Labour Day long weekend in Melbourne. It started at the Melbourne Ukelele Festival on Saturday morning. We saw a few interesting performances - loved the washboard accompaniment to one band and hearing Creep accompanied by ukelele - and I loved the ukelele artwork. The star of the show for me though was being in the Trades Hall Building, an apt place to reflect on exactly why we were celebrating Labour Day.
International Women's Day and asked what would be our wish for future generations, I piped up with "remember our history". I have written about this before. I would also say the same for the union movement. Too often I see people taking what we have for granted. Yet I fear that Edmund Burke was right when he said "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it."
Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, I was very glad to have our union's support and very sad to see how few staff were members and yet happy to take the benefits of their advice and support.
WorkChoices showed that we shouldn't take them for granted. I am glad we have Trades Hall where we can remember these giants of the trade union movement in such a tangible way. We can see their names on honour rolls, the hollows in the stairs where they have trod, and a giant picture of Gough Whitlam covered in lipstick kisses.
the Descendants which was so amazing that the second film - Another Year seemed ho-hum in comparison. We also visited my sister Fran and her husband John who have moved back to Melbourne.
What do Ukelele Players Eat? by Rose Turtle Ertler. It includes recipes and reflections by ukelele players from around the world. It even comes with a CD of their songs. How's that for a quirky cookbook? I liked one recipe for a pumpkin soup with white miso. I also had lots of vegies to use as well as silken tofu just past the best-by date, a corn cob that Sylvia had rejected the night before and the last of my latest batch of tofu bacon.
Souper Sundays hosted by Deb of Kahakai Kitchen.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
This time last year: CC Dried fruit and coconut balls
This time two years ago: Awards, happiness, quicklinks and a conference
This time three years ago: Broccoli Burgers are Winners
This time four years ago: WHB: In Search of the Nectarine
Pumpkin facon soup
2 tsp olive oil
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 celery stalk, sliced
1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
1 parsnip, peeled and roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
800 to 1kg wedge of pumpkin, peeled and roughly chopped
250g silken tofu
2 1/2 cups water
*1/4 cup leftover tofu bacon marinade, or thereabouts
1 1/2 tsp flaked salt
turn off heat
1 tbsp white miso
Tofu and corn topping:
1 tsp oil, or thereabouts
*about 10 slices of uncooked tofu bacon (or as much or as little as you have or desire), chopped
kernels of 1 cooked corn cob
*If you don't have leftover tofu marinade, you could add 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp maple syrup and 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika to get a similar taste. You could also omit the tofu bacon and just use corn fried with a bit of soy sauce, maple syrup and smoked paprika.
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Fry onion, celery, carrot and parsnip for 5-10 minutes until soft. Add garlic and stir into mixture about a minute. Add pumpkin, tofu, water, bacon marinade and salt. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until vegies are soft.
While the soup is simmering, gently fry the tofu bacon in the oil and when it is starting to brown, add the corn.
When soup is cooked, turn off the heat and put a few spoonfuls of the liquid in a small cup. Gently mix in the white miso until combined and return to the saucepan of soup. Blend until smooth. Serve warm with the tofu and corn topping scattered over the soup.
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Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Ukes, Labour Day and Pumpkin facon soup
Posted by Johanna GGG at 10:26
Labels: Australia, beans/lentils/legumes, blog events, casseroles/stews/soups, gluten-free, original recipe, vegan
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Oh heavens, yes yes yes. I will never forget the girl in my college who was dancing around in mini shorts in front of boys crowing about how she "like, totally, like, hated feminism". GAH! School? Shorts? Freedom to speak her mind? DUE TO FEMINISM AAAAAH.ReplyDelete
Love the crispy topping here!
