Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Hot nights

Despite the risk of this blog becomming a food blog, rather than the craft blog originally intended, here is another food related post.

Oh, please don't groan and roll your eyes. It's just that right now there isn't much creating going on, at least of the textile kind. Lack of time, lack of energy and the distraction of settling our family back into a school routine are all leaving me with no craft. So, all my creative energies are being channelled into the kitchen. After all, we have to eat, right?

This is one of my favourtie throw-togethers for a hot night. The chicken breasts can be poached at any time of the day and then stored in the fridge. Just before serving (I serve it on a bed of rice which soaks up the yummy sauce) fry up the following:

A huge nob of ginger and four cloves of garlic, finally chopped. Heat up quite a bit of oil, a few tablespoons, in a saucepan and fry the garlic and ginger until almost crispy. Pour in several tablespoons of soy sauce and watch it sizzle.

Shred the chicken and arrange on a bed of rice, pour the steaming sauce on top and serve with coriander and chopped spring onions.

The combination of cold chicken and hot sauce seem to make this dish.

Last night I served this with a coleslaw-ey type dish with this Jamie Oliver dressing, which makes in not coleslaw-ey at all, just fresh and crunchy.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

The week that was.

What a tragic, tragic week. The Victorian Bushfires.

As we all come to grips with the tragedy of our Blackest Day, any words I can think of to express my grief seem so inadequate. It has occupied almost all of my thoughts this week. In my community (40 mins away) we all know people who have lost homes and some have lost friends. As the week has unfolded we have started to understand how this all happened. This was no ordinary bushfire, it is now being called a fire storm. Really it was a fire hurricane, totally unpredictable.

The stories told this week are so very tragic, too tragic, the toll too high.

It is amazing though to see outpouring of love and generosity from fellow Australians, organisations, the government, and even other nations. But it will be a very long time before the healing begins.

There are plenty of ways to help and reach out. Please reach out.

PS. We pray that these our CFA get a chance to break the back of these fires.