Wednesday, June 19, 2013
This week's Wednesday with Donna Hay pick comes from Margaret, who chose Mushrooms with Pasta from p22 of Off the Shelf.
This dish involves making a creamy mushroom sauce with stock, chilli, basil and cheese to coat fettucine.
I thought this was really quite nice. I cut down the pasta from 400g to 250g and made the whole amount of sauce, which gave me three hearty serves of pasta. It was another quick, easy, tasty dish. I even bought pre-cut mushrooms to cut down in preparation time.
To see what Margaret, Kayte and Chaya thought, visit their websites. And if you want to cook along with us each week, feel free to join us - just contact one of us to let us know, and we will add you to our mailing list.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Congratulations to Harrison Craig from Melbourne who was announced last night as The Voice Australia for 2013. Harrison has a voice that is smooth like honey and deep and rich like chocolate, which is especially wonderful because he has a stutter in his speaking voice and is only 18 years old. He is marvellous - I'll be watching this space for Harrison's next career move.
This week for Baking with Julia, we take a walk on the savoury side, and make Cheese and Tomato Galette. For the uninitiated, a galette is a free form pie. This one is made with sour cream dough, and contains cheese, tomato and basil.
Here is a peek inside:
I used low fat tasty cheddar cheese, as I refused to buy any extra cheese - I am not a huge cheese eater, and it is rather wasteful to throw out cheese that has gone mouldy or hard from lengthy periods spent languishing in the fridge. I added salt to the filling and sprinkled it on top of the dough because I thought that it needed it.
I took this to work, and much to my surprise, it disappeared. Lovely Lisa even complimented me on it in the lift going home - yet I was worried that no-one would want it because the dough was below par as I made a boo boo when halving the recipe and ended up having to add way more flour than was desirable. I am happy that people liked it anyway.
To see what our other merry members of BWJ thought of this galette, visit the LYL section of the website.
Monday, June 17, 2013
I came into her room half an hour before the bridal dinner, and found her lying on her bed as lovely as the June night in her flowered dress — and as drunk as a monkey. She had a bottle of Sauterne in one hand and a letter in the other.
“’Gratulate me,” she muttered. “Never had a drink before, but oh how I do enjoy it.”
Chapter 4, The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
A couple of weekends ago, my family and I went on a day trip to Stanthorpe in Queensland. Stanthorpe is a rich fruit and wine area, so we were looking forward to a day of great eating (which indeed transpired).
At the cafe where we ate lunch, they sold a wide variety of locally made alcohol. I bought a bottle of Sauternes, a sweet dessert wine, having confused it with Calvados, an apple brandy, because of the apple on the label. I was a little disappointed when I discovered my mistake, as I had wanted to cook with Calvados. However, a trusty Google search later, I found that there were plenty of recipes using Sauternes as a component. We were back in business.
The recipe that particularly caught my eye was a one for Olive Oil and Sauternes Cake by Neil Perry, a famous Australian chef. He served his cake with roasted pears, but as I did not have any pears, I made the cake by itself. It is a plain but moist affair, and I can see why it would be a perfect vehicle for roasted fruit and syrup or poached fruit, as it would soak it up like a good bread with pasta sauce or rice with a curry.
Despite the non-obstrusive nature of this cake, it was popular at work and was gone in a flash. The next day, a lovely girl whom I don't know ( but who clearly knows who I am!) complimented me on that cake. I love getting feedback, so I was very pleased that this cake was a quiet achiever.
Have a great week.
Friday, June 14, 2013
It's French Fridays with Dorie time, and this week's recipe is Back-of-the-Card Cheese and Olive Bread. Why? Because the recipe was off card provided by a cheesemaker.
I was sceptical about this one, especially as it is an unyeasted loaf. However, I needn't have worried - it was absolutely delicious. I am not normally a fan of savoury cakes and muffins, but I loved this. I ate slices of it as is - no spread is required. It is good warm and cooled.
To see what the other Doristas thought, visit the LYL section of the website.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
This week's Wednesday with Donna Hay recipe is Chicken Spaghetti Salad, chosen by Kayte from p57 of Modern Classics Book I.
This salad is so simple but so good - shredded chicken breast, cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, spaghetti, egg, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
It is absolutely delicious - I could have this again.
To see what Kayte, Margaret and Chaya thought of this dish, visit their websites.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
I have previously mentioned Share: The Cookbook That Celebrates Our Common Humanity, sales of which support Women for Women International. If you are looking for a cookbook that is both beautiful and has something for everyone, this is it, and by buying it, you are supporting a very worthy cause.
I have been enjoying cooking various recipes out of this book, and recently, I made Rwandan chicken casserole from p133 of the book. This is a wonderful spicy casserole with a thick, rich sauce - just the kind of meal I love in the winter. There are various very similar recipes on the Web, but to make this casserole, the recipe is as follows:
3 tbspns vegetable oil
1.5kg chicken pieces
1 thinly sliced onion
3 chopped tomatoes
2 sliced sticks celery
1 minced chilli
250-300ml chicken stock
salt and pepper
Brown the chicken in the hot oil in a large, deep fry pan. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside. Add the onion to the pan and cook until soft and browned. Return the chicken to the pan with the tomatoes, celery, chilli and salt and pepper to taste. Add the stock, bring the liquid to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covering the pan, for 30-40 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Serve the casserole over rice (or in my case, cous cous).
Friday, June 7, 2013
Life is full of surprises, and this week's French Fridays with Dorie recipe is no exception. We had to make Goat Cheese and Strawberry Tartine, which I imagined to be a tart, but is in fact, bread topped with goats cheese, strawberries and balsamic vinegar.
Instead of baguette, I used apricot delight fruit loaf. I tried it with the bread both fresh and toasted, and loved it both ways. This truly was superb - it is so good that when I ran out of strawberries, I kept going with tinned peach slices instead, which is an equally delicious combination.
Who knew that goat cheese and strawberries on bread tasted fabulous? Dorie obviously, but I don't recall of anyone else ever suggesting such a thing. All I can say is try it- I loved it.
To see what the other Dorie participants thought, visit the LYL section of the website.