Food ..... Just Food





Hi folks

One of the most wonderful parts of living a simple life is the food. Food cooked from scratch made with ingredients sourced with  frugal care and prepared with purposeful love and passion - this is the height of the food experience pinnacle. It just does not get better than that.

What pleasure does a hastily purchased take-away meal all mass-produced, palm-oil-ridden, plastic-wrapped, low-paid-worker-produced, zillion-food-miles traveled, pasteurized-till-it's-dead, preservative-laden, food-colouring-laced, salt-riddled, sugar-infused, animal-by-product-heavy, slavery-reliant, animal-cruelty-dependent, profit-margined meal give you?!  Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

In comparison, food cooked from scratch means that someone you knew (maybe even yourself) thought about the nutrition, flavour, food source (and sauce), the recipe, the presentation, the timing and the care and love required.  Food prepared from scratch means that a person you know took the time and thought to make something nourishing and delicious for you. The time and effort taken was meaningful.

To this end, I offer you some of my recent food pictures from our home - mostly made by the Mr HM daughters!


Start by setting the table with care and love.
Flowers for the table show our delight.

Beautifully warm homemade dinner roles with their
lovely shiny glaze

Sprouts pot with a punch of chilli

The turkey looks burnt, but it is actually the glaze of
maple syrup and  bourbon - all lovely and sticky

Honey carrots and sesame beans

Spicy vegetable hotpot

Smooth buttery mash - total comfort food.

Pan juice gravy - the Rolls Royce of all gravy.

Turkey with oranges and pomegranates.
Try squeezing fresh oranges over hot turkey - it's a revelation!

Pumpkin pie - the filling was light and flavoursome.
Imagine how much just one slice of this would
cost in a cafe?! 

Steaming hot ginger bread loaf. Decadent.

...and of course the ever-present Toby-the-dog under the table hoping
for tid-bits during dinner. Wicked pupper !
(Toby has just had a haircut so is looking several
dress sizes smaller)



Take care folks and stay nice.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr HM


Comments

  1. wow your food always looks so good i could eat it out of the photos!
    i've never really been a lover of cooking, so don't really get into it passionately like most & lately i seem to have become the Elly May of cooking! so i keep it very simple, usually cooked in the frypan. don't get me wrong, i love food, especially well cooked food, i'm just not a cook.
    Toby looks cute in his short coat, must be a lot cooler for him now.
    lovely post
    thanx for sharing

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    1. I love simple plain fare too selina - can't knock it. Yes, Toby is much cooler we feel with the haircut - I must learn to trim him myself as it is so expensive.

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  2. You are so right Phil that homemade food is so much healthier, cheaper and we know the ingredients in it :) .

    I personally think it also tastes much better than shop purchased and the love put into it shines with every dish made.

    If I don't get here before Christmas time I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas along with all the posters on here too.

    We will be in full gear packing and moving into our own new to us home from here on out until and after the 11th of December.


    Sewingcreations15 (Lorna)

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    1. Happy Christmas to you and your's too Lorna. The house move has come around quickly. I hope everything goes to plan ..... just remember where yo packed the kettle and all will be fine!

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  3. Oh, everything looks so delicious.
    There's nothing like homemade meals.

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    1. Although Thanksgiving is not an Australian holiday, we like the concept and we keep it every year. There is always plenty to be thankful for and the food is one of those things

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  4. Very well said on all fronts. Glad to see you have gravy down there. Whenever I see people eating meals in the US, they are always gravyless.

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  5. I totally agree Phil, I have just done a similar post about my kitchen efforts today.
    It would be so easy to go to the shops and buy convenience, but most convenience = C**P.
    Just can't beat the taste of homemade.

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    1. I just think back to times past when convenience food was our norm ..... shudder

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  6. Looks to be a fantastic spread, Mr HM! Are you having a practice run for Christmas or did your family have a Thanksgiving dinner?

    Homemade all the way, in this household. The urge finally came over me to try sourdough bread for a change from my Lazy Girl 5-minute bread and it's been a grand success. Second loaf baking as I speak. So satisfying and so cheap! Dinner rolls next. Any special tweaks for yours? They look delicious!

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    1. Sourdough is the epitome of simple frugal living. No yeast to buy and very self perpetuating.
      Yes we were doing a Thanksgiving dinner. Australians do not celebrate Thanks giving obviously, but we love the concepts so we do it - no rules against that I'm sure :-)

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  7. Oh, that just looks so deliciously mouth-watering. How lovely to sit at a beautifully set table and enjoy meals like these. The chicken would be amazing with a glaze like that...note to self to try that!!! Meg:)

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    1. I love eating outside too - the weather was perfect that evening. We are planning on putting a clear sheeting roof over that outside area so we can eat out there any weather.

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  8. Wow such yummy looking food, Phil. The presentation is just great too. Your girls are really good cooks by the looks of it.

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    1. They are good cooks - for that I am thankful.

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  9. The idea of oranges with turkey is something I must try...you are right about good food, and you have plenty of it by the look of this post

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    1. You can't see it in the picture but we also placed fruit inside the carcass too.

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  10. what a totally delicious looking meal!

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  11. The only word to write is "yum". I'm loving your concept of Thanksgiving here in Australia. I have heard quite a few rumblings in the media about celebrating something like this. It certainly is a wonderful way to enjoy some good food plus good company. Everything seems to taste better outdoors too.

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  12. The many benefits of having cooks in the family! I was going to say, girls, but I'm sure if you're a guy who loves to cook, they need to be included in the profession of all things culinary too. My husband is a chef, so I'm not biased at all, lol. Next time we have turkey (very rarely around here) I'll have to try the orange twist! Thanks for sharing the many talents of your daughters/cooks in the making. :)

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