me [...]
Cooking under pressure has become my latest fixation. I’m in love with my yellow cooker. the noise of its vent closing down, the silence of perfect pressure, the whoosh as I run cold water over its lid, encouraging release. I’ve been making risottos from carnaroli rice and whole barley, meat stocks ready in an hour, smoky baked beans with ham hocks, and heavenly braises with shanks and tails. Come see what this love tastes like on Saturday, or stay tuned here, for many pressure cooker experiments to come. xx
The westerlies have arrived, I’ve fallen in love with my hot water bottle and I’m fantasising about chocolate soup (and chocolate cookies, choc marble cheesecake, chocolate self saucing pudding, chocolate babka…) at quite inappropriate times. Winter must be here! This means a whole new set of cooking classes to make the most of this too-short cold season of ours. There’s a spicy pickle class, a marmalade and fruit butter class, a tofu and tempeh class (of course- it just keeps filling!), a pressure cooker class, a meat stock class and a vegetable stock class. Feel wintery enough to you? If you like hearing about [...]
Hi everyone, there’s just a couple of spots left in this Saturday’s cooking class at Taste. In this class – the first in a series offered in 2012 celebrating authentic vegetarian dishes – we’ll make tofu from scratch (a tofu that will blow all other beancurds out of their slightly rancid water baths!), we’ll experiment with the fermented delights of tempeh, and we’ll use both tofu and tempeh in a series of dishes direct from the soybean masters (Indonesia and the Sichuan Provence). For more details, see my cooking classes page. (And if you want to know if my classes are any [...]
Bad wifi connections and illness have silenced this blog for far too long. Enough. I’m pulling myself out of a post illness stupor to post some brief memories. Hopefully sharing these will help dissipate the cold, vomiting virus and final flu flogging that have been clouding my holiday recall. One of the best things about travelling in Italy with a young child is Italians (here’s Oliver with his cheeky devil friend, Naoise). Italians seemingly love babies as much as they love food, and embrace their chaos with smiles and exclamations like ‘bella!’ (everyone thought Oliver was a girl) and ‘amore!’. [...]
Who’dda thought tofu and tempeh were so in demand? I certainly didn’t, but I’m chuffed that there’s so many people out there wanting to learn more about these important soy bean products. The 11th February class is now sold out, so I’ve got another one planned for April 21st. See the Cooking Class page for more details. In these introductory classes, there’s enough time to make tofu from scratch, but making tempeh is more involved. So, I’ve created a class dedicated to the task. It’s on April 28th, and will be completely hands on, so you’re sure to take the [...]
I’ve been meaning to update this basic skill for a while. Now, with my Stone Fruit Jams Cooking Class waving at me from tomorrow, with a tonne of patient plums piled on the floor beside me, with another tonne of nectarines shedding their flavours into a syrupy sugar, with pate sablé ready to roll into pastry shells, butter to be rubbed into scones, rough puff to be filled with jam and fruit, steamed jam pudding to be tested and plum crumble slice to be made, I thought now was a good time to update my jam post.