How freaky was it that on the same Saturday evening, I went to Federation Square and heard the back announcement as the music finished. Unbeknown to me, we had been listening to the Manics who were touring Melbourne. How was I to know when all I could see was the red jerseys of the rugby fans! I just wished I had paid more attention.
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margherita pizza for an astonishing $20. I don't even like to think how this compares with the pizzas we make at home. I just told myself that the inflated price included watching the light show.
Ena Baxter (of Baxters Soups) rather than my usual. The very first time I made treacle scones they were fluffy and plentiful - possibly due to my mum helping me measure out the milk. Every since they just seem to make embarrassingly small batches and not to as fluffy as a scone should. E's granny would turn in her grave!
chard, squash and stilton tart to use up some of the ingredients bursting out of our overflowing fridge. My slow oven and my lack of pastry experience let me down. The tart would have been fine if I had only read the recipe closely and baked it til it was golden brown.
The Ringing Singing Tree (or was it The Tinderbox that came in the same DVD set?).
red lentil soup with spinach and lime. It was very nice but I was a bit unsure if the lime was too sharp. Sometimes it is hard to cook from recipes without tasting the dish first. Yes, I could read a recipe more closely but scratch and sniff computers would be more fun. The soup tasted lovely and healthy with my no knead focaccia. There were no complaints.
Finally to return to the coincidence at the start of the post, I will share a few other unlikely moments:
- The AFL women's round made me wonder if Sylvia is be quite unusual in Victoria (home of Aussie rules football) to have a mother who has played Aussie rules and a father who hasn't.
- I was talking to my dentist about bringing Sylvia along for a check up. He said not to put ideas in her mind by reassuring her that it wouldn't hurt. Unfortunately this was the same week that E had dental treatment that left him with a black eye.
- A fox killed a friend's chickens in Coburg! (That is the highly urbanised inner north of Melbourne for those who don't know the area.)
- And a happy coincidence. E has been trying to sell one of his guitar cases through an online forum. I happened to overhear two new acquaintances I talking about their guitars last week and asked if they were interested in a guitar case. Sold!
I am sending this tart and soup to Jac of Tinned Tomatoes for Bookmarked Recipes (July #25) because I found both in my Delicious bookmarks through searching for ingredients I wanted to use.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: The Beachcomber - brunch at the beach
Two years ago: Pumpkin cake for Dolly's tea party
Three years ago: Lentil quinoa balls and fun links
Four years ago: Pear and Walnut Chutney
Five years ago: Chickpea cutlets and gluten strings
Six years ago: Mulled Apple Juice for a Midwinter Birthday
Red lentil soup with spinach and lime
Adapted from The TasteSpace
1 cup red lentils
1 parsnip, peeled and diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1.5 tsp turmeric
1.5 tsp salt
4-5 cups water
1-2 tsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3/4 tsp cumin seeds
3/4 tsp yellow mustard seeds
Juice of 1 lime (or to taste)
100g baby spinach leaves
Mix red lentils, parsnip, carrot, turmeric, salt and water into a large saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes or until vegies are soft. Meanwhile in a separate frypan, fry onion, cumin seeds and mustard seeds gently in olive oil for about 15 minutes or until the onion is soft. Add to lentil mixture. Mix in lime juice and spinach leaves. Stir briefly until the leaves wilt. Serve hot.
Pumpkin, kale and blue cheese tart
Adapted from Jane Baxter in The Guardian
175g plain flour
1 tsp caster sugar
Pinch of salt
125g cold unsalted butter, diced (I used nuttalex)
1-3 tbsp very cold water (I used 1)
45g walnuts (120g with shells on)
1 pinch cayenne
A dash of Tabasco
good pinch tsp salt
good pinch of garlic powder
1 onion, sliced
1/2 bunch of kale, sliced
500g pumpkin, diced then roasted with oil and salt
54g blue cheese, chopped
30g grated parmesan
Fried sage leaves:
15 sage leaves fried in butter til stiff
knob of butter
To make pastry:
Briefly mix flour, sugar and salt in the food processor. Add butter and continue to process til it takes on the texture of coarse breadcrumbs. Slowly add water 1 tbsp at a time until the pastry comes together into a ball. Cover with clingfilm and chill in fridge for 30 minutes. Roll out and I quote "into a rought circle" - I didn't know how thick and probably did it about between 0.5 and 1cm thick. Prick with a fork and bake at 200 C or until golden brown.
To make spiced walnuts:
While the pastry is chilling, heat a little olive oil in a non stick frypan and stir in walnuts and seasonings. Gently fry until the walnuts smell cooked.
To prepare vegetables:
In a separate frypan or use the one you did the walnuts in, fry the onion slices and then the kale in some olive oil. I didn't take note of timing. Mix cooked onions and kale with pumpkin.
Scatter cooked pastry with pumpkin mixture, then walnuts then cheeses. Bake at 200 C for about 10 minutes or until just warmed through.
To fry sage leaves:
Heat butter in frypan and gently fry sage leaves. You will know they are ready when they are quite stiff when you turn them over. Drain on kitchen towel.
Scatter fried sage leaves on cooked tart and serve hot.
On the stereo:
Everything Must Go: The Manic Street Preachers