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.  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. 🙂 FAQ: So how’s your thesis going? Ans: Better than last year. Thanks.

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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. 😉

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A couple of weeks ago I moved out of my on-campus studio room and in with my office-mate, Ayu, from Indonesia. *Damn yearly contracts!*

Ayu’s 80-something year old dad has been visiting Canberra for the past month. Ever so often Eyang (“Grandpa” in Javanese) would have a look of disbelief when he sees me having oats and fruit in the morning and other veggie stuff for dinner. “Is that enough? Are you sure you are not hungry???”

There’s also a look of curiosity when I’m cooking, and I’ve always been more than happy to serve some of my flexitarian meals to Eyang… All very new and “strange” to his tastebuds.

He seemed to really like my vegetarian Chinese style crispy noodles (first time I cooked it for at least 3 people!) and had seconds.

Today, he seemed enthralled with the aroma of dhal that I was cooking — i.e. the smell of dried chilli, garlic and bit of butter tossed in a pan before adding it to the boiling lentils.

I think I’m getting better at this. Definitely upping those domestic skills. And if I don’t survive PhD, at least I know I’ve earned brownie points on the marriage meter! Haha!

The power of the pot will prevail.

Anyway, here’s wishing one and all a prosperous Year of the Snake.
GONG XI FA CAI!!

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It’s a super sunny day today in the kampung kapital (i.e. Canberra), and what better way to start the day with a bright chirpy-looking bowl of goodness!

Oats with blueberries, a nectarine and kiwi. Sweetened with a couple of dates.

Have a great Friday, everyone 🙂

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A sample of quick and nutritious post-graduate student meals.

Breakfast (top left): Oats with soy milk, kiwi, blueberries and a dash of honey. I tried substituting the soy milk and honey with hazelnut milk and dates today, and it was just as awesome.

Lunch (top right): Idiot-proof savoury oats (i.e. Oats + olive oil + salt + cracked pepper) under a layer of veggies of your choice (in this case, asparagus, broccolini and tomato tossed with some olive oil and black pepper), topped with a poached egg and chilli cheddar cheese.

Dinner (bottom): Stir-fry soba noodles with veggies of your choice, garlic, onions, soy sauce and pepper/chilli.

Say good-bye to instant noodles!

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This has got to be one of my most loved random ad-hoc snacks ever. All you need are:-

1) some strawberries (or any other berries of your choice)

2) a generous dollop of Philly cream cheese spread

3) slice (or slices) of bread. Wholemeal or multigrain is preferred

4) Honey.

Just lightly toast the bread and after about a minute, add your cream cheese spread, slices of strawberries and then drizzle some honey on top. Pop it back into the toaster oven for another minute or so.

If you don’t happen to have cream cheese, that’s ok. It’s nice just with honey (or even chocolate rice or Nutella…WAHHH!) but we’ll try to stick to Honey which is the healthier option and also happens to be a Sunnah.

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of toasting and prefer to reduce the carbs, strawberries dipped in honey make an awesome treat as well. I’d like to thank my pal and fellow greenie, Ibrahim, for suggesting this simple said treat, which has motivated the creation of TheGreenBush’s first super snack 🙂

Try it!