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Thinking…I do try

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I know I’ve not been the most regular in terms of posts, so I was really surprised to have been nominated by Freya and Paul at Writing at the Kitchen Table for a Thinking Bloggers Award along with four other bloggers. When it comes to putting fingers to keypad, I’ll be honest and say I’m not the best of writers so it’s an honour to have been included in the list for the award. The photos I take for my blog are there to act as a distraction for my amateurish writing efforts.

 So now, it’s my turn to nominate five other blogs that have made me think!

  1. Lydia at The Perfect Pantry for her interesting odes to ingredients found in her fridge, freezer and cupboards;
  2. Ilva at Lucullian Delights who creates food that uses uncommon combinations of ingredients and takes wonderful photos;
  3. Veronica at Veronica’s Test Kitchen for the informative and fun stories about the ‘experiments’ in her kitchen;
  4. Matt at Abstract Gourmet for his ‘biting’ (love it, Matt!) and fresh commentary on his posts.
  5. Patricia at The Technicolor Kitchen for her personal perspective on cooking in Sao Paulo. Don’t ask me why, when I read her posts, I always picture the South American sun-kissed weather. *as I look out at a rainy day outside the window*

For those that I’ve tagged, please write a post with five blogs that make you think. If you’ve already been tagged, congratulations and think of this as another show of appreciation for your work!

 

5 things you don’t know about me

5 things about me

I was tagged quite some time ago by Veronica of Veronica’s Test Kitchen and must apologise for this rather late post. But, finally, here are five things most people don’t know about me:

  1. I was born in a small village in the southern state of Johor, Malaysia, of Chinese extraction. I have lived in Australia for the past 18 years, except for a year away back in Malaysia and a year in Italy.
  2. I now live in Perth, Western Australia, a city regarded as the most isolated capital city in the world. It is closer to travel to South-East Asia from here than to the eastern states of Australia.
  3. My career has been quite varied. I studied Agricultural Science but never worked in that field. Then, I studied Horticultural Science before pursuing a Master of Landscape Architecture and working in the industry for around 8 years. Now, I’m studying to be a chef!
  4. I love going against the grain and trying new things with food. I think the experimental streak in me comes from my mum, who is a great cook. My passion for cooking came from spending time in the kitchen with her. I love using warm and cold together, or sweet and savoury, or unusual combinations.
  5. I eat almost anything, including offal. There is very little I don’t eat or am not willing to try. I love vegetables, meat, seafood, game, DESSERTS, you name it.

I’ve been following the posts of the bloggers below and would like to hear more about them, so I’ll tag:

Nicole of Pinch My Salt

Patricia of Technicolor Kitchen

Paul of Eat Me!

Freya and Paul of Writing At The Kitchen Table

Elizabeth of Mommy Cooks

 

Distracted

Before anything else, let me just say that this post is more for its photogenic qualities (ie. food porn) than a usual blog with accompanying recipe. As you know, I love figs. But it got to a point where enough was enough and I basically ODed on them. So what to do with a ship- ment of figs recently given to us? Turn them into jam!

Somehow in the jam making process, I got a wee bit sidetracked (as I often am with a hundred things going on in my head) and decided to play around with the ingredients and create a still life. I pictured in my head an image that exuded an old-world feel with low-level light coming from an angle and creating some nice shadows. Well, here is what I ended up with:

 Still life for fig jam

For those of you that are interested in making fig jam, try here and here. There are quite a few variations in terms of the spices used so go with what you like.

 

New Year 2007

Well, another year has passed. Welcome to 2007! Hopefully everyone had a good Christmas (if you celebrated it) or spent the holidays doing something nice. My Christmas was spent down in Dunsborough, a smallish town located around 3 or so hours south of Perth, at the home of my partner’s brother and his family. The coastline along Dunsborough is stunning – unspoilt beaches with crystal clear water set in beautiful landscapes. Christmas’ are a big thing for the household, especially this year with the marriage of a daughter. There were members from the groom’s side which made for a large gathering!

The Christmas celebrations started the night before, with around 25 people gathered for a meal of epic proportions. It was a big Italian do – meatballs, zucchini fritters, pizza, zipolli (deep fried fritters with anchovies), roast turkey, pork, lamb and seafood. Dessert then followed! Pavlova (a meringue with toppings of fruit and cream), traditional pudding with custard, mince tarts, biscuit…it goes on. There was enough food to feed a troop! All I can say is I’m glad there were lots of helpers around – helpers to prepare the meal, helpers to eat the meal, helpers to clean up after the meal…you get the idea. As you can imagine, I was pretty full at the end of this. But of course there were then the leftovers, some of which we had along with other goodies at another big meal during Christmas day lunch.

After lunch, the traditional exchange of gifts and unwrapping of presents and where you graciously accept things you then proceed to leave in the cupboard somewhere without touching it for the next year. I’m normally pretty lucky though, most people know I like food so I get bottles of wine (very practical and doesn’t stay around too long), cookbooks (always handy) and different types of food bits like biscuits, preserves, that sort of thing.

Here are some things I received:

Christmas presents

clockwise from top left:

  • bottle of Cullen Cabernet Merlot (one of the top wines in the country) – a splurge for myself, because I’m worth it
  • small panetonne – a traditional Italian Christmas sweet bread, much like a brioche
  • 2007 Little Britain diary – yeh but, no but
  • cookbook by Giorgio Locatelli – a famous chef from London

It’s also wonderful to get things which you can enjoy and reminisce over, like the panetonne and biscuits we got.

Enjoying Christmas goodies

Happy 2007 everyone!



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