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Will Run For Figs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 27, 2010 by thepseudoepicurean

Fig Tree

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Lately I discovered something new about myself – I love figs. Not just any figs, but the kind that came straight off the tree from a little old Italian grandma’s garden. There is something about a perfectly ripened fig that is sooooo satisfying that it almost sends shivers up my spine, the thrill that comes with tearing it open, waiting for the moment of truth to prevail – whether or not you’d picked a perfect fig.

Then you pop it into your mouth and all of a sudden there’s a party going on in there! I’ve likened it to a cross between a watermelon and a strawberry – jammy, soft and almost mushy, suspiciously seedy, and most of all INSANELY SWEET! Look ma, I just ate a flower!

Somewhere along the trail that the Jman and I frequently run sits a grandiose-looking fig tree. God knows how old it really is because it’s a massive tree, and since the summer days it has been our pit-stop each time we run. It was from that tree that I tasted my first hand-picked fig, and there’s been no turning back ever since. I suppose I will now have to shamefully admit that we’ve been hanging around the tree and spying the figs, and on a number of occasions helped ourselves to the rare (because I’m certain that there’s an old Italian man lurking somewhere in the bushes picking the good ones while we’re at work!), perfectly-ripened fig before running away gleefully like giggly (but guilty) schoolkids. *hangs head in shame*

These days, the fig tree is the only thing that gets me excited about running. Waking up this morning to go for a run was all of a chore until the husband drew the fig tree trump card. “But there’s the fig tree, darling”, he persuaded as I stubbornly refused to budge from under the covers. And it wasn’t much longer before I found myself lacing up my runners and pounding the trails. The tree gave us 2 figs today. And there were another 3 that we purchased with a gold coin from a cafe we had breakfast in, incidentally from an old, little Italian man’s garden.

Ah, to have my very own fig tree one day…but for now I will still have to run for my figs.

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Cinnamon Scrolls

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 8, 2010 by thepseudoepicurean

There is nothing like the smell of fresh bread wafting through the house. I LOVE bread. And the husband makes some really good (artisan, in my biased opinion) bread. Unfortunately I do not possess his deft hands when it comes to kneading and flipping and shaping the dough, so I’ve never quite ventured into the breadmaking domain.

I was craving for cinnamon rolls this afternoon and decided to try my hand at making some. Armed with Nigella’s “How To Become A Domestic Goddess” and Rosso my trusty KitchenAid, I got right into the thick of things!

Buttered, sugared and ready to roll

All scrolled up!

Golden Cinnamon Scrolls

The end result was gold.

The bread

Not bad for a first attempt, hey?

Mr & Mrs Epicurean

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on July 18, 2009 by thepseudoepicurean

I’ve been away for a very long while, but this time it’s for good reason. The Jman and I have been in Singapore for the last four weeks to become Mr & Mrs! We promised each other our love and our lives on the Fourth of July (hey, at least we can boast that the US of A celebrate our wedding anniversary every year with fireworks!), and it was an incredibly beautiful and memorable day for us.

So yes, we’ll be out of action for a while, but stay tuned as we now whip up Dinner for Two – something I anticipate to be more exciting in the years to come.

Nutella in Winter

Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2009 by thepseudoepicurean

I woke up to a cold, cold morning. Rainy, dreary (but thank God for the rain!) and the chill found me gravitate towards nowhere other than my bed.

Deliberating between cheese and tomato on toast and Nutella, I opted for Nutella. Very wise choice. The thick, oozy, creaaamy chocolate is the perfect antidote when you can’t be in bed on a cold, cold morning.

I’m feeling all warmed up and toasty (excuse the pun!). It’s just absolutely divine! Oh how I wish I could be the lady in the tub:

What’s For Lunch?

Posted in Uncategorized on December 17, 2008 by thepseudoepicurean

Just some leftovers from last night’s dinner, but with leftovers like these, it sure looks like I’m having a party at my desk!

Leftovers

Clockwise from top-left: Ricotta cakes; roasted beetroots and carrots; homemade mushroom soup; beef braised in a rich passata sauce

That Massive Tomato-Cheese Sanga

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on November 10, 2008 by thepseudoepicurean

I love my tomato & cheese toasts. In fact, I am currently obsessed with them. I have them every morning for breakfast, toasted, fresh from whichever sandwich shop I decide to pay a visit to in the morning. Most of the time I wind up at Urban Deli, where they have a $5 toast+coffee deal – these are the mornings when I have my coffee.

Other days, I’m at the humble sandwich shop from the food court downstairs where I get a tea and sandwich for a mere $3.50! And what a MASSIVE sandwich it is! It’s lasted me through breakfast and lunch, and now I’m doubtful I can even eat dinner.

I Thought Mellie Might Like To Know That…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 25, 2008 by thepseudoepicurean

I went to Espressino for my coffee this morning and lunch this afternoon and was suitably impressed with their spinach panini (with pecorino and free-range sunny side up). I thought the milk for the coffee was done really well, but the coffee tasted a little weak for a cappuccino. I might ask for a strong one next time.