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Mummer’s Dance

Posted in Dreams, Emotions, Life, love, Memories, Musings, Passion, Poem, POETRY, Random, Reflections with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2015 by buttercup600

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as night falls

my soul

abate

in silence

with the

sound

of your

voice

reflecting

in the wind

humming

to music

and in the

distance

playing

a sweet

ballad

as I sip

of your

ardor

in our

covert

space

where passion

are met

and

questions

are not

***

I close

my eyes

and wait

*

“anti meridiem”

©AvdL 2015

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Picture courtesy of @Naghi63




ROASTED EGGPLANT SPREAD

Posted in Cooking, Family, Friends, Life, Personal, Recipe with tags , , , , , , on July 10, 2010 by buttercup600

I’m always looking for an easy, healthy, recipes that don’t skimp on flavor, so when I saw this recipe for a Roasted Eggplant Spread on Ina Garten’s show, Barefoot Contessa, I was sold. The title is a little misleading though, as I find that the peppers and tomato paste are just as important here as the eggplant.

Semantics aside, the recipe is wonderfully easy and I wouldn’t change anything about it except to perhaps double it so you have plenty!

Just chop up some eggplant, red peppers, onion, and garlic, roast them off, and puree in a food processor (or strong blender) with some tomato paste.  Roasting takes some time (about 45 min.) but it is worth it with the intensified, caramelized flavors you get from the veggies.

Toast up some homemade pita chips and you are in shape! Just cut store-bought pita into wedges, drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano, and bake in the oven until golden brown. I however, prefer the pita bread fresh!!!

Perfect for parties or a healthy snack to have on hand  .

PORK AND SHRIMP DUMPLINGS

Posted in Cooking, Daily Life, Family, Friends, People, Personal, Random, Recipe with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2010 by buttercup600

Dumplings are a bit of a time commitment to make, but if you can manage,  it’ll go by in a flash, and you’ll all be rewarded with more homemade dumplings than you can eat in one sitting.  It’s fun and you can stock the freezer, ready to boil for any given easy weeknight dinner.

Ingredients:
1 pound ground pork
½ pound shrimp, peeled, cleaned, tails removed
8 dried Chinese mushrooms (1/2 cup after finely chopped)
1 onion (1/2 cup after diced and browned)
½  cabbage (1 cup after finely shredded)
2 eggs
3 tablespoons mushroom-flavored soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 ½ teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 packages round wonton wrappers (1 pound each)

Preparation:
1. Soak the dried mushrooms in hot water for about 15 minutes until softened. Squeeze the excess water out, remove stems, and chop into a fine dice.
2. Dice the onion and brown in a frying pan.
3. Finely shred the cabbage until you have 1 cup.
4. Place the shrimp in a food processor and pulse until it is a chunky mixture. Be careful not to over-process, you don’t want to create a paste.
5. Combine the pork, shrimp, mushrooms, onion, cabbage, 1 beaten egg (reserve the other one to make an egg wash), and all the remaining seasonings.
6. Knead the mixture with your hands until just combined. Cover and chill for 10 minutes.
7. While mixture chills, line a few large baking sheets with paper towels and dust lightly with flour.
8. Take one of the wonton wrappers and place a small mound of filling in the center (don’t over-fill or it will be hard to seal). Dip a finger in the egg wash and dab a little on the bottom half of the wrapper. Fold the top edge over and press to seal, creating a half-moon shape.
9. Moisten the curved edge again, and using the thumb and forefinger of one hand, form pleats. Place the dumplings on the lined baking sheets as you complete them, arranging them in 1 layer so they don’t stick to one another.
10. Cook the dumplings in a pot of boiling water (they’re done when they float), or in a hot pan. If pan-searing, heat vegetable oil in a skillet until hot, but not smoking. Fry the dumplings until the bottoms are lightly golden, about 2-3 minutes, then add ½ cup water, cover with a lid, and cook until the liquid is evaporated and the bottoms of the dumplings are crisp, 8-10 minutes.
11. Serve dumplings immediately with dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 tablespoons minced green onion
4 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
½ teaspoon spice vinegar
½ teaspoon sugar

DID YOU SAY….PUMPKIN FRITTERS?

Posted in Cooking, Family, Friends, Life, People, Personal, Random, Recipe with tags , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by buttercup600

Pumpkin fritters are delightful, especially when served warm with crunchy cinnamon sugar. You can almost serve it as desert! (And a favourite in South Africa)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked pumpkin, mashed and well-drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Oil for frying
  • Cinnamon sugar

Method

  1. Ensure that the pumpkin is well-drained. Beat eggs and add to pumpkin and mix.
  2. Add the rest of the of the ingredients, except for the oil and cinnamon sugar. Mix well into a thick batter.
  3. Heat a heavy pan, using medium to high heat to start with. Add a little oil.
  4. Scoop up heaped tablespoons of batter, and drop into pan, but not too close together.
  5. Fry until bubbles form on the top surface. They should now be firm and golden on the underside.
  6. Flip over and fry on other side.
  7. The fritters will puff up slightly while cooking. To test, press lightly on the fritters. When done, they will tend to spring back.
  8. Remove from pan and drain on kitchen paper.
  9. Serve warm with plenty of crunchy cinnamon-flavoured sugar.

ENJOY….I PROMISE YOU’LL COME BACK FOR MORE!!

