Things I've done lately: 1. Read Fifty Shades :/ 2. Wee bit of honeymoon planning 3. Discovered I'm incredibly talented at Snapchatting (follow me, I'm hans_whit) 4. Went to a very boozy wedding of a dear friend and came out alive... 5. Inspired by Erin, I purchased a sourdough starter from Clare, because I kept botching my own attempts to create a starter from scratch. I'm now completely . . .
Mum lives on the Sunshine Coast - at a beach close to Noosa, so almost a two-hour drive from Brisbane - so this Mother's Day we converged at the halfway point between our two cities. It wasn't a glamorous affair: the only cafe open had already finished serving food by 1 pm, the only bakery was nearly out of stock, so we ended up at McCafe, where it seemed like the rest of the town was too. I . . .
The Cook Better '16 theme for the month of May is PRESERVING! And just in the nick of time, a beautiful new cookbook just arrived in my mailbox that is allll about preserving things, and I'm so excited to get into it. It's called Not Just Jam. We're talking jams, jellies, chutneys, fruit pastes, cordials, sauces. I'm going to go out on a limb and say things like ice cream and smoked meats can . . .
I just finished reading a book called Still Alice and I have never cried so much reading a book in my entire life. Poor Maths dude had to comfort me a lot. It's a fictional story about a 50-year-old Harvard psychology professor who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease, and Claudia recommended it to me, but I imagine her reading it and maintaining at least a small degree of medical . . .
Hey, everyone! This month's Cook Better 2016 theme is PULSES! Lentils, chickpeas, black beans, white beans, any old bean, peas, sprouted, boiled or drained straight out of the can, all in honour of the UN International Year of Pulses. This month - and all of this year, in fact - I'll be trying to cram as many pulses into my diet as possible. You can read more about IYP2016 here. Besides being . . .
Friends, there are two exciting things to talk about today! You may have noticed I have given the old Swirling Spoon a bit of a needed facelift. If my history of blog-design-changing is anything to go on, give me another year and I'll be changing it yet again... but for now, I'll keep visiting my own website multiple times per day just to gaze at all the beautiful white space. More importantly, . . .
Introducing, 11 days late, the Cook Better 2016 theme for MARCH! #CBsummersundaysessions. Each month, Josie of Oh Messy Life and I want to inspire you to be a better cook by providing a food-related theme to live by for every month of this year. To participate, simply make a dish inspired by the theme, and Instagram it using the monthly hashtag. It's the last days of summer here in the southern . . .
Maths dude and I are meant to be planning our wedding. We've even booked our honeymoon flights (SEE YA IN OCTOBER, SF), but neither of us seems to really want to take the reigns and get the damn wedding organised. The more I think about it, the less I want to do it, and this honeymoon trip is turning into a let's-go-to-America-just-because trip. Who needs a reason anyway? Because we have a big . . .
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 . . .