Salt of the Earth

Just read a post on Post Punk Kitchen about salt.

Since I’ve been discovering new spices and cooking methods, I found this really interesting. I’d never heard of black salt before, and I now have a new desire to get me some truffle salt.

But they didn’t mention two of my favourites, Celtic Sea Salt, and Murray River Pink Salt. The Celtic salt is a supremely unattractive colour, but a superb flavour. My friend Kate introduced me to this, and forever after it’s been referred to as Kate Salt.

And the Murray River Salt? The flavour is good, almost a cross between the Celtic and Maldon, with the structure of Maldon (which is very cute, and fun to play with). And, it’s pink. What’s not to love?

Save the Date!

Saturday the 29th of November is Inigo’s first birthday.

Which is amazing. We’re within weeks of celebrating the end of the most intense, terrifying and amazing year of our lives.

So we’ll be celebrating two things. Inigo’s birthday, and our survival.

We’re going to be having a little party at Pearl Beach, and we’d love you to come. Invitations are still in the works, but consider yourself warned 🙂

Trial Run

Today, I am taking the kid up to Pearl Beach, and we’re going to spend the afternoon preparing an Indian feast for a late Fathers Day. Dad was still in Vietnam for Fathers Day this year, so we’re celebrating tomorrow instead.

Mum is going to help me make some of the dishes from my cooking class, and yesterday Emily helped me shop for black cardamon, nigella seeds, and a masala dabba. I went to Himalaya Spices in Harris Park, which was soooo much friendlier than the shop next door.

We’re making

Cauliflower Pakora
Dahl Makhani
Palak Paneer
Malai kofta – this is hard, apparently making this properly qualifies you for marriage!
Laccha pyaaz
Mint Chutney – which I made last night, YUM!

Ummm.. Apparently I forgot to post this earlier, and I forgot to take pics of the results.

The pakoras were the best yet, but the dahl needed a little salt to make it perfect. The palak paneer was good, the malai koftas were a hit (which is a relief, as I can’t give up marriage at this late stage).

The laccha pyaaz and mint chutney were superb. I think the laccha pyaaz and the dahl were my faves.

Happy Fathers Day Dad!

Kath & Kim

Does it translate?

Click here for a link to the US iTunes store – it’s a free download for a limited time. You’ll need an account on the US store, for which you’ll need a US address (I just made one up).

I haven’t downloaded this (last month I killed our internet connection by downloading too much), and the reviews I have read have been dire. But I’m still really curious to see how the septics butchered this.