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Charlie Winston

Gig of the year. I’m calling it. I only just got home and I feel I need to write about this while it’s still vivid. I thought the support (Medi) was already great. And then he appeared again on stage as the drummer for Charlie Winston. Along with a Peter Garrett dance-a-like who plays a … Continue reading

Perfect match

This sky with Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Summer dinners

A quick post so that I don’t fall COMPLETELY out of the habit of writing something (anything!) Long summer Berlin nights mean late late dinners, usually at 10 or so.  And late dinners have to be light if you want to avoid feeling like you’ve got a large lasagne-shaped stone in your belly while trying … Continue reading

Eggplant rolls

Best party food ever.  You can replace the eggplant with zucchini if you wish.  A bit less rich that way. Easy? Yep, but fiddly to roll them, especially if you roll while hot.   How much washing up? 1 bowl plus your grill.   Tricks? much easier to use a grill for the eggplant than a … Continue reading

20 May 2011

Must vent and facebook is not the appropriate outlet: Writing job applications which are not in your native language has got to be one of the most soul-destroying activities on earth.  Closely followed by getting rejection letters of course.  For months.    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Red Lentil Dhal

This is for the days when you have no vegetables, no meat, no pasta, no rice and no cheese.  It essentially requires only 1 ingredient – the other stuff you generally have sitting in the kitchen already.  You can bung it on the stove while doing other things and it doesn’t need stirring.  You can … Continue reading

Grapefruit curd

This is utterly delicious with chocolate cupcakes.  Or dollops of whipped cream on fresh fruit.  Or both really. It’s a nice zingy citrussy curd on toast with ricotta as well.  Along with a cup of Earl Grey, I pronounce this perfect for lifting the mood on a grey, grey, grey winter day. It’ll keep in … Continue reading

Recipes for visual people

Recipes are unwieldy things. Personally, whenever I write down a recipe, I don’t bother with all the “first, preheat the oven, then grease a pan” business. I KNOW that I’ll need to preheat the oven at some point and that if I don’t want my things to stick, that I’ll need to grease a pan. … Continue reading

Delicious camping food

Camping food success. Best camping meal so far has to be this pork and pear dish.  It’d be even better if the pork were bbq’d and brushed with a little white wine vinegar and salt I think.  Keep in mind this was done with only 1 pot, hence the setting aside of everything. 1) Parboil … Continue reading

Great food and America. Bizarre, yes?

American food. When Nick first proposed going to the States and Canada, I was not excited.  My perception of the USA in particular was of wall-to-wall junk food, enormous people, gluttony and tasteless food.  Well, while all of that is certainly there if you want it, the big surprises were how amazingly friendly, helpful and … Continue reading