'Chapatis: the everyday bread of millions in India, made simply with flour, water and salt, baked on a griddle called a tawa and depending only on the way it is kneaded and rolled for its lightness and ability to puff up like a balloon.'
- Charmaine Solomon OAM, Charmaine Solomon's Complete Encyclopedia of Asian Food
From bristly foliage
complete, polished wood, gleaming mahogany,
as a violin newly
born of the treetops,
offers its sealed-in gifts,
the hidden sweetness
that grew in secret
amid birds and leaves,
a model of form,
kin to wood and flour,
an oval instrument
that holds within it
intact delight, an edible rose.
In the heights you abandoned
the sea-urchin burr
that parted its spines
in the light of the chestnut tree;
through that slit
you glimpsed the world,
Pablo Neruda Ode to a Chestnut
'There are many borek-type recipes in Arab, Turkish and Armenian manuscripts, one of the oldest is sanbusak which is found in Massudi's Meadows of Gold. Another is oughi-dobrag - 'brains in a bag' - found in an eleventh-century Armenian manuscript.
Friandises are high on the list of fashionable foods at present. Foodies and cooks en masse are drooling over friand recipes - reading about the delicious little treats in gourmet mags, ordering them in cafes, and baking them at home.
As we nudged our way towards retirement a year ago, Peter and I made a bucket list of the things that we had wanted to do for a long, long time. Both coffee aficionados (him: espresso, her: double shot macchiato), we were keen to learn more about being a home barista. As it happens, Ona Coffee House roastery and cafe here in Canberra offers barista training (beginners, advanced and latte art), and we've had our eye on their events calendar for a while. So, when the man who has just about everything has a birthday, what better gift could there be?
Vividly describing her arrival at the coast for a holiday, a friend excitedly scribbled onto a postcard to me "the seaside air is thin, crisp and salty, which is just how I like my chips!".
Pyrex®, the iconic kitchenware brand, celebrates its 100-year anniversary in 2015, recognising a century of innovation, as well as countless kitchen creations baked across the world. I have a good assortment of Pyrex ware in my cupboards - measuring jugs, mixing bowls, bakeware - and must say I use them almost every day of my life!
'Less is more' is among numerous quotations attributed to English poet and playwright, Robert Browning (1812-1889). As I hunt through one of my cupboards for an item that seems to have mysteriously buried itself amidst all the other stuff, I'm thinking to myself that he must be have been a wise gentleman.
I seem to have a never-ending supply of over-ripe bananas in the freezer, so it's time to make some banana bread, methinks. It's one of Peter's favourite sweet things, along with dates, so let's see if I can find a recipe made from both.
'You're such a good friend, Liz. Did I remember to invite you to the Blessing of the truffle dogs?' asked the lovely Anne Sturgiss, truffle grower, after reading the tribute I'd published to her beloved truffle dog, Tom.
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