Friday, July 30, 2010
This is a really easy recipe requiring some overnight soaking of crushed mustard seeds and finely chopped rosemary in cider or white wine vinegar and then adding a little mustard powder, flour, oil, salt and pepper today. So easy, so quick. It is great spread over a piece of beef you are going to roast or mixed with honey and oil and drizzled over some vegetables to be roasted. Great for Christmas hamper gifts too.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
It's that time of year to start putting spuds in the ground. This morning Max and I dug over some ground and planted some Bismarck potatoes to harvest later in the year. Luckily it was Max and not me who put the fork through the water pipe! Bit chilly today to get in the way of a geyser. When we get around to digging some more ground over, we plan to put in some Pink Eyes, Dutch Creams and a few Kipfler potatoes as well just to have plenty of variety. I haven't seriously grown potatoes for some years and have just relied on self sown spuds which pop up in the garden to give us some new potatoes in spring. Last year I grew the prized Pink Eyes for the first time and they lasted for a few months after harvest hidden away in the dark. I have had the seed potatoes hardening off suspended in a basket in a shady shed to make sure they are very green and hard. To make the seed potatoes go further, I cut some of the bigger ones into 2 or 3 pieces and dusted the cut surfaces with cement, a trick my late father-in-law used to use. I think the lime in the cement probably sterilises the cut surface and ensures the "seed" doesn't rot before it starts to sprout. Now I can look forward to some lovely new spuds in late spring.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
After a long day's hike carrying a heavy backpack, you need something tasty for dinner to replenish your energy levels and soothe those aching muscles. At the moment I have broccoli going crazy and sprouting lots of little heads. Rather than let it go to waste, I have dried some in my food dryer to have on hand for the next big bushwalk. Mixed with other dried veges like tomato, corn, onion, carrot, added to some dried tuna and pasta, it makes quite a decent meal. The broccoli keeps its colour well and rehydrates to an almost crunchy texture.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
|Halloumi after pressing|
|Salting the halloumi after heating in whey|
|Halloumi in brine|
Friday, July 2, 2010
In autumn, a friend gave me a couple of bags of quinces from her garden. After stewing, freezing, bottling and turning some into jam, there were still quinces left over. I decided to have a go at Quince Cheese following a recipe from Sally Wise's book "A Year in a Bottle". Straining the stewed quince through a sieve took forever but eventually I ended up with little squares of quince cheese. They have been sitting in an airtight container in the cupboard since then. Today I melted some couverture chocolate from Anvers Chocolate at Latrobe to dip them into. I think they look pretty tasty. In fact I know they are very tasty. And pretty as well.