Hare brained schemes

Does the idea of supermarkets closing freak you out? It freaks me out. What if I run out of toilet paper? What if I suddenly need to go swimming and come to the startling realisation that I am hirsute and need a razor stat? What if I have all the ingredients for this amazing thing and I’m missing one ingredient?

Of all things, the last one vexes me most and the first one panics me most.

So of course I went out and bought an 8 pack of toilet roll today.

Anyway, enough about me.

To the ingredients!


Shepherd’s avocadoes are on sale at the moment





150g prawns per person

enoki or shimeiji mushrooms

1 fillet of salmon, skin on, per person

green beans

sweet potato

red kidney beans/ black beans

1 tin of tomatoes diced



kale (check woolworths)



tomatoes (cherry)


a jar of jalapenos from the Mexican aisle

soya sauce

sesame oil

sesame seeds (optional)


some sort of greens – asparagus, spinach, leafy veg?

tofu or chicken breast 1 pack

chicken thighs



red wine vinegar


I figure everyone is going to overdose on chocolate, pub food and/or alcohol and so I’m trying to recommend some dishes that may make you a little bit better about yourself

Teriyaki Soba (Chicken or tofu)

Baked sweet potato chili (I removed the beef for this recommendation)

Crispy, sticky chicken One of my favourites

Sides of carrots

Saffron shrimp and zuchinni (if you don’t have saffron it’s pretty good without!)

Lastly, I’d recommend throwing all remaining ingredients, chopped, together with some Lime Jalapeno Vinegarette ta dah, super salad!

 Meme Me!

Following your stolen phone, becoming a celebrity

Suntory has created some seriously intricate ice cubes



It’s St Pat’s Day this week, and the Melbourne vegan festival is on too.

To celebrate that, it’s a vegetarian recipe week!


750g broccoli florets with 2.5cm stems (about 6 cups)
500g orecchiette
125g unsalted butter
1/2 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons lemon juice
400g waxy potatoes
1 onion
50ml olive oil
4 eggs
Salt and blackpepper
160g chestnuts in shells (or 125g cooked, vac-packed chestnuts)
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to trickle
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 bay leaves, torn (optional)
150g small, firm brussels sprouts
2 clementines or tangerines
1 pound snap peas, trimmed
Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon corn starch
1/2 pound ridged pasta such as cavatappi, penne rigate, or ziti
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, finely sliced
Pinch red pepper flakes
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon juice and 1 teaspoon zest from 1 lemon
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons natural, unsweetened, salted peanut butter
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons rice wine or sake
1 small garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons Chinese sesame paste or tahini
1 small shallot, minced
5 tablespoons roasted peanut oil (see Note)
1 pound dried Chinese egg noodles
1/2 large seedless cucumber—peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and cut into fine matchsticks
4 scallions, thinly sliced
Chilli oil

For the curry paste
5-6 shallots (or 1 onion), peeled and finely chopped
6 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
2 thumb-sized pieces ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
2 lemongrass stalks, tough outer layers removed, finely sliced
5-6 green chillies (medium-hot), deseeded and roughly chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground turmeric

For the curry
5 large aubergines
About 6 tbsp sunflower oil
300ml passata, or sieved roasted tomatoes
400ml tin coconut milk
300g french beans
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 handful chopped coriander leaves
75g cashews or almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped (optional)
Lime wedges, to serve

1 eggplant, cut into cubes
1 green pepper, cut into squares
1 potato, peeled and cut into squares
2 cloves of chopped garlic
1 tbsp of soy sauce
salt, sugar, oil


Brussels sprout, clementine and chestnut salad

Cold Peanut-Sesame Noodles

Spanish Omlette

Pasta with Snap Peas, Garlic, Lemon Zest, and Black Pepper (vegan)

Orecchiette with Brown Butter, Broccoli, Pine Nuts, and Basil

Aubergine & green bean curry

Di San Xian

(and some extras)


grilled peach salad

a 7 day vegetarian menu from Stylist Mag

and some food porn

Meme Me

Felines of New York


(image credit: Vegetable watercolour)

There's a spill. Guess I can't do the ironing.

