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Sunday, 19 January 2020
Lord of the Fries vegan mac and cheese burger has been more typical of our outings than Laneway Greens. That burger was surprisingly spicy. I didn't notice the jalapenos. In fact it was fun and cheesy but I think I prefer the classic burger I usually have.
And tomorrow I am back to work. It seems too quick. I have had lots of sleep and got some organisation done around the house. What an odd summer!
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Monday, 13 January 2020
I had hoped to share a recipe for a tahini rice bubble slice today but it was a total failure! We were baking for a bushfire fundraising cake stall on Saturday. Luckily we had aimed high. Sylvia made grubs and honey joys and I had also made vegan cupcakes. So the slice went to the bin while the rest of our contributions went to the cake stall. The stall raised about 3 times as much as the school normally makes from a cake stall.
And the bushfires will have far reaching effects whether it be with wild life, accessible roads, drinking water or food availability. So I am feeling even more than usual that I should be responsible and avoid food waste. Above is a photo of some strawberries and tomatoes from the garden. I haven't given the garden quite as much attention as it needs but I am keeping my plants alive. My cherry tomato plants look quite spindly compared to my mum's lush green tomato plants. So I just am grateful for any produce.
Jamie's gnarly recipe looked simple and a good way to use up some tortillas. Yet I could not quite get my head around cooking the tortillas on the frypan and pressing the tortillas on top. I predicted a big mess in my kitchen and changed tack! And I wanted to use up some of the stuff in my fridge: half a tomato, some avocado dip, some old yoghurt, an open jar of salsa, wilting baby spinach and of course my cherry tomatoes. I listed 1 tomato in the recipe as I don't expect everyone to have half a tomato and a few cherry tomatoes to use up!
More Tex Mex meals on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Kale, cheese and mole quesadillas (v)
Mexican nacholada casserole (gf, v)
Super easy vegie layered tortilla casserole
Tex Mex vegan bowl (gf, v)
Tex Mex Pizza with sourdough base (v)
Quick black bean quesadillas
400g tin o f black beans, rinsed and drained
1 handful baby spinach, chopped
1 tomato, diced
1 tsp vinegar
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 handfuls of grated cheese
Butter for frying
To serve: yoghurt, salsa, guacamole, finely sliced red cabbage
Mash black beans and mix in spinach, tomato, vinegar and cumin. Spread on half four tortillas. Spread with grated cheese. Fold tortilla over and cut in half. Heat frypan and melt a small knob of butter over medium high. Carefully place quesadillas into pan (I cook 4 quarters at a time). Fry a few minutes until golden on one side. Very carefully turn, melt another small knob of butter in the pan and remove once golden brown on the other side. (I don't time these but I look and smell and sometimes turn the first one a bit too early but it can be flipped back over if needed.) Serve with yoghurt, salsa, guacamole and cabbage arranged on top.
On the Stereo:
Tuesday, 7 January 2020
At home, I have a couple more weeks holidays. There has been lots of sleep and not much socialising. The Christmas tree and decorations are down. We have been swimming and shopping and to the cinema (loved Little Women and Last Christmas). I've written my 2019 reflections. And with Christmas just behind us, in my kitchen you will find lots of gifts and new year feasting! Let's take a look.
The top photo is a fried egg that Sylvia was having fun with. It is still a surprise to me how much she has loved cooking and eating fried eggs, scrambled eggs and omelets in the last year. I don't like any of these. Eggs aren't my thing. But they are rather photogenic!
gingerbread cats in the lead up to Christmas. You can see more festive food in my Christmas eating post.
Japan. She very kindly brought us back wasabi salt, a cute dog purse and an unusual soy sauce dipping plate with a cat shape. I need to experiment with the salt but the plate and purse have had plenty of use.
vegetarian haggis (that I usually make) in quesadillas with cheese for me and some quesadillas with just cheese for Sylvia. I served lots of vegetables to make us feel healthy! We had a quiet one at home with a neighbour visiting us.
I am sending this post to Sherry of Sherry's Pickings for the In My Kitchen event, that was started by Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, If you would like to join in, send your post to Sherry by 13th of the month. Or just head over to her blog to visit more kitchens.
Friday, 3 January 2020
Last year started full of promise with a fun trip to Sydney. We also visited Lorne and Port Fairy. But the end of the year fizzled out with E and I separating. There was so much change that I found it hard to keep up. Though I am in the same house, I have had a new phone, a new fridge, new bank accounts, new NBN wifi network, and a new hard drive in my home computer. At work my team dwindled to me and my manager at the start of year. I was sad when she left due to ill health but in her place came a new manager with her new team of lovely people. I change my role, moved office twice and had a new computer at work. It was a year of a lot of change.
|Sylvia's home made slime collection!|
My statistics were down this year. No surprise there. I had less time and energy for blog posts. I had less time and energy for sharing these posts. I was more surprised that only a little over a half of posts (53%) had recipes.
91 blog posts
14 photos accepted on FoodGawker
9 cafe reviews linked to Zomato
440 likes on FaceBook
Where my blog was featured
I was surprised to find a few links to my blog online this year (or that is what the dates suggest in this digital world where dates don't matter to some people). More links are to photos than posts!
- Tin and Thyme included my hedgehog in Choclette's 10 recipes to celebrate her 10th blog anniversary.
- Live Kindly included my vegan sushi stack in their Complete Guide to the Best Vegan Sushi.
- The Power to Persuade used my Peppertree Gate photo in their post on Racial and Gender Justice for Aboriginal Women in Prison.