Thanks Hannah - there are too many of these girls bout these days who just don't understand how different it could be - maybe Margaret Atwood's the Handmaiden's Tale should be compulsory reading at schoolDelete
This is such a thoughtful post and I loved reading it and following your thoughts alongside the pictures (and thank you, very much, for my mention!).ReplyDelete
History is something I think I grasp the importance of more and more with age - aided, in part, by my mother being a librarian / archivist who has grown into her role in such a way that I'm surprised our family history isn't already written up and published! Who we are is shaped so much by our pasts, but it is so easy to forget that. These days particularly I think it is easy to take things for granted, because so much of the 'fighting' has happened for us, even before our lifetimes. I also share your love of buildings that capture history and do miss that in Australia, and here in Perth relative to elsewhere in Australia; the centuries old buildings in Europe send shivers down my spine sometimes, thinking about all they have seen and held.
Moving on from that essay - thank you for the thought provokation and well set out ideas. I also liked the ukelele images and the sound of that cookbook! Very quirky indeed!
Thanks Kari - I think our perspective on history changes with age but having those around us who love it helps. We have people in my family who are passionate about family history and I feel lucky to have learnt a bit about my family from them.Delete
I have always loved history and loved studying it at uni. It is only more recently that I began to appreciate early history periods such as medieval history or roman history - but I have read a lot about 20th century history - it is a century of such intense change that is still amazes me even how much change I have seen in my lifetime. So maybe that is why I am so enamoured of our wonderful 19th and 20th century buildings in Australia.
Love the photos of the ukeleles from the festival and also Sylvia's decorated one.ReplyDelete
The pumpkin soup sounds great, the addition of tofu bacon marinade sounds like a great idea. If I am cooking up tofu bacon for brunch, I throw some mushrooms into the left over marinade and fry them up but the rest of the time my marinade is wasted. You have inspired me to think of other uses for it in the future! :)
Thanks Mel - I actually had kept some bacon marinade for a couple of weeks from an old batch of bacon and used that as well for frying the bacon - which made it soft though E reminded me that bacon isn't always crispy - but I was pleased it kept well and I had some ideas for using up the marinade - like the sound of marinated mushrooms - I wonder if it could be incorporated into Matthew's Delicious Tofu or a gravy?Delete
I love that Melbourne has a ukelele festival. And I love that Sylvia has her own ukelele (and so fetchingly decorated, now!). :) Great idea to add the marinade to soup--I am going to do that next time. Because I am definitely making that facon!ReplyDelete
Thanks Ricki - you really should make the facon - it is fantastic - and I think the marinade would go well to flavour lots of soups - and the decorated ukes were amazing - don't know how long the festival has been going but it had a nice vibe to itDelete
Sylvia's purple ukulele is absolutely gorgeous! :D ANd thank you for sending those lovely pictures of her, she has grown up so much! Every time you mention facon I think to myself that I really should try to make it! :DReplyDelete
Thanks Lorraine - glad you enjoyed the photos - and highly recommend the facon - even was wondering if I could be ambitious and use it to try a veg version of your bacon jamDelete
Your friend's cake looks gorgeous, but this pumpkin soup is what really takes my breath away! What a great use of that leftover marinade!ReplyDelete
Thanks Joanne - the orange cake was really lovely - and so is the marinade in soup :-)Delete
Great idea for the leftover marinade! I never know what to do with mine. That sauteed bacon and corn looks so delicious I can't wait to try out that tofu bacon! And I love that penguin ukelele. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Ashley - and don't you hate throwing out marinade - I don't normally know what to do with mine but this one just was too good to throw out!Delete
The ukelele festival looks like it was fun! Never heard of it. Your soup looks devine - perfect for the colder weather that is looming.ReplyDelete
Thanks Cakelaw - I liked the relaxed vibe of the festival - and there was lots of room for sylvia to run aroundDelete
A lovely post and the soup looks delicious. I am tagging the facon to try too--I have been looking for a good bacon substitute. Thanks so much for sharing it with Souper Sundays (it's in this week's roundup). I hope to have you back again soon. ;-)ReplyDelete
Thanks Deb - this is really an excellent facon - hope you enjoyDelete
Enjoyed your post. Your soup looks delicious!ReplyDelete
Some real fancy Ukulele over here.ReplyDelete
Like that fifth picture.