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Tuesday 31 May 2011
Weekend eats: hotcakes, plums, eggs and beetroot
Bill Granger's famous ricotta hotcakes.) Sylvia loved them so much that she told me we must make them again. I enjoyed them but prefer using only one bowl for pancakes and no electric beaters. I halved the recipe and had half a tub of ricotta leftover to make another batch on the weekend.
vegan savoury pancakes that uses even more vegetables. It means we still had half the pancake batter to make a sweet version to follow.
Kinglake Farmers Market and boiled some brussels sprouts. (Leftovers went into curry.) I serve them with chickpeas and chilli non carne. It was a wonderful meal but brings up two issues with feeding children. One is how many of us remembering our mothers boiling vegetables until they were soft and soggy. I have tried boiling vegetables until just cooked but sylvia wants hers really soft so I have started to boil some vegetables more than I might usually.
The other issue is about colour and food. I see so many people giving tips about avoiding beetroot stains on their hands. However I don't mind beetroot stains on my hands. They amuse me. They amuse Sylvia too. She was intent on only eating the roast potatoes (and they were fantastic). Then she wanted pink hands like mine. She learnt that if she bit the beetroot and rubbed it on her hand it would turn pink. I showed her if she rubbed a chickpea on her beetroot she would have purple chickpeas. This way she ate the beetroot and lots of chickpeas. Hurrah for purple food!
Jack Dee microwaving his celebrity eggs and they just made disappointingly small explosions.)
I am sending the Ricotta Hotcakes with Stewed Plums to Ren of Fabulicious Food who is hosting a new event called Simple and Seasonal. I thought she might like to see what the other half of the world is eating in May.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
This time last year: WHB Plums: a history, trivia and a cake
This time two years ago: Blueberry Soup with Heavenly Yoghurt
This time three years ago: Promoting Promite
This time four years ago: Posh Bread & Cheese Supper
From Rose Bakery's Breakfast, Lunch, Tea
2 eggs, separated
100g (about half a tub) of ricotta
3/8 cup milk
1/2 cup plain white flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
a little butter for the frypan
Separate eggs so the whites are in a small mixing bowl and the yolks are in a medium mixing bowl. Use electric beaters to beat the egg whites until they are at stiff peak stage. Now beat together the yolks, milk and ricotta. Stir the dry ingredients into the ricotta mixture and then gently fold in the egg whites. Heat a large frypan over medium heat and lightly grease with butter (I often use a piece of kitchen paper to rub a little butter over it so there isn't too much.) Spoon dessertspoonfuls of batter into the pan and cook until the mixture bubbles. Flip over and cook another minute or two until golden brown on both sides. I think I did four batches of 5-6.
Savoury tomato pancakes: Slice up some cherry tomatoes. Drop slices (flat side down) onto the pan at regular intervals and cook for about 1 minute on a medium high heat. Drop a spoonful of pancake batter over the tomatoes and cook for about 4-5 minutes until mixture is bubbling. Drop some frozen peas and grated cheese on the uncooked side and flip. Cook another minute or two. The cheese side wont brown so much where the cheese is and the tomatoes will look burnt but taste great.
Sweet plum pancakes: top with stewed plums below and a drizzle of maple syrup if desired.
juice of 1 pomegranate and 3 strawberries
shake of cinnamon
1 dessertspoon rice malt syrup
1 tsp apple concentrate
Place juice, cinnamon, syrup and apple concentrate in a medium saucepan. Cook for about 4-5 minutes until syrupy. While the liquids are cooking, stone and chop the plums. Add plums to syrup and gently cook for about 6-10 minutes until fruit softens. Serve warm or room temperature.
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