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If I get to spend Saturday playing in the kitchen, the whole week that follows is much easier, in so many ways.

Ingredients are prepared, treats and loaves are baked, and frankly, I’m just a nicer person for having had the chance to unwind.

Yesterday, I messed around with making my own Malaysian curry powder…

Here’s my final blend…

  • 150g coriander seed
  • 40g fennel seed
  • 25g cumin seed
  • 25g white peppercorns
  • 5g black peppercorns
  • 25g dried Kashmiri red chillies (seeds removed)
  • 10g Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 20g ground turmeric
  • 5g cardamon powder
  • 1 star anise
  • 5 cloves
  • 10cm piece cinnamon

I pounded the star anise, cloves and cinnamon with a mortar and pestle, then roasted them with the coriander, fennel, cumin, peppercorns and whole chillies in a dry wok for a few minutes until fragrant.  The mix was blitzed in a large food processor and then combined with the chilli powder, turmeric and cardamon powder.  As the mixture was still quite coarse, I ground it down further in small batches in a coffee/spice grinder. A handful of dried curry leaves was added at the end.

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We made seven and a half litres of stock (beef, chicken and fish), following the instructions in this great YouTube clip – it was nice to give the old pressure cooker a workout…

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A discussion with Linda about sourdough bagels inspired a batch…

I’ve written two bagel posts in the past – a step by step tutorial on yeasted bagels and one on sourdough bagels.  The links are here:

Yeasted Bagel Tutorial
Sourdough Bagels

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I turned a couple of experimental loaves into dry breadcrumbs – the slices were dried in a 100C oven for two hours until crisp and then whizzed in the food processor.  Crumbed flathead fillets are one of Small Man’s favourite meals…

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And finally, I made a rabbit pie for dinner, although I didn’t get to take a photo before Big Boy tucked in!

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Anything exciting happening in your kitchen this weekend?

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