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A: Valentines Day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 15, 2009 by gluttondressedaslamb

Whether you’re a believer or not; swingingly-single or hopelessly in love, any Hallmark celebration is good enough reason for me to get baking!

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A: Cordial for real!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 20, 2009 by gluttondressedaslamb

In the middle of packing for our Christmas break, sorting out last minute end-of-term stuff for work and packing up the house to be painted, I’d nearly completely forgot about the very generous pile of lemons on my dining table just begging to be used!
What does one do with nearly 30 lemons? Do I chuck them all in the fridge and hope they survive the 3 weeks that we ‘re away, or do I make a ridiculous amount of cakes and slices that will only cost more money, time and effort than they are worth? I didn’t want to make anything the required too many extra ingredients and I didn’t really have the time to soak the lemons for preserving. What to do, what to do?
Enter: Belinda Jeffrey to the rescue!
I spotted her recipe for homemade limoncello in a magazine a while back, and the fact that I am the proud owner of 2 2l preserving jars– made it the perfect recipe to write off 24 lemons. The liqueur isn’t ready just yet, but when they are I shall be certain to provide lots of photos and the recipe.
Since the limoncello only called for the lemon peel, I opted to turn the juice from the remaining lemons into good old-fashioned cordial. Most recipes for cordial call for tartaric and citric acid. Seeing how I was pressed for time and couldn’t find either in my supermarket, I decided to take my chances and make one without. The recipe is simply:

lemon-cordial1 part sugar syrup (I make mine strong, from 2 parts sugar and 1 part water over low heat until all the sugar dissolves)
1 part lemon juice (obviously this depends on how sour your lemons are and how sweet you like your cordial)

Voila! Store in bottles/jars and keep in the fridge. We ended up with about 3 litres of cordial, most of which we gave away. It should keep for about 1 month, although in the heat of summer ours was gobbled up in 2 days!

A: The prodigal blogger returns…

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2009 by gluttondressedaslamb

6 blog-free weeks for me and the guilt weighs horrendously on my shoulders! Man and I are in the midst of a home renovation overhaul and in between stacking cookbooks in the shower recess, ripping out carpet and playing furniture tetris out on my space-starved limited balcony, it’s been difficult to say the least, mustering up the energy to even think about blogging! Stay tuned however, I have lots to report on since I last wrote… if only I could remember where I placed my camera cable so I can upload photos!!! Watch this space!

R: Sodium Surprise

Posted in Uncategorized on January 3, 2009 by gluttondressedaslamb

After another eventful Canningvale visit, and a nice relaxing afternoon at Langford, we came home and whipped up some guacamole and tomato salsa to put a little dent in the box of tomatoes and avocados we got.

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And as we settled aroung the bbq grilling the capsicums (also from the market), we dug into the dips with our improvised corn chips. Well, improvised by just toasting lavash bread till cripsy, and really because we couldn’t find out favourite coles brand salt reduced corn chips. I like chips that are less salty 😀

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Anyway, while waiting for the capsicums to blister, we started looking at the ingredients list on the lavash bread and GASP. It had MORE sodium than the packet of potato chips I got out from the cupboard. That really surprised me because when I eat a potato chip, my first thought is ‘HMM, SALT’. But my first impression of a lavash bread has never been of its saltiness.

There you go! I wonder what other products have caught other people by surprise!

A: R.I.P Grandpas.

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2008 by gluttondressedaslamb

On Monday 17 November, man received the unfortunate news that his Grandpa has passed. He wasn’t sick and there wasn’t much warning. Just a fall, followed by a quiet passing in the night. Man flew back for the funeral on Wednesday night.

On Thursday 20 November, I received a text message from my Aunt that my Grandpa has also passed. He was pretty sick, and had been for a while. He too, passed quietly in the company of loved ones. Grandpa was cremated at 10a.m. this morning. I was unable to fly home quick enough for the ceremony but man was able to represent me, heading from his grandpa’s to mine.

My grandpa worked hard all his life. He worked primarily as a foot reflexologist and I remember being pertrified of his “foot poking stick” that used to sit in his bumbag just in case. I would beg mum not to let him know if I was sick as he’d turn up at the door with his poking stick in a bid to cure me of my cold. Mind you, it sure worked, but it hurt like hell! Grandpa would bring us fruit galore, convinced that we couldn’t possibly be eating enough bananas. I remember calling him from Australia, and all he wanted to know was the price of milk, meat, if I could get asian vegetables here and how long it took me to drive to work. He was also deeply concerned about whether or not I was able to cook curries and fried rice here. Well, last I checked it takes me 18 minutes to get to work, t-bone steaks are currently on special at $14.99/kg and pasturised milk is $1.69. Asian vegetables are readily available and grandpa was very pleased to hear that I am able to cook all manner of Asian treats in Australia.

When I was 8 he told me that I should sleep on my right side, as sleeping on my left put undue strain on my heart. I don’t know if it’s true, and there’s a very high probability that it’s not, but to this day I still sleep on my right, just in case. When I was 12, he said that I should eat potato crisps while studying and before I sat for my exams as they would help me focus. Again, as an adult I wonder how true this could be, yet as I sit at my computer writing students’ reports, a bowl of crisps rests firmly on my lap, just in case. I remember looking forward to his visits when I used to stay at my grandma’s, as they always meant food. Hot steamed buns, fried noodles, breakfast grandpa style!

He was a fiesty man who didn’t suffer fools lightly, gradually writing off all the doctors, dentists and other healthcare providers within a 50 mile radius of his home either a “rogue”, “crook”, or “robber”.

I’m going to miss my grandpa.

And just in case, I topped up my fruit bowl.

Yes grandpa, we have bananas in Australia. $4.99/kg.

A: Lemoncholy and the Infinite Madness.

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19, 2008 by gluttondressedaslamb

A month ago, my neighbours and I decided that we needed a lemon tree on our side of the apartment complex. Soon after, I went out and purchased one and in the ground it went. We were all feeling quite pleased and looking forward to harvesting our first lemons in the coming year.

Fast forward to today, after 4 weeks of love and care have been invested in the tree. I walked out to water it this evening and IT’S GONE!!! Someone has stolen my tree! Plucked it right out of the ground and taken away to who knows where!!! I AM SEETHING.

Fast forward a little more to after dinner on this same day, when my neighbour knocked on my door to inform me that someone had PICKED UP my 1970 VW Beetle and moved it out of its parking space!!! I looked out onto the street and there it was, blocking traffic in the rain.

Needless to say I’m feeling pretty damn lousy right about now. Writing about it doesn’t really seem to have the usual restorative, cathartic effect and I suspect I shall have to go to bed rather angry. Grrr.

R: Dragon eye

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18, 2008 by gluttondressedaslamb

I’ve been seeing Longans (Dragon’s eye) in the markets and supermarkets lately going stemless for about $5/kg. It’s a little exciting for me as its one of the fruits I love, but don’t quite get to enjoy in Australia.

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Longan also brings back memories: Dad used to fashion these tops out of the seeds and we’ld have challenges to see whose top spun the longest. He also used to belt out “Say you say me” by Lionel Ritchie who he prefers to refer to as “Longan Lychee”.