Buckwheat and Chia Pastry

Buckwheat and Chia Pastry

I’ve had a hankering for comfort food again. Comfort food to me is largely about chicken pie. It’s chicken pie because it’s what we used to pick up from the bakery after ego schooling netball games on chilblain cold Saturday mornings.  It’s chicken pie because it’s duvet food. Not because you want to eat it in bed (crumbs etc), but because it comes with its own double duvet. First there’s the creamy blanket of the sauce. These days I tend to go with a slow carb emulsion of either a chickpea flour bechamel, or a silky puree of white beans, dijon and milk. And then there’s the pastry. The crisp, …

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What do you do with your used coffee grounds? Do they go into the compost? Into the garden to help repel slugs? Do you use them to cut through the grease in your sink after making curry? (True story- they excel as a cleaning helper).

I’ve been thinking about this a bit at the moment. Partly, because we go through a lot of them. And partly because I’ve taken on a fun gig, with the truly novel title of ‘Coffee Curator’ for this year’s TEDxSydney Conference at the Sydney Opera House. If there’s anything better than combining the TED talks format, with a location as iconic as the Opera House, with …

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There are lots of sly jokes about what people want for Mother’s Day. Most of them don’t involve an electric foot bath, limp bunch of gerberas or a scented candle.

This was one of my favourites.

 It captures it all. 

I’d possibly accent it with; put me on an plane with a gin and tonic in my hand, fly me anywhere (but preferably somewhere grand), let me wear silk and not worry about sticky fingers, let me carry a bag that isn’t littered with rogue teaspoons chubby hands have shoplifted from babycino expeditions in the base, let me order a coffee without a babycino on the side for heaven’s sake (I half swallow …