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Tuesday, 14 August 2018
The cheeses were brie and cheddar with cracked pepper and the dip was a tzatziki, so none of these appealed to Sylvia. Nor did she like the all pickled veg. Whereas I really loved the pickled carrots, found the pickled zucchini a rather large pile and I didn't fancy the pickled onion which is not my thing. I just loved the pumpkin arancini and was smitten with the stuffed mushrooms with a tomato rice filling covered in crispy cheese and was more than happy to eat chargrilled sourdough with cheese and pickles. I was sorry Sylvia didn't find much to eat beyond crackers but I really loved the tasting plate. I'd return just to eat this platter again and perhaps share it with some more enthusiastic diners.
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Thursday, 9 August 2018
If you look at my Scone section of my recipe index, you will see I have quite a lot of different scone recipes. One reason is that I love to participate in International Scone Week. It started with three bloggers sharing scone recipes and deciding to invite others to share them in an International Scone Week each year. Now Tandy at Lavendar and Lime is continuing the tradition. So I have baked her a batch of Spiced Walnut and Chocolate Scones.
- Idea 1: baklava scones in honour of my mum's walnuts that I didn't get to use quickly enough. I am not sure how I could do it but perhaps lots of walnuts, some honey and some spice.
- Idea 2 - walnut and marmalade scones because I have just finished reading P D James A Taste of Death. She writes beautifully and with great attention to detail. I really loved the description of a disappointing walnut and marmalade cake that is offered to Inspector Dagleish. I even had some marmalade I could have used.
- Idea 3 - spiced walnut and chocolate scones - this is a having my baklava idea and adding chocolate because chocolate makes everything wonderful and also because I want to post a chocolate dish this month for one of my favourite blog events. I have been participating in We Should Cocoa over at Tin and Thyme for years and am really sad to hear this that it will finish after this month. But I am thinking that I need something really chocolatey for the last hurrah.
Cocoa Rhapsody that we love at our farmers market. Luckily I only needed half of the chocolate. It gave the scones a real lift but is also delicious to eat as is.
I looked for some recipes that were my sort of scones and found one for walnut and date scones. I substituted the chocolate for dates and found a useful post on substituting honey for sugar. Then I decided to simply the recipe. I took out the egg and a few other ingredients. The scones I grew up with never had egg (though my mum tells me my nan put egg in her scones but they never tasted cakey like some egg scones do).
International Scone Week for inspiration. (And let's pray to the internet gods that there is no more hacker activity.)
But it looks like the hackers are back so I am going to publish this and hope for the best! Update: have discovered I had to update from http:// to https:// redirect in the settings/basic of blogger.
More scone recipes from Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Beetroot, apple and walnut scones (v)
Kale scones (v)
Pumpkin, pecan and poppyseed scones (v)
Strawberry marscapone scones
Walnut, brie and apple scones
Spiced walnut and chocolate scones
An original Green Gourmet Giraffe recipe
Makes about 10-12 mini scones
1 1/4 cup self-raising flour
1/2 tsp mixed spice
15g butter, chopped
1/3 cup chopped chocolate
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup milk
1-2 tbsp honey
Preheat oven to 220 C and line an oven tray with baking paper.
Place flour and spice in a medium mixing bowl. Rub in butter. Stir in chocolate and walnuts. Gently mix in the milk and honey to make a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured board and knead a few times until smooth, if you call a lumpy nutty chocolate dough smooth.
Pat out to about 1 inch thick on a floured surface. Cut into rounds (I used mini scone cutters) and knead and pat out the scraps so you can cut more until there is no dough left. Place scones on lined tray.
Bake for 12 -15 minutes (I did 12 minutes) until golden brown. Wrap in a teatowel until ready to eat (this softens the edges). Best eaten on day of baking.
Notes - would add some lemon juice to the milk to curdle it. 1 tbsp honey rather than 2. Also could make it vegan with vegan milk and butter and chocolate and maple syrup rather than honey - though would do 2 tbsp as maple syrup is not so sweet.
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Monday, 6 August 2018
Puffs (a Harry Potter spin off play) was great fun. The sets and costumes were simple but the jokes were hilarious. You needed to know your Harry Potter to understand them but we all did. I really loved all the little fun exhibitions around the theatre and foyer (like the above). But my favourite moment was probably when Voldemort (an actor in a swimming cap and some tape across his nose) came out into the audience to ask what he might do when he conquered Potter. One little kid yelled out, buy a toupee.
Luna Park, where we went during the recent school holidays. We walked past Luna Park's slightly creepy happy mouth and past some street art to find a seat in Sister of Soul where we looked out upon both.
Wheras I would be keen to return to Sister of Soul. We had a great spread of starters and really enjoyed our curries. I would love to go back to try more because a vegetarian restaurant is always a tyranny of choice. It was great to eat meals full of lots of flavour and vegies. If only we lived closer, I would be back for the breakfast menu.
The latter sounded particularly appealing with a warming combo of apple cider, orange juice and spiced sugar syrup and dusted with cinnamon. Next time!
Marinated and lightly spiced tofu skewers served with nori, a japanese side salad, a goma dressing and fresh ginger". She told me it was not at all spicy. As soon as I tasted it I begged to differ. It was a bit spicy for me but way too spicy for Sylvia. When I pointed this out, our waitress was happy to swap it for a bowl of potato fries ($8).
Perusing the starters was too tempting and I also ordered some polenta jenga ($10). This came on a slice of cauliflower puree with some sage and cashew parmesan. I think this was my favourite dish. The polenta chips were great with the really tasty cauliflower puree. You know it is good when you walk away dreaming of the taste and wondering how to reproduce it.
This curry absolutely defeated me. It was huge. I found it odd that both E's and my curry came without rice or roti so that we had to pay extra for them. I didn't get through my rice and ended up sharing it with E. My curry was lovely but it was too much to have this curry as well as some starters.
Sister of Soul
73 Acland Street, St Kilda
03 9593 8550
Open daily 7.30am - late
Saturday, 4 August 2018
Above are some fondant cakes I made with Sylvia. I am not very familiar with fondant icing. It was interesting to experiment though I think it needs more planning as it was very easy to let it go dry if not concentrating enough to cover it up. The lollipops came out of a packet of icing toppers and inspired the lollies theme.
Christmas in July cheeseboard), more hot dogs, dolmades that I keep forgetting about, a chocolate filled Barni cake, Tutki biscuits with nutella-style choclate filling, and some date and apricot crackers that went well with the apricot and almond cheese.
Mixed citrus lemonade was made from a fruit and veg box that was given to E. I still have a few grapefruits and other citrus left so I am almost due to use up the rest in another batch. I don't have lots of other ways to use up grapefruit.
I am sending this post to Sherry of Sherry's Pickings for the In My Kitchen event, that was started by Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, If you would like to join in, send your post to Sherry by 13th of the month. Or just head over to her blog to peek into more kitchens.