Elephants in the room

Let’s deal with a couple of elephants in the room.

#GameOfTone #libspill #ImStickingWithTony. Whichever hashtag you choose, we find out more tomorrow.

This isn’t a meme, but is possibly my favourite satire piece of the entire sorry situation.

Next weekend is also Valentine’s Day. Yes, yes, I’m sure you’re aware. If you’re coupled up, good on you. If you’re single, I hear that there are quite a few non-sleazy joints that offer split bills at the end of it all! Yes! (Try the Docklands & The CBD). Here’s a fun article about how you aren’t imagining “our song“.

“Can’t be stuffed!”, you groan. “Valentine’s Day is a sham created to sell more cards, roses and dinners!”, you say. Yep, we hear you. We’ve got that covered too.

The longest water slide in the world is finally here. Given the turnout at Slidestreet, I’d say we’re in for some great fun.

Prefer staying indoors? Sure. How about Pausefest, “Australia’s answer to SXSW”?

I’ll be honest, I’m frothing at the mouth for a chance to say hello to the This American Life team.


Mon 14-27 Sunny Tue 15-32 Sunny Wed 18-34 Late shower Thu 17-26 Mostly sunny Fri 17-33 Mostly Sunny Sat 23-37 Mostly Sunny


1 block silken tofu

100g of dried shitake mushtooms

1 chopped carrot

1 red onion

2 garlic heads

75g picked radish chopped

3 dried chillis (or 2 tsp of chilli flakes)


Lee Kum Kee black bean sauce

2 bunches asparagus

spring onion

8 baby taters

2 avos

2 handfulls of rocket (or 1 small packet from supermarkets)

1 lime

1 baby cos (romaine)

1 iceberg lettuce

artichoke hearts

semi-dried tomatoes


sichuan pepper


shaoxing (if you have it)

chilli bean paste

sichuan pickled chillis (optional)

potato starch

asian greens (chinese broccoli if you like)

cherry tomatoes

4 lebanese cucumbers

hot sauce

Spices and Sauces you may have at home

coriander seed, fennel seed, cumin seeds, fish sauce

olive oil

canola oil

apple cider vinegar (if you don’t have this, feel free to use a substitute such as red wine vinegar)


black pepper


dried thyme, oregano, mustard

red wine vinegar

soy sauce

dark soy sauce


David Chang’s Mushroom Ragu

Deliciously Ella has a new cookbook out – here’s her asparagus salad (awesome asparagus at the moment!)

Sort-of La Scala Chopped Salad (Skinny version)

Mapo Tofu/Alternative Mapo tofu/Lazy 15min mapo tofu can be made with Lee Kum Kee’s packets too goes well with garlicky cucumber.

Baked chicken 3 ways:

Buffalo wings (goes well with a Ukranian tomato salad)

Korean chicken (goes well with steamed asian greens in oyster sauce)

Spicy wings (goes well with salads and/or roasted sweet potato & corn)

Too hot to cook? Turn the same key ingredients into…

Kylie Kwong’s cold silken tofu

store the mushrooms and make cold soba stirred through with the garlicky cucumbers

slow cook the chicken – here’s a honey soy equivalent :)

 Meme Me!



All of the sporting finals

The Royal Croquet Club is on, Summersault is on.

The Asian Cup was won by the Aussies, Djokovic & Serena won the Aus Open. The Patriots won Super Bowl, if you’re into American Football.

This has been your social report.


Tues 14-22 Wed 15-22 Thu 13-27 Fri 14-31 Sat 18-33 Sun 23-35

Lots of sun!

I haven’t actually planned anything this week, but here’s something TheKitchn did

Admittedly, I don’t want any the same food day after day, but I figure if you swap out the scrambled eggs at breakfast and put that into the mix, you’ll get a little more variety.


The Kitchn does my work for me

soh office

Do you play croquet?

Yes, the Royal Croquet Club is in town, if I can brave the crowds, I think I may indeed pack my non-existent mallet and head on down.

I’ve been paid this week, payday bliss! So the first thing I did was to go to The Lab Organics & buy myself a Scent of Home candle. Hence the main image. “Belvedere”, it’s called, tobacco with a hint of rose. Hopefully the boy likes it better than the current candle we have!

