Yesterday I was reading Garance Doré’s blog – oh how I love her. She has that oh so casual french chic thang going on like nobody’s business that we all know you can only get if you were born there – true dat.
I’ve been eating a lot of vegetarian meals lately, my sister-in-law (a vegetarian), would be proud. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a carnivore through-and-through. I love a good rib eye steak or a slab of melt-in-your mouth pork belly but when you get vegetables at their peak of the season, it’s really hard to go past them.
I was in an interesting situation in a restaurant last week and the more I think about it, the more I think that I didn’t react appropriately. Kinda like when you think of a comeback to an insult a day after it happens.
So for today’s nibble we’re taking it to the mediterranean with warm marinated olives. I don’t know if you’ve had warm olives before but they take something that’s already yum to super yummalicious. The flavours are more intense and the texture of the olives become so juicy and plump. They kinda tasty more meaty (does that make sense?) Drrooool!
Do you guys remember that episode of sex and the city when the girls talk about their secret single behaviour (better known as SSB). These are behaviours or habits (sometimes embarrassing) that you only do when alone. For Carrie it was stacking saltines (known as premium crackers in Australia) and putting grape jelly on them and for Charlotte it was studying her pores for 10 minutes a night.
I like to deceive people. But don’t think badly of me. I’m not talking about deception in the serious way, like crying game style but in the I like to cook things that look impressive and difficult but are really dead easy kinda way. Panna cotta is one of those desserts. I love it, you can infuse it with a million different flavours and best of all you can make it ahead of time, pop it in the fridge and bibbidi bobbed boo you have a super impressive dessert that will wow the pants off your guests.
I’m going through a grape phase. I seem to be craving grapes a lot in the last few weeks. The sweetness, the texture, the way they pop in your mouth when you bite them. They’re like nature’s candy.
So I’ve worked out over the years that people sit in one of two buckets. They either love leftovers or they’re just not that into it. Unless I’ve cooked a dish that I absolutely love or something that actually gets better with time, I sit in the latter bucket.
When it’s cold and dreary outside there are some dishes that make you feel like you’re sitting by a crackling fire enveloped in a big soft blanket or if you’re lucky to have one, a doona/duvet/comforter suit. Say wha? People, someone has taken the snuggie to the next level and invented the doona suit. Probably the most unsexy outfit I have ever seen in my life but who cares when you can walk around feeling like you’re still in the comfort and warmth of your bed!
I came across this little gem whilst in Sienna in Italy. It totally crept up on me like a sleazy guy on a dancefloor. But unlike the sleazy guy, I welcomed this into my life with open arms.