Posts Tagged ‘piment d’espelette’

Lunch today came about by accident.

I was cooking chickpeas, and totally forgot about them, until they’d boiled dry – thankfully Pete rescued them before they burnt.  As a result, I was left with soft chickpea pulp, completely unsuitable for the moghrabieh I’d been planning to make.

A quick search on Google turned up an interesting recipe at Smitten Kitchen for smashed chickpeas. I was inspired by the idea, but used completely different flavourings (basically whatever I could find in the fridge and pantry).

The original recipe used tinned chickpeas, but my overcooked ones were already soft, making it easy to mix in the additions.  I added:

  • spring onions, sliced
  • sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • a couple of anchovy fillets, finely chopped
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • preserved lime rind, chopped, and..

Very tasty piled high on toasted slices of homemade ciabatta, and finished with a drizzle of lemon-infused olive oil!

PS. Spice Girl, you really should have come for lunch.

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In my kitchen…

…is a tray of our ever reliable chocolate slab cake.  Big Boy asked me to bake it to “help” him study for his exams…

In my kitchen…

…is a tub of organic honeycomb, a gift from our lovely friend Moo, who tracked it down at one of his local Adelaide markets.  He told me that, short of getting on a plane to Kangaroo Island, this was the closest thing he could find to completely natural, unprocessed honey…

In my kitchen…

…is our “lucky” Elvis mug.  We don’t actually believe in luck, but I often make Big Boy a cup of tea in this before his exams.  It always makes him laugh, and I think that’s a good frame of mind to be in before a test!

In my kitchen…

…are interesting treasures from far away.  Lovacores, avert your eyes now, because on my bench I have a jar of Sardinian Bottarga (grated mullet roe), pickled baby onions in balsamic vinegar, and a treasured jar of Piment d’Espelette.  The Piment was a gift from gorgeous Anna of Five in Paris, who was in Sydney on holidays recently…

In my kitchen…

…is a messy, yummy apple pie – Small Man’s favourite dessert.  I tried to be artistic and decorated the top with a pastry apple – hopefully you can make it out in the photo below (it’s a bit tragic, I know).  Interestingly, the pastry, which is usually quite wet, was much firmer when made with our homegrown eggs – possibly because they’re fresher and the proteins are stronger…

In my kitchen…

…are bags of certified virus-free seed potatoes, recently arrived from Tasmania.  The plan is to grow four varieties over the coming year – Bintjes, Spuntas, Red Norlands and King Edwards. The first two batches have been set out to chit (sprout), and the rest are carefully stashed away in a lightproof box.  We’ve never grown potatoes before, and are quite excited by the prospect of having them fresh from the garden!

Tell me, what’s happening in your kitchen this month?

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