In the spirit of creating foods from scratch this month, I decided a bean soaking was in order. I'm guilty of regularly buying cans of lentils to use as my veg protein for dinner. It really does seem like a wasted opportunity to save money when it's so easy to prepare dried beans at home. Plus, all of those cans! They can't be doing any favours for the environment. You know one thing that's only . . .
In my cooking comfort zone are things like cake, brownies, cookies, fritters, casseroles, one-pot meals, scones, my vegetarian grilled nachos. In the zone of trepidation are croissants, meringue buttercream, macarons, lots of kinds of meat, many-layered cakes, deep fryers (and lots of other refined techniques) - tell me I'm not alone in at least some of these?! - and Indian curries. I love to eat . . .
Today is a good day. It's the Ekka public holiday (*smiles smugly at those interstate*)! Maths dude baked some cornbread muffins, and it was the first time he has ever baked, except for putting a lasagne in the oven and such. Can you believe that? Bless that man and his cheesy cornbread muffins. He probably never bakes because I am always being cook-zilla in the kitchen and traumatising . . .
Happy Australia Day weekend! Whatever it means to you and however you spent it, I hope it was great. We headed to a house by a lake for a weekend of boozin', backyard cricket and music, culminating with the JJJ countdown on Monday, which had its moments of joy and disappointment as usual. I was incensed there weren't more songs in there from these guys, and my favourite album of the year only got . . .
This is one of my mum's favourite things that I make, and she's put in a request to have some of this relish ready for Christmas. She's my number 1 supporter in everything I choose to do, and that includes this blog. She comments, likes and tells others about this space. It's really cute and so very appreciated. She's probably gonna be one of the first people to read this. HI MUM. . . .