Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spicy tofu curry recipe (vegan) and my cookbook giveaway winners!

spicy tofu curry (vegan)

Guys! I'm about to step on a plane home to New Zealand! But before I go I thought I share this post, which was originally written for Common Threads, a beautiful collaboration I've been part of since the start of the year which was started by my dear friend Sash from Inked In Colour. Also, the lucky five winners who each receive a copy of my book (as drawn by random.org) are: Steph Lowe, Amy Zhong, Katie, Leah Blakes and Verity Osborn Holland. For those of you who haven't been in touch yet (a couple only had Google+ accounts linked to their comments!!), please email me your postal address to emma(at)mydarlinglemonthyme(dot)com. It was so cool reading through all of your comments and seeing which recipes you really love. Huge congrats to the winners! 

Lastly, just in case you've missed the news elsewhere: Auckland friends, I'm having a book launch on Thursday evening (24th), 6pm onwards at Cook the Books in Grey Lynn. Info on where to grab tickets here. Raglan (or the greater Waikato!) friends, come hang out at The Herbal Dispensary on the 26th between 3-5pm. I'll be speaking briefly at 3.30pm or simply come along to say hi and grab a signed copy of my book or to get your copy signed. Info on how to RSVP here. You can also catch me chatting with my pal Kara on George FM sometime around 3.30pm on Wednesday 23rd. Hopefully I'll still make sense after only a few hours sleep on the plane! Haha.

Cooking from scratch doesn't need to be a big scary thing, all it really takes is a little time and some forward planning and preparation on your part. Keep your pantry, fridge and freezer stocked with basics and suddenly you'll realise it's often easier to make your favourite take-out and you'll save yourself more than just the trip in the process. Yes I know, I know, it's super easy to just buy ready-made curry pastes (and they definitely have their place on occasion), but if you have a few key ingredients at hand, a fresh fragrant curry will be on the table in the time it takes to cook some rice (or drive to the shops for those takeaways!). 

Being prepared is the name of the game. To make life easier I always have numerous rice's and noodles (and spices and candlenuts) in my pantry, chillies, kaffir lime leaves and ginger in my freezer, there's a little jar of fermented tofu that hangs out in the corner of my fridge- second shelf down, while lemongrass and herbs grow out back in large pots, always ready for picking.

spicy tofu curry (vegan)
spicy tofu curry (vegan)
spicy tofu curry (vegan)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

raw apricot, dark chocolate + coconut bites recipe, crazy news and your chance to win 1 of 5 copies of my book!

Last night I stayed up late, watching some crap on telly to stop me from checking my emails every two seconds. At around 11pm I gave up and went to bed, hoping the morning would bring the news I'd been hoping for. A little over an hour later I was awoken by Kye wanting a drink of water. As I grabbed his drink bottle from the fridge I had a quick check of my emails. Two minutes before, the email had come through. If it wasn't pitch black and nearly 1am in the morning, I would have screamed the house down (no joke!). But I didn't want to wake the kids. I briefly thought about just shutting down my phone, going back to bed and coming back to it in the morning... but really who could do that when they'd just been told they'd won the Reader's Choice in the Best Original Recipes category of the Saveur Best Food Blog Awards?!!! 

With the disappointment of missing out on the big award at last years Kidspot awards fresh in my mind, I had been trying my hardest not to get my hopes up too much. Although deep down, who am I kidding, I wanted this so bad! I'm absolutely humbled, gob-smacked and extremely thankful to each and every one of you who took the time to vote and make this possible! I can't thank you all enough. I'll be attending the awards at the end of next month, in Las Vegas, USA as a result of this win (!!) and I can barely contain my excitement at the thought of meeting so many of my favourite blogger friends in person, including my pals Sarah, Ashlae, Molly, Laura, Emma, Izy, Jeanine, Beth (hopefully even more finalist too!). Also the biggest congrats to my girl Sarah B! I'm gutted she won't be able to attend the awards, but stoked her manager (and my lovely friend), Samantha will be there to celebrate with me.

To celebrate all this amazing news, I've got 5 copies of my book to giveaway to some lucky New Zealand/Australian readers, thanks to my wonderful publisher Harper Collins(Sorry international friends, I'll hopefully be able to do a worldwide giveaway later in the year when it's available in the States!). To be in the draw, simply leave a comment below telling me your favourite My Darling Lemon Thyme recipe (from the book or blog) and I'll draw 5 names on Friday 18th April, using Random.org. I'll accept anonymous entries, but please leave your email address in the comment so I can contact you if you're a winner!

This competition has now closed. See the names of the five lucky winners in the comments below. Thanks to everyone who entered! xx

Also a special note for my NZ readers. We have a limited number of signed copies of my book available for those people who are unable to attend my Auckland or Raglan launch, which I will sign and post out when I'm in NZ next week. To pre-order these please ring Soul Shoes on 07-8258765 with your credit card details handy.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Exciting news + Dark chocolate, pear + rosemary cake {gluten + dairy-free}

We were sitting at the dinner table the other night when Kye started talking and asking questions about same sex couples. He was very cute and I could see his little brain ticking over it all. 'Some families have two Mums, don't they?'. ' Yep.' 'Some families have two Dad's don't they?' 'Yep.' It was after this last statement that Ada piped up 'If there were two Dad's, would they know how to cook, mum?' (I giggled at this one. Their Dad doesn't cook a whole lot, so I can see why she was concerned!). I was starting to reply 'I'm sure they would...' when Kye butt in with the line of the night. 'Or some famous lady called Emma could teach them how to cook!'. I laughed out loud. He was dead serious. It wasn't what he said that got me thinking, it was the words he had chosen that stuck... 

I had my Perth book launch the other night (I'll share some pics soon) and it all went so much better than I ever would have dreamt! The sleepless nights I'd had leading up to the event were really not called for, it was a lovely casual night filled with loads of laughs and it turns out I'm not as terrified of talking in front of 80+ people as I had once thought. It was really, really lovely meeting all the new faces, but it was quite a shock to hear that some of them were star-struck meeting me. As cute and as flattering as it was, really, seriously, I'm not famous! I'm just me. I'm that same slightly awkward and outspoken girl that I've always been, who talks too much when nervous and pulls really silly faces way too often. I stress out when the kids fight and as much as I love cooking, I still loath thinking about what to cook for dinner, every night of the week. Right now I'm sitting here in my gym clothes, hours after I returned home in need of a shower, the dishes still need doing and the pile of clothes that needs washing is getting way out of hand. I'm real sorry, but nope, nothing famous about me here. 


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