Cucumber Boats

Posted on Wednesday 10 September 2014

cucumber boat
Some boiled potatoes drizzles and tossed with chives, dill and melted butter, carrots and cucumber boats filled with a salad of black beans, olive oil, white wine vinegar, parsley, spinach, green onion and basil. Definitely repeatable! Alternative instead of parsley and basil, pepper and cumin.

Glad to use cucumbers so quickly and get to use our garden herbs.

A little boiled down rhubarb and strawberry.

And grapes!

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Wellington Sandwiches

Posted on Tuesday 9 September 2014

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People keep telling us it’s good.

It feels like a community in there with regulars and conversations, not hermetically sealed revolving door or part time workers for megacorp. Could be small town anywhere.

Wellington Sandwiches
The wrap was food, and a vegetarian option.

But the butter tart!
Wellington Sandwiches
As if from a church bakesale, the find of the day. Good flakey tart and maple syrup flavoured raisiny goodness

Every Recipe Comment is bang on funny for the 18 types.

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Raisin Vegan Tapioca

Posted on Monday 8 September 2014

I always thought rice pudding and tapioca should hybridize well.

Food Network’s tapioca recipe is without coconut. Hm.

1 cup tapioca pearls
6 cups hot water

boil 5 minutes, stirring. leave on low for 20 minutes or until transparent.

I followed the instructions on package so it’s 6 cups instead of 2.

3 c almond milk, boiling

Cook on low until thick, stirring occasionally. My recipe says an hour.

2/3 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp ground flax seed
2 tbsp ground almonds
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp Amaretto
1 c raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamum

We have no ground flax but we have flax. I asked hubby if he would like to mortar and pestle it to which he said, are you asking me to come grind with you in the kitchen? That was the best part of this recipe.

The brown sugar made it brown not white. Odd. It thickened fine without flax. Vegan recipes keep adding flax when it isn’t needed.

If white sugar were used instead it would look more creamy as when the almond milk was first added.

Traditionally an easy digestive, tapioca was prescribed as a health restorative like rice pudding, but take into account that was in the 1800s when leeches were also part of the health plan.

I hoped it would taste better when cold. Luckily it did.The texture improved.

The raisins made little puffed swim bladders that rose and sank to half-height of the bowl as it chilled. The almond flavour wasn’t strong. It wasn’t so much like cream tapioca.


Puddings and custards go back at least to ancient Rome. Tapioca pudding has a less long history. Prevalently grown in Africa in Asia now the cassava plant is South American.

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Quick as a Spinach Vermicelli

Posted on Friday 5 September 2014

A new store is a new ingredient is a new idea.

2 Servings (125g dry) of spinach-coloured vermicelli takes 2 minutes in boiling water.

Then I did roughly Taste of Home Spinach Vermicelli


1/2 tbsp olive oil, or less
1 large garlic cloves, minced
200 g fresh spinach
1/2 lemon of juice
1 tbsp dried tarragon
pinch salt
to taste fresh ground pepper
100 g Fromagerie les folies bergères soft-ripened brie type sheep cheese.

Sauté garlic 1 minute. Add the spinach, lemon juice, tarragon, salt and pepper; saute for 2 minutes or until spinach is wilted.

The lemon and tarragon gave it a fresh taste. The spinach and the cheese were balancing each other.

Made 3 servings.

And our garden’s tomato. Can’t forget that.

Definitely worth repeating.

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Lentil Roll-Ups

Posted on Thursday 4 September 2014

chard and lentil roll ups
First, on the side carrots with some finely grated ginger and orange juice added at the end. Trocolour couscous stirred with crumbles of goat feta, capers, fresh chopped parsley, chives, green onion and radishes. Lively bite.

And a beet-lentil roll-up.

1 recipe of whole wheat pastry with an inch of green onion chopped in with the butter.

I aimed for it to have layers like a PB-jam sandwich but the red of the chard dimmed down in cooking. Maybe thicker layers and a quick bread scone crust would do the trick.


cooked together:
1 carrot, grated
1 bunch of beet tops, cleaned
sprinkle of ajwan seeds
pinch caraway seeds

cooked together:
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion
1 cup green lentils
1 tbsp tamarind paste
pinch of amchor powder (mango)
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 onion boillion cube

chard and lentil roll ups
Rolled into a long thin strip as you would to make cinnamon rolls.

400 oven for 15 minutes.

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Warm Beet Salad

Posted on Wednesday 3 September 2014

fresh bread
Cool enough for hubby to bake his 18-hour bread. Wonderful crust.

warm beet salad
Most beet recipes want me to bake them for an hour. Um, no.

So what if I sliced and put them on the grill?

Based on Easy Cooking from Nina’s Kitchen, modified,

3 large beetroots (1 candy cane, 1 golden, 1 red), grilled
2 tbsp chopped red onion
50 g goat feta, or part thereof thinly sliced (it’s pretty strong)
sprinkle pumpkin seeds
a handful of arugula leaves, torn

50 ml olive oil
drizzle into it of hot pepper infused olive oil
sprinkle hot pepper flakes
10 ml white wine vinegar
salt and fresh ground pepper
5 ml or less sugar

beet salad
Really delicious.

mint ice cream
Oh no, in my flavour-distracted state I accidentally bought Nestle. Still, good taste for a warm evening.

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A Day of Self-Sufficient Garden

Posted on Tuesday 2 September 2014

day's tomatoes
Our day’s tomatoes.

We have 9 cucumbers ahead of us, except 3 are turning yellow which makes them more like bitter melons.

Cucumber, tomato, our basil, homemade bread.


rhubarb tarts
Rhubarb tarts from our rhubarb on homemade pastry. We didn’t grow the whole wheat or milk the cow for the butter, but still it feels like a far more self-reliant meal than most.

red bell peppers coming
We caged one sweet bell pepper and left on open. Probably should wrap it in chicken wire too.

Did you see the NY Times web string search article that poverty and rich areas are visible in searches?

“baby shower cake ideas” was a popular search subject in the hardest places, while “best cupcake” – that single-serving-size version of a dessert that used to be shared – was common in the easiest places.

In richer areas searching for goods, cameras, etc. In poor areas searching for calorie restrictive diets.

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