Thursday, 18 September 2014

Vietnamese Lemongrass & Pork Scotch Eggs

So far life in Vietnam has been pretty good, a few little tummy hurdles which is to be expected when you are sampling all the good street food on offer, it is so hard to resist! but now I am focusing on getting out of holiday mode and getting back into cooking and exploring new recipes. I was given a challenge by Yvonne over at Life, Love & Paleo who I met over on Instagram (it is such a wonderful community and I have met so many other like minded food enthusiasts! I definitely recommend getting on there if you aren't already and don't forget to say hi to me <3)

I owned up to Yvonne that I have never made Scotch Eggs before when I saw her breakkie post about 2 weeks ago. So she emailed me the basic recipe and a few variations and set me this challenge, I got pretty excited seeing the variations as to be honest I kind of felt that Scotch Eggs looked a little boring, but I shouldn't have thought that as I never had one before (sorry!). I teamed up all the typical Vietnamese flavours I grew up with but using clean ingredients with no refined sugar or msg. Pork, eggs, lemongrass, garlic, fish sauce and an assortment of herbs. You can never go wrong with this combo!


Vietnamese Lemongrass & Pork Scotch Eggs
Vietnamese Lemongrass & Pork Scotch Eggs

Friday, 5 September 2014

How To Grow Your Own Ginger In A Pot

Spring has finally arrived back home in Australia! While I sweat away during the monsoon season in Vietnam, my dad has started growing another batch of ginger at home. I really miss my dad's backyard. Everything in the backyard is edible with mangoes, bananas, lychees, longans, apples, guavas, blueberries, mulberries, limes, pomelo's, starfruit, papaya, tomatoes and an endless list of Vietnamese herbs, salads and so much more. Living self sustainably is something we always grew up with where ever we were. As a child I loved walking around the backyard and visiting each plant, checking on the blooms and fruit each tree had to offer.

After the war ended in Vietnam, food was scarce and the rations per family were limited. Everyone who could, did grow their own food to supplement the small rations that were provided. It becomes something that sticks with you, and I can totally get that. My mum and dad, where ever they went provided for themselves in every way and taught us to do the same. It also taught us to really appreciate what nature could provide us.

How To Grow Your Own Ginger In A Pot
You can easily grow approximately 1kg (2 ounces) of ginger per pot