Friday, October 31, 2014

a few of my favourite things {October 2014}

We have a rent inspection coming up next week (I really haaaaaate these damn things!), which means that amongst cleaning like a mad woman, I've also been sorting through piles of photos, papers, magazines and cookbooks, which you know, kinda get outa hand when left to their own devices for a few months. Cleaning out my bed-side table I came across a bunch of photos which my brother took of Si, the kids and I a few years back for use in my cookbook. We only ended up using one of them (the one you'll see towards the back of the book and on the back cover), but flicking through the rest made me realise how quickly the years fly by. So much has happened between then and now and the past few years really do feel like a blur. I hope you've all had a great October, me... I'm just scared it's nearly halfway through term four with Christmas and 2015 fast approaching! Slow down time, please slow down.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

broccoli soup with tahini, lemon and pine nut za'atar + a trip to the Southern Forests...

I'm continuing on with my cookbook theme today, but this time it's a little closer to home. After nearly four years of living in Western Australia I finally feel like I'm really getting to know this place and it's people, but other than the odd trip out of town I haven't really experienced much of rural WA, yet. With a husband who is often away working up north and two school aged kids, going away for weekends is just not something we get around to doing much, sadly. A few weekends ago I was invited down to Pemberton to celebrate the launch of local chef Sophie Zalokar's stunning cookbook Food of the Southern Forests, and well, as you can imagine I was more than just a tad excited about the prospect of exploring this new-to-me region! As you all know, I'm a huge advocate of growing as much of your own produce as you can and supporting local growers as much as possible, so it was pretty much a given that this book would sit right with me, but what I didn't know was how touched I would be after meeting Sophie and some of these beautiful people featured in the book.

Food of the Southern Forests highlights local farmers and growers in a way I've not seen a cookbook do before. Their stories are told, stunning images captured by local photographer Craig Kinder and the recipes highlight produce from each farm. The recipes are stunning, chefy but not unapproachable. I've got my eye on converting Sophie's Pear + cardamom marzipan cake with lapsang souchong caramel cream to be gluten-free, and can attest to the pickled kale + fresh ricotta wraps with wattleseed za'atar's goodness, along with the chamomile cream with rhubarb jelly + ginger thin crumbs, which were served as part of the celebratory dinner (they made me gluten-free, vegetarian versions of everything! So lucky).

Thursday, October 23, 2014

vanilla chia pudding (gluten-free + vegan)

I think I've said this before, but this year really does seem to be the year of the cookbook! (Next week I have another amazing one to talk about too!). So many cookbooks have been released, and so many more are in the works.... especially in the food blogging world! It's fair to say that I loooove a good cookbook. Some I love for their recipes, others for their layout and photos, while others I love more for the overall tone and voice behind the book. But it's a very good day indeed, when a cookbook achieves all of these things.

Earlier this year I connected with a lovely girl by the name of Amy Chaplin on Instagram, after she mentioned something about working on her own cookbook. In all honesty I didn't know much about Amy, her blog, or her back story at that stage, so I didn't have any preconceived expectations when she contacted me to see if I'd like to share a recipe from her debut cookbook on here. What I did know however, was that she created beautiful vegetarian (+ often vegan) dishes and her flavour combinations were totally in line with my own (might have something to do with the fact she grew up here in Australia in a vegetarian hippy family, like my own!).

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