Just us this weekend...no visitors, and no visiting. I love having people stay but sometimes it's nice to have some down-time together, just the two of us.
I worked Saturday afternoon but met up with 'A' later at Akiport Portuguese cafe for coffee and a Pasteis de nata, Portuguese custard tart...I reckon if you're going to break your detox for a coffee, that you may as well throw in a custard tart too!
I'm reliably told by a good blogger friend that Jamie Oliver's Portuguese Custard Tart recipe that you can find here, is not only delicious, but fairly easy to make too. I haven't tried because I'm afraid. I have very little will power where custard tarts are concerned...comfort food with too many nostalgic memories that make them very hard to resist. If I made them, I would probably eat the whole batch without much help from anyone else...
Then we cooked supper together 'A' made his famous pizza, and I made Quinoa with Caremalised Red Onions, Sauteed vegetables, Kohlrabi and Mixed leaf salad.
Quinoa with Caramelised Onions and Sauteed Vegetables
Ingredients for two people:
- 80g of Quinoa
- 250ml of warm stock
- One large Portobello mushroom, sliced finely
- One small sweet pepper,de-seeded and cut into small pieces or thin slices
- Two medium sized red or one large red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
- Two cloves of minced garlic
- A stick of chard or something green, chopped into smallish pieces
- Olive oil
- Sea salt and black pepper
- Wash the quinoa, place in a saucepan and cover with the warm stock. Cook for about twenty minutes by which time the quinoa should have absorbed the stock and be cooked.
- Meanwhile, drizzle oil into a frying and cook the onions until they are softly sweet and caremelly.
- When the onions are caramelised, add the garlic and cook a little being careful not to burn.
- Add the other vegetables and sauté until tender. Season a little.
- Once the vegetables are ready, add the quinoa to the pan giving it a good stir to mix in all the tasty onion and garlic
This makes a great inexpensive vegetarian supper that's quick to make. Or you could serve it with pan fried fish, or a piece of chicken.
Kohlrabi, Radish and Chinese leave salad.
- Half a smallish kohlrabi, peeled and sliced very thinly. A mandolin would be good to use
- A handful of radishes, topped and tailed and sliced in the same manner
- About an eighth of a head of chinese leaves, shredded finely
- A small red onion, sliced very thinly
- A small green apple. Sliced thinly
- The juice of a lemon or lime
- Good olive oil
- Sea salt and crushed black pepper
Then finally settled down for our current favourite, compulsive television viewing. Borgen, a political Danish television drama series that we are totally obsessed with. Two episodes, back to back. A great series with really strong female roles. Highly recommended.
- Combine all the salad vegetables.
- Season carefully and then dress with the lemon juice and olive oil.
I hope you had a good weekend too...