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Monthly Archives: February 2012
Recently one of my recipes was reblogged by the lovely Cjdelgrosso. It felt so nice to be appreciated and recognised in that way and reminded me about the super ‘reblog’ button at the top of wordpress.com. Then, this morning I stumbled upon this wonderful blog post by The Botanical Baker (Urvashi from The Great British Bake Off!) – an excellent and wonderful post about ways to resuse your roses after Valentine’s Day. Recycling your roses – brilliant! I shall definitely be trying some of these tips. So I really recommend that you check it out!
If you received a beautiful bunch of roses for Valentine’s Day, they should still be going strong. If they are starting to wilt, re-cut the stems on a diagonal and then pop them back into a squeaky clean vase with freshwater. You only need about 2 inches worth of water. Any more than this will make the stems go soggy more quickly.
Personally I’m itching to get at my roses and make some rose oil and syrup! They have been used for centuries for their aesthetic appeal but they have very practical uses for our general well-being too. Rose oils are used in aromatherapy to relive stress and also as part of skin care routines for dry or ageing skins. I realise now why my elderly Indian aunties smell of roses!
They are edible and I’ve been asked lots of questions about them this week – a lady actually stopped me in…
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Even though tamarind is usually used in asian cooking, I’ve used it here in a Mediterranean style tart. I really like the sweet and tangy flavour and thought it would be perfect with cheese. I love all these ingredients separately but I’ve never used them together before.
As you may already know I love puff pastry for being delicious, easy to use, and amazingly versatile. It’s works so well with Mediterranean ingredients and especially cheese. I have previously posted a recipe for Mozzarella and Pesto tarts on puff pastry.
This is a simple recipe that makes a perfect starter or light lunch. Serve with a salad and some sliced meats.
Aubergine and Feta Tarts with a Tamarind Drizzle
Start to finish time: 45 minutes
150g ready rolled puff pastry
1 aubergine, sliced about 5 mm thick
1 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp tomato puree
4 tsp garlic oil
100g feta cheese
a few basil leaves
Salt & Pepper
For the drizzle:
1 tbsp tamarind paste
3 tsp sugar
1 tsp honey
a few drops of lemon
1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
2. Lay the sliced aubergine over kitchen paper and sprinkle each slice with salt. Leave for a few minutes and then dab with more kitchen roll. Turn each slice over and do the same on the other side. Move the slices to an oven tray and drizzle with olive oil. Oven cook for 5 minutes on each side. If they start to crisp, remove from the oven.
3. Whack the oven up to 220 degrees. Cut the ready rolled puff pastry into 4 of your desired shape. Move to an oiled tray and put 1 tbsp of tomato puree and 1 tsp of garlic oil on each one. Spread with the back of a teaspoon.
4. Layer the cooked aubergine next, and then crumble the feta cheese on top. Sprinkle with black pepper and then finish with a few basil leaves torn over the top.
5. Oven cook for 10 minutes or until the pastry is golden and has risen.
6. In a bowl, add about 1 tbsp of boiled water to the tamarind paste and stir until it has all mixed. Add the sugar and honey and then put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir in the lemon juice.
7. When the tarts are golden and puffed, take them out the oven and drizzle the tamarind over them.
Serve hot or cold with a salad.
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Wow, December was a good month for Eat Now Talk Later. I was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award and the Versatile Blogger Award within the space of a few days!
I’ve now been nominated again for the same award 🙂 yippee! So it’s about time I pass it on!
I am so honoured to have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you so much to http://ediblesubstance.wordpress.com/ for nominating me along with 14 others. Also, thank you so much to http://grazinginthecity.com/ for nominating me.
The rules for the award are:
1) Thank the person who nominated me and link back to them in my post.
2) Share 7 things about myself
3) Pass the award on to 15 more bloggers that I enjoy
4) Contact the bloggers I have chosen to let them know that they have been selected!
Here are 7 things about myself:
1) I love peas. Well, all vegetables really, but mostly peas.
2) I was named after my Italian great grandmother (father’s mother’s mother) who was called Rosa. My parents translated the name into Hebrew and called me Vered, which means Rose.
3) I am always either hungry, tired, or freezing.
4) I can’t ever remember song lyrics!
5) I love musicals. I grew up watching grease, west side story, sound of music, etc over and over again. I even love the sequels, and yes, Grease 2 is a great film!
6) I prefer savoury foods over sweet foods.
7) I am the middle of 3 sisters.
Ok so here are the wonderful 15 blogs that I believe deserve the Versatile Blogger award. This is a fantastic selection of blogs that I love to read:
1. Tita Buds – http://titabuds.com/
This is one of my absolute favourite blogs! Tita Buds is definitely a versatile blogger, her posts vary from cute things to travel pics and everything inbetween and her writing always makes me smile. She is also a middle child like me and comes across as a genuinely lovely person.
2. Bake Love Not War – http://bakelovenotwar.co.za/
A beautiful and unique blog with recipes and cute pictures. I love what Dine does with her photography, her pictures are always top quality and make me very hungry!
3. Layers & Swathes – http://layersandswathes.com/
My favourite fashion blog! This is where I learn about what is trending, who looked best at the awards, and what not to wear! Natalie has infinite wisdom into the fashion world and takes time and care over her choice of pictures, often making her own unique and beautiful photo collages for the blog.
4. The Big Fat Noodle – http://thebigfatnoodle.com
Beautiful, delicious looking recipes, often with an Asian twist. I love the pictures and the adventures!
5. The Vintage Cookbook Trials – http://vintagecookbooktrials.wordpress.com/
An amazing unique blog run by friends who test out old recipes from more than 25 years ago. The list of recipes is extensive and many are things I’d never heard of before!
6. Real Fun Food – http://realfunfood.com/
I’ve liked this blog ever since I saw the recipe for mini cheesecake stuffed strawberries! There are some fantastic mouth-watering recipes and pictures here, definitely worth checking out!
7. Tasha in the Kitchen – http://tashainthekitchen.wordpress.com/
A brilliant food blog that makes me very hungry! Beautifully written too.
8. The DelGrosso Food Blog – http://delgrossofoodblog.com/
A beautiful mix of Italian and Mexican cooking. Delicious!
9. Pasta Princess and More – http://pastaprincessandmore.wordpress.com/
I never get bored of this blog, yum, yum, yum! Delicious and beautiful pasta recipes…and more!
10. The Happy Homester – http://thehappyhomester.wordpress.com/
Amazing thrifty ideas for around the house and gifts.
11. Coffee and Heels http://coffeeandheels.wordpress.com/
A wonderful mix of cooking, fashion, and other interesting things.
12. Unprofessional Cookery http://unprofessionalcookery.com/
I love this blog for the sheer fact that it gives you so much information! The ‘Readers Ask, I answer’ are brilliant!
13. The Cook, The Baker, and The Clay Boy Maker – http://averilgomes.wordpress.com/
Another of my fave blogs. Lots of delicious foodie posts and great pictures.
14. Go Pantone – http://gopantone.com/
Loads of really cool things, pictures, links.
15. Alternative Eating – http://alternativeeating.me/
Delicious and healthy ways to live and eat. ‘Allergy friendly’ recipes.
I hope you check out these wonderful blogs and enjoy!
Happy eating xxx