Thursday, April 26, 2012


I think i'm ....back........?

I had actually given up, couldn't be bothered, too busy, different interests......whatever.  Now I feel I am getting on top of things (things being my new baby and by baby I mean business) so with a few pushes from a few friends, I might just start up again.  The weirdest part of this whole situation is the thing that inspired me to start writing about food again, was Corned Beef.  I put that with capital letters because I believe it deserves it.  Why? because if you were born in the 80s you would have been served it at least once a month and so therefore becomes something like a national icon for New Zealand.
I remember cringing at the smell and sight of the accompanied boiled cabbage and carrot, smothering it in mustard sauce and thinking if I could just have a piece of bread I could get through this.
As an adult though,  it tastes so god damn good.
Dad, if you are reading this, I will always be a little bit mad at you for making me eat the fat on my corned beef the night before the 40 hour famine.

Anyway, encouragement.  I named this post encouragement because I realised something the other day.  I need it.  My kids need it.  My cat needs it to venture inside while the kids are home.  Some people can carry on life without it.  Think high profile job type people.  Not me.  I needed it to continue writing, for people to tell me they'd cooked it or laughed at it.  Now that I am getting encouragement in other areas I think I'll have another go.

Lets see if I can encourage my kids to eat their Corned Beef.

NB  Not your usual memory, no overcooked vege here.  Just a simple shredded cabbage salad, THE beef and roasted autumn baby beets, carrots and parsnips with a caper vinaigrette.  Yes the vegetables are from my garden.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Lazy Sundays and Mexican food

Another VERY lazy Sunday, stayed in bed til around 10am reading a Jodi Piccoult novel..the rest of the day has been spent cooking, watching a movie and back to cooking.  We had a smoky scrambled duck egg dish with homemade bread, Kaitaia fire, fresh tomatoes and coriander for breakfast, chicken and homemade barbecue sauce quesadillas for lunch and now we come to dinner.  Al brown's chargrilled squid and chorizo on skordalia with red roast capsicum vinaigrette and I can make my own pita bread now!  It's a snap to make, you can find the recipe here followed by rhubarb and apple pudding with hokey pokey ice cream.  Utter gluttony.