lunch break // bruschetta

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lunch // bruschetta

I’ll be the first to admit lunch would be my most oft-skipped meal of the day. Usually because I have a late breakfast after the kids have gone to school and it would classify as more of a substantial brunch. And I’m a savoury rather than a sweet tooth so it suits me better.

So when Baker’s Delight asked me to contribute something for their recipe bank for lunch, I had to put my thinking cap on.

I love a good pizza ~ margherita please, tomato base with lashings of bocconcini and extra cheese ~ and a good toasted sandwich {my present fave is avocado, baby spinach, goats’ cheese and cheddar cheese!}

But I kept coming back to an absolute staple of mine ~ for any time of day.

Bruschetta.

lunch // bruschetta

I’m a huge bruschetta fan, starting with the classic tomato and basil. But I thought I’d better take it up a gear for this exercise.

lunch // bruschetta

So say hello to the super salmon bruschetta. Why “super”? Because with this combo, you can partake of up to four super foods in one tasty swoop!

The key to bruschetta is fresh, tasty ingredients. And naturally your bread is the foundation of what it is built.

In this case I used sourdough bread, because I’m on a bit of a sourdough kick at the moment, and hey, super food. But ciabatta, pane de casa or any artisan bread will do just as well. Take your pick. Or make mini ones with a french stick!

lunch // bruschetta ~ classic tomato + basil ingredients list

lunch // bruschetta ~ super salmon ingredients list

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Recipe type: lunch, dinner
Ingredients
  • Oil ~ for brushing
  • Your choice of bread, sliced thickly
  • Garlic cloves
  • Classic:
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Red onion
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • Grab what you need to cater for numbers and taste. But don't go too heavy on the onion. For an individual serve, you only want a thin slice.
  • Super salmon + avocado:
  • Avocado ~ mashed for spreading
  • Salmon ~ smoked, fresh, canned {I like the skinless and boneless cans}
  • Baby spinach or rocket
  • Salt + pepper to taste
Method
  1. Quarter your tomatoes and scoop out the seeds and pulp {which I give to my chickens} leaving the flesh.
  2. Dice the tomato flesh and onion, tear up the basil and combine in a bowl. Season to taste. Splash in a bit of extra virgin olive oil if you are so inclined.
  3. Brush your slices of bread with oil and cook on a chargrill. You can also just toast your bread (no oil!) or grill or oven bake.
  4. Smash your garlic with the blade of your knife and rub over the warm bread. That delicious garlic smell should rise up to meet you.
  5. Top with your tomato combo, and serve!
  6. Or top with the avocado, spinach or rocket and salmon, season to taste, add a little lemon or some extra herbs if you like. I added some capers for a salty hit, and serve!

 

Lessons from penguins

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The eldest is learning all about Antarctica this term at school. I don’t know his teacher overly well but she is obviously all sorts of fabulous and engaging as he is taking it all in.

This morning while making lunches, he was telling me all about the movie they watched yesterday, and you’ve probably heard of it: March of the Penguins. He was recounting some of the scenes: how the chicks don’t so much waddle as run, and how sad it was when one of the chicks had died but all the other penguins have gathered around the mum and dad to comfort them.

Later in the car I got a whole lecture on the scourge that is plastic bags on our environment, including a comparison to China which has a much larger population but less plastic bags and how baby turtles think the bags are food and choke and die on them.

But hey, learning!

Back to the penguins.

So this morning I came across this delightful video of penguin bloopers from Penguins Spy in the Huddle and had to bookmark it to show him later.

It’s undeniably cute as they navigate the slippery ice and rock shelves with a few thrills and spills but you also notice one thing: they pick themselves up and carry on.

We could learn a lot from those penguins.

… and call your mother

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Slugs and snails, And puppy-dogs’ tails …

Yes, raising boys is certainly an adventure of the good and the grimy.

I have two boys, each more different than the other while being so much the same. Chalk and cheese. Very much so.

Thankfully I don’t have to learn the best way to plait hair each morning, but I do have to know how to kick a football.

