• Curried Butternut Squash Soup by Ellie Krieger
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    Curried Butternut Squash Soup by Ellie Krieger

    It was not long ago when I first made this soup. If you follow me on facebook you would recall a status update that read something like “ARGH!!!” I had the hardest time peeling the skin off the butternut squash. I used almost every sharp utensil in the kitchen to skin the bastard and I barely scratched the surface. I even beckoned Pizzaboy for help. We stood at the kitchen bench for almost an hour trying to cut away the tough outer layer and chop the flesh. Although the soup tasted very nice – albeit thin because i had cut quite a bit of flesh away with the skin and ended up with less than what the recipe called for – I declared I would never do it again. I told my…

  • Chocolate Pear Pudding by Nigella Lawson
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    Chocolate Pear Pudding by Nigella Lawson

    I love corner shops, they have always been there for me. I could always count on them to have enough lollies, chips and ice cream to make me grin like a spoilt child. They were perfect for the after school snack of pies and sausage rolls in my teenage years. They were the place to get the newspaper and magazine for the bus/train ride to work as a young adult. I also love the corner shop because whenever I have a craving and want to make something simple and quick… I can simply duck over to the little shop around the corner. No need to start the engine of the car. No need to dress nicely. Sure its much more expensive, but the convenience is far more important when you just want a…

  • Banh Mi Thit – Vietnamese Pork Rolls – Miniature version
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    Banh Mi Thit – Vietnamese Pork Rolls – Miniature version

    I grew up in a small suburb in Sydney called Cabramatta. It is a thriving, family-oriented Vietnamese metropolis. Taking a stroll through the shopping centre can be best described as, “a cleaned up version of Saigon.” The streets are lined with bakeries, sweet shops, tiny restaurants, grocery shops and many other places touting to make the best vietnamese products outside of the motherland. When I was in primary school mum use to walk my sisters and I home almost everyday. There were two different routes that we could take. One was a quick walk through suburban streets and the other was a longer walk through the shopping centre. I always secretly hoped that we would walk…

  • Homemade Udon Noodles by Harumi Kurihara
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    Regret. There is a popular saying that goes, “Live your life with no regrets.” This saying does not ring true to me. I am not a perfect person. I have made mistakes that I wish I could undo. For example: * I started to learn how to drive in high school over 10 years ago, but I never went for my P’s. I am now a sardine in the can that we call Cityrail. I went to get my L’s again a year ago but I still have not had one driving lesson since. * My ability to save money did not start until a few years ago. I wish I had started earlier, my bounty would have been a lot more voluptuous today. However, that Alannah Hill dress that I bought many years ago and still have not…

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