Monday, August 14, 2006
Posted by Meeta K
This weekend I think I outdid myself - in the cooking department. I was just in the mood to cook. I started on Friday and stopped on Sunday evening! No, not continuously but simply for almost every meal. Today, I think I cannot even look at food and will probably fast the coming week :-)
Soeren is magic in these times. His questions and inquisitiveness really make me crack up. For example - I made Paella on Saturday. I needed to get some fresh Mussels and took Soeren along. I told him we need to get mussels. In German the word is "Muscheln" which also means seashells. He looks at me and says "Are we going to the beach?" LOL! Then when we got back home he was truly amazed at these things and could not imagine for the life of him that one can eat shells! So when I served up the paella he was very hesitant ... and then I showed him that you do not actually eat the shells but the meat inside. What impressed me is that he ate everything up - the shrimps, chicken and the mussels. I am not too sure I have seen too many 4 year olds that would be so bold in this way.
We also made a brilliant and easy tart. Which as you probably know is Soeren's favorite hobby. He can bake for hours with me.
Part of the lovely tart is included in today's lunchbox. It looks a little dilapidated because while scooping the slice out of the tin it kind of fell onto the lunchbox. But it still tastes great. It is a simple puff pastry sprinkled with ground almonds and set with a few fresh peaches, apricot jam and roasted almond slivers. EASY!
The rye bread is spread with a bit of butter and some swiss cheese. A vegie burger and few cherry tomatoes go along with it. Doesn't that mini banana look cute. We saw it in the supermarket and although they seemed a little ripe, we could not resist. What a perfect fit! At the moment our farmer's market has a lovely selection of blackberries. They are huge and sweet. We are eating them with natural yoghurt and Soeren added a handful for today.
Use a ciabatta tape roll and place the burger in the roll, add the cheese a few roasted onions, mushrooms and bell peppers. A good spoonful of mustard. Voila! A big gorgeous burger sandwich. The rest is really great the way it is. Just do a better job of placing the tart in the container than I did!
Have a nice day!