Lemongrass Chai

Lemongrass grows freely in my garden, as it does in India, and it is used to add fragrance and that beautiful lemon flavour to salads, rice and S.E. Asian dishes. But in India its use in cooking is limited despite its availability. It features mainly in drinks and soups, such as this fragrant tomato soup.

Here it is used in a simple but elegant chai – a lemon grass bulb and an Indian tea bag or loose leaf tea. Jaggery or rock sugar is used to sweeten the tea, and it can be taken with or without milk. It is a wonderfully refreshing tea on a warm Summer afternoon or evening. I encourage you to try it.

Similar recipes include Fiona’s Beautiful Chai,Β  Tim’s Chai, and Tulsi and Mint Chai.

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My Favourite Grilled Asparagus | Simple Food is BACK!

Simple recipes are now the fashion, thank goodness. I grabbed Nigel Slater’s Greenfeast from the library just after it was released – I never buy a book these days without a good look at it first. I was surprised by the book, perhaps initially a little disappointed.

First of all, its dimensions are small for a cookbook, especially one that is to be used regularly in the kitchen. But it is also quite thick and bound in such a way that the book will not open flat. To cook from it I would need to put my heavy mortar on the edge of one page and the pestle on the edge of the other.

And then to the content – I was surprised at how everyday and simple the recipes are. My initial comment on social media was that it is a book to give Simple, by Ottolenghi, a run for its money. Few exotic ingredients, recipes that suit time-hungry but foodie professionals. Recipes without 6 or 7 or 8 different processes. But, well, also without excitement.

24 hours later I realised that the lack of excitement, the everydayness of the recipes is the genius of this book. It is a cookbook that thumbs its nose at all of the chefy cookbooks we have been drooling over for the past decade. It thumbs its nose at the hours we spent searching down new ingredients that in cities like Adelaide have not and never will make it into the mainstream. It thumbs its nose to those of us who like to think we know 1 or 2 things about food – but have forgotten how to cook simply.

Nigel’s recipes are always unapologetically British, but the first of the Greenfeast 2-Volume set focuses on stunning fresh-from-the-garden ingredients arranged with love on a plate to produce Summery yet nourishing dishes. It is a book that you want to cook through from start to finish for easy, satisfying, home cooked meals. Thanks Nigel.

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A Collection of 30 Salads for LATE SPRING

Late Spring can still be capricious – but warmer weather is beginning to settle in. The last but large flush of Spring flowers covers the garden. We need to begin regular watering.

Salads are definitely lighter. Fewer grains are used and fresh Spring produce dominates – Asparagus, Broad Beans, Pomelo, for example. Nuts and seeds garnish the wonderful dishes.

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LATE SPRING – Bring Indian Food to the Plate | Seasonal Cooking 2019

Get to know some more unusual dishes from India, perfect for the last hurrah of Spring.

Enjoy some snippets from ourΒ  Late Spring collection of Indian recipes. For our whole collection of recipes for Late Spring recipes, explore:

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LATE SPRING – Don’t Miss these Beautiful Spring Dishes | Seasonal Cooking

At last in Late Spring the sunshine and warm weather becomes more consistent. We feel like Summer is almost here. Enjoy these highlights from our Late Spring classic recipes.

Celebrating Spring

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LATE SPRING Salads, Dips and Spreads for Healthy and Delicious Eating | Seasonal Cooking

We rejoice in the warmer weather – it is almost Summer – and our thoughts turn increasingly to Salads and fresh, light dishes.

Enjoy some Salads, Dips and exciting Dressings just perfect for Late spring weather.

Celebrating Spring

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LATE SPRING Indian Deliciousness for a Spicy Feast | Seasonal Cooking

Inspiration for healthy Late Spring Living

As Summer teases with warmer weather, coats and jackets are put away and thoughts turn to spicy snacks, cooling drinks and lighter Indian dishes. Time to explore Indian Salads and Lassi Drinks.

Enjoy our Indian inspiration for Late spring weather.

Celebrating Spring

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LATE SPRING Goodies, Grains and Lentil Dishes, Pasta and Breads for Warm Weather | Seasonal Cooking

Inspiration for healthy Late Spring Living

Coats and jackets put away and anticipation is high for the weather to come. The weather is still capricious, but food becomes lighter, as though our body is shedding its layers too. Lentil and bean dishes are also less substantial, and still feature prominently.

Enjoy some Goodies, Grains and Lentils for Late Spring Weather.

Celebrating Spring

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Herby Freekeh Salad with Peas

Freekeh is a wonderful vehicle for herbs and tart dressings, and I have to say that I love herby salads. This one brings it all together for a wonderful Spring dish. With herbs and spring onions abundant in the garden, all that was needed was to cook the freekeh and defrost the peas.

Similar recipes include:Β Quinoa Salad with Orange and Pistachios, Cypriot Grain Salad, Green Beans with Freekeh, Walnuts and Tahini, and Delicious Chickpea Salad.

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Loquat Sweet Lassi | Indian Sweet Locquat Yoghurt Drink

It is loquat season as I write, and luckily our tree is laden down with fruit. Funny little things the fruit needs to be used straight off the tree, otherwise they bruise easily and can turn brown.

We make lassi with locquats, and they are delicious. Ice cold on a hot day, there is nothing better.

By the way, Loquats can also be spelt Locquats. Go figure.

Similar recipes include Black Grape Lassi, Mango Lassi, Sweet and Tangy Lassi, Strawberry Lassi, and Banana and Berry Lassi.

We have a range of sweet, fruit and salt lassi recipes for you to browse. Explore all of our Yoghurt recipes too. The Drinks recipes are here. Explore our Indian recipes and our Indian Essentials. Or be inspired by our Late Spring recipes.

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