Brioche

On the weekend I decided to treat my partner to a fancy, frenchy meal at home for being such a fabbo guy. I went to town on it, and made 5 courses of yum, including: Brioche and walnut pate Autumn harvest soup Jerusalem artichoke puree with sauteed mushrooms Nut loaf, Brussels sprouts and blueberry, pomegranate…

Vegan Savoury Shapes

Today I’m supposed to be packing and cleaning, so naturally I procrastibaked instead. I was trying to come up with some interesting snacks for the big road trip, and decided to try my hand at some savoury biscuits. I’ve been making a lot of Italian christmas biscuits lately (little twists and rings flavoured with fennel…

Scotch broth and oat cakes

Time does tick on, huh? Lucky for me I’m home with an unstoppable cough today, so I can catch up on blog writing between coughing fits. The very first Scottish-ish meal I turned my hand to, in the distant past of about two and  half weeks ago, was Scotch broth accompanied by some oat cakes….

Lemon Cake II: the “healthy” version

Last night we had some friends over for dinner who are of the low fat, considered nutrition mindset. Despite this, I knew I couldn’t help myself but to make a dessert. Out of lemons, because, sooooo many lemons. I used almond meal again and spelt again, added some polenta, removed the lemon juice, and swapped…

When Life Hands You Lemons…

…Make Lemon Cake! The rental place I’ve moved into has a meyer lemon tree, which is going great guns at the moment.  I have lemons coming out of my ears, even after I’ve given bags of them away to the neighbours. As a result, I’ve been experimenting with all things lemon flavoured. The latest semi-success…

Question Time: What are your vego christmas must-haves?

Its nearly Christmas. Well, not here as Georgians use the Julian calendar, so their Christmas is in January. I’m a hardened, happy atheist, but I still love the food and family part of Christmas. So, as soon as I realised we would be spending Christmas alone together in Tbilisi, I began thinking of what to…

Greek Week

Okay, so this is another of the countries we culinarily visited while I was busy packing up our house in Melbourne. In fact, I only had time to make two days worth of Greek food and this just isn’t enough, especially for a cuisine with so much linking it to food in Melbourne, so I…

Go Local – Karat Banana

One of the most amazing things here is the variety in bananas. For a girl from the land of one variety- that I don’t even know the name of, because they’re just “bananas” – its a little baffling, to be honest. I don’t know how many varieties there are, I’ve been told around 40, but…

“Romantic” fried chicken dinner and the best apple pie ever

When I think of a romantic dinner, I think candles, wine, maybe some music. Fried chicken and tv doesn’t usually come to mind. But that’s what we went with on Friday night, and it didn’t turn out half bad. I was already making the seitan (yeah, i totally made seitan) when Mr called sounding very…

Chowder, Cobbler, Cornbread and Beans

Sunday: Corn Chowder and Peach Cobbler During my search I didn’t find much info on Corn Chowder, so I wont share a history with you. Basically, chowder is a thick, creamy soup with stuff in it. In corn chowder, the stuff is corn and potatoes. I used the recipe for Chipotle Corn Chowder from  Vegan…

Baking with pumpkin

Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Cookies, Pumpkin Muffins…the list goes on. Americans like to bake with pumpkin. Its not something we do here very often, we usually turn our pumpkins into soup (or curry), or eat them roasted, so I have been intrigued. The first time I baked with pumpkin was for my cookbook, and…