Minimalist Eats. While it appealed to me me, it seemed a bit sophisticated for kids. So I had a chat to Sylvia to work out what vegies she would eat in a pot pie.
I am sending these pies to Meat Free Mondays and Eat Your Greens.
More comforting pies on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Macaroni cheese pies
Spaghetti pie (v)
Vegetable cheese pie
Will's farmhouse (mini) pies
Potato, corn and pea pot pies
An original Green Gourmet Giraffe recipe
Makes 3-4 depending on the size of your ramekins
400g tin corn, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen peas
2 cups diced and cooked potato
1 sheet of 25 x 25cm ready rolled puff pastry
1 heaped dessertspoon of butter
2 dessertspoons of wholemeal flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 tsp salt and pepper mix
1/4 tsp seeded mustard
1 generous cup of grated cheese
small handful each parsley and baby leeks or chives
Preheat oven to 220 C. (If you haven't cooked the potatoes, do this while you make the cheese sauce.)
First make the cheese sauce. Fry the butter and flour over medium heat a few minutes in a frypan or large sauce pan until it smells cooked and might have changed colour slightly. Turn the heat to low and gradually stir in the milk. Bring to the boil and mix in the seasoning, mustard, cheese, parsley and chives. When the cheese melts, turns off the heat. Gently stir in the corn, peas and potato.
Spoon mixture into ramekins. Cover with pastry. I just cut the pastry into quarters and let it hand over the edges of the ramekins for E and me. Sylvia wanted to cut hers into a circle by tracing it on the ramekin (before the filling went in) and then we used some of the scraps to decorate the pastry. Use a knife to make a few slits for the air to get out. Bake about 20-30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. These are really hot straight out of the oven so can do with sitting for 10-15 minutes.
NOTES: These could be made vegan by using vegan puff pastry, vegan butter, vegan milk and vegan cheese such as bio cheese. Alternately you could use your favourite vegan cheese sauce.
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Saturday, 14 October 2017
Thursday, 12 October 2017
other holidays: Cereal, milk, tinned peaches, hummus, crackers, swiss cheese, chocolate, gingerbread men, cheese muffins, liquorice, crisps, popcorn, tea, coffee, English muffins, baked beans, naan bread, pasta, pasta sauce, sausages, carrots, cherry tomatoes, spinach etc etc.
This house was probably the best where we've stayed in terms of kitchen goods. Not only was there a good array of sugars, spices, oil, vinegar, teas and coffee, but there was also cereal, milk, jam, vegemite, butter, We at all of our breakfasts at home. Sylvia and E loved the little boxes of cereal and I took a fancy to fruit muffins. We ate some lunches and dinners out and some at home. Baked beans on muffins were tea one night and on another we had platters of naan bread, hummus, cheese and vegies.
Sylvia loved pottering about at the piano. I wished we had some of E's music books as I can sight read simple tunes but have very few in my memory from my piano playing days. We mostly played games such as Scrabble or Cluedo in the evenings though we had Wallace and Gromit on for Sylvia's Fun Friday Film night. "Cracking toast Gromit!"
This board made me realise how little I know of native herbs and spices. I did make amends in the gift shop with purchases of wattleseed (which I love), salt bush (which I've never had) and quandong (which I have only tasted once) in a dessert sauce.
It is not the healthiest meal but I confess to loving the nostalgia involved with fish and chips. For me the ritual of waiting in the fluorescent light fish and chips shop, the anticipation as we walked home clutching a burning hot paper wrapped bundle to my chest and then the unwrapping of the paper at home to reveal a steaming pile of golden chips is as much a part of the enjoyment of fish and chips as the meal.
Coolas Ice Creamery
Shop 1 Stony Creek Stores
97 Grampians Road
Tel; 03 5356 4466
The Spirit of Punjab
161-163 Grampians Road
Tel: 03 5356 4234
Brambuk - The National Park and Cultural Centre
277 Grampians Tourist Road
outside Halls Gap
Tel: 03 5361 4000
Halls Gap Fish and Chips
109 Grampians Road
2 Heath St
Tel: 03 5356 4782
Sunday, 8 October 2017
Back to my idea to make pear muffins. At first I was determined to make Karen's savoury pear walnut and goats cheese muffins at Lavender and Lovage. Then I found I didn't have enough walnuts. Back to the drawing board! I found a simple sweet pear muffin recipe instead.
eganopoulous's muffins with pear puree.) I also gave a muffin to our neighbour who was looking after the cat while we were away.
We didn't end up taking many muffins away as we had plenty of food with us. So they were neglected and I can report they don't last many days. However a few muffins went into the freezer and I am looking forward to one for morning tea tomorrow to cheer me up about being back to work after our holiday.
