Fresh coriander . . . Fresh kaffir lime leaf . . . Freshly chopped ginger and galangal . . . Spicy chilli that makes you sneeze . . . Fish sauce . . . Oh I could go on and on about my favourite Thai ingredients. I could also go on about how cooking with them on the weekend, at my Thai cooking class, brought back memories of being in Thailand, wishing I was there, sitting by the pool or beach, drinking Singha and eating fish cakes or fresh red curry crab . . . Sorry, got a bit carried away! I wish we had smell-o-net.
So having found quinoa (and loving it!) the time had come to try kale – another superfood! Once again a bit behind the times! There are so many different ways to use kale – as a salad, baked as chips, in soups, risottos and pies. In fact, a lot of people are replacing their spinach, lettuce and even cabbage with kale, so the recipes are endless!
So I was going to write a post about my Asian inspired beef and vegetable casserole, but it was so hot in Melbourne last week (4 days of over 40 degrees Celcius!) that when I looked at the photos of this dish, I was getting even hotter! I couldn’t bring myself to do it! Stay posted though, it will be coming in the next couple of weeks! I also had internet troubles due to the hot weather and couldn’t post or do anything!
At Christmas and birthdays, I always hint about one or more cookbooks that I’m interested in. This year one of my Chrissy pressies was The Asian Grandmothers cookbook! It has to be one of my favourite cookbooks in my collection at the moment! I don’t know about you but when I receive a new cookbook, I’ll have a flick through, check out what recipes I’d like to cook, then close it until needed. But with The Asian Grandmothers cookbook, I am reading it from cover to cover!