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Aug 15, 2014 / 5 notes

Autumn food, I’m coming for you.

Aug 12, 2014

Lime yogurt cake with blackcurrant curd icing. Based on Smitten Kitchen’s recipe.

1 cup full fat yogurt
1/3 cup vegetable/light olive oil
1 cup sugar
zest of two limes
1/4 cup lime juice
2 eggs
1 2/3 cups plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 175 degrees C. Grease a 9 inch round cake tin (springform is preferable).

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, oil, sugar, lime zest and juice. Add the eggs one by one, whisking well after each addition. Sift flour, baking powder, bicarb of soda and salt together into the mixture. Fold together with a spoon until just combined.

Pour the batter into the cake tin and bake for 35 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

I put blackcurrant curd on top. You could vary this by adding lemon/grapefruit/orange instead of lime, rum instead of the lime juice…. as long as the basic proportions are the same! And you’ll still end up with only one bowl to wash up.

Aug 6, 2014 / 1 note

Little brother sent me a parcel of edible goodies from Tokyo. Result: miso soba noodle soup topped with seaweed, bonito fish flakes, tofu, sesame oil & seeds, and crispy onion.

I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that—I don’t mind people being happy—but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It’s a really odd thing that we’re now seeing people saying “write down three things that made you happy today before you go to sleep” and “cheer up” and “happiness is out birthright” and so on. We’re kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position. It’s rubbish. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfilment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don’t teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say, “Quick! Move on! Cheer up!” I’d like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word “happiness” and to replace it with the word “wholeness.” Ask yourself, “Is this contributing to my wholeness?” and if you’re having a bad day, it is.
The Good LifeHugh Mackay
Jun 4, 2014
Jan 19, 2014 / 1 note
Jan 11, 2014

Pulp Fiction re-told via 8-bit video game technology.

via the Curious Brain 

Alphonso mango and lime
Jan 10, 2014 / 1 note

Alphonso mango and lime

Jan 8, 2014 / 1 note
Jan 6, 2014

Slow-motion espresso extraction: mesmerising. From Spyhouse Coffee in Minneapolis.

New(ish) bike.
Dec 5, 2013 / 9 notes

New(ish) bike.