Lisa writes from Airport West: “Hi Kenny, Happy Easter long weekend. I’m a long-time reader of your blog that lives and works in the west, so have thoroughly enjoyed your posts and recommendations.
“Thought I’d send through a pic of home-made pumpkin and olive bread (c/- Dan Lepard) and spicy cauliflower soup. Have been dabbling in no-knead bread and easy bread recipes, since my previous disasters in breadmaking (bagels and the like).
“I live in Airport West (more north-west, but consider it west) and work in Braybrook, so have tried pretty much every restaurant along Barkly Street, West Footscray! Always look forward to your updates and goss to try somewhere new with friends.
“I always seem to be returning to Latin Foods & Wines, various Afghan restaurants in Sunshine, Brother Nancy and Smokehouse 101. Have yet to try Theos in Keilor Park – have been wanting to try their spanakopita, but have sold out a couple of times by the time I get there late afternoon.”
Sylvia writes from Caroline Springs: “Some photos of my home made hot cross buns. As an enthusiastic home baker, it was really stressful seeing supermarket shelves devoid of flour. I found some at a convenience store and decided to start some festive Easter baking. One batch is chocolate and orange, second batch traditional fruit buns. I soaked the fruit (which was a little old and dry) in earl grey tea to revive it which worked a treat!”
In West Footscray, Justin and family are cooking up a storm – including this pumpkin, chick pea and harissa soup.
He says: “Truth be told … the sort of recipe I would never have considered in normal times. Too many steps. But not when you’ve got all the time in the world on your hands!”
Also emanating from the Justin kitchen – lasagne and …
… “pork meatballs in sugo that I made and froze a couple of weeks ago. And using up the fag ends of three pasta packs. So easy. Classic meatball mix of mince, breadcrumbs, onions, herbs … fried and simmered. So good.”
In Carnegie, the Nat family enjoyed this “excellent tripe with the spicy Thai dipping sauce”.
He tells me the meal also included larb with chicken mince, a kilo of boiled prawns and a Chiang Mai herbal chicken soup and steamed rice.
Our lovely neighbour Vanessa, whose garden we raid regularly for herbs, enjoyed these fish tacos.
Up on the Gold Coast, Judith Weir and partner Tim enjoyed this classic steak and salad combo.
My own nourishment, during two weeks of solo living, has included this yummo coconut, spud and chick pea curry sourced from Woven in Stpehen Street, Yarraville and …
… classic basic sausages from Andrew’s Of Yarraville with rough-mashed potatoes and tomato and …
… your standard chicken biryani ordered in from Dosa Corner in West Footscray.
Asked for “mild”, got blazing over-hot heat!
I also enjoyed this rustic pasta dish, yiouvetsi, from Olive Oil & Butter on Somerville Road.
Their menu describes it as: “Slow-cooked lamb and orzo pasta baked in stew pot in a rich tomato base, finished with grilled kefalograviera and feta.”
Despite its humble appearance, it was fabulously delicious!