2011年1月16日日曜日

Martha Stewart kind of day

I promised myself I wouldn't turn this blog into a three month rant/ whinge/ moan/ groan on the weather so I am reaaaaaalllly trying but sometimes I do need to mention the climatic conditions when they are relevant to my day, right? Right? Ok. So it was cold today. Bitter cold and windy. And snowing all day long. Really. And did I mention cold? A midwinter day which means the maximum temperature never hit zero. Not that I would know what the weather was like as I didn't actually go outside at all. All day. Isn't that shocking?

But I wasn't idle. I had quite a productive inside day. It all started with this:


One of my neighbours gave me two big hunks of konnyaku. It's quite the gift. Not the least because the konnyaku-imo plant takes two years to mature and then it's a long and involved process turning it into the rather bland but healthy and versatile potato jelly delight that is konnyaku.

So, I turned all that into a huge pot of tonjiru pork and veg soup. We'd all gone to the supermarket to buy the pork- we really know how to have fun around here, huh? and of course that meant that we ended up buying heaps of stuff and so I kept on cooking and ended up with:

tonjiru soup
beef stew
slow braised belly pork (buta no kakuni)
chicken sausage
pork sausage
stewed apples
cottage cheese
spinach and cottage cheese gozleme

Not bad huh?

I have been wanting to make some more sausages for a while (I don't use casings so they are more like breakfast sausage/chorizo) and I hit the jackpot mixing fatty pork belly dice into the mince. Mmmmmm, yum. Even K was sold and he's not really a meat person.

And the gozleme?


It's my latest food crush. Really. I'm in looooove with this at the moment. It's griddle cooked bread with spinach and cheese in the middle. Mmmmmm what's not to love?? It's supposed to be feta (how yum would that be???) but being feta-less I make cottage cheese and use that. The cottage cheese of course lacks that feta punch so I make up for it with added salt pepper and nutmeg. I'm sure any Turkish person would consider it blasphemy but hey, it works for me so that's all that matters, right?

Meg and Amy think the bread is magic- the cheese is on the inside! and were eating them as fast as I could cook them.

Other than the gozleme I cooked everything on the woodfire which was great as it gave me a fabulous excuse to hog the hearth all day long- gotta stir the stew, right?

Now if only I could channel some of Martha's housekeeping skills....

7 件のコメント:

Gina さんのコメント...

Martha's got a team of helpers though. And it's just us going it alone, right. ; ) She totally has an unfair advantage. lol. ; )

You have been on a cooking roll lately lady. And yumm that bread looks delicious.

And you go to the store as a family...wow we have the same types of fun outings here too on weekends sometimes. LOL. But at least it's honest good family fun, right? : ) ; )

Luisa さんのコメント...

would you be able to post the recipe for the gozleme? (and what ingredients you use here), it looks amazing!

Bryn さんのコメント...

The gozleme sounds awesome, I'm definitely going to give it a try! And now I know what I can swap you for some apple juice: feta cheese!

illahee さんのコメント...

yum, sounds fabulous!!

i'm so glad you're back, i've missed your posts!

Bryn さんのコメント...

*Sigh* Just googled some gozleme recipes. Not going to happen in my kitchen. Far, far to ambitious for my culinary (read: complete and utter lack of) skills. Looked super yummy though! Good for you!

gaijinwife さんのコメント...

I can try and channel you some bench shining and vacuuming martha stewart vibes but that's about my load I'm sorry. In return I will try and suck up some of your cooking, preserving and veggie growing vibes....

thefukases さんのコメント...

Gina- thanks, you make me feel better. There are some Martha magazines and books at work and it's right depressing flipping through one over lunch some days!

Luisa, hope the recipe went well. They really are quite easy and so worth it!

Bryn- you're on. We'll do it kilo for kilo yeah? ;P And next time we're down you'll have to let me play in your kitchen. Write up a list of what you want to eat and let me at your REAL OVEN. It's been almost two years since I used a REAL OVEN....

ilahee- thanks! And now you know how I feel when *you* get too busy to blog!

GW- when we move to Sicily we'll divide it up commune style yeah? With plenty of time off for staring into the sunset sipping cocktails...