My new cookbook was officially released yesterday and I would have loved to have posted about it then and celebrated with you all here but alas………..my blog had been hacked and I have spent much of the last two weeks becoming my very own I.T expert in an attempt to get it back up. Hours and hours and hours, I tell you………..and did I tell you I spent hours? When my eyeballs started to roll back in my head and it all became WAY too much, I jumped online and found my very own I.T guru (I am becoming a little addicted to Airtasker). My I.T guru fixed the issue in way less time than I ever could (surprise, surprise, surprise!).
Often small business rocks way more than it sucks. The last couple of weeks have been a little ‘suck-y’ (not a word, I know but seems appropriate) if I am to be honest. Many I.T issues, with the blog hack, just being one of them. My girls grew up again and went back to school and although I know we all need to get a little routine back in our lives, I actually always feel really sad when they go back. I think it just reminds me they are growing up and in a higher grade and becoming more and more independent. I celebrate it. They are amazing humans our girls and they make me stand taller and my heart goes a lot warm and fuzzy when I think of them but that doesn’t mean a Mama cannot feel a little sad they are growing up too fast. I was also feeling immense guilt that work and the unforeseen hassles we were being thrown meant I wasn’t spending time with them. I had major Mother Guilt. I was fixing websites and fixing blogs and spending a lot of time on phone calls being redirected offshore where I found myself repeating the issues again and again and again with each new operator who picked up my calls.
Whilst on my ‘negative Nancy’ share, I may as well tell you that on Tuesday this week, I cried like a baby. Maybe a lot longer than a baby would cry actually as I cried solidly for two hours. After this time, I pulled myself together but then found tears streaming down my face, as I got back into work and the sobs would start once more. I know I am being completely OTT but those of you who know my love for Ned (our amazing and loving Old English sheepdog) may well appreciate my sadness when I tell you we used a dog groomer for the first time in our married lifetime of owning dogs together only to pick him up bald. Bald, I tell you. I had stressed he could not be shaved and his coat was to remain. No phone call mid grooming session, nothing. So our beautiful Ned (who is of course still beautiful but usually much hairier) currently looks like a shaved poodle! Now, this is nothing against poodles nor poodle owners but the simple fact is, we don’t own a poodle and big boofy Old English sheepdogs are not meant to look like poodles. To make matters worse, Ned was so cranky with us that for 48 hours he sat on a mat and sulked (more Nellie sobs). He would not come to the door when we got home and there was definitely no tail wagging and face licking.
Last night, things turned around (was it the new moon? can I believe in that?). If truth be told, I actually had to make a conscious decision to turn them turn around. You see, I hate that ‘negative Nancy’. She needed to knick off. I really needed to put things back into perspective. I admit my new I.T guru helped A LOT with this. I pretty much gave myself a stern talking to as I stood outside by myself at the barbecue cooking our dinner. I have an amazing family who is indeed growing up and they are Splendiferous sunbeams. I have a dog that is licking my face again and wagging his tail and I realise that I cannot stick his hair back on but it will grow back. I have written my second cookbook and that dazzling beauty was officially released yesterday. I was so consumed with everything else that I failed to celebrate. I really could not be prouder of this new book Relish Mama ‘Family’. I cross all fingers, toes and eyeballs as it finds itself in many new bookstores and other funkadelic places that it can call ‘home’. I hope it finds it’s way to your home. I hope you ‘take me to your kitchen’ and we create some magic there together. We will master shortcuts and tips and tricks for a less stressful but WAAAYYYY more delicious week.
There is a hefty chapter in my new book, Relish Mama ‘Family’. It is ‘Salads, soups, vegetables and sides’. It became the heftiest chapter in the book. They are so much more than side dishes. There are many a main meal within those magical pages. The dishes are exciting midweek and weekend fare – the style of food I adore and the very reason why the chapter is just bursting at the seems!
This lentil and cauliflower curry below is a cracking dish. It is loaded with goodness and a wonderful vegetarian option for a quick and easy mid-week or weekend meal. It is on the table in 20 minutes. I hope you love it. I hope who you call ‘Family’ loves it too.
Thank you for listening to my rant. I feel so much better.
Lentil and cauliflower curry
Oil for cooking
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp grated ginger
2 tbsp Indian curry paste, such as tikka
250 ml (1 cup) tomato puree
250 ml (1 cup) vegetable stock
1/2 cauliflower, roughly chopped
1 x 400g good quality tinned lentils, drained and rinsed *
100 g baby spinach leaves
Handful of coriander leaves
Heat a large saucepan over a medium-high heat. Add a splash of oil and the onion and cook for 5–6 minutes, or until the onion is soft. Add the garlic and curry paste and cook for 1–2 minutes. Add the tomato puree, stock and cauliflower and bring to the boil, season with salt. Reduce heat and simmer for 10–15 minutes. Add the lentils and spinach and cook for 1–2 minutes. Check seasoning. Add coriander leaves and serve with steamed rice.
* I absolutely adore this dish and using good quality tinned lentils means I have a meal in minutes.
I would love for you to join me at these upcoming
EXCLUSIVE BOOK LAUNCH EVENTS
Beaumaris books – Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron 13th February
When: Tuesday 13th Feb 2018, 7.30pm
Where: BEAUMARIS MOTOR YACHT SQUADRON Beach Rd near the corner of Cromer Rd, Beaumaris 3193
Cost: $60 includes admission, finger food AND a copy of Relish Mama ‘Family’.
Ticket only (without book) is $40
Beverages at bar prices.
Bookings are essential & through Beaumaris books:
Phone: 9589 4638
Books for Cooks – opposite the Queen Victoria Market 26th February
Bookings are essential & through Books for cooks:
Phone: 8415 1415
**Phone credit card bookings accepted**