More pear recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Avocado, pear and pecan salad (gf)
Cheese stuffed pears (gf)
Pear and spice cake
Pear and walnut chutney (gf, v)
Rhubarb and pear crumble
Adapted from Super Food Ideas via taste.com
Makes 12 muffins
1 cup wholemeal flour, sifted
1/2 cup self-raising flour, sifted
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 pears, peeled, diced
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup olive oil
1 egg or 1 flax egg
2 tbsp brown sugar, extra
2 tbsp almond meal
Great a 12 hole muffin tin at preheat oven to 200 C. If using flax egg mix 1 tbsp flax meal (linseed meal) and 3 tbsp water in a small bowl and set aside. Mix flours, almond meal, sugar, cinnamon and pears in a medium to large mixing bowl. Stir in milk, olive oil and egg (or flax egg). Spoon into muffin tin. Mix extra almond meal and brown sugar in small bowl. Sprinkle over batter in muffin tin. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Best eaten within a day or two.
NOTES: I used a flax egg and soy milk so these were vegan. This and the low sugar content might be why they didn't last long but they were excellent fresh and good the next day.
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Monday, 2 October 2017
Regular readers will have noticed my recent overnight baked sourdough doughnuts on the blog. Sylvia is a tad obsessed with these holey fritters. We took the above yeasted doughnuts down to my parents for Father's Day. Sylvia and her cousins decorated them when we arrived. Both E and my dad love doughnuts so they went down well.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness they are next. I really loved these floral bowls from an op shop. And I bought these lasagna sheets for a recent lasagna just because they were "corrugated". They did look really cool in the lasagna and I think the corrugation means more pasta.
overnight sourdough bread dough. It works really well. So recently I had a go at making bear faced rolls. They tickled my fancy! I think I ate more for work lunches than Sylvia because these were made at the start of the holidays. But she has been enjoying sourdough rolls for her school lunches.
Shaheen of A2K with both some of my favourite products and a few unknowns. One of the unknowns was some Outback Spirit Tasmanian Pepper Salt mix. She raved about this salt so much that I had to buy it and agree it is a really nice seasoning mix. Now I have bought some for my mum too. When looking at Aussie products I also came across mio muesli which we have been eating regularly for a while. What goes around comes around!
Wallace and Gromit exhibition at ACMI and enjoyed looking through the giftshop. I purchased this Harry Potter mug. It is the third Harry Potter mug in the house. One was E's dad's and got chipped in transit. One is a Marauders Map one where the map appears when you put boiling water in. I am reading the fifth Harry Potter book to Sylvia. Harry is such a moody teenage boy in this that it does not seem so appropriate for an 8 year old but once you start, you can't stop!
no sew doughnuts made from socks, felt and fabric paint. Sylvia has enjoyed making these with me and they look colourful in her "doughnut den". I might share more about these if I can find some time but meanwhile, here is a plateful for you.
I did enjoy the Chickpea Corn Chips with Spicy Tomato Salsa (65% cornmeal and 5% chickpea flour so mostly corn chips). And I have been eating lots of canned peaches because summer fruit is still on the way thought berries and pears have been great to eat too.
electric kitchen scales malfunctioning. They are just over 2 years old which does not seem that old. Suddenly they have gone into ounces and refuse to go back to metric. I do not do imperial measures. My sourdough is suffering as I am not sure how much to feed it and my overnight sourdough bread dough seems either too sticky or too dry because my conversions never seem quite right. Time for new scales unless I have the energy to contact the manufacturer. (Yeah right!)
sausage rolls, doughnuts and lemonade while watching the AFL Grand Final and all were home made. Though we had some packaged bbq shapes because I didn't finish the sausage rolls until 3pm. I got caught up watching the pre-match entertainment with Sylvia and my neighbour. (Can anyone tell me why the banners don't rip to tatters these days? And why were only a handful of people on the oval watching the Killers why everyone else stayed in the stands?) We had lots of sausage rolls leftover to take down to my parents' house the next day to hear about their trip to India.
cheese muffins, gingerbread biscuits (with doughnut icing) and some pear muffins that I will share soon. The blog will be quiet while I am away but I will be back with holiday photos and more doughnuts and lots of fun stuff soon after we return.
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 10th of the month. Or just head over to her blog to peek into more kitchens.
Friday, 29 September 2017
A few weeks back we saw the Wallace and Gromit exhibition at ACMI. I love the Aardman animations so it was great fun to see all the tiny sets and characters and marvel at the details. I didn't take my DSLR camera because I wasn't sure they would allow photos but there was a sign saying photos were welcome. So here are a few I took on my phone. I've tried to keep a few humans in some photos from some perspective.
Wallace and Gromit and friends: the magic of Aardman
ACMI - Australian Centre of the Moving Image
Federation Square, Melbourne CBD
29 June - 29 October 2017