30 May 2011

Ethiopian with Heidi

I finally met up with the gorgeous food and nutrition blogger Heidi from Apples Under My Bed. We'd been planning a meal at The Abyssinian for a couple of months, and our dinner happened last week.

Heidi's blog is a lovely read - full of recipes, memories and retro-style photos. She tells food stories beautifully and I hope one day she compiles these into a book of memoirs.

I love Ethiopian food - it's spicy, meaty and great to share. We ate with our hands, our food scooped up with injera bread. Injera looks like a big flat crumpet and tastes tangy.

Heidi and I shared grilled eggplant marinated in chilli, garlic and olive oil for starters.
And for our main Derek Tibbs - lamb grilled with ghee, green chilli, rosemary and onion (top), and cubes of raw beef cooked in a warm spicy sauce (bottom).
I loved both dishes - the dryness of the lamb with the hot chilli and rosemary put a twist on the lamb I'm used to eating. I am definitely going to try cooking it at home. And the raw beef is nothing to be afraid of. It is nose runningly spicy, but so tasty and tender.

Heidi and I talked non stop for three hours. We both enjoy blogging and good food, so we had plenty of things to talk about. I was planning to make her healthy no-bake cookies over the weekend but I've been sick so I will save the ingredients for next weekend.

She is a really nice, caring person - very intelligent and has so much positive perspective on life. There was something that we discussed that resonated with me all week. We both agreed we only want to do the things that we enjoy and make us happy, because life is too short. I have not been happy in my job for a little while, and three weeks ago I spoke up. Fortunately I could be moved, and I start a new job today. I am so excited about the work and the end goal I'll be working towards. Heidi and my discussion got me through last week, looking forward to a brighter future.

I am really glad I met Heidi, and we are already planning our next food adventure!
You can read Heidi's post about The Abyssinian here.


  1. I am glad you had a great night out - the Abyssinian is my favourite restaurant ever. Next time you go, order the Dubba - spicy pumpkin, it is amazing.
    Have a great first day in your new position.

  2. The food looks wonderful, Carly.

    Best of luck with the new job today and hope you're feeling better.

    You both have great outfits going on too!

    SSG xxx

    Sydney Shop Girl blog

  3. Well done for taking the initiative and speaking up at work - it's hard to do. Best of luck for the new position- I hope it's more fulfilling for you.

  4. aw how fun! nice to see two of my fave bloggers out and about together! :)

  5. oh Carly your post is lovely, what sweet words you wrote about me. You're the best. I so want that eggplant right now!! mmmmm. & I cannot tell you how happy I am that you're now doing something you enjoy. Well done for speaking up and making a change. I hope today went well! Thanks for the great chat :) can't wait for next time.
    Heidi xo

  6. Thanks so much everyone. The well-wishes for my new job were so nice. I enjoyed my day - even if I went home sick at 1230.
    Heidi - mmm the eggplant was so good. I need to find the recipe. Maybe my Mum has a similar one from South Africa.

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