Today I’m welcoming the first ever guest writer to The Urban Nest. Erica Murdoch and I have been friends for aeons, first meeting when we lived in Hong Kong over 20 years ago. Erica is a born and bred daughter of Melbourne, and was the main welcoming party when Mr.B and I first rocked up … Continue reading Interview: Hana Assafiri speaks to Erica Murdoch
For more than a decade I’ve been dreaming of the Chickpea Bake from Melbourne’s humble restaurant treasure, Moroccan Soup Bar. If you are in Melbourne, go there for the earthy, inclusive and unpretentious experience, packed with happy diners and chatter, and taste, first hand, the unforgettable flavours and intoxicating aromas. This modest establishment has been my favourite Melbourne … Continue reading Cooking the Books – Moroccan Soup Bar: Recipes of a Spoken Menu by Hana Assafiri
I have absolutely loads of cook books, many, I’m embarrassed to admit, I have never used. I am so easily seduced by the mood in the book shop, drool-worthy images, mouth-watering descriptions and the tactile feel of quality paper stock. I’m carried away by the lifestyle images and not really thinking about weeknight rushed cooking in my cramped … Continue reading Cooking the Books.
Australia is in the middle of an egg shortage, especially free-range eggs, with Melbourne and Sydney worst hit. It’s a major news story at the moment. This is worth a listen to hear different points of view http://ab.co/1Pi6stz. As I understand it, there are three reasons for the shortage: Increase in egg consumption is up by … Continue reading Which Comes First, the Chicken or the Egg?
I found this simple sounding salmon recipe on Pinterest and it immediately became a family favourite. Here’s a link to the original. Quick and easy, one-pan dinners are always top of my favourites list, and this one is totally do-able for a weeknight family meal, and impressive enough for a relaxed dinner when friends come round. It has all … Continue reading 7 Winter Days of Dinner – Sunday: Roast Salmon and Potatoes
Since we’ve become pretty much vegetarian (with the exception of fish), I’ve been looking at alternative sources of protein that are gluten free (for Miss E), low calorie (for Mr. B), and also won’t break the bank. Pulses tick all the boxes, so I’ve looked at lots of different ways of cooking them. I didn’t … Continue reading 7 Winter Days of Dinner – Saturday: Jamie’s Aubergine Daal