So here goes …
A GORGEOUS (I know I use that word a lot, but that’s because it is truly applicable!), cashew nut curry. This might be a new idea to you but if you like coconut and mild curries, you will love this. The nuts are cooked until tender and the flavour though delicate, is also rich thanks to the coconut. A winner. Serve it over rice with a spoonful of tamarind chutney and you’ll be pretty happy.
There a good blurb to read on coconut as well. It’s easy to make your own coconut milk from desiccated coconut, and way cheaper if you do so, and you will just get coconut milk, no additives. Read all about it and what to watch out for.
And the tamarind chutney is a super tangy little number made with tamarind – read how to prepare it – and dates. A cracker! Tamarind Chutney
I love barley. It reminds me of my mum. She used to keep a big soup pot chugging away throughout winter, and the smell of it as it cooked with a big pot of vegetables used to induce hunger every time. There’s a lot you can do with barley. I’ve made a gratin with cavolo nero topped with tomatoes which get a little crusty on top. Pretty good mid-week dinner I think, served with a salad and some broccoli or whatnot.
Have you ever used black barley before? Or do you know the difference between black barley and pearled barley? I’ve got heaps of tips and ideas here, so have a read when you have a minute with a cuppa, or sneak a look while at work! (If you get caught, blame it on me!)
Finally, news about our poetry event on Waiheke. Along with a few other poets we are putting on the Love Jam 2018. Yep, we ran it last year, but this year it is bigger and dare I say, going to be even better. We hold the event Saturday 25th August at the Waiheke Library, Oneroa. Performers include poets Michelle Chote, Kathy Voyles and Julie Biuso (guess that’s me!), along with last year’s Love Jam poetry winner, Brent Simpson, and the runners-up and winners of the Love Jam 2018 poetry competition will also read their poems. Words will be interspersed with original songs and music by Tommy Pickett, The Domestics, Jaimie Stone, Nikki Ngatai, Half A Beard, Gabriel, The Electric Bananas & Katy Soljak. I’m doing the food and Coopers Creek are supplying the wines. You don’t have to be a Waihitian to attend – just have a love for words and music. We (the Love Jam crew) all work on a volunteer basis, and we do it because we want to encourage the arts on Waiheke, and to give the written word and music a platform on which to flourish. Check out poetry events around New Zealand www.poetryday.co.nz to see if there is something amazing happening in your locale to coincide with National Poetry Day 24th August (our event is held the day after, 25th Agust).
Over and out. Get cooking that cashew nut curry!