Saturday, July 31, 2010

The summer thus far

I've been busy. REeeeeEEeeeally busy. Proving thus that when I was actually employed I had a lot more free time on my hands than I do now that I'm "freelance". Yep you read that right, I have been gainfully employed (somewhat) for the past 8 weeks or so, but it does mean I have much less time to spent with experimental cooking, observing the "past imperfect" world around me, growing my own and just blogging/podcasting in general.

But here, I think it's time to do a bit of a catch-up post as I still obsessively photograph my culinary works and still potter about in my tiny garden (made even smaller now by my half-completed hypertufa experiment) and still hold onto articles and record tv programs about sustainability and farming etc.

So. Here we go, I give you a run down of my foodie experiences from the past six months or so.

I often wax lyrical about my butcher - Brady Butchers near Belvedere Rd/Dorset St. and they have given me the opportunity to perfect fillet steak. Below is my first go at it, and it was perfection if I do say so myself... complete with homemade from scratch chips! Gordon Ramsay's simple recipe and method for checking the done-ness.

I then tried it again for Paul's birthday...

I also got pretty good at butter pastry from scratch as well as you can see from my mini-patries

I made some savoury pastries too, with mediocre results - I think I tried to do too much: this had potatoes, cream cheese sauce, asparagus, ham & cheddar.

I was busy with seasonal veg, variation of a skillet chicken recipe, honey butter & cous cous...

Wow, what a boring post... clearly I'm better off with the shorter recipe-based food posts. Hopefully more time will be found to update properly.