Taking the plunge: Dani Valent. Photo: Simon Schluter I run so I can eat but this time I ran so that others could eat a ...
What do you know about Andorra? This Pyrenean principality, wedged between France and Spain, is 500 square kilometres of ski-fields, hiking trails and swank duty-free shops. It's small but not quite as petite as Little Andorra, a Carlton North principality ruled by wine, welcome and a fondness for European obscurities of the drinkable kind.
Wobble, wobble. Wobble, wobble. That's not (just) my booty as I depart Boosa after a bountiful brunch. It's the compelling jiggle of the malabi, a pudding that sways like a tipsy sentinel above granola-strewn plains.
I’m thrilled to share an interview with leading US chef Grant Achatz. His Chicago restaurant Alinea is at the forefront of modern cuisine, largely because Grant never stops asking ‘why?’ He’s the ultimate culinary provocateur, questioning every aspect of dining. Why do we need to eat from plates? Why can’t food float? Can I make a stew that’s ice cold and boiling at the same time? His endless questing has led to some of the most mind-bending meals ever served.
It’s been so exciting and satisfying to share recipes, videos and behind-the-scenes access to chefs and, more than anything, to build a community of inspired Thermomix cooks. Thank you for your support and for welcoming me into your kitchens – my biggest thrill is hearing how much you enjoy the recipes and videos.
I look forward to cold weather for many reasons. I love winter clothes: pulling out my stockings, knits, scarves and layers is like reconnecting with old friends. I like the way that winter gives us permission to hibernate. Short days and icy weather make snuggling at home seem absolutely sensible. And, above all, I love winter food: succulent, warming, sticky and nourishing. As well as simple, slow-cooked comfort food, I also try to up my intake of leafy greens. Smoothies make that so easy.