Good Works and Good Times

 

With Humphrey B Bear, who is also an Ambassador for the Leukaemia Foundation

Welcome,
Thanks again to those of you who contact me directly. It is very touching. Also, I am always happy to answer any specific questions or requests you may have.

It has been quite a week. Last Sunday night I had 25 Blair Milan Memorial Fund winners and judges for dinner. Wow. This is the first time I have done it since before Covid and losing John. I hosted it at home and did all the cooking myself. Epic. As the scholarship is in its 13th year, this year, some of the winners did not know each other so it was wonderful to get them together. I see this as a way of expanding Blair’s legacy, by creating a supportive network which expands the benefits of winning the scholarship and endures even longer. They are now all recipients of “Good Times” badges, as Good Times was Blair’s sign off, cheerful person that he was.

The photo with Humphrey B Bear was taken at a breakfast I attended as an Ambassador for the Leukaemia Foundation where we also talked about the importance of The Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave to raise funds to help improve the lives of every person in Australia facing blood cancer and ultimately ensure no-one dies from blood cancer by 2035. He is also an Ambassador and perenially popular.

On Wednesday I was delighted to go to Admiralty House with my incredible friend Jonathon Welch AM (perhaps best known as the founder of the Choir of Hard Knocks and other community choirs though he is also a multi award winning singer, conductor, teacher, composer, director and recording artist) for an event Australians for Mental Health Country in Chorus. It was hosted by His Excellency the Hon. David Hurley, Governor-General of Australia and Mrs Hurley. Australians for Mental Health wants the government, business – and all of us – to start putting mental health and wellbeing at the centre of how we do things with new laws and policies in our workplaces and schools, in our families and neighbourhoods, and in our day-to-day lives. Jonathon was there as his Play It Forward organisation has partnered, promoting the immense benefits of singing with other people. He led us in singing “Lean on Me” before Mrs Hurley sang a song she had written for AFMH. Mental wellbeing is an increasing issue and important to address and what better way than joyful singing? Like any charity, we can all make a difference so look it up for more information.

My Puglia Tour is now full, but still an opportunity with Morocco if you are quick. See below.

As ever, keep up to date with me on Facebook and Instagram.  Please always feel free to email me with your requests or comments. 

Keep cooking and you’ll keep smiling– Lyndey x

 

L: Jonathon Welch,  His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and me

Recipes of the week

CORN CAKES WITH AUSSIE SPICED GUACAMOLE
A delightful combo with both corn and avocadoes in season
GET MY RECIPE HERE
HONEYED FIGS
Make the most of inexpensive seasonal figs with this simple dessert
GET MY RECIPE HERE

In the Kitchen with Lyndey

 

Learn How to Make the Perfect Omelette

Wok-tossed crab & mushroom omelette

Want to make the perfect omelette? Here’s one with a twist for Lunar New Year, Wok-tossed Crab & Mushroom Omelette. Click on the picture above to see how. Here is the written recipe.
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Happy Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year begins on Saturday, February 10 and runs until 24 February 2024. It is the Year of the Dragon (or Wood Dragon to be precise)  which is believed to embody power, strength, luck, and wisdom. The festive season goes by many names — depending on who’s celebrating eg the Chinese community and its diaspora refer to it as Chinese New Year while Koreans call it Seollal and Vietnamese, T?t. Some countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines also declare the day a public holiday.

Symbolism is key during this time where custom rituals, practices and activities are carried out to evoke the festive spirit and attract positive prospects for the new year. You can read more about it and get recipes in my blog on Lunar New Year
Seafood recipes from different Asian cultures are here.
Gourmet Traveller has assembled 24 dumpling recipes of the steamed, fried and soup variety
Australian Eggs have some appealing recipes here.

Invariably, wherever you are, there are Lunar New year festivities. Find out more about the Sydney Lunar Festival here.

To Drink

Palermo Amarino and Yalumba Y series Lighter Alcohol wines

I am a late convert to alcohol-free drinks and still need to be convinced about no alcohol wine as I haven’t found one I like. Mostly I used to just drink water or lemon, lime and bitters if I wasn’t drinking. However, I want to increase my alcohol-free days and find I am missing the ritual of having a drink. I am quite happy with alcohol-free beer to drink by the pool, or I have also found an alcohol-free negroni spritz. Both have the advantage of being in cans so safe in a pool area.

