Seasonal Cooking | Late Winter

Lots of inspiration for dishes for cooking in Late Winter.

 

A special month is August here in the Southern Hemisphere, and February in the Northern Hemisphere, as we look forward to warmth again, beaches and BBQ’s. Still very cold with the odd day of teasingly wonderful warmer weather. Perhaps our longing for Spring overlooks the winter weather that still remains.

I love this time of year too.

Use the recipes below for inspiration for the late winter season. Enjoy! Continue reading “Seasonal Cooking | Late Winter”

Seasonal Cooking | Late Summer

February brings the Heat of Summer and extraordinary record breaking temperatures and then mellows into Autumn.

A special month is February here in the Southern Hemisphere, raging from the Heat of Summer and extraordinary record breaking temperatures into a mellowing and yellowing of light as the Pre-Autumn season begins.

I love this time of year too.

Use the recipes below for inspiration for the late summer seasons. Enjoy! Continue reading “Seasonal Cooking | Late Summer”

Seasonal Cooking | How to Cook and Eat in Spring


Time to revisit an old post.

Maintaining a balanced diet is the first casualty of a busy lifestyle. I often wonder what on earth we women did when we left the home and went out to work. (Please, no spam about this. I am ancient enough to have been a part of that movement and I will bore you to death with stories should you dare spam me about this. It was an exciting, exhilarating time for women. But now? We rock the cradle, clean the house AND run a business.)

It is especially difficult if you are vegetarian (and, like me, do not eat eggs). Sounds silly, doesn’t it? But, yes, still I struggle to eat my 5 veggies and 2 fruits a day. It is hilarious what I will call a veggie, just to make the numbers match. A bunch of parsley whizzed into a sauce? Add 1 veggie. A bunch of coriander magic’d into an Indian chutney? Add another veggie. You would think eating vegetarian would make it easier, but, well, a meal of rice and dal and maybe a veggie curry does not make the math. Continue reading “Seasonal Cooking | How to Cook and Eat in Spring”

Crispy Garlic | Crispy Sage

I use crispy garlic particularly a lot to top vegetables, soups and mashes. It adds texture, flavour and another dimension to dishes. Sage likewise.

Crispy Garlic. Crispy Sage.

I use crispy garlic particularly a lot to top vegetables, soups and mashes. It adds texture, flavour and another dimension to dishes. Sage likewise.

Truly it is quite easy. Heat about a Tblspn olive oil in a pan over medium heat, and then cook slivers of garlic for 30 seconds until golden.

Likewise for sage leaves. Heat a Tblspn of oil over a medium heat and fry the sage leaves for about 1 minute until crisp and translucent. They will splatter, so be careful.

Drain both on absorbent paper and scatter over your soup, mash or vegetables. Continue reading “Crispy Garlic | Crispy Sage”

Spicy Moroccan Carrot Dip

This is a dip from the North of Africa, delicious as part of tapas or a mezze plate. It can also be thinned slightly and used as a mash as part of a main meal. Wonderful as part of a vegetarian BBQ. Use as a dip with Turkish or Pita bread, even Olive bread.

North African Carrot Dip | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Dip | Vegetarian This is a dip from the North of Africa, delicious as part of tapas or a mezze plate. It can also be thinned slightly and used as a mash as part of a main meal. Wonderful as part of a vegetarian BBQ. Use as a dip with Turkish or Pita bread, even Olive bread.

This is a recipe that we have been making for a decade or more!

North African Carrot Dip | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Dip | Vegetarian Continue reading “Spicy Moroccan Carrot Dip”

Seasonal Cooking | Early Winter

What is in season where you are? Here it is slowly shedding the coat of Autumn and the chilly mornings and evenings are slipping in. The Greengrocer’s shelves are changing, fruit is disappearing, and winter vegetables arriving. What could you be cooking? Here are some suggestions for fruits and vegetables in season in early winter, from apples and pears to broccoli, pumpkin and parsnips — and much more.

Seasonal Cooking for Early Winter Fruit and Veg | A Life (Time) of Cooking

What is in season where you are? Here it is slowly shedding the coat of Autumn and the chilly mornings and evenings are slipping in.

