Posts Tagged With: ravioli

August 17th 2011

Loads of beautiful veggies appeared in the last bout of sunshiney rain this last fortnight, so as promised so we’ve been broccoli-tastic in the kitchen… smashing up anchovies with garlic and sautéing with little broccoli florets and chunky stem bits, and simmering up a very well-received soup of broccoli, parsley and potato… and even better: mixing the two together! Also a great hit – thanks mainly to Steve, (Lily 3B)’s dad! – were the ricotta, marjoram and sage ravioli that we’ve been rolling, rolling, rolling through the pasta machines. Yum!

And we made use of some lovely blood oranges that we segmented and added to thinly sliced radishes with chives and balsamic dressing – colourful and super-seasonal!

And thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who give us their valuable time and infinite patience… you rock…  And love always to the beautiful children who cook with such joy, who clean up selflessly and then lavish praise on what they’ve just eaten. Bless your cotton socks, you know who you are!

The recipes will be up on the blog as soon as I send them to Emma – check out if you haven’t already – and please feel free to leave a comment there or request a recipe if I’ve forgotten to send it on.

Next week marks the return of the fortnightly Wednesday arvo market table with some juicy stuff for sale, so please come up and say hi and pick up your herbs for dinner or a wee pot-plant or whatever might find its way to the table…? We’ll be setting up in the main playground at pick-up time.

And as always the doors to the cottage and garden (or gates?) are open for a chat or offer of help (!) Tuesdays to Thursdays and we would love to get to know more of you. Also another thought: if you’re about to Freecycle/ hard rubbish throw-out/ ditch/ bequest anything kitchen-y (working equipment, utensils, plates, glasses, cutlery etc) or furniture-y (wooden chairs, sideboards, quirky objets etc) then please think of us first!

Cheers all, Melissa


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July 21st 2011

Well it’s back to loads of rain and pretty chilly weather… good for the garden & all the seedlings that Ligia has planted over the holidays – we’ll be cooking up a storm (excuse the awful pun) in no time!

And welcome to Ligia, it’s great to have her here, stepping in just in the nick of time to get our veggies happening by springtime – please stop by and say hi: she is a goldmine of info on sustainability, horticulture and all things Brazilian too!

So we’ve got some lovely silverbeet growing that we’ll be planning a silverbeet pie-fest with; I’m besotted with the beautiful marjoram at the moment so am planning some pasta in the kitchen again next week as it was so much fun last time, thinking perhaps marjoram and fontina  ravioli this time? Mmmm… Will be checking out our olives later today too so see whether they’re up for inclusion in some olive bread we’ll make to have with our ever popular soup recipe, and we’ll also  be taking full advantage of the parsley invasion and get chopping with some bone-cuddling and blood-warming parsley soup. And to finish, if we get time we’ll also pop in a few of Ava’s orange Anzacs that I’ve been playing around with these school holidays!

Regarding recipes up on the blog: please bear with us while we get it all sorted! Hopefully l won’t be too far away… In the meantime if you need recipes for anything (silverbeet soup, upside-down orange cake etc) drop me in your email address & I’ll send them on.

VOLUNTEERS!!! We still desperately need mummies, daddies, grannies, granddads, next-door neighbours, godparents etc to help us in our kitchen and garden classes! It’s only an hour and a half of your time a week and I can promise it will be fun-filled, exhilarating and not at all stressful (!) and you get full instructions – and the best thing is that you get to sit down with your (or someone else’s charming) kid at the end and enjoy what you’ve all cooked together! Most desperate:

Wed 11am session

Thursday 9am session

Thursday 1.30pm session

But we can always do with another hand or two in the other sessions!

We’re here Tuesday to Thursday, please drop in to the cottage and let us know if you can help…

Also Ligia would LOVE a couple of hunky blokes (or chicks) to move some heavy stuff in the garden in the next few weeks.

 That’s all for now folks. Keep warm! Melissa

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