Scent of Home


Monday 13-24 mostly sunny Tuesday 13-29 mostly sunny Wednesday 20-26 cloudy Thursday 16-30 possible shower Friday 16-22 possible shower

The UV is looking extreme, so sunscreen up!

Shopping List

10 medium (about 1.2kg) carrots, peeled
2 red onions, finely sliced
1 tbsp za’atar*
1 lemon
1 cup freekeh grains, rinsed well
1 bunch kale, washed and stems removed
1 cup parsley, roughly chopped
1⁄2 cup hazelnuts, roasted, skinned, and roughly crushed
2 blood oranges, juiced
2 tbsp maple syrup
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 bunch dill, finely chopped
1 small tub of greek yoghurt for the baked salmon and dill
2 sprigs of rosemary
2 tubes of egg tofu (available from Asian grocers, image here)
500g pork or chicken mince
spring onions
1 six-pack of eggs
2 medium potatoes
1 small eggplant
2 medium red capsicums
2 medium tomatoes
1 bunch of basil
2 zuchinnis
1 can of corn
1 can of beans
1 pint cherry tomatoes
feta cheese
1 bunch chinese broccoli

Stuff you may have in your cupboard

sesame oil
oyster sauce
soy sauce
black & white pepper

*don’t fret if you don’t have za’atar, you can make it out of easily accessible spices. If you can’t find sumac, leave it out. It won’t taste the same, but it will still be tasty!


Arthur Street Kitchen

making friends with salad.

Arthur Street Kitchen’s Za’atar Roasted Carrots with Kale, Freekeh and Blood Orange & Maple Dressing

(Arthur Street Kitchen’s Hetty McKinnon has a new cookbook out, I recommend checking it out)

Most of the ingredients required for this recipe will keep, except for the dill, so I’d recommend making a salmon and dill dish too.

Baked Salmon & Dill or Salmon Pasta (just throw salmon and dill in with some olive oil and lemon juice)

Sizzling hotplate tofu (recipe to come) with Chinese broccoli & oyster sauce

Patate, Pepe E Melanzane Fritti

Zuchinni, tomato & basil pasta/salad or a caprese salad

Succotash Salad

Meme Me!

Ship Your Enemies Glitter

Twin Peaks is definitely coming back.

Cloudy with a chance of “large hail”


what does it mean?

what does it mean?


Lots of rain.

Monday 28 Tuesday 27 Wednesday 22 Thursday 20 Friday 24 Saturday 24

This Week

This week is all about trying to be super duper healthy, since I bought batteries for my scale and then nearly fell off in fright at the amount of weight I’d gained. It was like I was a bear preparing for hibernation, except that there is no hibernation and I am not a bear.

Seasonal food:

Avocadoes & tomatoes. There’s been a bumper crop of cherries, and the Honey Mangoes have turned up on scene! A lady at the market made the boyfriend try it, so now there are 4 mangoes for the week.

The meals for the week are fairly avocado friendly, so turn the other way if you’re not a fan!


Avocadoes at least 2

3 Capsicums

Herbs: Parsley, coriander, mint, basil (mix-and-match)

1 bunch Kale

1 can Kidney beans

Premixed coleslaw or 1 red cabbage

3 carrots

1 Mango

Smoked Salmon (use tinned salmon in those foil packets if you’re on a budget)

1 head of cos lettuce

1 bunch spring onions/shallots

1 small bunch of spinach OR a small packet of spinach

Coconut flakes

Low fat ricotta (optional)

Sesame seeds (optional)


Warm days:

Detox Rainbow Salad

3C Salad – I chop up red cabbage, carrots and currants, mix in some orange juice and olive oil and I’m set!

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Mango & rice salad

Cooler days:

California Chicken, Veggie, Avocado & Rice Bowls

Fall Mexican Rice Bowls

Note: you can substitute the rice for more sweet potato, and you can cut it down to one can of beans (either black beans or kidney beans) if you don’t feel like eating this for 3 days straight.

Smoked Salmon Risoni (or any pasta really)

Meme Me!



and here’s a link (note the acrostics).

Haruki Murakami wants to be your agony uncle