The Greengrocer’s shelves are changing, fruit is disappearing, and winter vegetables arriving. What could you be cooking?

Here are some suggestions for fruits and vegetables in season in early winter, from apples and pears to broccoli, pumpkin and parsnips — and much more. Continue reading “Seasonal Cooking | Early Winter”

Monday Inspiration | Yoghurt Love

Yoghurt is such a healthy food, and easy to use. From adding to smoothies, over baked vegetables, into soups and curries to eating straight out of the carton while standing at the fridge, its uses are endless. Try some of these suggestions.

Monday Inspiration: Yoghurt | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Yoghurt Recipes | Vegetarian

Yoghurt is such a healthy food, and easy to use. From adding to smoothies, over baked vegetables, into soups and curries to eating straight out of the carton while standing at the fridge, its uses are endless. Try some of the suggestions below.

Thick thick yoghurt with passionfruit and honey

Continue reading “Monday Inspiration | Yoghurt Love”

Monday Inspiration | BBQ Bliss for Vegetarians.

What better way to begin a week than by being inspired for the last weeks of the school holidays to stoke up the BBQ and get cooking outside. Enjoy!

Monday Inspiration: Vegetarian Cooking in a BBQ | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Vegetarian Recipes What better way to begin a week than by being inspired for the last weeks of the school holidays to stoke up the BBQ and get cooking outside. Enjoy! I use a Weber Q covered BBQ. I have not requested nor received any endorsements for this post or any others.

The BBQ Series

Individual Recipes

A Hot Salad!

Hot Tomato Salad, from the BBQ

Continue reading “Monday Inspiration | BBQ Bliss for Vegetarians.”

Seasonal Cooking | Early WINTER

Winter North Adelaide

I tremble to think that some of our internet brothers and sisters are moving into winter. I tremble as I am so looking forward to the summer bliss and peace, the lightness that goes with summer.

But for my beautiful internet family in the Northern realms, here is this month’s inspiration for you.

Early Winter Cooking

Dips, Pastes and Sauces

Salsa Verde Recipe

Continue reading “Seasonal Cooking | Early WINTER”

Seasonal Cooking | Early Summer

And so to December, that crazy month in Australia, where all parts of one’s life become crazy-busy as everybody strives to get things done before people break for the seasonal holidays. It is moving slowly into Summer here and people generally take a long break – up to 4 weeks – holiday over later December and January. Businesses close up, it is hard to find a place for a good cup of coffee, and it becomes unbelievably quiet on the roads. That quietness after xmas is my fav time of year.

Eat Seasonally, Food for December | Early Summer and Early Winter | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Vegetarian

And so to December, that crazy month in Australia, where all parts of one’s life become crazy-busy as everybody strives to get things done before people break for the seasonal holidays. It is moving slowly into Summer here and people generally take a long break – up to 4 weeks – holiday over later December and January. Businesses close up, it is hard to find a place for a good cup of coffee, and it becomes unbelievably quiet on the roads.

I love this time of year.

Use the recipes below for inspiration for the summer climates – tomorrow we will focus on the winter climates at this time of year. Enjoy!

  • For Early Winter Recipes look here

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Early Summer Cooking

Breakfasts

Oven Dried Tomatoes

Continue reading “Seasonal Cooking | Early Summer”

Diet and Consciousness

It is wise to have a free mind, a clear, serene and relaxed attitude toward life before partaking of food. Ancient wisdom from India.

Diet and Consciousness | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Gurudeva |Hindu | Ayurveda

Searching through some old files this morning, I found this piece on diet and consciousness from my beloved Guru, Sivaya Subramunyaswami.

Diet and Consciousness | A Life (Time) of Cooking | Gurudeva |Hindu | Ayurveda

Diet and Consciousness

It is wise to have a free mind, a clear, serene and relaxed attitude toward life before partaking of food.

Continue reading “Diet and Consciousness”

Seasonal Cooking | Mid Spring and Mid Autumn

What a special month this is, quintessential October. No matter where you are it is a month of change. Today, a few more dishes to sparkle in your kitchen during the month to come.

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What a special month this is, quintessential October. No matter where you are it is a month of change. Today, a few more dishes to sparkle in your kitchen during the month to come.

