In the kitchen today

23 01 2011

Today was a day spent mostly in the kitchen using up produce from the garden and fro our strawberry picking yesterday.

The strawberries went from this:

to these yummy products – low sugar jam set with a little agar and pectin (where low sugar means 1:2 ratio sugar to fruit instead of 1:1- let’s hope it doesn’t spoil too quickly), strawberry dessert sauce (the lighter coloured jar) and some others were frozen to save for smoothies (like the one we had for breakfast this morning) and other desserts later (like strawberry mousse that we’ll eat tomorrow).

Using up the plentiful cherry tomatoes – from one bush I picked 56 yesterday and over 40 tomatoes today – we had tempeh, basil and cherry tomato sauce on penne pasta for lunch,

and red lentil dhal with cherry tomatoes and beans (frozen, from the garden) for dinner.

But the best part of today is that despite making so many dishes, we’ve ended the day with all dishes washed, dried and put away leaving a clean and tidy kitchen. It must be a miracle.

Meesu dinner

23 01 2011

After strawberry picking we were hungry so we went to a new vegetarian restaurant in Adelaide called Meesu. We sampled quite a few dishes, all reasonably priced. Perhaps it was better than vegetarian delight in that they served rice and salad as part of meals, rather than separate. There was good variety and Benno enjoyed the mock meats. The sauces were tasty too, also perhaps some dishes were a little lacking (like the salt and pepper tofu which were a little bland and the jap. curry which was mostly cabbage and not at all like jap. curry apart from the sauce).


Strawberry picking

23 01 2011

On Saturday we ventured up to Hahndorf to Beerenberg Strawberry Farm. We had such gorgeous weather and there were plenty of ripe, red, juicy strawberries on the bushes. We all walked away with huge overflowing punnets of strawberries. It’s difficult not to be greedy when there’s so many strawberries in sight!

Afterwards we walked along the main street of Hahndorf eating vegan gelati from Evercream. They had about 6 fruit flavours that were vegan, and then we found another place on the opposite side of the road that was also selling vegan gelati.