We ‘re back from Melbourne after an amazing wedding on Friday, congratulations Trav & Simone! It was so great catching up with friends down there.  Once the munchkin and very hungover husband were in bed last night I watched Julie and Julia. What a great movie! Have you seen it?  Inspired by all things culinary and weddingish  I’ve been cooking up a storm in the kitchen this morning. All the shops are closed for Anzac day so the challenge was to whip something up out of ingredients we already had.  I made a sweet potato soup with cinnamon and smokey spanish paprika. Paprika has always been a bit of  a mystery spice to me but I’m determined to figure out how to use it. This very cool tin was a bonbonierre gift from Melbourne friends (Belinda and Tyson) wedding over a year ago. Bea does this beautiful roast chicken with paprika mediterranean vegies that I’ve always been jealous of.

I do this experimenting thing with recipes a lot. Sometimes it’s great, other times… a complete disaster! Thankfully this one was in the first category. I think it could use some pancetta or smokey bacon to lift it a bit but Mr Schmaft said “awesome”.

We had it with cheesy damper, just to keep on the Aussie side for Anzac day.

What are you cooking this weekend?

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