And along the way we deal out lessons in respect and sportsmanship, on friendships and manners.

I love the simple lessons in this ~ 20 things a mother should tell her son ~ which I came across via Facebook.

Some are for now, some will be put away for later.

This week though, they should remember this:

Use careful aim when you pee.  Somebody’s got to clean that up, you know.

And I hope they never forget this:

Remember to call your mother because I might be missing you.

// 20 things a mother should tell her son

fritters fit for any meal

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I posted these corn fritters on Instagram the other week ~ I think they filled the “I made this” prompt for the photo a day challenge.

They are such a simple and quick recipe and perfect for any meal of the day ~ I like them for brunch ~ and as long as you have a can of corn in the pantry, you whip them up in anytime.

Cam asked me for the recipe so have included that below. It’s based on a Michelle Bridges recipe I ripped from the pages of the Sunday Life magazine. Sometimes those clippings come in handy.

 

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Recipe type: Brunch
Ingredients
  • 1 410g can of corn
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup self-raising flour
  • ½ cup of milkl
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • cooking spray
  • herbs
Method
  1. Whisk the eggs in a bowl. Add corn, flour, milk and onion.
  2. Mix until combined. Season to taste.
  3. Spray a non-stick frying pan and place over a medium-high heat.
  4. Using a small measuring cup, drop heaped measures of your mixture in the frying pan in batches.
  5. Cook for three to four minutes on each side until golden and cooked through. Don't make them too thick or they won't cook through.
  6. Serve garnished with some herbs and whatever else takes your fancy.

 

A day of wine, food and song

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A Day on the Green, All Saints winery, Wahgunyah

Lucky for us, we have friends who like to  do things and invariably encourage us along for the ride, which is how we ended up at A Day on the Green at All Saints Winery in Rutherglen on the weekend.

And boy am I glad we did. A fabulous show including Lisa Mitchell, Mark Seymour and the Undertow and Neil Finn and Paul Kelly.

A Day on the Green, All Saints winery, Wahgunyah

These are my iPhone images, no big SLRs allowed, but lucky for us we were just nine rows from the stage. And yes, it was awesome.

A Day on the Green, All Saints winery, Wahgunyah

A Day on the Green, All Saints winery, Wahgunyah

A Day on the Green, All Saints winery, Wahgunyah

A Day on the Green, All Saints winery, Wahgunyah

A Day on the Green, All Saints winery, Wahgunyah

A Day on the Green, All Saints winery, Wahgunyah

I’ve put together a Spotify playlist of some of the songs from the day. Paul Kelly did the Crowded House track Into Temptation and Neil Finn did the Kelly song You Can Put Your Shoes Under My Bed.

Done! February Photo a Day

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February photo a day

1. Day 1 // Fork, 2. Day 2 // Pattern, 3. Day 3 // Something beginning with ‘E’, 4. Day 4 // Hope, 5. Day 5 // Something you smelled, 6. Day 6 // Soft, 7. Day 7 // Your name, 8. Day 8 // Something orange, 9. Day 9 // Guilty pleasure, 10. Day 10 // 3 o’clock, 11. Day 11 // Entrance, 12. Day 12 // Where you ate lunch, 13. Day 13 // Walking, 14. Day 14 // Love is …, 15. Day 15 // Inside your fridge, 16. Day 16 // Perfect, 17. Day 17 // In your hand, 18. Day 18 // Something you don’t like … pup is no longer here, 19. Day 19 // I am …, 20. Day 20 // Where you stood, 21. Day 21 // Full, 22. Day 22 // Makes you smile, 23. Day 23 // A word, 24. Day 24 // Cloud, 25. Day 25 // On your bedside table, 26. Day 26 // quiet, 27. Day 27 // Playing, 28. Day 28 // Upside down

Woot! That’s two from two. I had to do some catching up but lucky it was a short month. I love February ~ such a nice, neat grid.

Fat Mum Slim’s February Photo A Day

New favourite // Kellylee Evans

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Thanks to the Mr for coming across the fabulous musical stylings of Kellylee Evans!