My favourite find though, is the Palermo Amarino Aperitif available from around $14 for 1 litre, so very affordable. Although it is French, for me it is a good non-alcoholic substitute for Italian-made Aperol, with a similar amaro-type bitterness. At Christmas we mixed it with non-alcoholic sparkling wine and mineral water for a non-alcohol Aperol-type spritz. It was a bit sweet from the sparkling wine so I added some lime juice and it worked well. However, now I am just enjoying it fairly strong, with lots of ice and tonic.

Wine, however, due to how it is made, is difficult to strip of alcohol while maintaining texture and flavour. I find many of them too sweet. Therefore I was pleased to sample a couple of wines from the Yalumba Y series – the Lighter Chardonnay 2023 and the Lighter Pinot Grigio 2023, both $16. These are two of the most popular wines from the minimal intervention, vegan Y Series, with the alcohol reduced to just 7%, almost half the usual strength. I was pleased to find them both drinkable though I preferred the chardonnay. So a viable option. Great when you are driving.
I’d be delighted to hear your recommendations too.

Things to Do and Cook

Green-tea soba with chicken and green miso  Photo: James Moffatt

In Australia – 
Broadsheet offers Where To Eat (and Drink) Right Now: Australia’s Best Openings in January
 – In Sydney – 
The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW has two events coming up (apart from The Sydney Royal Easter Show 22 March – 2 April) which are open to food lovers. I am emceeing the Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show Awards where we celebrate and taste the award winners.  6.30 – 9.30 15 February in The Stables at Sydney Showground. Tickets here. Also the prestigious President’s Medal Dinner held at the Easter Show on 27 March 5.45 – 10.30pm. This year emceed by judge Simon Marnie from ABC radio.  Tickets which include show entry here.

– To cook –
Gourmet Traveller shares Fresh and vibrant chicken salads for summer
Despite the weather I got my slow cooker out to make pulled pork for tacos for last Sunday night’s dinner which I mentioned above. Therefore, just as attracted to these Slow-braised Korean short ribs along with a quick pickle.
Emiko Davies had a book tour trip to Sydney (you may recall I wrote about it?) but you can follow her online. Here she shares Nasu Dengagku (miso eggplant), the Japanese dish I made to win over my husband
– Tip –
Handy converter when you are changing a recipe (especially if you didn’t have old school mental arithmetic drummed into you like I did), thanks to a heads up from Sophie Hansen Percentage calculator

Moroccan Culinary Tour



Amazing food at the beautiful Scorpion House

Join my next culinary tour to Morocco from Saturday 27 April – Wednesday 8 May 2024 organised with Carol Prior from By Prior Arrangement who has 40 years experience and peerless contacts there. I have a lovely group of people coming with me, couples, singles, mothers and daughters. The mix always works and some have travelled with me before which is wonderful.

Taking in the best Morocco has to offer, this authentic gastronomic experience will see you visiting ancient palaces and medinas and enjoying exclusive dining experiences.

We will travel from Rabat the capital, to spiritual Meknes and Fes, and then onto intoxicating Marrakech, the red city. On the way, we will explore the archaeological site of Volubilis, visit a Berber village in the Atlas Mountains and relax by the coast in tranquil Essaouira. Together, we will discover the delicacies of Moroccan and French food, dine in humble local eateries and upmarket restaurants, and experience the making and flavours of Moroccan dishes during cooking classes. Luxury accommodation is in charming, authentic riads.

Inclusions:

  • Personal hosting by me
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary: breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 11 dinners with ½ bottle of wine per person
  • Transportation throughout in luxury air-conditioned vehicles with professional experienced English-speaking driver, including related expenses and allowing for physical distancing
  • 4×4 pick up & drop off ton the day trip to a desert camp with optional camel riding.
  • Bottled mineral water and hand sanitiser in the vehicle daily
  • English-speaking local licensed guides in Rabat, Volubilis, Fes, Marrakech and Essaouira with all entrance fees included to the sites visited with the guides
  • Atlas excursion including mules and the specialist trek guide
  • 2 cooking classes
  • Local tourist taxes
  • Porterage
  • Restaurant tips
  • Drivers and guides gratuities
  • Bank transfer and currency fluctuation fees

Testimonial: 
“I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful trip you organised to Morocco with Lyndey!
I found everything absolutely wonderful.The group was amazing as we all had the same likes in life – food and wine and adventure!
Thanks again” Anne, September/October 2022

Cost $10,000 per person (twin share).
More information HERE, full itinerary HERE or email me or travel@bypriorarrangement.com with any questions.

L:Making bread in the souk and R: witmaking oarka pastry in the souk