Dorothy's ruby slippers at the Hollywood Costumes exhibition at ACMi. In fact Sylvia and her little friend were dazzled by all the glitz and glitter on display. I wish that I had a sparkly recipe to share today. Actually I have had lots of interesting food during the weekend. Just not many new recipes to share. So I will give you an energy slice recipe which saw us through a busy weekend that started with a trip to the mechanic and ended with a squinky puppet show.
sunbutter recipes in a hope of using some of the jar that taunts me from the shelf. (I only bought it because Sylvia is allergic to peanuts but we both dislike it and my one baking experiment with it ended up in a batch of green biscuits!)
It was great to use up lots of things I haven't touched for ages - rice bubbles, spiced cocoa, cocao nibs, sunbutter, and rice malt syrup. I also found my pantry was low in sesame seeds. I liked the slice but I am still not keen on the sunbutter taste. Any other nut butter would taste better. Next time I might use cashew or almond butter and more seeds.
Scarlett O'Hara's dress made of the green curtains. Afterwards we ate lunch next door in the Atrium. Our soup and sandwiches were fairly uninspiring. Across the way at Beer Deluxe we were more impressed with desserts.
I had flourless chocolate cake and E had white rocky road slice that he claimed was the best slice ever (which is more than he said about the sunbutter slice but at least he is eating it unlike Sylvia). The cafe also had crochet rugs and soy babycino to keep us warm. Lunch was followed by a wander through the beautiful St Paul's Cathedral and a visit to the park so Sylvia could splash in puddles.
pea curry to eat with leftover beetroot curry and rice. The two curies paired exceedingly well. I didn't take any photos. Instead I have a photo of the leftover pea curry that we ate with vegie sausages and a potato-cauliflower mash. I must make that pea curry more often.
rhubarb and raspberry focaccia. I had been dreaming of remaking as a savoury bread. I added parmesan to the dough and topped it with onion, parmesan and salt. Too much salt. The onion could have been cut a bit thicker and I probably shouldn't have returned it to the oven for 10 minutes because it was so pale. Using a quarter wholemeal flour was fine though. I will revisit and hopefully be happy enough to write more about it.
sushi and pikelets were made for my niece's birthday lunch. Sylvia was very excited and wrapped the presents all by herself, as well as writing in her card. She also helped rolling the sushi. We made it plain with just rice in nori sheets so it would please the fussy eaters (by which I really mean Sylvia). I made the pikelets on a whim. My curiosity was piqued after making picklets recently.
princess cake pops that Erica made.
The cake pops were sparkly skirt shaped with cut outs of Disney
princesses above them. If I was a little girl, I would have been very excited to have these for
my birthday. They appealed to both young and old. The birthday girl loved them. So did Sylvia. In fact she had a lovely time despite wet feet from muddy puddles and admitting to eating too much sweet food.
squinkies in a net and announcing a puppet show called Squinkies on Holiday. A fun weekend!
And for those of you wondering about the car at the mechanic, there were no problems. It was merely a precautionary visit to check some small problems weren't indicative of bigger problems. It made driving more comfortable for me, and meant that my parents could breathe easy as they relaxed in the Budapest public baths.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Lovely lunches: zucchini pizza bites, fritters and a sandwich
Two years ago: Design Dilemmas
Three years ago: Banana Weetbix Muffins for Sylvia
Four years ago: Green and black cupcakes
Five years ago: Rabbiting on about Cheese and Rarebit!
Choc sunbutter energy slice
Inspired by My choc almond slice, Averie Cooks and Oh She Glows
1/2 cup sunbutter (or any other nut butter)
1/2 cup rice malt syrup
6 tbsp dutch cocoa (I used a spiced one)
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 cups rice bubbles (rice krispies)
1 cup rolled oats, ground
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
1 tbsp each sesame seeds, cocoa nibs, chia seeds
Mix sunbutter, rice malt syrup, maple syrup, vanilla essence and salt. Stir in remaining ingredients. It will make a very stiff mixture so I ended up using my hands to mix the ingredients in. Press into a lined 20cm square baking tin. Eat.
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