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Favourite Cupboard!

Finally a picture of my favorite cupboard- i think it's Art Deco. It actually has a built in thing for sifting flour. I like to fill it with flowery tea-cups and lots of vintage cookware. Sometimes when I cook i turn on the computer and listen to the Bob Dylan hour. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/dylan/

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Matcha Muffins and Mole Poblano.

Yesterday the day started well.I spent the morning at home organizing my kitchen.I cleaned my vintage cupboard so it could have its photo taken for this blog and I completely cleared my stainless steel work surfaces so I would be ready for some serious cooking. I was planning on making Mole Poblano and Matcha Green Tea muffins. The biggest mistake I made was going out. Working with food I rarely wear makeup- the heat usually melts it to my face or the mascara sticks my eyes together. Cooking is not a glamorous job! Yesterday I decided even though I was only walking up Ashley road to get chili and garlic I would put on a little makeup. What a mistake that was.A day later I am still wearing the makeup and my face is completely purple on one side. My finger is swollen and both my knees are bruised. All this because I fell over and landed on my face. It wasn't too bad- the purple spots on the pavement that I originally thought were blood were in fact my squashed blackberries. People helped me up and put me on a bench. A couple of minutes later I hobbled home. At home I covered my face with an ice pack. I drank hot tea with sugar for the shock or maybe because they do it on T.V. Then I slathered the pavement burn on my face with aloe vera.This must be proof that getting older is no fun. The last time I fell over was fifteen years ago.I was drinking gin martinis with Frank Murphy in a bar in Toronto. After three or four martinis I fainted. As was the custom,I was not allowed to leave the bar until an ambulance attendant had checked me over. A light was shone in my eyes, they asked me my name, my age, and who the prime minister was. Once I had answered the questions correctly I was free to go. Murphy and I went to another bar and drank more. I didn't have any bruises on me and the next morning i didn't even have a hang over. How things change.This morning I ate the squashed blackberries for breakfast.My face is even more purple and my finger is bigger than it was. Now my friend Laura is going to get me some chili and garlic from Ashley road and I am determined to make the Matcha Muffins and the Mole Poblano today instead.

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Thai Green Curry

This recipe uses Inuina Thai Taste Curry paste available from Waitrose for £2.16. Unlike a lot of other curry pastes it doesn't contain fish sauce.If you are not veggie and you have fish sauce at home you can add about about a teaspoon to the curry for added seasoning and a more authentic taste. 1 pepper red or yellow cut into strips or cubes. half an aubergine cut into 1-inch cubes 10 small mushrooms cut in half 250 gr of tofu cut into inch cubes 400 ml of tinned coconut milk4-6tbs spoons of Inuia Thai Taste Green Curry Paste 1 pack of beansproutsWashed spinach 2tbs of chopped coriander to garnish Place aubergine in a pan with 250 ml water and cook in the water until soft about 7 minutes.Drain and set aside.Cook tofu in a non stick pan with a tbs of oil- set aside Put peppers in non stick pan and cook until skins are slightly browned add mushrooms and stir fry for a couple of secondsEmpty tinned coconut milk into a jug and add the curry paste.Mix together with a fork add to the pan with the peppers and mushrooms. Next add the drained aubergine and the tofu along along with a couple of handfuls of bean sprouts and a handful of washed spinach.Cook on low for about6 minutes.Before serving top with chopped coriander.Serve in a bowl with rice or noodles.

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Detox

The local supermarkets have marked down the last of the mince pies and Christmas foods. At Waitrose Chocolate Santa Claus, and mince pies have been replaced with detox teas and tissues. No wonder nobody likes January!I have been at work the last two days. It is hard to know what to feed people in this Arctic chill. This is the time of year everybody decides to save money and pack their own lunch.Specials at Cafe Boscanova this week are Curried Lentil and Apricot soup. It's good for you - warming and gorgeous. It is also meat free, wheat free, and dairy free,so it fits in well with a lot of those detox diets. For under a fiver we also have a Thai Green Veggie Chili. Made with aubergines,red peppers,spinach,and tofu. The recipe will be published here very soon. I have dedicated this recipe to Jamie my downstairs kitchen companion and Oli one of the Cafe's veggie waitresses. I am hoping they both try making it at home.Raven my daughter pictured below baked her own lunch-box cookies this week- we got the recipe from the spelt flour package and we love it. They contain no white sugar they are nice and chewy and no packaging to throw in the bin.

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