Archive for September, 2008

Catching Up

Posted in Cooking with tags , on September 16, 2008 by thepseudoepicurean

Pardon the silence. Things have been rather hectic in the other domains of my life and this blog has had to take a backseat; this doesn’t mean, though, that my adventures in the kitchen have come to a halt! The Jman and I have had some pretty good times in the kitchen, particularly with me taking a brief hiatus from the dreaded work monster. All in all, it’s been good.

The day I was on leave, we had a lovely picnic at the Kew Boulevard boathouse. I packed some penne with tuna in chilli oil, a salad and some sparkling apple juice and laid out our feast on one of the benches. Aah, life’s simple pleasures!

Later that day we bought a whole flathead. We stuffed it with lemon slices and parsley, then buried it under a heap of rock salt (and egg white) before baking it. The result – although slightly overcooked – was fabulous. The meat was silky and slivery, and with that slight hint of saltiness on the skin of the fish, it was divine!

How To Be A Domestic Birthday Baby

Posted in Cooking, Life, Recipes with tags , , , , on September 1, 2008 by thepseudoepicurean

It’s not entirely by choice, really, that I received 3 cookbooks (2 of which were Nigella’s, chosen by me – 1 from the Jman and another from my mother – and the other a Bill Granger one) for my birthday this year, as well as a lovely stark white pestle and mortar from Maxwell & Williams.

I’m not complaning though. I’ve been going through a cookbook frenzy at the moment, poring over every recipe when deciding what to cook for dinner. Thanks to Sarah, I was introduced to a whole new world of Nigella and have been fascinated by her recipe books ever since I picked up a copy to browse at Borders some months before. Can’t say I love her videos though – it’s a little too sultry for a cooking show.

So far, I’d made orange breakfast muffins and granola. I’m a little crazy about granola/muesli at the moment. I suspect it’s got something to do with the weather lightening up these days. Imagine waking up to glorious sunshine on a weekend – it makes me want to do away with warm breakfasts and start the day with something refreshing, and nothing beats cold milk on crunchy granola and fresh strawberries instead.

I made the granola last night, in part an attempt to finish off the oats that have been sitting in my cupboard untouched the last 5 months. Just like how you make lemonade when life throws you lemons, you make granola when you’ve got an oversupply of oats awaiting their expiry date. Nigella’s “Andy’s Fairfield Granola” recipe was perfect. I bought some almonds and sunflower seeds, then made do with whatever ingredients I had in the pantry. I didn’t have brown sugar so I substituted it with raw caster sugar; I didn’t have rice malt syrup so I used maple instead. I also cut down the sugar and omitted the oil in a bid to shed some unwanted pounds. After all, they say it goes downhill once you’ve crossed your mid-twenties mark, and that’s exactly where I’ll be after today.

It’s been a lovely birthday week so far. I’ve got my cookbooks for company, and a tonne of recipes to keep myself busy for the next year! It’s a pretty good start I must say. As for now, let’s bring on the par-tay!