Thu 4 Aug 2011
Picking up baby Mélanger from her first day of child care, a carer gave me a run down of how she managed (without me!) during the day. At the end she remarked, “She is quite an inquisitive baby.”
All babies are inquisitive, I am sure, as they have so much to learn about the world. But baby Mélanger’s daily discoveries reminded me of my own curiosity in life.
For some time now, I have been nagging myself to explore a selection of never-before-been-used ingredients, test out new taste combinations, and experiment with different recipe techniques and methods.
In particular, inspired by Asian flavours.
Sure, I can soak up some detail in a well thumbed food magazine, flick through a cookbook, or read up on some great food blogs as a substitute. But for me, there is nothing quite like trying something yourself.
Besides, you get to eat the goodies at the end!
So for this month, I hope you enjoy my Asian inspired assortment. For many of you, the flavours and style will be very familiar – I would love your feedback if that is the case – but if you are like me, hopefully you will also discover something new!