Easter Memories

By | bechamel, Casserole, Cod, Easter, Good Friday, Melbourne | No Comments

Here is a picture of the cod casserole my mother cooked  this Good Friday in Melbourne, my cousin Robyn took the photo and sent it to me. I wanted to dig right in.

Unfortunately I don’t make cod casserole anymore because my husband is allergic to fish. And no I can’t make it just for myself – salted cod, or stinky fish as we called it as kids, permeates the house when it is cooking and there is nowhere to escape it our apartment. So cod casserole is just a delicious memory for me. I order salt cod anytime I can in a restaurant, but somehow it never seems quite as delicious as I remember this casserole being.  The cod is mixed with a béchamel sauce spiced with paprika and, as you can see,  topped with bread and cheese, the best part.

In this closeup I see tomatoes in the sauce, I don’t remember them at all. My taste memory was all about the salty fish, spicy creamy sauce and crunchy cheese topping.

I like keeping the tradition of eating a dish or food on a certain day, this makes both the food and day special. For me Easter is not about lamb or chocolate, but cod casserole and hot cross buns.

Silence is golden

By | computer, lemon blossom, Melbourne, paradise, Social Network, Toronto, Winter | 3 Comments

Perhaps it is finishing a manuscript or seeing the movie Social Network, but I just needed to unhook myself from the noise of endless information that keeps coming in my direction. So I have stayed off my computer, giving myself time to smell the roses, or in my case, lemon blossom.
My lemon tree is covered in fragrant flowers and has four lemons. We’ve used one and the very green third one is hidden behind leaves. This little tree pales in comparison to my mother’s giant specimen that produces, tens of lemons non stop. However, her tree grows in a Melbourne garden while mine survives in the citrus unfriendly environment of Toronto. My tree spends the short summer outdoors and then moves around our apartment during the rest of the year.

Presently it is in my office where I am not working but reading. I sit in the sun and breathe deeply so I can almost imagine myself in a paradise where I don’t need a computer, or a winter coat and boots.   

Here and gone?

By | Australia, Melbourne, Oddbits, summer, Vegetarian, Winter | One Comment

A photo of what I’ve been eating. No I haven’ turned vegetarian it’s just the salads look prettier than the grilled sausages.

This is hello and goodbye. The manuscript for my next book  ODDBITS went to the publisher this week and I leave for Australia on Saturday. I hope to post from down under and describe what I discover and even make use of my twitter account so watch this space. And anyone complaining about this hot humid summer remember that winter is just around the corner. Enjoy sweating while you can I’m off with my winter coat, long underwear and gloves to wintery Melbourne.
Au revoir et bientôt.