Weekly Reading #4

Every Sunday (or in this case, Wednesday), I’ll share the most interesting articles I’ve read on cooking, eating and food culture in the past week.

Mint iced tea, ready for MJ’s return from work.


  • A Bit About Cake Flour (And How to Make Your Own) by Sarah E Daniels at Food 52 was a particularly exciting discovery. Cake flour isn’t a thing in Australian supermarkets, but it most certainly is in American recipes. As well as explaining what the heck it is, Daniels reveals a hack for those of us not living in the USA. Give that woman a sainthood!
  • How Katz’s Deli Makes Their Perfect Pastrami is a fairly straightforward feature by Serious Eats. But the comments section is a thing of beauty. A lot of people out there feel strongly about Pastrami.
  • Recipe: Salvadoran Pupusas con Curtido (Masa Cakes with Cabbage Slaw). Little fried pockets of cheese in tortilla dough. These should be a part of your life.
  • Recipe: Singapore Noodles from SBS. Overseas readers, you’re in for a treat. The Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) in Australia serves our many migrant communities. Over at their website they have a huge free archive of recipes written by professional cooks from every corner of the Earth. Start with this recipe for Singapore Noodles, and just keep going.
My indoor basil plant. It leads a pretty tough life.

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