Spring Supper

This was what we woke up to at 6 am this morning.

A sunny, but chilly day. So a light but nourishing spring supper was the order of the day. Minestrone, with crusty bread and butter, followed by grapes and cheese.

We also found some leftover Christmas crackers that we enjoyed pulling and reading the jokes.

Cheese and fruit

Followed by tea, chocolate and marzipan and prune biscuits.

Then candles out.

Salt, Sugar and Fat – The Life Scientific interview.

This was a fascinating interview on BBC Radio 4 with the eminent Professor Graham MacGregor and Dr Jim Al-Khalili. Professor MacGregor is an expert on salt in the diet, and has alot to say about salt, the requirements in our diets and the Food Industry. You can listen on BBC radio 4 catchup here. Also some interesting comments about rehydration and water. This is a UK-based programme, and I think it is accessible outside the UK.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08n2ltq

 

 

 

Easter Monday eats

Quick and easy breakfast burritos.

Just wholemeal tortilla wrap,lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and scrambled eggs with dried chilli flakes. This kept us so full that we ended up skipping lunch.

Mushroom open tart with rosemary garlic sauteed potatos, cucumbers and tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad. The mushroom tart was made by gently frying sliced mushrooms in butter. When they were cooked down I added a splash of red wine and a crumbled vegetable stock. I rolled out ready-bought puff pastry topped with the mushroom mix and baked in a hot oven for 20 minutes.

Baby-Gusto and I had a busy day. First we raided all our local charity shops for clothes and costume jewellery for his dressing up and play chests. Then we finished planting our tomato plants and pepper plants. It was a sunny lovely day.

Tomato tart

We have had a rather trying week, and I felt in need of food that was super easy and quick to cook but which was tasty and oh-so-good to eat.  It may be the way I was brought up, where my parents would hold wonderful dinner parties that always seemed to feature beef wellington and vol-au-vents (It was the 80s after all!) but pastry to me always has a sense of something special about it. I rarely use pastry in my everyday cooking, but after tonight’s ridculously easy supper I think I have to make ready made jus roll a more regular addition to the shopping list.

I spread out the puff pastry and cut into squares. This I smeared with a good dollop of basil pesto and sliced tomatos. Baked in a hot oven (220 degrees celsius) until it looked cooked- about 18 minutes. The leftover pastry was used to make B-G jam tarts for breakfast the next day. Served with broccoli and corn and my favourite beetroot salad which is just diced cooked beetroot mixed with crushed garlic, spring onions and sour cream.

Good, easy and an excellent way to get more vegetables into a recalcitrant 6 year old. What’s not to love?