Spring in October

  The Southern Hemisphere

Autumn/Fall in October

  The Northern Hemisphere


 

 

Seasonal Cooking | Early Spring and Early Autumn

Wondering what to cook next week, or the week after that? Get some Spring inspiration if you are in the Southern Realms, or Autumn inspiration if you are in the Northern Realms.

October

Welcome to Spring in the Southern Hemisphere and Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. As we slide more and more into Spring here in Adelaide – daylight saving will start soon! – I thought that I would inspire you with some dishes just fabulously suited for your seasons. Some gentle dishes with the promise of summer for those in Spring, and reminiscent of Summer but right for Autumn for those enjoying Fall. Enjoy!

Spring in October

Autumn/Fall in October

If you are in the cooler climes (although I hear the weather is till summerish in places), here are some dishes to warm your hearts.

Seasonal Cooking | Early Spring and Early Autumn

September is such a joy. The promise of Spring in one hemisphere and the cooling weather of Autumn in the other. Food is bi-seasonal — we are not yet ready to let the last season go but are making tentative forays into the food of the coming season.
Here are some suggestions from years past. Cook, play, love, eat and enjoy.

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September is such a joy. The promise of Spring in one hemisphere and the cooling weather of Autumn in the other. Food is bi-seasonal — we are not yet ready to let the last season go but are making tentative forays into the food of the coming season.

Here are some suggestions from years past. Cook, play, love, eat and enjoy.

Spring

September Southern Hemisphere

Albino Tea Cauliflower Soup Recipe Doodh Wale Allo Recipe Potato Spinach carrot sambal recipe Roast Beetroot Hot Olives Ghee Making

Parsnip and Carrot Mash Recipe Hot Masala Pane Di Prato Golden Saffron Tea

sambar Using Chickpea Flour: Pudla and Onion Rings Red Lentil Sundal Thai Lettuce Wraps



Autumn

September Northern Hemisphere

Pomegranate Salad Chickpea, Almond and Sesame Spread Simple Spaghetti Baked Strawberry Home Made Tomato Paste Recipe Two Potato Vindaloo Haloumi Pizza Spinach Tofu Napoleons

sambar sambar 2 sambar powders and pastes Spice Laden Kitchadi


 

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Seasonal Cooking | Early Winter and Early Summer

June of grey blue skies is a strange time of year, almost half way through the year, and a time people begin to reflect on what they wanted to achieve and how far they have come. It is a waning time of year, a time of reflection and winding down. In another 6 or 8 weeks that will begin to change. This year so far has had a swirly type of energy, a disruptive sort of energy, negating anything that tried to be smooth and steady, as though it was on edge. But now, now, come June, it is time to COOK!!

Adelaide Euro Colour in Winter

June of grey blue skies is a strange time of year, almost half way through the year, and a time people begin to reflect on what they wanted to achieve and how far they have come. It is a waning time of year, a time of reflection and winding down. In another 6 or 8 weeks that will begin to change. This year so far has had a swirly type of energy, a disruptive sort of energy, negating anything that tried to be smooth and steady, as though it was on edge. But now, now, come June, it is settling, smoothing, bedding down, ready for some short hibernation time.

For us in the Southern Hemisphere, the landscape is still fine, full of winter colours, winter flowers and the vestiges of autumn leaves.

Food creates connections, builds family and community, provides warmth and comfort. Never underestimate the power of a good meal.

Cooking in June in Previous Years

Some of the things I was cooking in the past few years at this time of year.


Soups

Red Lentil Soup

Dips, Sauces, Salsas and So Forth

Haydari

Dals

Dal Makhani

Vegetables Galore

Eggplant Fry

Desserts

Beetroot Halwa

The Pantry, Fridge and Freezer

Home Made Tomato Paste

Food for June if you are in the Northern Hemisphere

These things are some of the gorgeous dishes I was cooking in December in previous years, roughly equivalent to June in the Northern Hemisphere.


Breads

Focaccia

Dips, Sauces, Salsas, Soups and So Forth

Asparagus Pesto

Rice, Dals and Pasta

Pumpkin Risotto

Vegetables and Salads

Caramelised Roasted Pumpkin

Drinks

Gin and Tonic and Chilli

Desserts

Thick Thick Yoghurt