twilight and shadow

In the kitchen I shall be

All the earliest authors are anonymous. A legendary name, an Orpheus or Taliesin, serves as a conjectural origin, a myth to shroud the namelessness of our culture’s beginnings. Although anonymity is still practiced, it is as a ruse to conceal Deep Throats, both investigative and pornographic. It is a choice, whereas for generations of writers so absolutely lost that no line, no title, no name survives, it is a destiny thrust upon them. They might write, and struggle, and edit, and polish, yet their frail papers dissipate, and all their endeavor is utterly erased.
- The Book of Lost Books (An Incomplete History of All the Great Books You'll Never Read) by Stuart Kelly

What a change from last may actually believe spring is here now. The sun is out and I am actually sitting in the office in just a t-shirt (okay, I'm wearing jeans and shoes as well so don't get too excited). The daylight hours are getting longer which means when we leave our early morning spin class (it finishes at 6:50am...don't ask when it starts or what time we get up to go to it) the sun is out which makes the whole process that little bit easier to bear.

That extra bit of daylight makes the evening feel longer too and cooking feels a little less like a chore. So what has been happening in our kitchen of late?

Baked tempeh with mixed stir-fried veges and sheese scones. Kinda random but we always have rice or pasta so I thought I'd mix it up a bit and I had some Sheese needing using up (I am addicted to the stuff!).

Kumara chips, stir-fried veges and some random tofu and vegetable chunk things that I found in the freezer section at the back of good old Lim Chhour. They are actually quite tasty but, well, were in need of some kind of sauce as we discovered.

I've eaten lots of curries before but I've never actually cooked one myself (I know, I can't believe it either). So here we have my very first green tofu curry. The green curry paste I used was pretty potent so there were lots of running noses but it was delicious and I can't believe it's taken me this long to make a curry! There will be more...

Homemade falafel with veges and hummus wrapped in a sundried tomato tortilla then baked in the oven. Quick, easy and very filling.

I thought I'd try my hand at baked kumara after so many good experiences at Raw Power. Mine was stuffed with corn, fried onion and sheese (surprise surprise!). It turned out really good. We had the kumaras with stir-fried mushrooms and capsicum and some random vegetarian patties I had found whilst browsing at Harvest Wholefoods and had forgotten I'd stowed away in the freezer.

I wanted spelt fruit muffins on Saturday but I was not in a position to leave the house to go get some so, well, I had to make some. Luckily I had spelt flour on hand…but no fruit. J went across the road in search of tinned pears but to no avail so we had to settle for tinned peaches. Didn’t quite work as well taste-wise but still good. So here we have Ginger and Peach spelt muffins adapted from this recipe at Vegan Yum Yum.

It made 6 BIG muffins (perfect for lazy breakfasts and quick lunches). I added some cinnamon, ginger and a mashed banana (‘cause there was one in our freezer that needed using before the big move…).

And nothing is complete without chocolate so I whipped up a batch of Celine’s Peanut Butter Cups. Amazingly easy and very delicious (although, do not eat these if you are feeling a bit sick and your stomach is not at its best as they are very rich…I tell you this from first-hand experience).