- ABC Education used my Aboriginal street art photo in Bruce Pascoe's post on It's a Great Time to be Teaching about Indigenous Australian Languages (updated from 2016 but I was more aware of who Bruce Pascoe was this year after reading Dark Emu so was pleased at the connection).
- The Taste Atlas shared my Boston bun photo in their Top 4 Most Popular Oceanian Sweet Breads.
- Buzzfeed shared my hedgehog cake photo in a post on 19 Pinterest Cake Fails that are Just Begging to be Laughed at. I was relieved to be on the pretty side of the cakes as I am no stranger to cake fail photos online.
- Melbourne Point used my Coburg Lake photo on their Coburg Lake page.
- Special mention to Allotment2Kitchen and VegHog for hosting the Eat Your Greens challenge that I loved participating in but is sadly now retired. Another favourite challenge In My Kitchen continues and many thanks to Sherry for cheerfully keeping it going.
As my stats took a tumble in the second half of the year, it is no surprise that the popular posts, according to my Blogger stats, were from earlier in the year.
Top 5 recipe posts
Twice baked potatoes and SpudFest 2019
Overnight sourdough bread rolls
We Bare Bear cupcakes for a birthday party
Charcoal overnight sourdough bread
Chickpea, potato and cauliflower curry
Top 5 eating out posts
The Tea Cosy tearooms, The Rocks, Sydney
Brighton Soul cafe and Brighton Beach
Are the vegan burgers better at Hungry Jacks?
Grounds of Alexandria, Sydney
Moo Gourmet Burgers and Manly Beach, Sydney
My best of 2019
This is a list of my favourites I have encountered this year rather than the best released this year:
Favourite kids film - Mary Poppins Returns and Frozen 2
Favourite adult film - Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman
Favourite Netflix movie - Pirate Radio (The Boat that Rocked)
Favourite family tv show - Gilmore Girls
Favourite adult tv show - Line of Duty
Favourite Australian novels - Boy Swallows Universe and Past the Shallows
Favourite foreign novels: the Goldfinch and the Night Circus
Favourite non fiction book - The Land before Avocado
Favourite album - Billy Joel's Songs in the Attic
Favourite musician - Kate Miller-Heidke
Favourite new local eating out - Carringbush Hotel, Abbotsford
What we enjoyed eating in 2019
My cooking mojo was at low ebb this year. There weren't heaps of recipes that really excited me, other than sourdough baking, but I did find some I really loved when I checked over the posts of 2019. Here they are:
Savoury meals - Ghost salad, Cauliflower cheese pasties, St Patrick's day green pizza, Creamy apricot and chickpea soup, Slow cooked smoky chickpeas with tacos, Chickpea tangine with quince, Purple sushi salad with tofu nuggets
Sweet baking - Cinnamon scroll scones, Irish Tea Cake, Carrot cake, Pinwheel pancakes with strawberries and cream cheese,
Fun baking: St Patrick's day shamrock cupcakes, We Bare Bear cupcakes, Halloween eyes in the dark cake,
Sourdough bread baking - Overnight sourdough bread rolls, Antipasto sourdough focaccia, Charcoal overnight sourdough bread, Overnight sourdough hot cross buns, Overnight sourdough cranberry nut rolls, Roast potato and rosemary bread
Happy New Year
We had a quiet new year with vegan haggis in quesadillas. Then on New Year's Day, Sylvia and I started the year with a visit to the beach. There is much I would like to do more in 2020 that I haven't done enough in the past year: cooking, baking, blogging, craft, swimming, cycling and catching up with friends. I have been catching up on sleep during the holidays and feeling a bit more energy so I hope to get more done this year. I thank you for reading, commenting and supporting me this year. Here's to more blog posts, good food, good company and good times in 2020!
End of a decade
The world has changed so rapidly over the past decade that it scares me. Here are a few reflections on the decade that has just passed:
- Streaming has killed the Mainstream: the decade the broke popular culture - The Guardian, 28 December 2019
- 10 Years Ago, DNA Tests Were The Future Of Medicine. Now They’re A Social Network — And A Data Privacy Mess - BuzzFeed.News, 11 December 2019
- #travelgram: live tourist snaps have turned solo adventures into social occasions, The Conversation, 27 December 2019
- Top 10 climate moments of the past decade, The Climate Council (Australia), 12 December 2019.
- End of the decade: how the 2010s changed my life (Tinder, cryptocurrency, streaming services, gay marriage, MeToo), BBC News, 27 December 2019.
Sunday, 29 December 2019
2018, 2017, 2015, 2013). This year was the best. If you look back at past villages you can see that they have developed. I talked to a volunteer who said it takes 4 chefs working for 2 weeks to make it and some of the village is kept in cold storage for the next year. What an amazing piece of work. It was very quiet when we visited late in a new location in Collins Lane this year but a friend went to visit and said there were huge queues on another day.
The Gingerbread Village includes many Melbourne landmarks, with intricate detail even if not strictly accurate. Above is the crowds outside the Melbourne Town Hall with trams on roads and the Public Purse sculpture on a pedestrian section opposite it. Any Melbournian knows that the Public Purse is in Burke Street Mall a couple of blocks away. Likewise Flinders Street Station is opposite not beside Federation Square as in the top photo.
I was pretty excited about the theme of May Gibbs gumnut babies because I loved my Snugglepot and Cuddlepie books when I was a kid. I also was pleased to see the Australian theme as I had invited an Iranian colleague to come along.