Decorative spices

Chilli and curry leaf garland

This post is nothing other than a “how pretty do chillies and curry leaves look in a garland”?!

Some photos of The Beard’s Mum stringing homegrown chillies and curry leaves together so they can be hung up and dried. I think they look beautiful and almost Christmas-y!


Crispy parmesan and chilli kale chips

Crispy parmesan and chilli kale chips

Market ingredient: Kale
Difficulty: Ridiculously simple
Deliciousness: An awesome pre-dinner snack
Did The Beard like it? “It’s a crowd-pleaser, Brown”

Sometimes I get a little too excited with the amount of veggies I buy at Eveleigh. It’s all so fresh and delicious that I just want to buy everything! About a week ago, I’d bought a ridiculously large bunch of kale, thinking that I would get through it pretty quickly. I love a good bit of kale pan-friend with olive oil, garlic and chilli; Kale is quite a bitter, fibrous leaf, so really goes need some cooking to make it a bit more palatable. However, I found myself at the end of the week with 3/4 of a bunch left and nothing to cook with it. Not until I discovered Donna Hay’s recipe in this month’s edition of donna hay magazine for oven-baked kale chips. Hooray!

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Brussel sprouts with bacon, garlic & chilli

sprouts with bacon garlic and chilli

Market ingredient: Brussel sprouts
Difficulty: Super easy
Deliciousness: Better than most people think
Did The Beard like it? The most nicely presented sprouts he’s ever had.

I’d always hated brussel sprouts. Growing up in a household with want-to-be experimental chefs as parents, the Brown kidlets were exposed to most cuisines and most foods. Fussiness  was not really tolerated (except for Skatman and his fear of cooked vegetables and Wee AB and her inability to even be in the same room as a spicy curry, let alone eat it). But brussel sprouts were loathed by one and all. The humble sprout got a pretty bad wrap, to be fair, considering we’d never actually tried them. Say the words “brussel sprout” to Mamma Brown and she screws up her nose, goes on a rant about the boiled-within-an-inch-of-their-lives sprouts she was forced to eat as a child and swears it’s a form of torture she would never bestow on her own children.

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