Culinary exploring and experiments

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Up before sunrise on a public holiday. WHUT?!

Cos sometimes you just gotta get things done. Fajr prayers, intercontinental skype calls, reports and thesis.

But first, a wholemeal toast with a spread of almond butter and fresh fig. Yes fresh fig. Ditch the jam and have the real thing when you can.

Cuppa coffee and Mano Chao to keep me company too.

Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

image SO…. after a long hiatus of being “in the field” and just trying to make sense of what all that data means for my PhD thesis, I’ve decided to resume blogging.ย  And what better to kick it off again with food! Tonight’s dinner was a random concoction of blues and greens. Chicken salad with blue cheese and blueberries on a bed of greens and a side of green tea. ๐Ÿ™‚ FAQ: So how’s your thesis going? Ans: Better than last year. Thanks.

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Ever had one of those weeks where you’re supercharged in the first half of the week then lose steam on the last few days?

This was one of them.  Started the week totally stoked (and extra early) for a 10-12 chat on air with Genevieve Jacobs of ABC Canberra about religion and climate change. Early mornings and a good level of productivity till mid-week (including a trip to the national library and a discussion on the health impacts of climate change), after which it went down hill. I partially blame the falling temperatures in the mornings that keep me in bed rather than jumping out of bed.

Anyway, here’s to a VERY late Saturday brunch. Beans, spinach and eggs on a sourdough toast. Jemput!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Fruits are for all occasions.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s (from bottom left clockwise) part of breakfast in a bowl of oats or as a prezzie for new neighbours in a basket, or in a fruit salad for some pals. It’s all good, healthy and yummy.

And did I mention the colours?? A real feast for the eyes that help whet your appetite.

So be a freak. A Fruity freak.

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Met up with Robert from ANU’s School of Art for a chat, and what did I get? A loaf of home-made zucchini bread! Yay! Thanks Robert!

Whipped up a quick and easy-peasy lunch with a couple of slices of bread, egg omelette and a side of broccoli and tomatoes tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper.

Nomnomnom….

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Nothing better than a lovely bowl of soup to warm the soul on a chilly evening.

This was yet another culinary experiment. With a bit of help from google on how to make a soup out of my family’s standard dhal recipe, it was easy-peasy. Think of a cross between dhal and vegetable soup.

And best part, the four “guinea- pigs” who had the dhal soup for dinner, said it was tasty! Yay!

I’m definitely making this one more often. ๐Ÿ˜‰