Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Cooking on the fly

Here in temporary accommodation, we have a kitchen and therefore want/need to cook. On the other hand, we don't want to buy a lot of spices and whatnot given that we will just have to move it all when we find a house. So I bought the basics and tonight I made something up with what little we had. We didn't have any cheese or spices beyond salt and pepper, but somehow dinner worked out well, so I thought I'd share.

olive oil (2-4 Tbsp)
salt and pepper to taste
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1/2 each red, yellow, green bell peppers, deseeded and chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
your favorite organic tomato sauce

Heat olive oil in pan until hot. Add chicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste as they cook in the oil. Cook until lightly browned. Remove chicken from pan.
Add a bit more olive oil. Lightly saute the garlic. Don't let it brown or the flavor will be compromised. Stir in the bell peppers. Lightly saute for a few minutes. Stir in tomato sauce. Stir in chicken. Let sauce simmer while you prepare the couscous. Sauce will be chunky and relatively thick.

Bring 1.5 cups of water to a boil. Stir in couscous and remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.

Spoon couscous into a bowl. Spoon sauce over top. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Stones Pizza

Still not cooking for ourselves much, but oh my have we discovered some yummy pizza! Stones Pizza in North Perth won the Bronze Medal 2008 at America's Plate World Pizza Competition in New York for their "Sweet Tina with Bacon" pizza. What does this mean to us? That we had to try it! Try it we did, and holy moly what a pizza! Without the bacon, it's vegetarian. In fact, most of Stones Pizza pizzas are vegetarian, and nearly all can be made gluten-free. The gluten-free option is readily available in most restaurants and prominent in grocery stores here, telling me it must be a fairly common allergy among Australians. But I digress. Pizza!

No recipe since we ordered in, but here's the topping list on a thin crust pizza:

Stone Pizza's "Sweet Tina with Bacon"
garlic butter
roasted sweet potato
caramelized shallots
fontina cheese

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Why oh why do I neglect this site? Are we not eating? Of course we are eating! Many good things that are worth sharing! But somehow I never get to updating this. Oh dear. The problem is two-fold:
1) I am a very good cook, but I am not very original. Grad school beat me over the head with citing every source for everything and not sharing copyrighted material online, so I still feel apprehensive about sharing recipes I use here on the blog.
2) I rarely think to photograph the food. I believe a good picture is an important part of the food blog, and no picture makes me think not to share.
What do you think? Do you want to see regular updates here to get ideas for good foods? Would you prefer wait for photos, even if that means irregular posting? Let me know and we'll get this going better!