reading about food

I love reading about food. I often pick up Jane Grigson or Elizabeth David and open at random for a comfort (re)read. I take cook books to bed with me. Last weekend I read ‘Love & Hunger, Thoughts on the gift of food’, by Charlotte Wood. As the title suggests, this is not simply a…

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madeleines

I made these madeleines for reading group recently; they are easy peasy. You do need a madeleine mould, though. I got an uncoated one, because it delivers a tiny bit more capacity and sharper detail in the moulding shape. Despite a huge number of cook books in the house, a few of them specifically French,…

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yum

Teeth chattering in Melbourne again, so here is a perfect wintery desk-side lunch recipe from Charlotte Wood-no-relation for spinach dahl. Charlotte’s blog ‘How to shuck an oyster’ is compulsory reading for anyone interested in food. She posted this recipe a few months ago – it’s simple and completely delicious – although I confess to skipping…

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dan’s muesli bar recipe

Here is the recipe Dan and his mother cook in Six Impossible Things, page 47. They cook a simpler version of this – with fewer ingredients – because they haven’t got much in the pantry. 3 cups of rolled oats 1 cup of plain flour three quarters of a cup of castor sugar 150g butter…

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eat, complain, walk

We had dinner with old friends. We had risotto with pumpkin and sage and prosciutto. We talked about the kids and lamented the lack of idealism in this election campaign, while acknowledging that even an increasingly conservative labor government too influenced by what Robert Manne calls ‘the new school of focus group driven, ideas-free members…

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