Friday, April 27, 2012

gluten-free zucchini, mint + feta fritters recipe

It's a little late in the season for zucchini (courgette) recipes I know, but if you are like me and have just been given two huge zucchini marrow, well, you'll be looking for clever ways to use them up! Our little plant didn't survive being transplanted from our last house, so this has been the first year in awhile we have not had zucchini coming out our ears. I was gifted these monsters below by my mother-in-law, who had been given a bunch from a friend of hers. If you've ever grown them yourself you'll know how quickly they grow and how more often than not, you'd do anything to get rid of a few... to friends, neighbours, friends of friends, strangers. I gladly accepted them.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

a few of my favourite things {april 2012}

Such powerful words, written by a brilliant man. A bunch of friends and I took our kids to see The Lorax movie during the school holidays. The kids and I have read the book so we knew what to expect, but what I was not expecting was my emotional response to seeing it on the big screen. Although it's aimed at children I firmly believe that each and every person, big and small would benefit from seeing such a film. To kids, it's just a funny movie. But to us big kids who understand a little more, it's a truly powerful message. That needs to be heard.
I found this on twitter by Greens MP, Gareth Hughes which pretty much sums up my thoughts... "Wondering if we need a screening of The Lorax at Parliament to help MPs 'get' if there's no environment there's no economy". I couldn't have put it better myself.

Here's a few other great things that I've come across this past month...
Thursday, April 19, 2012

creamy coconut rice pudding with date compote recipe {dairy-free}


As a mum, I feel like I spend all my life preparing food. As a food blogger, I feel like I spend all my time thinking about food. There's barely a second that goes by when I'm not doing one or the other, so much so that some would call me obsessed. I do. But believe it or not, it's not often I cook something that makes me jump of my seat, it's that good.

This people, is one of those dishes.

It was one of the first recipes I bookmarked in my new book. At the time I felt like soup, so made this first. But what I really should have made straight off, was pudding.

Creamy rice pudding with a touch of rose water, citrusy sweet date compote and crunchy green flecks sprinkled over top for a little added drama. What's not to like?!
Monday, April 16, 2012

growing your own organic garlic...

Growing garlic is one of the easiest and most rewarding things one can do, and if I was to suggest you try just one new thing in your garden this year, it would be this. It can even be grown in pots if you are garden-less. Buying locally grown garlic can get expensive and I refuse to buy imported Chinese-grown garlic, which it literally a chemical cocktail, laced with growth inhibitors (to help stop the garlic from sprouting), chlorine (to make it whiter than white) and the methyl bromide (used to fumigate it on arrival into the country). (Read here for more info on why buying cheap garlic is a no-no). The third and in my opinion the best option, is to grow your own!

You don't need a whole lot of space, although it will be occupied for 6 months straight. We go by the rule of 100 plants per square metre, but if you have more space you can leave more room between the rows. All you need to do is get your hands on some locally grown -preferably organic- garlic. Some garden centres will have it in stock right now or the other best way to get your hands on some is to visit your local farmers market. I buy about a kilo of seed garlic, which gives us over 100 garlic plants. More than enough to get us through an entire year.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

roast pumpkin + brown rice salad w/ spiced coriander dressing recipe

I grew up eating brown rice and I think the first time I ever ate white I was already well into my teenage years. My siblings and I used to live off the stuff and my brother Ben mastered the art of a good cheesy fried-rice (brown rice, onion, soy sauce, sesame seeds and grated cheese) at a very young age. After meeting Si however, eating brown rice became more of a treat than a daily thing. See Vietnamese just don't do brown rice, well none that I know of anyway. So for the most part Jasmine rice is our rice of choice, but nothing will ever be as comforting to me as a bowlful of the good (brown) stuff.

It's easy to forget about the wonders of rice, what with all these super-grains jumping out at you at every turn. And I freely admit that nowadays when I think of making roasted vegetable salad it is protein-rich quinoa that I turn to for the base most often. But I thought it might be quite nice to change things up a bit, return to my roots, and make a good brown rice salad. 

Pumpkins are everywhere at the moment and are one of my favourite vegetables to roast. They make the perfect partner to the nuttiness of the brown rice and my punchy chermoula-esque style dressing.
Friday, April 6, 2012

2012 Saveur Best Food Blog Awards finalists announced!

Just a quick hello today... I've just found out My Darling Lemon Thyme is a finalist in the 2012 Saveur Best Food Blog Awards! I'm still hyperventilating a little and kinda can't believe that this little blog of mine is up there with some of the best in the world and was picked from over 40,000 entires! I just want to thank those of you who took the time to nominate me in the first place, I am humbled by all of this, seriously.

As all competitions go these days, the winner is chosen by votes. So if you have a spare 30 seconds feel free to pop over here, and vote for me in the 'Best Special Diets Blog' category. You do have to sign up to vote, but it takes about 30 seconds. Voting closes 26th April so feel free to tell everyone you know to vote also!

I hope you all have a beautiful Easter weekend. Thank you and lotsa love xx emm

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

gluten & dairy-free chocolate persimmon loaf recipe

A friend kindly gave us two bags of persimmons the other day from her tree. We love persimmons in this house and are never ones to pass up free fruit, so were pretty excited to get them home and dig in. The kids could barely let me get in the door before they had started tearing at the bags and I quickly had a few firm ones peeled and on plates ready to be eaten. Now, I've only ever eaten the non-astringent variety before, you know those ones that you can eat while still firm and are eaten like an apple? Well, it turns out these ones we were digging into are the other kind. You know, the astringent-make-your-tongue-feel-like-it's-swelling-up-and-sticking-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth-unless-really-soft-kind? The kids got quite a shock, hehe. Oops. I put back all the nice firm ones that I'd picked out and instead grabbed the soft, squishy, balloon-like ones to eat, the ones I had thought would end up in the compost. This was a first for me as all the persimmons we've ever had in the past are long gone before any reached such squishiness. But I gotta say, they're really quite amazing!

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