when lettuce was a sacred sex symbol.
I didn't really follow Ricki's recipe. I just used what I had on hand. It worked really well. I partly attribute this to the lovely vegetable stock I made recently. Good stock does wonders for any soup. E and I have been eating quite a lot of soup lately in an attempt to make our diet more healthy. This one was thick and satisfying, albeit a little grassy (but in a good, healthy way).
Vegan MoFo. (And there are still a few more holiday posts to go.)
But this seems like a good time to catch up some October activities. Above is a picture of belly dancers at Bell Street Mall in Heidelberg last weekend. They were colourful and engaging. We were there to see E play with his ukelele group.
this post). This took longer than I expected. But the little troopers rallied and then went on to make some butterflies out of toilet paper rolls. They painted the wings and we stuck wings and antennae on with sticky tape. I can never resist a googly eye opportunity for the faces.
CERES (below) for lunch and a play with her friend Amelia. This environmental park is such a relaxing place to sit and enjoy the outdoors. It is lovely to wander past chooks and vegie gardens on the way to the cafe. Sylvia and Amelia discovered ropes hanging off an old tree. They would swing for a short while before their arms would get tired and they would beg to be helped down. We also have had lunch at Sugardough recently and I plan to write more about it soon.
white chocolate mudcake to experiment with making it gluten free. It was amazing served with stewed rhubarb and strawberries.
You might also notice in a few photos that Sylvia is enjoying picking little posies of flowers that appear in glasses in our kitchen. We were very excited to discover pink bottlebrush in our front garden.
- It's not ABC4Boys: why we need more Peppa Pigs - interesting article on The Drum about female characters in children's television and why we need more who are just kids and not fairies or princesses.
- Has the School of Pop shut its doors? - an article at The Guardian about changes in pop music meaning it does not encourage fans to read great literature and learn about culture in the way it did in decades past.
- Doctors are more likely to be depressed? I'm not surprised - an article by Dr Ranjana Srivastava about the culture of doctors that encourages them to see illness as something their patients experience and not themselves, particularly mental illness.
Jacqueline for No Croutons Required (a monthly vegetarian soup and salad event). The theme this month is smooth blended soups. I am also sending it to Ricki Heller for her Wellness Weekends event.
Some ways of using lettuce on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
- Baked gnocchi with radicchio, gorgonzola and walnuts
- Chickpea flatbread with nut roast, chutney, roasted pumpkin and cos lettuce
- Green apple and white chocolate salad
- Haggis tacos
- Matthew's delicious tofu
- Salad sandwich
- Vegetarian san choy bau
Warm lettuce recipes (no salads) on the internet:
- Braised peas with scallions and lettuce - Better Homes and Gardens
- Braised romaine lettuce crostini - The Kitchn
- Lettuce and green pea risotto - A Canadian Foodie
- Lettuce and potato soup - New York Times
- Stir fried garlic lettuce - Epicurious
- Zucchini and braised lettuce tart with tapenade - A Mingling of Tastes
Spinach, pea and lettuce soup
Inspired by Ricki Heller
1/2 tsp olive oil
2 spring onions, sliced
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 cups vegetable stock
2 cups peas (I used frozen)
300g silken tofu
nutritional yeast flakes, to serve
Heat olive oil over low heat in a stockpot (the vegies take up a lot of volume before they wilt.) Fry spring onions and garlic in oil for a couple of minutes. Add remaining ingredients and bring to the boil. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until wilted. Puree. Serve warm with nutritional yeast flakes sprinkled over the top.
On the Stereo:
Figgy Duff: a Retrospective 1974-1993