Elsie Hogfat

Lagom Food. Lagom Philosophy.

Archive for June, 2011

Sarah’s Salad, and, the Rule of Three.

Not everyone knows how to make a good salad.  Sarah does.

And, now, she knows how to make a good stir fry*.  The Rule of Three.  Yes, it’s that simple.  I don’t care what else you do… you might like some chilli, ginger, garlic, a small quantity of finely chopped shallot… you might like fresh herbs added, finely chopped, at the last moment, you might like other spices.  Do what you like in that department.  If you like it hot, make it hot.  Do what you like with the seasoning…and I don’t mind if you use chicken, fish, beef, lamb… that’s up to you.  I don’t mind what delicious fresh vegetables you use; mushrooms**, bok choy, carrot, celery, green beans, purple cabbage, snow peas, capsicum, bean shoots, spring onion, cauliflower, broccolli, fennel pieces.

You can put nuts in it if you want to.  Cashews, almonds.  I don’t care.

However, there is one thing I do mind.  And that’s the rule of three.  No sneaky trying to get around the rule of three.  There are NO exceptions.  Well, that’s not quite true.  If you are vegetarian, you may have 4 ingredients.  Otherwise, whatever meat or fish you have chosen to celebrate with vegetable (and nut) ingredients…. you have THREE, that’s One, Two, Three.  And NO MORE.

So… choose wisely.

You might like chicken, celery, green bean and cashew.  (I do.)  You might like beef, red capsicum, broccoli and onion.   As you wish.  Just don’t muck about with the rule of three.  I’m watching you.

* Obviously you won’t be using any oil or fat that hasn’t been rigorously tested for centuries by a traditional culinary culture, now will you?  What? You don’t know what I’m talking about?  Oh dear.   I shall have to remedy that, soon.

Do not use “vegetable oil” from the supermarket, or any oil that requires an industrial process recently invented and fossil fuel dependent.  These are not food.

* Mushroom is a culinary vegetable.  Does this blog look like a pedantic botanist’s blog?  No.  I will be making a pedantic botanist’s blog later.  But for now, at Elsie Hogfat’s, mushrooms are a vegetable.

I’m still watching you.


Still Life in Yellow and Green.

A painterly photograph…

… but what the hell is that?   That looks like Beatrice’s HAT?

Okay, there’s apples, grapefruit, tahitian limes, double-leaved lime leaves … and cthulu fruit?

That’s a Buddha’s Hand Lime.

Golden Truffle Oil

What a treasure..

The precious edible goldleaf and truffle fragments suspended… like a snow dome.The guests brought other treasures too.  Fresh herbs and quail eggs.

A tough nut to crack.

Breakfast of Champions.

The perfect breakfast.   Mushrooms pan fried in butter with fresh marjoram, flat leaf parsley and a fat clove of roasted garlic.

And tomato, in macadamia oil, with basil and corriander…Quail eggs…

So tiny!  Here they are next to a couple of hen eggs…

And on the plate, with some grilled free range bacon…