Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Yellow vegetable curry and many other delicious goodies.

An update on my food intake this week:

avocado, home-grown tomatoes and cheese melted on fabio's home-made rye bread! and home-made chilli pickle and cheese on fabio's home-made rye bread! where would my life be without my dads cooking?! A SHAMBLES! 

fruit salad.. yummy yummy! check the link... its a song, i'm not crazy.

normal salad - also quite yummy yummy.

JYMUNGO lasagna made for lunch/dinner at work for the week :D

why yes... yes those are crinkle cut cucumbers.. YES, I DID RECEIVE A CRINKLE CUT KNIFE FOR CHRISTMAS. Let the joy begin.

jymungo salad plus jymungo lasagna equals quite a nice nap.

Recipe time:
Yellow veggie curry.

1 teaspoon each:
nigella seeds
mustard seeds
chilli flakes
ginger powder
1 pinch asafoetida

1 heaped teaspoon vegie paste (mine was home-made my a neighbour! or a stock cube mixed in with the water)

1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water

2 roasted garlic cloves, sliced
1/4 small butternut pumpkin
1/4 cabbage
1/4 cauliflower
1 zucchini
1 cup peas
3 tomatoes

1 mixed handful ground almonds, peanuts, sesame seeds.

Combine all spices in a bowl with enough water to create a paste. Fry off in vegetable oil until the paste is fragrant and beginning to separate from the oil.

Chop all the vegies into big bite sized chunks.

Add in garlic, pumpkin, cabbage, cauliflower and zucchini. Mix until all coated with spice mix. Crank up the heat until there’s lots of delicious dark goodies on the bottom of the pan! 

Pour in your coconut milk and add just enough water to almost cover everything.

Give it a good stir, pop the lid on and leave it for up to 10 minutes. It’s pretty much ready when the pumpkin is cooked - as its the most solid vegie of the lot. Add in tomatoes and peas and quite a bit of salt for the final 2 minutes of cooking.

To thicken and add richness add in the whizzed up nut mix - its pretty delish when some are whole and you get a crunchy nuttiness against the creaminess of the curry.

EEEEEEEEAT with rice and pappadams and possibly splurge on some naan bread too! 

..or just do what I did and eat it on it's own, out of a bowl with a spoon :D

Peace out brussel sprouts!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ying Chow.

For an anniversary dinner you generally want somewhere romantic, right? Mood lighting? Ambience? A certain… je ne sais quoi.

Well Ying Chow is anything BUT any of those traits.

However, the food is effing delicious! So what’s your decision? Je ne sais quoi or the kind of deliciousness that makes you squeel when you think about the left overs that you have in that tiny container in the fridge for lunch tomorrow?!

- Oh you’d better believe we picked Ying Chow.

Noisy, cramped, usually lined up out the door, fast paced. As long as you know what you’re getting yourself into then it’s a blast.

Vegetarian Bean Curd Soup

An institution at Ying Chow. Everybody orders it. Literally every table will have a plate of this on it. Even a meat-obsessed Serbian at my work confessed to attempting to create this dish at home.

chinese green vegetables - completes every asian meal.

some ribby things for the carnivore boyfriend. Hey, i don’t discriminate :D

and rice, of course. steamed, perfect, plain (in the nicest possible way) white rice.

Personally Muffin and I like the kind of service you get in Asian restaurants. It’s to the point. No chit-chatting, no time is wasted! 

Have a seat. What do you want? Here’s your tea. Here’s your food. Here’s your bill. Thankyouhaveagoodnightbyeseeyoulater! < the owner really does talk like this! I heart it.

Speakin oh service.. it’s worth going just to witness the waiters carrying 5 plates on one arm. ON ONE ARM!!!!

(my only qualm was that half way through the meal I had a weirdly severely tingly tongue?! Did i burn it? Was it a weird MSG reaction? Too much soy sauce? I really have no idea… but that’s never happened the 82203746 times I’ve been there before, so perhaps i am just odd!)

Also.. Happy anniversary to my lovely Muffin man <3

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Well, vegetarian food of course?!

My goodness, I've been gone a while.


New years resolution: keep my posts short sharp and shiny! More pictures, less words yo.

Where have I been you ask? You've missed me so much? you cried a little when you realised just how long it's been? 

I've been off gallivanting in Sydney, Melbourne and the Great Ocean Rd with my Muffin's Canadian famjam for the past ever!

Did I get spoilt and receive a freaking MACBOOK for christmas? WELL YES I DID.

My carb-free livin was going relatively well... until.. well.. here's some little tidbits of my recent times and recent foods:

before holiday... note healthiness?!

lapping up the sun at Manly Beach.

lookie what I found! 

I fell entirely in love with Grigons & Orr in Melbourne.

how could I not?! I was like a kid in a candy store.


Sydney was a bit hit and miss with good food. THIS was the best gnocchi of my life. And I love gnocchi. It was at The Rocks Cafe. 

note the healthiness beginning? Best chips in Victor Harbor!

attempting to create a veggie main meal in posh places..

essentially the greatest picnic set ever. 
I've heard on the grapevine that I throw at EXCELLENT PICNIC!

seasonal garden pasta dyed pink with beets!

nachos in a cake tin ala bug.

christmas lunch #1.

christmas lunch #2 (different day - different house.... stop judging me).

BEST. BEST. BEST. another tea infuser. and BEST new tea cup! Perfection.

 the kind of meal that makes you drool when you think about it 2 weeks later. Vegie lasagna with fresh salad and dressing. 

ahhhhh maaaan I could eat about 76 more of these bowls.

 making a few new friends.

The most Australian dessert ever. Lamingtons, fruchocs and tim tams. Heart Attack.

Delicous breakfast field mushroom noms at ETC. 

and what a way to end. We woke up to this guy standing this close to our room along the Great Ocean Road.

I squeeled with delight.

Who doesn't love a llama?!

love and blueberries to ye all!


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