I love dropping into ABC Radio Melbourne to chat about food with Clare Bowditch and her lovely talkback audience. This time we discussed soup, a very important topic as winter starts to grip. As part of my diligent research I even got a terrible cold just to check if soup really does cure winter’s ills. And guess what – it does!
I’m so excited to announce the launch date for my new website is June 9 – woohoo! I can’t wait to share it with you. Dani Valent Cooking is a mixture of my dishes, including some from my In the Mix cookbooks, plus videos with some of my favourite Thermomix cooks and chefs. There’s homely stuff, cheffy stuff and everything in between.
I love cooking. I enjoy chopping vegetables into neat dice. I’m partial to meditative stirring with a favourite wooden spoon. I don’t even mind washing pots, so long as I have a sink full of nice, hot, soapy water. I’m definitely not a gadget person. And I really, really love my Thermomix.
We all know there’s a lot we could and should be doing to be more sustainable eaters, but it’s hard to know what really makes a difference and it can be overwhelming to sift through the flood of information. Let’s not be hamstrung.
Recipe club is go! We ate Turkish bread, pistachio duke and last year’s green olives from our tree. This year I’ve been part of a recipe club and I am loving it. Every two months, we meet at someone’s house for a bring-a-plate foodie fiesta. There are eight of us – plus or minus a couple each time, life being the busy, unwieldy beast that it is. Each night is themed: we’ve done Peruvian, Sicilian, Explosion, Curvy and last night was Turkish at my place. We eat, drink, talk and share recipes.