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Sunday, 16 November 2014
Smoky cheesy peas pasta and recent days out
Pepper Tree Place is one of those local hubs that make me glad to feel I am starting to connect with my community. It is a vibrant, colourful, interesting place to spend time, shady enough to cope on a hot day and full of friendly faces, including a few familiar ones. We enjoyed the music. I bought a crocheted poppy for Remembrance Day. Sylvia did some craft. I had some very yummy okonomiyaki and sample some pakora-style patties made by a Bangladeshi woman.
Q and A discussing issues of social media and how connected it really makes us. I understand her point but I was able to feel quite smug as I had just had three days in a row of real world interactions with people through blog connections. (A dinner with bloggers, a meet up with a blog friend and a book launch that I was invited to by Dina who reads my blog!)
Firstly the dinner was at Loving Hut. I was really pleased to finally get there after a few attempts when it was closed. It was also great to meet up with bloggers, some familiar faces and some new. In fact, I was too busy chatting to realise the paper menu had two sides. (It was one of those days: my wooden spoon fell apart and I managed to spill my plate of sweet potato spring rolls!) Despite that I pleased with the wanton noodle soup. It was just what I wanted. Light with enough vegies, satisfying dumplings and slurpy noodles.
Vegan MoFo for the last few years has raised my interest in World Vegan Day. This year I was able to go and I really enjoyed sitting on the grass, enjoying good food and catching up with a blogger and her kiddie whom I bumped into. Browsing the actual stalls was less satisfying. The sheds were busy and not so much fun with a 5 year old who just wanted chips and ice cream. Meanwhile I could only find a 2 hour park and the clock was ticking away.
I mainly saw the food displays and they were interesting but no revelation. I had a sense that there wasn't a lot of food on offer that I couldn't make at home or find in the shops. Which is not to say we didn't enjoy sampling the products. I had a scallion pancake, some crab cakes with aioli and coconut ice cream. Sylvia had sweet potato chips with sweet and sour plum sauce and strawberry ice cream. We also took away a box of cupcakes, a spicy kale and avocado dip and a bottle of kombucha. Sadly the kombucha got spilled all over the car. Sigh!
The Scottish Fling Festival at the Immigration Museum. It was great fun. We saw country dancing, highland dancing, an ode to the haggis, and bands such as Taliska. Sylvia rode on a shetland pony and did some tartan weaving with gaffer tape. Sadly we were too late for much in the way of food. In fact by the time we queues, the vegetarian pasties and tattie scones were gone so we had to exist on Tunnocks Caramel Logs and Irn Bru and eat some chips on the way home.
I used the smoked cheese that she loves and a few vegies she often eats for dinner. One challenge is that she loves many vegies raw rather than cooked, such as carrot and capsicum. She was particularly displeased with the tiny scrap of capsicum I threw in. However my trump card was the tofu bacon. She loves it with a passion. While she had her little complaints, she did eat this two days running. I think I can call it a success.
I am sending the pasta to Eat Your Veg and Bangers and Mash for the Family Foodies blog event that is focusing on Vegetarian food in November.
More creamy pasta sauces on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Cauliflower cheese macaroni
Cheeseless mac and cheese sauce
Creamy vodka pasta sauce
Hurry up vegan pumpkin alfredo
Vegan cheesy peas pasta
Smoky cheesey peas pasta
250g pasta shapes
2-3 tbsp olive oil (or butter)
1 carrot, finely chopped
1/4 capsicum, finely chopped
2 dessertspoons wholemeal flour
2 cups soy milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 to 1 cup smoked cheese grated
1 cup green peas
Handful of fried tofu bacon bits
Cook and drain pasta according to the packet instructions.
Heat oil over medium high in large frying pan and fry carrot and capsicum for a few minutes until they start to soften. Add flour and fry for a few minutes until it slightly darkens in colour and/or smells cooked. Gradually add milk until mixed in and bring to the boil so it thickens. Stir in grated cheese and peas.
Pour cheese sauce over drained pasta and mix well. At first it seemed far too much for my pasta but it actually ended up coating it really well. Serve with tofu bacon bits scattered over the pasta.
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