With special thanks to Auckland Seafood Festival, I am pleased to announce the winner for the double pass to next year’s festival over Auckland Anniversary weekend.
Drawn by Random.org, the winner is…
**drum roll please!**
The Koala enjoys cabbage boiled, I prefer it cooked quickly on high heat. We both eat cabbage either way. Sometimes, I tease The Koala about how white people smell like milk and cabbages. It’s not true. I love milk and cabbages just as much as the next girl, maybe even more than the next girl. We don’t smell like milk and cabbages (unless we’re immune to the smell).
Kale was fashionable in a big way, then came brussels sprouts. I think cauliflower tried to knuckle in (particularly with cauli rice and cauli crust pizza) but it’s time for the humble cabbage to make a comeback. Of all the brassicas, cabbage is the most affordable by weight. A dependable, good value vegetable. It’s time to get creative with cabbage.
I kept seeing grilled cabbages on Pinterest. To be more precise, cabbage wedges with a special dressing. I browse Pinterest quite a lot and grilled cabbage food porn kept popping up as different bloggers posted variations of the recipe.
It came with glowing reviews like:
“I don’t really like cabbage, but I fixed this recipe and couldn’t believe how good it was! We threw some burgers on the grill and our dinner was complete. I never thought I’d skip dessert because I was full from eating too much cabbage!”
“This is an incredibly delicious recipe.”
“I made this dish tonight and broiled it in the oven. It was really good. I had to use dried cilantro and it was really good. When I first tasted the sauce, it was really tart, but on the cabbage it was great. Served with seared ahi and rice. Everyone agreed it was a keeper. Thanks for the great recipe. We don’t normally eat cabbage.”
“I keep coming back to the this recipe. It’s one of my favourites for parties (scalable and cheap), and converts non-cabbage eaters into happy cabbage consumers.”
I was intrigued. I had to try it out this Pinterest superstar.
We have a small, hardworking lemon tree so I used lemon instead of lime but if you have access to limes, please go right ahead!
The Koala hates coriander (cilantro) so I omitted it from the dressing and used fresh thyme instead. This must be true love because I adore coriander.
Recipe adapted from The Kitchn recipe here.
Serves 6-8 as a side dish
Verdict? Good. Smoky, sweet, sour and savoury. We ate the whole cabbage between two people (spread over a couple of meals). Still good reheated for lunch the next day!
It’s BBQ season here in New Zealand and this would make a great side dish for any BBQ gathering. Just bring the cabbage wedges already cut up to throw on the grill and the dressing in a jar ready to drizzle on top once cooked. Your friends will think cabbages on the grill is weird until they have a taste. This dish would be suitable on the Christmas dinner table.
This post is part of Our Growing Edge, a monthly blogging event to encourage bloggers to try new food related things. Christine and Kath from Garden Eats are the hosts for this month’s event.
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Was duty free shopping an all-ages field trip in your family?
As a kid, I spent a lot of time at duty free stores. My uncle worked in duty free and we always had family or friends going to or coming back from Hong Kong.
My sister, cousin and I spent hours browsing the displays, snacking on beef jerky or kiwifruit lolly samples, and reviewing all the perfumes. We collected all the paper test strips in our teeny-tiny handbags to enjoy later. We never noted the names of the perfumes and of course, the strips marinaded together in our bags and smelled sickly sweet, but it kept us amused.
I have always been always drawn to gourmand fragrances. A gourmand fragrance has notes like candy/fruit, honey, chocolate or vanilla and are also known as foodie fragrances. Gourmand fragrances appeared in the early ‘90s and were descendants of Oriental fragrances which were made with exotic notes from the Middle East and India. There are gourmand fragrances for both women and men.
The earliest ones I remember owning were Escada’s tropical vacation limited edition perfumes. I had a few of them. If you liked one Escada summer perfume, you probably liked them all. They released a different version each summer with cute packaging and colourful bottles. The range shared fruity tropical notes like coconut, guava, mango, pineapple, watermelon, green apple cranberry, lychee, passionfruit, lime, banana, black currant, peach and pear. They were tropical and delicious.
