Today was a house day. More from necessity than desire, I tackled the overnight bags still lying in the laundry from various sleep-overs and outings, the ever-growing pile of crocheted rugs lying around the lounge-room, the piles of newspapers, biros, notebooks, pencil cases, screwdrivers, pre-sale reports amongst other things that multiply on every flat surface of this abode. And let's not even talk about nerf gun ammunition.
And I cooked. Because that seemed far preferable than searching for lost hair bands and making beds.
Julie Goodwin came to visit.
Via the pages of both of her cookbooks. This Lemon Meringue dessert
utilising the first of our home-grown lemons
and over-abundance of eggs.
And from her newest book, we have tonight enjoyed Chinese-style Braised Sticky Pork. Accompanied by Middle-Eastern Chickpea Salad.
Now that's a multi-cultural experience.
Somewhat of a late-comer to the chickpea and cous cous party, I now just can't get enough. And because this salad is one of the most amazing taste sensations I've yet to encounter, I feel the need to share this recipe. Seriously, please try it.
CHICKPEA & VEGETABLE SALAD WITH MIDDLE EASTERN SPICE DRESSING
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
10 medium olives, pitted and chopped
1 capsicum, seeded and diced into 1cm cubes
2 ripe tomatoes, diced into 1cm cubes
1/2 spanish onion, cut into wedges
1/2 cucumber, diced into 1cm cubes
1 medium carrot, roughly grated
1/4 cup slivered almonds, roasted
1/2 bunch coriander, roughly chopped
2 spring onions, chopped
3 cups chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup sultanas
6 tbs olive oil
2 to 3 pinches ground cumin
2 pinches turmeric
pinch of ground cinnamon
2 pinches smoked paprika
1 tsp ginger, grated
Combine lemon zest, olives, capsicum, tomato, onion, cucumber, carrot, almonds, coriander, spring onions, chickpeas and sultanas in serving bowl.
To make the dressing, combine lemon juice, olive oil, spices, ginger, salt and pepper in small jar; pour over salad. Toss and serve.
With rain falling we're looking forward to staying close to home this weekend. Weaners to be let out of the yards, hams to smoke ... beds to make, hair bands to find.