Food, glorious food! La, lalala, custard! Food, glorious food! Something, ya dada, mustard!
I keep thinking of things to add to the litany of my areas of excellence as devised in this earlier blog post. Something I left off the list was my particular talent for remembering song lyrics. Mind like a steal trap, people.
Anyway loyal readers, I write to you this afternoon from an undisclosed location, deep in the hills, where I have retreated to my bunker with a stockpile of hoarded tinned goods and bottled water*. The apocalyptic weather has everybody panicking. Rain, wind, tornadoes! The end of the world is surely nigh. What's a girl to do in this weather but comfort cook and eat for Australia?
Despite all of my personal deficiencies, my friends, it is true that when the planets are aligned and the spirit (or a spirit as the case may be) moves me, I can achieve greatness.
Yesterday, I felt the spirit of Peg Bundy, my erstwhile Muse, leave my body, to be replaced by none other than the spirit of infamous cookery sexpot Nigella Lawson. I could tell it was her because I developed a sort of Nigella induced Tourettes condition. I was overcome with the urge to shout out random things like 'unctuous!' and 'luscious!' and 'full fat, added salt, midnight snack, motherfuckers!' in between barking like a dog and licking food suggestively off my fingers and tossing my chestnut main like a spirited filly.
I'm sure you will agree the likeness is quite striking.
I got my longsuffering husband M to take these pics while I was getting all Nigella on everyone's arses. I'm not sure that he's really caught the "Slapdash Mama" vision just yet but full marks to him for indulging me.
So, the reason I've got that food song in my head, and even taking into consideration my ambivalence (tending towards downright hostility) to Australia Day jingoism, is that I do enjoy any chance I get to make (and eat) seasonally appropriate foodstuffs.
So, dear reader, I made lamingtons. This was no mean feat because it involves making a SPONGE CAKE which I actually hadn't ever done before. Even though I was channelling Nigella, I actually used a Stephanie Alexander recipe. But I reckon Nigella would be down with that shizz because she's always
stealing borrowing other people's recipes anyway. And I've got this kind of weird idea that celebrities are all friends, constantly dropping into each other's houses and chewing the fat over a few spritzers and a bowl of chips, so I'm sure they know each other and are totes bffs.
|The aforementioned lamingtons. VERY NICE thank you very much. A feather-light sponge soaked in the requisite amount of chocolate icing, then rolled in the perfect amount of coconut. I think even a rusted on CWA member would have liked these babies.|
And then, just for good measure, I rustled up a bit of balsamic vinegar marinaded butterflied lamb for dinner.
|It was good. Very good. Nigella, you know your stuff.|
Look, don't be jealous, not everyone can be as talented as I am. Women want to be me, men want to be with me. And eat my lamb. What can I say?
Are you possessed by any spirits? Like making seasonal treats? Have you caught my vision? If so, please return it at once!
Don't get washed away fellow Queenslanders.
*I may or may not actually be lying about this.
EDITED TO ADD: I just reached 10000 views! Exciting. Also am linking up with Alicia from One Mother Hen's Open Slather! Still haven't worked out buttons. Urgh.