Thursday, 31 July 2014

Nostalgia Alert!


No New Zealand after match function was ever complete without a plate of Lamingtons.  Some red some brown.  A family friend always used to include one fake one on each plate – it was rubber with the same coating as the others.  And then everyone would wait to see who bit down on it!  Those were the days of innocent fun.
The Australians claim lamingtons as their invention … but who knows – it is certainly Antipodean.
Lamingtons are squares of sponge cake dipped in either chocolate sauce or cold but not set raspberry jelly and then rolled in desiccated coconut.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Nostalgia Alert!

Convoy – CW McCall – 1975

'cause we got a great big convoy rockin' thru the night
Yeah, we got a great big convoy, ain't she a beautiful sight?
Come on and join our convoy, ain't nothin' gonna get in our way
We gonna roll this truckin' convoy 'cross the USA

Do we have a convoy, Rubber Duck?  For a blast from the past here is a YouTube clip for your entertainment!
This song was the inspiration for a 1978 film of the same name.

The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

I read The Chase because of Janet Evanovich but had some misgivings about the co-author thing.  But although the characters are very different from the Stephanie Plum series, Evanovich's sense of humour does shine through.
It was a fast fun read. While people are blown up etc it's not done in such a way that it's too grim.  The characters are interesting although it's a shame there was no equivalent to Grandma Mazur.
I think this book was better than the first novel in the series – The Heist.  So that bodes well for future instalments.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

And so say all of us!

Spicy Spinach & Potato Patties (low FODMAP)

Spicy Spinach & Potato Patties (low FODMAP) by Carole's Chatter

These Spicy Spinach & Potato Patties turned out to be a great way to eat spinach even for someone like me who doesn't really like the taste of spinach.  It was easy to do and was a hit with the better half too.
I used 4 red potatoes and half a bag of spinach.  You boil your potatoes – it's quicker if you cut them up into chunks.  I do put salt in the water as a matter of habit.  When they are done just roughly mash them as they are – you'll add some seasonings when you add the spinach.
To prepare the spinach which was fresh, I destalked it and then washed it – spinach is one of those things that seem to have dirt on them no matter what.  Pop the washed spinach into a pot – you don't need to add water because the water on the leaves from the washing will be quite sufficient.  Cook with the lid on for about 3 minutes or until the leaves have wilted down.
Let the spinach cool a little and then squeeze as much liquid out of it as you can.  I used paper towels to do this.  Then chop the spinach up.
Now you add your chopped spinach to the mashed potato togher with a sprinkle of red chilli flakes, a teaspoon of garam masala, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (say the juice of half a lemon) and lashings of salt and ground white pepper.  Mix it up and then form into patties.  
These patties won't be very good at sticking together – next time I will be tempted to add a beaten egg to assist the binding – but even without they stayed intact with gentle handling. 

Spicy Spinach & Potato Patties (low FODMAP) by Carole's Chatter

I rolled the patties in coconut flour ( in lieu of wheat free breadcrumbs which I haven't been able to get yet).
Fry the patties in olive oil with a teaspoon of garlic infused olive oil added to it. 

Spicy Spinach & Potato Patties (low FODMAP) by Carole's Chatter

The sauce I served with it was a simple mix of greek yoghurt, salt, pepper, a teensy bit of garlic infused oil and a small amount of chopped green olives and capers.  Instead of the olives and capers you could just use some chopped fresh herbs like mint, basil or coriander.