- I attended my first water workout class.
- We have been chasing up repairs after someone ran into our parked car.
- Sylvia was very brave when she got 2 jabs at her 4 year old health check!
- I had minor medical procedure that required local anathestic
- In national politics, there was a leadership challenge that ended with a whimper not a bang!
- I worked out how to turn off my new iphone (and have successfully downloaded my first photos from the phone)!
- Sylvia has done lots of painting and bluetakked it up over our cupboard doors
- I ordered my first pair of prescription spectacles
- Two of my favourite glasses were broken
- I looked into volunteer work.
- My mum, Sylvia and I had a very nice lunch at a cafe called Two Monks.
- It was the spring solstice. Zinc our cat can now go outside without suncream.
- I found that Sylvia had outgrown all her trousers except one pair of tracky daks and a few pairs of leggings. At least skirts aren't outgrown so easily!
- I had to wait out a thunderstorm before picking up Sylvia from childcare one day
- We got new green bin from the council. Now we have three bins - rubbish, recycling and green waste.
- I entered my first baking competition (and didn't win - sob!)
I found the recipe in an old Vegetarian Times magazine. It looked good. I was a bit concerned that the loaf was topped with tomato sauce and yet the instructions ended in taking the loaf out of the oven. There was no advice on how to get it out of the tin and serve it. A quick search of the web told of people finding it very ugly to serve. It looked a mess on the first night. Yet once it cooled it sliced up quite nicely.
cornbread and it just was too wet and unpleasant. We got around the textural difficulties by grilling slices of loaf until crispy each side. It tasted even better when served with a really good salad.
Vegan Green Goddess Salad Dressing a while back. It came to me when I had avocados to use this week. I made far less than Ange but regretted it later. The vinaigrette was so tasty that it really lifted the oatmeal and tempeh loaf. E even dipped his bread into the dressing. In fact the next night I mixed the dressing with spinach to serve with refried beans and a corn, tomato and avocado salad in a burrito. I am as excited about this dressing as I am unsure about the loaf.
CERES Harvest Festival yesterday. I decided I should enter the baking festival. Truth be told, the idea scared me. I am not used to presenting my food in this way. It is so much different to setting it up as a photo for the blog. Yet after seeing the BikeFest baking competition, I decided it would be good to make a contribution to a local community event.
However, I wasn't very organised. I started baking at 11pm on Friday night and had to make something I could carry on my bike and something that would use what I happened to have in my pantry. I decided to make chocolate pumpkin digestives. I had made them before but I didn't have any pumpkin. Instead I used raspberry. Halfway through cooking I turned the trays around in the oven and the biscuits were blue and dropped a tray. (I think it was the shock at the colour.) But I did have some biscuits for the event.
CWA ladies who were judging. I had a chat to the judges who were very nice. They said it was a difficult decision and gave me some advice that surprised me. I had thought a pile of biscuits looked appetising but they said it would have looked better with six biscuits on the plate and doily. They also questioned me calling them Chocolate Raspberry Digestives because they couldn't taste the raspberry. Hmm, obviously recipe naming is not my strength either!
Despite not winning, it was a good learning experience and I was glad that I took part. And they sold all the cakes and biscuits to raise money for CERES. (I was pleased about that but found it odd that you had to pay $5 to enter!) Is this normal with baking competitions?
Wellness Weekends event that celebrates healthy eating.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: BC Spiced carrot pancakes and our weekend
Two years ago: Shanghai Noodle House - dumplings on the run
Three years ago: Sydney - a gaytime and some lessons
Five years ago: Mulligatawny and dubious traditions
Vegan green goddess salad dressing
Adapted from Oh She Glows
makes enough for a salad to serve 3-4 people
1/3 cup of avocado flesh (1/2 an avocado)
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 spring onion, chopped
1 small garlic clove, roughly chopped
1 tsp maple syrup
3/8 tsp salt
dash of cayenne pepper
(fresh basil and parsley would be good if you have it)
Blend everything together until smooth. Taste and adjust flavours as desired. Dollop on fresh vegies to make an amazing salad (I paired mine with spinach, tomato, avocado, cucumber, walnuts.)
Oat and Tempeh Loaf
Adapted from Vegetarian Times
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, divided
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped (1 cup)
2 tbsp chopped fresh sage
400g can diced tomatoes
300g pkg. tempeh, crumbled
¾ tsp. vinegar
¾ tsp. sugar
1/2 cup of fresh breadcrumbs
1 and 1/2 cups tomato sauce (see below or use a bought pasta sauce)
Make a thick porridge of 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, bay leaf and 1 garlic clove. (I did this in the microwave for 4 minutes, stirred, and then another 3 minutes.) Set aside.
Fry onion in olive oil until lightly browned. Add garlic and sage and stir for a minute. Stir in tomatoes, tempeh, vinegar and sugar. Remove from heat and add in porridge, breadcrumbs and remaining oats. Check seasoning and adjust as necessary. Spoon into greased and lined loaf tin. Top with tomato sauce (see below) and bake at 200 C for 50 minutes. The tomato sauce should be bubbling and slightly dried but otherwise I am not sure how to tell it is done. When freshly cooked mine had to be served with a spoon.
If you want it to slice up nicely, you should cool it completely and then lift it out of the tin carefully with an egg flip (or a wide spatula), then reheat slices. We heated our slices under the grill (broiler) so they were slightly crispy and golden on the outside. Great with salads, vegetables or crumbled into a pasta sauce.
From my own experience
makes more than 1 1/2 cups
1 tbsp olive oil
400g tin diced tomatoes
1 tsp maple syrup (or less)
1 tsp worcestershire sauce (or less)
pinch salt - I used a bit because of too much maple
1 tbsp tomato pesto
1 tbsp tomato paste
Cook onions in oil for a few minutes. Add remaining ingrediemts. Check seasoning and simmer for about 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. (When you have some leftover from the loaf, you can serve the loaf with some of this sauce on the side.)
On the stereo:
Filigree and Shadow: This Mortal Coil