13 August 2007

got my cooking mojo back

italian lamb

A meal the weekend before last. Italian lamb. Yummo.

italian lamb

On the stove briefly, then into the (still sparkly!) oven for an hour. Served with rice. And again the next evening with mashed potato – even better.

Since then, a batch of bushwalker biscuits …

bushwalker biscuits

… a rather fabulous fruit loaf …

fruit loaf

… a coffee hazelnut cake, golden syrup dumplings* from that seminal high school text Cookery the Australian Way, known by my Year 8 class as Cookery the Hard Way, shepherds pie, a killer dahl, split pea soup, and because I saw black-eyed beans in the shops for the first time in two years, I made a big batch of my favourite black-eye beans with tomato and cumin.**

Today I’m home ...

view 13 aug 07

... with two children each doing his best to cough up a lung so I might try making an orange syrup cake. In the meantime, the fire is lit,

hot lemon

we’re drinking lots of hot fragrant stuff to soothe sore throats,

Son #3 begins another hat

and all three of us are still in our pyjamas; one reading, two knitting.

commencing a cowl

* Janet has a slightly different, boiled, version.

** Recipes for any of these available on request.

23 comments:

Lazy cow said...

Oh dear, so the boys took a turn for the worse over the weekend? Sounds like you've got it all under control though. Was the fruit bread made with the sourdough starter? It looks divine.
I loathe golden syrup dumplings. I think you have to be a genuine Aussie to like them. My mother-in-law served them up the last time we visited and both my daughter and I politely gagged down a bowlful with a heap of icecream. Bleuch.

h&b said...

That vista over the hills and trees, in such vivid blues .. made me draw a gasp of .. absolute delight ...

Like LC, I don't enjoy dumplings either - thought I was alone on that one ...

manda said...

funnily my little brother called me last night for the golden syrup dumpling recipe out of that great cookbook. we both love them. delicious. :-)

blackbird said...

Everything looks so good...
I hope the throats are on the mend soon.

Paula said...

Odd feeling as I type this as it is still today over here yet you are well into tomorrow over there...
Yummy looking food. I for one would love to see all recipes posted.
Your view always takes my breath away.
Hope everyone is well soon.

crafty said...

Right that's it. We're moving in. Just as soon as you get over those sore throats.

Di said...

The cooking and baking looks fabulous! I love the look of that casserole and although it's only breakfast time here I feel like I want to eat it!! Hope the boys recover quickly!

Sheeps Clothing said...

Much maligned by students around the country, is Cookery the Australian Way. I have just rediscovered mine, some 20 years or so after I threw it in the back of Mum's cupboard vowing never to take another Home Ec class again!
Its fantastic for the basics like bread, custard, etc.
Fantastic food shots! I shouldn't read blogs when I am hungry - I'm off to the pantry now....

meggie said...

I agree, dumplings are blech. The savoury sort are worst of all!
Love your outlook, & you make your life look sooo attractive!

VictoriaE said...

That lamb thing looks so good. Cookery The Australian Way - also so good.

Kim said...

I must have the hazelnut coffee cake as it was only today I was thinking "I really want to make a pecan coffee cake". Hazelnuts is close enough.

And the black bean number - have never been a big one with the lentils, beans and legumes so this seems like a good place to start.

samantha said...

that lamb looks so good I can smell it - yum! sounds like your day, was like my week last week - except I didn't have a roasty fire, or a stunning view, or yummy foods to consume - sleep and snot was about all it was. Hope you all feel better soon.

tut-tut said...

The ability to see that vista would soothe my soul, let alone my throat! I'd like the biscuit recipe, if you have a moment.

Nice to see boys knitting.

Lisa said...

What are bushwalker biscuits? They look delicious. Seeing all that luscious winter food makes me long for cold weather. Though out my way (Washington state in the US) we are having autumn in August - 12C and drizzly - so winter doesn't seem all that far off.

Badger said...

Am starving now.

Will send wellness vibes in your general direction.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I would love the recipe to your first picture please! It looks delicious!

Mrs Pea said...

I vote for bushwalker biscuit recipe too! I come from Norfolk in England where we have/had a thing about dumplings, so much that people born here are called Norfolk dumplings, and I will have to check out the recipes to see if they are similar.

Elizabeth said...

Bushwalker Biscuits get another vote here - only because I've never heard of them so I.must.know.what.they.are and try them.
Some dumpling controversy you've started, I'm staying out of that one.
Cool weather images hit the spot right now, I'm melting.

ellen said...

The bucolic life is beautiful. Hope everyone is feeling better and over the collywobbles or whatever ails them. The food looks delish.

Lazy cow said...

Could you please post the coffee cake recipe, and the lamb one. I'm still thinking about your pristine oven. Must go clean mine, one day. Hope everyone is better.

sooz said...

Well thanks for the tip, as soon as the boys are improved I'll be over for dinner shall I? And that over is obscenely clean.

SadieandLance said...

My hand's up for the bushwalker biscuits and the fruit loaf oh hell I might as well ask for the lamb recipe too.

And I think I will have to buy a new oven so mine can be as clean as yours.

Rhonda Jean said...

some delicious looking food there.

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