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smoky potato salad, vegie sticks and kale chips. (The leftover kale chips were great and I loved having some ready chopped vegies!) It was so good. Afterwards I had to finish the collages. Sylvia had done with her paints so she helped me and even made some of her own.
|Two elephants in the pool.|
the House of Magic at the cinema. It was a movie that was at times cute, spooky and heartwarming. I liked it, only not as much as I thought I should.
|Home made cash register at the cousins cafe.|
- Great article about our relationship with food and cooking by John Lanchaster in The New Yorker. I was struck by his comment "[f]or the most part, recipes are useful only when you already have a pretty good idea of how to cook." A theme that rears its head in food blogging every now and again. (Thanks for the link Lucy.)
- Sylvia was playing cafes with her cousins the other day. They create a cafe in my parents' loungeroom and ask for customers to visit. My dad came along and asked for a steak. Sylvia had to ask for a steak to be pointed out to her in the plastic food items. Then I asked for something vegetarian and my nephew had trouble finding something for me on the menu they had written. All a learning process!
- I enjoyed listening to the Gough Whitlam memorial service yesterday. And I have been watching a documentary on our former prime minister called The Power and The Passion. One of the interesting pieces of trivia was that when he went to China in 1971 he forgot his brylcreem and after that never used it again! Which explains the slicked back hair in earlier photos and the fluffier hair later. Trivia aside, I still have that pang of what our country would be like if he hadn't been sacked!
- I was astounded to read on The Ecologist that the UK throws away enough pumpkin to make 360 million portions of soup, pie or cake. It is even more surprising that the Brits need a campaign to educate them about recipes to use pumpkin. But then again, I guess they didn't have pumpkin a few times a week on their dinner plate as a child like I did. (Thanks for the link Kate.)
|Roses in our garden - thanks to my mum who gives them lots of TLC.|
In a related note, recently I stumbled across a FB post where someone had shared the apple slice recipe on my blog. It has been shared a gobsmacking 75,000 times. (As well as lots of shares on Pinterest and gawks on FoodGawker.) I had noticed the spike in my blog stats but it was impossible to see where it was coming from in Facebook until a friend tagged me. I still get frustrated with the exclusive nature of Facebook. Yet I also find it a useful way to share information and links.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Apple and white chocolate blondies
Two years ago: Zaatar - friendly middles eastern bakery cafe
Three years ago: WHB Twice cooked apple cake
Four years ago: Afghans – childhood comfort food
Five years ago: The Cornbread that Stops a Nation
Six years ago: Soup from the Black Lagoon
Seven years ago: Easy Peasy Risotto Soup
Smoked cheese spread
Inspired by Martha Stewart
Makes a scant cup
100g good cheddar cheese
90g cream cheese spread
1-2 tbsp of butter or margarine (I didn't use)
1/2 tsp each smoked paprika, seeded mustard, worcestershire sauce
dash of chilli powder
Mix all ingredients and serve immediately or keep for up to 24 hours in the fridge.
On the Stereo:
American Industrial Songs: Pete Seeger