The next sweet gourmand perfume I had was Fantasy by Britney Spears and Elizabeth Arden. I can’t say I am/was a huge fan of Britney, but her perfume was delicious. With quince, kiwifruit, lychee, white chocolate, cupcake notes, it was a delicious dessert.
10 years later, I still like gourmand perfumes, but I’m hoping to find one that doesn’t smell so young. I did a little research on fragrance notes and compiled a list of 20 gourmand scents and their top notes, middle notes and base notes. This list covers a range of brands from Yves Saint Laurent to Justin Bieber (yes, he has a perfume). I’ve even included a 3 men’s gourmand fragrances at the end of this list. This list does by no means represent all gourmand scents. It barely scratches the surface!
All of these scents can be found at Duty Free Stores and you can browse their entire range of fragrances here.
I’d love to know if you like gourmand fragrances and if you have any suggestions? I’m a sucker for a beautiful bottle but this doesn’t usually work out well for me.
This post was sponsored by Duty Free Stores but concept and pitch for article entirely my own. Notes on fragrances from Fragrantica.com, all images owned by their respective brands used here under the fair use act.
Yikes, 9 sleeps until Christmas!
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Danling Xiao and Sceroz Chan are responsible for this Christmas card for White Rabbit Gallery.
I love how they have used blue and red rather than the traditional green and red combo.
I particularly like the rabbit having a lie down next to the table. Both The Koala and I like to do this when we’ve eaten a bit too much, although The Koala prefers face down and I prefer face up.
Danling is a print designer working out of Sydney, Australia but she has roots in Hong Kong, while Sceroz Chan is based in Hong Kong. Together they are The Flying Room, an online design store full of fun and whimsy. Graphic designing/illustrating Chinese girls that like whimsical stuff? Where do I sign up?
A lady’s bag can be a scary place. Most guys I know wouldn’t dare look into a lady’s bag, preferring instead, to pass the bag to it’s owner for her to rummage through if he wants something from it.
My bag is a private space. I only let my closest friends poke through my bag and only with prior permission.
When I read about the “What’s In My Bag?” bloggers’ colab, my immediate thought was “Oh gawd, what IS in my bag?”. Funny enough, I have owned this bag for just over 24 hours. I haven’t had time to mess it up.
It appears that I kinda like the colour red. OK, fine, I might have an obsession with the colour red.
My $25 red canvas bag died a few weeks ago and on Thursday, I ordered a new bag from Oh My Bag.
Oh My Bag is a Christchurch-based online store that sells affordable leather bags in a carefully curated range of styles. They offer free shipping and are having a pre-Christmas sale: 20% off all stock. I couldn’t resist their Riot bag in red (also available in tan) at a bargain ($135.20NZ) so I treated myself to a Christmas present.
My bag arrived the very next morning! I was super stoked. It is a great design, the perfect size for carrying all my stuff and such a beautiful colour. If you remember my lengthy post on leather bags, you might remember I’m CRAZY about pockets. This bag has seven pockets: 2 outer slip pockets with magnetic closure, 1 large outer zip pocket and 4 pockets inside the main compartment (2 slip, 2 zip). I haven’t figured out what I’m allocating all these pockets to yet, but I love the challenge.
I took my bag out for a walk this morning and couldn’t resist taking a peek every time I walked past a reflective surface. Nothing makes a girl feel more girly than a new bag :)
I’m excited to share this collaboration with bloggers from #brunchclub, a member’s only Facebook group of New Zealand bloggers. Jessica from J&J blog came up with the idea where we all post the contents of our bags at the same time, so if you like being nosey about what other people keep in their bags, be sure to check the links to other bloggers participating below.
I hope you enjoyed this bit of handbag voyeurism!
Two months ago, The Honesty Box announced they would no longer be offering their home delivery service. The Honesty Box was my jams. We got their small fruit and vege box regularly, but they wanted to focus on their commercial service. Our little run was over. It was a little bit like, “It’s not you, it’s me”. Continue reading