The Challenge Begins….what fun!!

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So, we launched the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge at the Sustainable Living Festival last weekend.  As the Festival Director, I was completely buggered afterward and the first meal or two are a bit of a blur…I think toasted cheese and eggs featured prominently.  But, then I got to have a couple of days off…recovery!  This gave me time to cook up a Tassievore storm…Roasted beet, carmelised onion, kate, lemon zest, fetta and walnut pizza; artichoke pesto; muesli;  garlic aioli; honey oat bickies and “ranch” dressing were among my first Tassievore makings.  I was keen to make a few things that can just sit in the fridge and be used to liven up bread, cheese and eggs, which I think may be my new staples as a vegetarian Tassievore.  Excitingly the Artichoke Pesto I could virtually make from my garden. I’ll try to remember to include the recipe below as well as the Honey Oat Bickies…as a sugar addict, sweet treats will be my biggest challenge, I reckon.  BUT my most exciting Tassievore meal, which I really want to share is…..

Tandoori Cauliflower and Mint Chutney with Naan Bread

I’m a bit of a luddite, and with my job being pretty computer based, I tend to not be very online savvy.  I have however been introduced to the My New Roots Blog, by my friend, Sophie.  It is great and definately good for those wanting to eat healthy, seasonal food. Sarah, who writes the blog, is a nutritionist and gives heaps of interesting info about the nutritional benefits of various foods and I have found many an inspiration on this site. The tandoori cauliflower peaked my interest some time ago, but it wasnt’ until last night that I finally tried it out.  The only questionable ingredient is the fresh ginger that I used in the marinade, but surely that is a spice/flavouring…which I am allowing myself!

I am feeling a bit over typing, so will just put in the link to the recipe here…yummm! Happy cooking and eating, Lissa

Naan Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast
  • ¾ cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ¼ cup wholemeal flour
  • 3 cups sifted flour

Method:

  1. Activate yeast with ¼ cup warm water..leave 10 mins until foamy
  2. Combine ¾ cup hot water, yogurt, butter and salt in bowl, then stir in the yeast and flour ( a bit at a time) until you can turn it out and knead the dough
  3. Knead until smooth, but still slightly tacky.9
  4. Put dough into oiled bowl, cover with tea towel and leave until double in bulk about 1 hour)
  5. Divide into 8-10 balls and let rest 10 minutes
  6. Flatten balls to 12cm thick (rolling pin or hands)
  7. Bake on heated stone or tray @ 210 degrees for 12-15minutes

Honey Oat Bickies

Ingredients:

  • 150g butter
  • 150g honey
  • 1/2c wholemeal flour
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 250g oats

Method:

  1. Melt butter and stir in honey
  2. Add rest of the ingredients and mix
  3. Spoon onto baking tray, flattening slightly
  4. Bake @ 180 degrees for 8-10minutes.

Bushpepper and Parmesan crackers and Mushroom pate

ImageSpring has sprung the grass is riz I’m wonderin’ where the party is… perhaps the answer is anywhere that these treats are being served!

We had a great Tassievore cook off for our photo-shoot last weekend, and these were my humble offerings. I have since trotted them out for two other house guests and am at risk of making my family and friends highly bored of them before the summer is here. But at least they are still new and exciting in Tassievore land.

I tried to channel our lovely photographer Jasmine Pettersen when taking the shot (her tip is to take food pics from above) but, clearly,  I still have a huge amount to learn. Perhaps not taking the photo on the dodgy old fold out table will be my first note to self. Anyway hopefully the snap is enough for you to get the idea and party inspiration.

While I think of it, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the result of our photo shoot with Jasmine – the pictures will appear in the next few weeks. They are set to be gorgeous as Jasmine only uses film, which gives the photos a unique look in these digital days, plus she has a gift for the art of photography.

On to the recipes!

Bush Pepper and Parmesan crackers

  • 150g (1 cup) plain flour
  • 2 tsp finely grated Ashgrove or Elgaar parmesan/grana
  • Pinch or two or ground Tasmanian bush pepper
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) lukewarm water

Preheat oven to 200°C. Line 2 large baking trays with non-stick baking paper (if you want to be safe, but the crackers are quite floury and don’t generally stick if you work quickly).

Sift the flour into a large bowl. Stir in the parmesan and bush pepper.

Use a round-bladed knife to gradually mix the water into the flour mixture, using a cutting motion, until the mixture just comes together. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.

Divide the dough into 16 equal portions. Use your hands to roll each portion into a ball. Roll each ball out on a lightly floured surface as flat as you can – should get to around 8cm-diameter disc. Cut each round into quarters, sixths or eighths depending on your preferred style – a pizza roller cutter is handy for this bit.

Place the flattened dough on trays. Bake in preheated oven for around 8 minutes or until golden patches appear. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Mushroom pate

  • 40g butter (i used Ashgrove unsalted)
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves (picked mine fresh thanks to a thoughtful housewarming gift)
  • 1/4 cup red wine (pinot from friends at winemaking tasmania worked well)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream (but i used yoghurt and it worked fine!)
  • Extra thyme leaves, to garnish

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes or until tender. Add mushrooms. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until mushrooms are soft.

Sprinkle flour and thyme over mushrooms, stirring until well combined.

Whisk together wine and yoghurt. Pour over mushroom mixture, stirring. Cook for 3 minutes or until sauce comes to the boil. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl. Refrigerate until cold.

Process mushroom mixture in a food processor until smooth. Spoon into a bowl. Top with thyme.

Serve with bush pepper and parmesan crackers and enjoy your spring celebrations!