The sun is shining as requested and I’ve got a little announcement. As you’ve probably guessed – especially if you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest – I love cooking and I’m quite partial to eating too. And, while I regularly write about food here, I’ve come up with a new project. It’s called The Last Supper Diaries and it will be launching in the next few weeks. The basic premise: it’s your last meal, so what do you eat?
Everyone has a special – if not complicated – relationship with food, and it’s often based on emotion. I’ve been asking friends this question for ages and the answer is often Mum’s mac and cheese (or similar). Meals evoke memories. Food can provide comfort. Food can also provoke anxiety, addiction and guilt. I’m intrigued to find out what happens when you take away the latter and focus on the former and I’ll be asking lot’s of interesting people to share their culinary crutches, which I’ll then attempt to cook. What fun!
So, you rightly ask, what’s all this got to do with Australia Day? Well, as you may remember from last year, I have lots of compatriot expats in my life and I’ve asked them what they miss most about eating from home. I’ll be sharing their food stories as well as my own throughout the week.
First up is the beautiful and talented Vanessa Jackman. Last year she told me she missed avocado and vegemite on toasted Turkish bread – an Australian staple that you can get at any cafe, but is sadly lacking in the UK. It’s one of my favourites too and I’ve been gagging for it ever since. It’s taken me all this time to pluck up the courage to bake my own, but I needn’t have waited. It’s easy to make – as long as you’ve got some time on your hands.
Bread making is usually the domain of the MrMr, so I’m chuffed that it’s turned out as well as it has. And thank you, Vanessa, for reminding me of this simple joy. There is something perfect in the way the air bubbles in the bread soak up the butter and Vegemite and the avocado on top adds a whole other dimension. Go on, give it a go yourself. You won’t be sorry.
PS. Stay tuned for the launch of The Last Supper Diaires – and if you want to get involved, drop me a line.
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