…..well maybe not funny, haha but funny how when we live in the moment we don’t really think about how much changes over time but then we have a look back and all of sudden it is almost hard to recognize that person and what was happening at that time.
The last couple of years have been a whirlwind for me and while some days seem to creep by, for the most part time is just flying by. I mean, can it just slow down a bit?! So let’s see, what has really gone on……
1. I moved from Perth to Melbourne. I know many of you who know me personally already know that but I’m not sure I ever really said that I had moved. What a wonderful decision. Melbourne is one of my most favorite places on earth. A really great city and I absolutely love my current neighborhood. I suppose I could also mention that I, more or less, live in Airbnbs. Well currently it is really just a furnished apartment and not technically an Airbnb but I’ve been fortunate enough to live without leases or long term commitments and pesky bonds and quarterly rental inspections. Life is grand! My current place is small but it has absolutely everything I need plus some outdoor space. Best of all, it is close to everything!
I’ve been thinking about my dad a lot lately. Maybe because it was just father’s day or maybe because his would be 71st birthday is coming up soon, but I also think it’s because I’ve been talking to a lot of people about their experiences with their fathers or step-fathers and I’ve heard the full range of the best to the worst. It makes me really thankful that my dad fell on the scale of the best. Continue reading
Sometimes comfort food means cooking what your mom used to make when you were a kid. Today’s recipe is just that. She didn’t make it too often but I was always excited when she did. If I had my way, I would have just eaten the rice and the sauce. Of course now that I am an adult and I run my own household, I can do what I want, but I admit nothing. Nothing! Continue reading
It has been quite cold the past week. The cold and rainy weather is making me crave all things comfort food and the other night the comfort dish I was craving was Shepherd’s Pie. But I really wasn’t wanting Shepherd’s Pie with ground beef so I decided to give it a go with chuck steak instead. It took a bit longer than if I had used ground beef but the result was so worth it and the hands on time was minimal. Alternatively this is a great way to use up leftover pot roast. Continue reading
So it seems that Sunday Gravy was my 50th post! Who knew?! And it only took me two plus years to get there. So hooray for an LSL milestone! Let’s hope the 100th isn’t another two years away. I’m glad my 50th was Sunday Gravy. I really like that recipe but don’t worry #51 isn’t a bad one either. (really great transition there Laur; really great) Anyway……
I think it might be time to share my Sunday Gravy with you. I mean, we’re friends right? You’ve been hanging in there with me through all the times when I have dropped off the radar and you’ve cheered me on when I’ve made my comebacks. I think you deserve Sunday Gravy.
Now if you’re not down with the whole Italian-American thing you might be asking, “What the heck is Sunday Gravy?” Don’t worry, I’m here to help with that. Sunday Gravy is a slow cooked tomato sauce that uses meat as it’s base. It’s not a bolognese and it’s not a ragu. It is still, for me, primarily a tomato sauce and is served over pasta (fresh if at all possible). Sunday Gravy should make the whole house smell like if you walked into the kitchen you would expect to find a whole clan of Italian Grandmothers stirring the pot. It is rich and satisfying and one mouthful makes you feel like you’re wrapped up in Grandma’s hand crocheted quilt. Really. Sunday Gravy is that good.
Even the biggest carnivores need some vegetables every now and then. Today is my day and I couldn’t be more excited about this recipe. It’s one of the best things I’ve made lately (and considering those lamb shanks that’s a pretty tall order!).
A couple weeks ago I was invited to a party at a good friend’s house. She asked me to arrive a bit early to help out, but truthfully, she had everything done when I got there so I think she was really just up for a bit of a chat. In any case, I dragged myself out of bed early and made an extra strong coffee to get all the limbs and the mind functioning. Off to the market I went. I wanted to make a dish to add to the spread but it would have to be something I could prepare at her house because I had nearly an hour on the train and didn’t want to be carrying a platter of food. Not to mention it would be bad by the time I got there. So I decided on something relatively simple; prawn and chorizo skewers. I knew the fish monger would be happy to put my prawns on ice for me and the chorizo would be fine as well so I wasn’t worried about a thing. I turned my music on, put in the earbuds and off I went!
Today, friends, I have a fantastic weekend dinner for you. One that you let cook all afternoon and then sit down with good wine and good company to savor. It’s the kind of dish you take a bite of and melt right into. The kind where you take your time to eat and drag it out because there’s good food, good wine and good conversation and you have nowhere you’d rather be. These are my favorite kind of meals.
Winter is quickly approaching here in Australia. I love winter cooking! It gets colder and you want to turn the stove and oven on and you crave the hot bowls of soup and stew.
Last week we had a rainy coldish day and I jumped right on it with an easy one pot winter meal. Split pea and ham soup did the trick! Pea and ham soup is a great one to make when you’ve had a big family ham dinner and have a bone left over. However, no need to wait until then to whip up a pot. Check with your butcher for ham hocks (I’ve seen them call bacon hocks here too) or go to the deli and ask there. Many times they will have ham bones on hand. I found mine at Queen Vic Market in the deli hall. He was quite happy to sell it to me and there was still a fair bit of meat on the bone.