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January 26, 2009


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How could I have forgotten?? Happy Australia Day to you! And I'm just thrilled that I'll now be able to try out dukkah, after reading about it in so many places.

For some reason, I'm unable to view your 2nd and 3rd photos--so wanted to see that okra!


Ah, Ricki, love, no okra there, as yet. I wonder why they're not showing up? Hmm...shall have a poke around Typepad. Thanks - Straya Day is shaping up well so far. Am surrounded by BBQ's on all sides of garden; the Airforce have been showing off loudly in the sky overhead and an Australian girl is doing very well in the tennis. All in all, quite noice. Happiness to you, too!


Lovely, lovely tomato photo Lucy. I think you should add that one to your Redbubble account . . .

My tomatoes are turning into fizzers. A handful of tomatoes, but not the daily handfuls of which you and others speak. I'm hopeful the new house will have better soil (when we find it). And okra - oh heavens I am beyond jealous about that. It rivals beetroot in my affections. Just something about that gooey, oozey texture. I can't wait to hear about what you do with it.


And "Straya" really is the new way to say the word isn't it!

another outspoken female

Journeyed through the city to ACCA (fantastic installation "Water Well" it was so fun, pure whimsy and even better got to lie down on a swinging bed to admire one of the pieces - now that's my ideal way of viewing art!)...bloody thousands of people with flags, or wearing them..teaming past the arts centre.

Fortunately there is no Cronulla in this city.

All this nationalism gives me the shivers.

Yup this weather throws us off our stride. An inner barometer needs to be set on a steady course to enjoy cooking. It will return once more (but perhaps not this week if the "hottest week in 100 years" prediction comes true.


Brilliant to roll those tiny quail eggs in that aromatic powder! As adorable as they are, they need a bit of pizzazz.

And wait 'til you see the fantastic flowers okra produces: trumpets of deep purple and delicate yellow as fragile as dragonfly wings.


Smoked almonds, you say? I've never heard of such a thing. Shall keep a look out from now on though. This sounds wonderful. I do love a fried egg. :)


Lucy the site's even more beautiful than I remember! Can't believe how much time has passed. Anyway, just wanted to say I hope you're happy and well. I do miss blogging and hope I can get back to it soon. (I have a little Lucy of my own now, by the way! She's 7 months.)


Smoked almonds in dukkah is genius - and your advice of only making small amounts is very wise - I have a tin of it that gets sadly neglected!

Australia Day sort of passed us by but I think the heatwave over the next week will truly test the garden (am hoping those forecasters have got it terribly wrong)


I wonder why your toms aren't so happy? They looked good when I saw them at Xmas...at the risk of sounding like my mother, whose words I know these are, when you hear someone on the ABC pronouncing Australia as Straya (as I did 'tother day) it's a lazy, slippery slope. So Straya it is, darls - glad you concur! AND, I am not surprised one bit, nuh-uh, that you love okra. A blossom opened out this morning - beautiful.

I used to work near Cronulla. It's a particularly, how do I say this, um, bland sort of multi cultural mix down there. Shivers down my spine, too. However I do like saying Straya. As often as possible. Barometer going haywire...ack, this heat...will we survive it?

Lordy woman, you are so right about those blooms. As I left the house this morning, what should greet me? Just such a blossom - butter yellow and as delicate as can be. I think it's the most gorgeous thing I've ever grown. You've converted me, you know. Will you please stop posting such glorious images of okra-related deliciousness on flickr!!??

Yep, smoked. I wish it were smoked as in they sat upon a smoky fire and smoked...instead, methinks it's all in the salty powder that coats 'em. Which is delicious and no doubt TERRIBLE. Still. Do I care? Not a jolt. Wish I could send you some.

Hooray! Lord. How I've missed you. Thrilled about your Lucy (such a fine name - he he) and I suspected that the arrival of a delightful small person may have stopped your blogging. You're too kind. (But thanks!) Come back soon, please?

Happy belated Straya Day to youse both! (And to Zinc, of course). Am wilting pathetically as I type. Wouldn't it be grand if they did get it wrong? Poor old Adelaide's worse than us. Small amounts of dukkah really do make so much more sense, don't they? Have you seen that Gayler book? Worth a squiz, darls. Keep cool...


Your cooking sounds pretty inspired to me! Happy Australia Day.


That's great, Straya Day? Figured it out, a little slow out of the gates. Here's to happy okra plants, cool sheets (isn't that the second photo?) and more deliciousness!!


I've been shooting the sheets the last couple of weeks too, thinking I've totally lost my wits and now I realize that's not true at all. I'm in exceptional company instead. We're still in flannel over here. I do hope it's cooling off for you. I've not heard of Australia Day before but send my best wishes that it was a good one. I can tell it was tasty!


oh man it has been hot, with this weeks spell of temperatures in the 40's its been hard to do any cooking at all. But the dukkah looks awesome, be nice to eat with some nice crusty bread and good olive oil.


Oh, want some of the Red peppers stuffed with brown rice, chickpeas, caramelised onions, now!

You may have some of our drab dreich weather if you like? I could package some up, it is ever present :(


Cookbook pedant but not keeping up with the blog reading pedant here - it was Roden in Tamarind & Saffron on dukkah in Australia, and it wasn't her discovery of it here, it was that the dukkah she found everywhere here was based on her mother's.


Zoe - brilliant. I knew someone would know. I got rid of that one during the last move, I'm afraid (hadn't ever used it), and searched her others for the section with no luck. Shall update as time permits.

I find her so useful - The Book of Jewish Food has been particulary helpful 'round here. It's helped me to understand, via the only common thread, food, some of the traditions my stepsons and their family have.

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