PSA: if you need to have a good cry, I recommend watching Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. Ya know, the 1993 movie about a wise old golden retriever called Shadow, a bulldog called Chance and a cat called Sassy who set out on a cross-country journey to find their owners? Yesterday I was having a bad day, so I skipped out on life and ate cereal on the couch whilst watching it. SO MANY TEARS. . . .
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, . . .
This has been on my to-blog list for over a year. I almost feel like I've been keeping it from you, but there's no better opportunity to bring it out than now - the dog days of summer. Tonight, we're going to serve this with some barbecued rump cap and Yorkshire puddings, so I figured I'd make it early enough to take some photos with the nice morning light that comes into the kitchen. This salad . . .
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 . . .
I've been having the worst run of cake baking lately, so I've decided to just start waffling my cake batter instead. After all, buttermilk waffles pretty much contain the same ingredients as cake, maybe with some differences in quantities, but they're both essentially a party consisting of eggs, sugar, flour and butter/oil. Aren't they? Waffle purists... if you don't like where this is going, . . .
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 . . .
This month, Josie and I (and loads of you! WOAH!) are making things from scratch. I didn't expect it to become my obsession like it has. When I'm not working, I'm soaking beans, making nut milk and proving bread... or that's what it feels like. My local bulk grocer had a 15% off sale on the weekend, which was perfect timing for me to stock up on pulses and grains and flours and nuts. One of my . . .
Whether you're competent in the kitchen, a professional chef or can't make a bowl of two-minute noodles to save your life - Hannah of The Swirling Spoon and Josie of Oh Messy Life invite you to participate in Cook Better 2016. Each month we will provide a prompt to get you thinking, along with some example recipes to get you inspired, then it is completely up to you how you interpret the prompt . . .