Slow Cooked Oxtail with Orange and Lemon Gremolada

Posted in Cooking, Family, Friends, People, Random, Recipe with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by buttercup600

One cannot let the winter pass without preparing oxtail a couple of times! This delicious stew can be cooked in a very slow oven, or in a slow cooker. Best made the day before.

2T (30ml) flour
2t (10ml) Garlic Pepper
1t (5ml) Meat Spice
2T (30ml) canola oil
1T (15ml) butter
1.25kg oxtail – trimmed of excess fat
2 onions, chopped
1 large carrot, scraped and sliced into rings
2 sticks of celery – finely sliced
½ cup (125ml) red wine
1 cup (250ml) beef stock
1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
4T (60ml)  Tomato Pesto
1T (15ml) orange marmalade (optional)
Green Onion Seasoning to taste

GREMOLADA

Grated rind of half an orange
Grated rind of one lemon
¼ cup (60ml) finely chopped parsley
3 cloves of garlic – finely chopped

Adjust the oven rack to one slot below the middle shelf. Preheat the oven to 100°C or preheat your slow cooker on auto.

Measure the flour and two seasonings into a plastic bag, add meat and shake to coat.

Heat a heavy frying pan and add oil and butter. When the butter becomes brown and bubbly, add half the meat and brown it on all sides. Remove browned meat from the pan, and add to the raw meat. It is not necessary to brown all the meat. Add the onions to the pan and brown. Add the carrot and celery and stir fry together with the onions for 2 minutes. Add the red wine – boil fast for one minute to reduce it a little. Add the stock, chopped tomatoes, Tomato Pesto, marmalade, the oxtail (browned and raw meat) and any left over seasoned flour.

Transfer the stew to a heavy cast iron pot with a lid for oven cooking, or to a slow cooker. Cook for 5 – 6 hours until the meat is very tender and falling off the bone. At this stage it is best to leave the meat to cool down completely (overnight is best). Skim off as much fat as possible the next day.

TO SERVE

Reheat the meat. Taste for seasoning. Mix all the gremolada ingredients together and sprinkle over the oxtail just before serving. Delicious with Creamy Polenta and Red Cabbage with Apple.

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ROAST LAMB (FOR FATHER’S DAY!)

Posted in Cooking, Family, Friends, Life, People, Personal, Random, Recipe with tags , , , , , , on June 20, 2010 by buttercup600

I remember the day’s when we would have this on a Sunday at my Grandmother’s…we would say a prayer and my Grandfather would dip his finger in the gravy and swipe it under my nose!!  Much to my disgust!!  A wonderful way to express your love….go on….it’s almost Father’s Day!!!!!

INGREDIENTS:-

– 1.8 kg leg of lamb
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– Freshly ground black pepper
– 2 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced (optional)
– 6 unwashed potatoes, peeled and quartered
– 1 kg butternut pumpkin, chopped and seeds removed, or 1 kg kumara (sweet potatoes), peeled and cut into large chunks
– salt
– 1 tablespoon plain flour
– 1 1/2 cups beef stock
– 400 g green beans, topped and tailed, boiled, to serve
– 4 small carrots, peeled and thickly sliced on the diagonal, boiled, to serve

INSTRUCTIONS:-

1 Preheat the oven to 220°C. Place the lamb in a large roasting pan and brush it all over with a little of the oil. Season well with pepper. If you are using the garlic, make 1-cm-deep slits with a small, sharp knife in the leg of lamb, and press a piece of garlic into each slit with your fingers. Roast the lamb in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 180°C.

2 Meanwhile, place the potatoes and pumpkin or kumara on a board and brush with the remaining oil. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange the potatoes around the lamb and roast the lamb and potatoes for 30 minutes. Add the pumpkin or Kumara to the roasting pan and roast for a further 40 minutes (for medium-cooked lamb). Transfer the lamb to a carving plate, cover loosely with foil and set aside to rest. Transfer the vegetables to a large well-greased roasting pan. Increase the oven temperature to 230°C and return them to the oven for 10 minutes to crisp up.

3 For the gravy, skim off all but about 2 tablespoons of the fat from the juices remaining in the roasting pan. Place the pan on the stove over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon and scraping the base of the pan to loosen any crisp bits, for 1–2 minutes, or until the flour just starts to brown. Gradually stir in the stock until well combined. Increase the heat to high and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium-high and boil, uncovered, for 5 minutes, or until the gravy thickens.

4 Carve the lamb and serve with the pumpkin or kumara, potatoes, carrots, beans and gravy.

SHEPARD’S PIE

Posted in Cooking, Daily Life, Family, Friends, People, Recipe with tags , , , , on June 18, 2010 by buttercup600

This is an easy and fast recipe….I have added vegetables for a bit of variation but it is entirely up to your own taste.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried coriander
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives, drained
  • 5-1/2 cups hot mashed potatoes (prepared without milk and butter)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Additional butter, melted

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside. In the same skillet, cook bacon, onion, garlic and oregano until bacon is crisp; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, olives and beef. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until heated through.
  • Meanwhile, combine the mashed potatoes, eggs, butter, coriander and salt. Spread half of the potato mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9-in. pie plate. Layer with beef mixture and remaining potato mixture.
  • Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Brush the pie with melted butter. Bake 10 minutes longer or until top is golden brown. 

ENJOY!!

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