Things have got a little bit crazy here over the last few days. With B (my husband) working his usual crazy long hours, me working longer hours than usual, and the kids having exams this week, we’ve kind of ‘let ourselves go’.
Don’t drop in! The place is a mess, and you’ll only find me hunched over a screen writing MOFO posts or drooling over the fantastic food all you other bloggers seem to be eating. Last night it got to 7.30pm and I hadn’t even thought about dinner.
I felt a bit like a the naughty kid wagging school today. I’ve been working longer hours than usual while we finish off a big project. I turned up at work today (which is normally my day off), only to find that by midday there was nothing further I could do for the day. Colour me gone!
Winter went out with a bang in Melbourne, with bright blue skies and warm sunny days of up to 22 degrees (71.6º Fahrenheit)!
For some reason, yesterday’s warm sunshine didn’t make me feel overjoyed. Looking at the forecast, I could see we’d be back to 12º Celsius by the end of this first week of spring. As a result, the beautiful weather only made me feel edgy and restless and slightly panicked at the thought that I might not make the most of a glorious day, so I was itching to get out and about!
It’s an exciting night for me!
ABC2 are showing all the episodes of the first season of Please Like Me back to back tonight, before the new season starts on Tuesday.
But that’s not all…I also managed to get hold of the second last packet of Daiya mozzarella at Mad Cowgirls this morning.
And H has made a cake. Banana and chocolate with cream cheese icing.
I got all inspired by the food we ate in the Blue Mountains, and not just because of the kilogram I (unexpectedly) lost!
It’s been an unusual week, with lots of ups and downs. We’ve had a death, a birthday, a painful cyst and tomorrow, we have a big exam (or our son does) – and all of these occasions called for vegan foods that I don’t usually make. I did quite a bit of Googling and flicking through cookbooks, and here’s what I came up with.
Whatever you like to call them, I first heard of ‘bowls’ from JL Field discussing ‘hippie bowls’ on some podcast or other. Then I noticed the whole chapter on ‘Bowls & and a few plates’ in Isa does it. I’d read and heard about different kinds of bowls – I’d even made several – but I never really understood what they were until I saw Jenné Claiborne make one on Our Hen House TV, episode 8.
The simplicity of the process, and the scope for invention, got me experimenting with lots of different kinds of bowls. Now I’m hooked!
We look forward to the first Saturday of every month, because its Bundoora Farmers’ Market day. The May market was a couple of weeks ago now, but I have a reason for writing about it so late. I needed to test out a few lovely products I picked up, BEFORE I wrote about them – and tonight I’ve finished.
What is Melbourne’s weather doing! One morning it’s 6°C, and the next it’s 21°C! Either way, it’s getting gloomy* and (often) chilly and I’ve had a hankering for warm comfort food.
Yesterday I found Panko Breadcrumbs in the supermarket! This was exciting stuff for me. I come across lots of recipes that use them (thank you Isa Chandra Moskowitz!) and have never had any idea what they were or where to get them, and I’d given up looking. This time, I wasn’t even looking for them but they practically jumped off the shelf and hit me in the face.
This reminded me of all the ingredients I’d never used before I went vegan – and how much time I spent trying to figure out what they were, and then find them.
To help new and confused (particularly Australian) vegans, I thought it might be helpful to put together a list of the ingredients that stumped me.
So, if you don’t know your nooch from your Bragg’s, and have no idea where to start in finding besan flour or vital wheat gluten, this is the list for you!
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