Thursday, May 24, 2012
Halloumi and cabbage stir fry - the long-winded way
I was looking in my fridge the other week trying to decide what to eat that wasn't pancakes or sausage and pasta. Neither of those are very low on calories.
I had a bag of fresh, lovely Brussels sprouts, onion, apples and mushrooms that started to look sad. I also had a block of halloumi cheese.
I started by dicing up the onion and dumping it in a non-stick pan. I added some liquid margarine just to get it going.
While it fried I cleaned the sprouts and halved them dumping them in as they were ready.I put a lid on and let it steam. Sprouts are delicious but not if they are too uncooked - and also not if they are over cooked.
Then I diced the mushroom straight into the pan and stirred some more. Finally an apple - peel (absolutely not necessary), core and dice. Toss it in and stir to cook.
Add some salt and pepper - go easy on the salt as the cheese is quite salty. Curry is nice with the apple but don't mesh very well with the cheese - decide for yourself.
When the sprouts are almost done dice the cheese and toss it in. Shift the veggies to the side in the pan to give the cheese a chance to brown and crisp up a little before stirring it all together.
Serve it all in a huge bowl/soup dish with some sweet balsamic reduction. I get one made from Figs and Date balsamic vinegar.
One slice of bread to mop up the juices once you're done.
Sit down and stuff your face with it! But don't do what I did and have this for lunch and dinner three days in a row. Your mouth will love you, but your stomach will hate you and we all know who wins out in that contest?
If you use a lot of veggies this dish is incredibly filling. Don't hesitate to add other kinds of veggies too - carrots, broccoli, leeks - also change it up with different kinds of cabbage. I made it with Savoy cabbage once and that was great too.
Using different varieties of apple changes it too. I prefer a tart kind that's not too sweet.
The best part is if you go without the margarine in the beginning you only have to count points for the halloumi.
I use 100 g for this dish (the cheese comes in 200 or 250 g blocks here) which adds up to 8 or 9 points. None of the veggies add points and the balsamic I use is free too - but check your own to make sure. Don't forget to count the bread.
Monday, May 14, 2012
I love crumbles! Rickard is a lot less thrilled about it. But a rhubarb crumble is an absolute must at least once a year. Even more so if the garden has a patch of the lovely pink stems that are only mine (ok ours).
Our rhubarb patch isn't big yet so I had to save the stems in the fridge for about a week before there was enough to make this pie.
I never use a recipe for a crumble. It's more of the stand back and throw method for me.
I cut up the stems then transferred the pieces back to the bag where I had saved them and put in two spoons of potato starch and a large helping of sugar.
Then I shook the bag to mix it all before I dunked it all in the pie tin.
I chopped up a bag of almonds - skin and all - at first I tried doing that by hand but ended up using my excellent mixer instead.
I wanted a few large pieces as well so I didn't run the mixer for too long.
Then the almonds were mixed with some whole wheat flour (we call it graham flour) and some light muscavado sugar.
Some liquid shortening mixed in and finally it had a coarse sandy texture. Some butter would have worked well too.
I spread the crumble on top of the rhubarbs and sprinkled some white chocolate chips on top.
35-40 minutes in the oven at 200 C (400 F).
Served it with some home shaken vanilla sauce/custard made from powder and milk - I know, I know, but we had nothing else at home.
I did try it with some vanilla sour milk and that was lovely too but I suppose harder to come by if you're not living in sour milk country. Yoghurt's just not the same.
We ate it all - not a crumble left.
The rest of the rhubarbs will have to grow bigger and then I'll make rhubarb soup/gravy for Rickard. He loves it warm with vanilla ice cream.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
I've been pretty occupied lately with taxes and book keeping and other financial issues that made me want to wash my eyes out with bleach.
I've not permitted myself to sew much of anything until the taxes were handed in and once I got used to not sewing it was kind of hard to get started again.
But then Oliver + S released their new patterns and there was this adorable trench coat, and at the same time they stared up a new show on children's television in Sweden with Agent Lycra where they invited kids to send in pictures of them dressed up as spies or secret agents.
And well - it all resulted in this:
A very small and very cute Secret Agent Sofia ...
She'll hide out behind an advertising leaflet with cut outs for the eyes to keep an eye on the neighbourhood.
Then she'll take notes to make sure nothing is forgotten.
Nothing escapes Agent Sofia!
Sewing notes: This is an Oliver + S Secret Agent Trench Coat in size 7. Made from a tan cotton twill I found at my local fabric store. Seams are bound with pink and white striped bias tape. I added a back yoke to it by drafting my own pattern piece using the back panel as a template. Buttons were bought at a haberdashery in town. Button holes sewn up in purple thread that I also used for top stitching. Hems are all sewn as two seams.