No Lettuce Salads

29 12 2010

Salads with NO LETTUCE.

There’s lots of variety without lifeless lettuce, including:

  • brown rice salad with spinach, capsicum, dates and bean sprouts.
  • potato salad with organic dutch cream potatoes, beans from the garden and kalamata olives.
  • chickpea salad with organic chickpeas, cherry tomatoes from the garden and lebanese cucumber.
  • thai noodle salad with rice noodles, bean sprouts, mango, capsicum, coriander, peanuts and a spicy lime dressing



29 12 2010

Lights, both at home and further afield in Lobethal.

Christmas lights at one of the houses in Lobethal.

Not actually for Christmas but for New Years, I finally constructed our lanterns from Chiang Mai and set them up around the house.

Lantern from Thailand, tealights from Australia.

Monday’s garden delights

13 12 2010

Apart from our treats of fresh strawberries (if we can get to them before the millipedes) and late season peas off the bush, the garden promises to bring us plenty of tomatoes, corn and beans. The corn is almost at my chest height, the beans are little baby pods and the roma and cherry tomatoes are looking green and plentiful.

Christmas treats

5 12 2010

While Benno sat his JLPT N2 exam today, I created Christmas truffles.

I made non-alcoholic rum balls:

Rum Balls

280g (approx. 3 cups) cake crumbs
3 T apricot jam
3T cocoa
1T orange juice (or 1T rum)

1. Mix together cake crumbs, cocoa, jam, juice (or rum) in a processor until a stiff paste is formed.
2. Roll into about 24 balls.
3. Roll the balls in cocoa or coconut; dip the balls into melted chocolate or cover with a little fondant and decorate like a mini pudding with a cherry.

and fruity truffles:

Fruity Truffles

1/4 c dates
1/2 c sultanas
1/2 c figs
1/4 c glace cherries
2T orange juice
60g hazelnuts or other nut
90g plain cake
60g cooking chocolate
1/2 c icing sugar

1. Place fruit in a bowl with 1T orange juice. Mix and stand for 10 minutes.
2. Process nuts, then cake crumbs, then fruits.
3. Place in bowl and add melted chocolate, sugar and remaining orange juice. Mix well.
4. Shape into balls.
5. Roll in chopped nuts or crushed digestive biscuit crumbs.