Food Friends, inspiration is everywhere; even on the humble Baptism invitation. This past week, we received both a wedding and baptism invitation; both were really simple and visually appealing. I had visions of recreating both but perfect reproductions are still in the pipeline – instead, I used the artwork on the invitations to inspire me create these hand painted cookies.
Cooking friends, I know that by looking at my blog post production, it looks like I’m not cooking but I can assure you that isn’t the case. Since about September last year (2015), I’ve been working on a new medium – cookies. I just keep forgetting to take pictures to share with you all. I know, I know…I’ve got to work on that. Anyways, I’ve been cooking, gingerbread houses, gingerbread Christmas ornaments, gingerbread cookies/biscuits, sugar cookies/biscuits and variations of sugar cookies…and I’ve been teaching myself the art of decorating these sugar confections.
Cooking friends, I’ve been absent a lot this year – I’ve been having computer problems and even though I have an iPad, I find it difficult writing blog posts on an iPad. But, Santa (MrSuziwong & Miss23) bought me a MacBook Air for Christmas so I have no more excuses!
Even though I haven’t blogged much this year, I have been cooking up a storm since we moved in July; I just didn’t document it here. This Christmas has been especially busy in the SuziWong kitchen – mainly gingerbread. I present to you, my first ever gingerbread house.
cooking eating friends…I bet you thought I’d eaten a chicken bone and choked and died a grizzly death, it’s been so long since I last posted. It’s been a really busy 3 months. We’ve moved house and I’m still unpacking.
Folks, I’ve never had success with tarte tatin; it’s not for lack of trying. I’m not one to let something get the best of me so I decided that I needed a tarte tatin dedicated pan…Off I went shopping to get myself a proper pan. Well…truth be told I got online and ordered myself a proper pan.
Photo courtesy of Kitchenaid
This past week I purchased a Kitchenaid KPEXTA Pasta Press. They retail for $399 but come hell or high water I was not going to pay that price…so I went searching for a cheaper supplier…and I found one on eBay and heavens to Mergatroid the supplier was in Melbourne! I ended up paying $279 which included shipping; still a pretty penny to pay for a kitchen gadget but a heck of a lot less than $399.
Friends, I love pasta…in fact everyone in the Suziwong family loves pasta and ravioli is HIGH on the list of best loved pastas. This week I made ravioli stuffed with marinated goats cheese, prosciutto and fresh basil and served it with a very simple tomato based sauce.
Friends, can you believe it’s been almost a year since I posted on the food part of the website? I have been cooking, but just not documenting the cooking. I’ve needed some time off; food blogging, or any creative type blogging, takes a lot of effort and time. For my big come-back I’ve decided to add the second post in the ‘Biography in Food’, series that I began quite some time ago. It was inspired by a Sydney Morning Herald online article called, “Write your own food biography; My life in 10 dishes.” If you need a reminder here’s the link. So the second dish that warrants being part of my food biography is Lard Pastry. Continue reading
Friends, it’s been a while since I have blogged about food; other things have been keeping me busy. A recent diagnosis in our family has made me pick up my spatula again and cook low GI. I thought maybe I should blog some of the newer recipes that I have included in my kitchen repertoire. I have incorporated more vegetables and fish into our diet and pretty much removed pasta, pastry and sugar. I am trying to remove as much processed foods as I can; which hasn’t been too difficult since I’m not a lover of processed foods anyway. By far, the removal of main course pasta dinners from our menu has had the biggest impact – but we’ve taken it in stride. A HUGE winner in some of our new recipes is the old classic soup; Minestrone.
Readers, if you’ve been reading this blog and my sewing blog you’ll be aware that I love to collect sewing related vintage things and kitchenalia. I love old china and use it when we entertain friends outdoors; none of it matches – it’s just a higgle-dey-piggle-dey group of pretty old wares. There is one collection that I’m very serious about; it’s my Crown Ducal, Orange Tree design china.
The evolution of a recipe is a wonderous thing. Ideas are taken from one recipe and imported into another ending up with a completely different outcome. Way back when I made Jamie Oliver\’s kick arse chicken and leek pie I pretty much followed the recipe to a tee. The next time, the filling evolved into something different and I used Maggie Beer’s Sour Cream Pastry. The evolved filling become reminiscent of the pies my mother cooked when I was growing up. This time, the filling stayed the same, as did the pastry but the instead of a family pie, the dish evolved into individual pies; something I haven’t ever done before. So please join me on my ongoing pie journey…you won’t be disappointed!