I have been sitting on this recipe for a while. Waiting for the right time to share it. Overwhelmed with gratitude and still buzzing with energy from this weekend’s activities. The positive feedback from demo-listeners, nibs etc. pulp product tasters and consumers, has meant more than I can ever put into words. Considering this Beet Pulp Goulash was my second demo, it is only appropriate thatshare this with you now. So this, this feels like the right time.
I’m not really one to ‘meal plan’. Even if, interestingly, that is often touted as quite an effective way to reduce food waste in the kitchen. If I’m honest, I just never get organized. Instead, I like to invest in one ingredient, and see what I can add to it from the excess odds and ends I have lying around [perhaps you can relate…]. So. Dry Chickpeas. A cheap and cheerful pantry ingredient. And THIS WEEK’S #1Dish1Week HERO. Let's investigate.
Summer has finally hit. And with it, an abundance of tomatoes. *Happy Dance*. Which is an even better excuse to devour tomatoes at every opportunity. Tomatoes are, after all, the essence of summer, and while I desperately wish I had an Italian tomato plantation at the end of my garden, (I guess we can't have everything...), this tart definitely does any and all tomatoes (even those not Italian), justice.
Today is July 4th. There are many things going through my mind: I miss America (more than I expected to). I miss San Francisco. I miss my friends. Craving some smoked bbq ribs right about now. With whom can I celebrate here. How do I celebrate this year. Where did this recent obsession with Peanut Butter + Jelly come from. It's 900 degrees. I want an Ice Cream Sandwich. PEANUT BUTTER + JELLY ICE CREAM SANDWICH. Breakfast style.
Sometimes it’s the stunning photography, the innovative styling, sometimes the who, the why, the where. And sometimes, it’s just about discovering the most unusual Ratatouille-palette-firework-inducing flavour combinations that make the culinary world so enticing. Which just so happened to be the case this morning, thanks to Master Chef Australia’s current contestant Ashleigh Bareham (and if you haven’t heard of Master Chef Australia, then that’s another conversation we need to have), who decided to oven roast Apricots with Rosemary. Who’d have thought. Genius. Yes, that herb you rub meats with, roast vegetables in, and infuse gravies with. That one. On our Galettes. Mini/individual Apricot Rosemary and Honey Galettes, to be precise.
I can never remember to make Granola, until I actually want Granola, by which time it is far too late to make any, and I just don’t have the freedom to purchase beautiful artisanal granola to satisfy each craving. A friend once said, through necessity is born genius. Not claiming to be genius by any means, but merely to say that through this existential-granola-dilemma, a solution was born: Shortcut Granola.
It’s amazing how much fun you can have with people you’ve known for literally barely more than 24 hours, just because they’re the right people, in the right place, at the right time. All brought together because of the love they have for two people. And a good party. And an incredible buffet dessert bar… Point is, if there's Champagne in the icing, you know it's a party.