SLOW AS A WET WEEK

WHOA, I know we need the rain but I don’t think I’ve had a weekend of being couped up like this for some time. It was too wet to do anythin...


WHOA, I know we need the rain but I don’t think I’ve had a weekend of being couped up like this for some time. It was too wet to do anything. I did try for a movie, but the queues were so long and the theatre’s foyer so crowded I bailed. I moped about wondering what I should start, but ended up wasting time. I did knock out a couple of tasty dinners, a chicken and brown rice dish and a Thai pumpkin soup.

I’ve been asked a couple of time about the pumpkin and corn bake from this post. I’m cautious about copyright so will paraphrase what needs to be done. Chop up an onion along with a small red and small green capsicum. Fry them in a little oil and add two cloves of crushed garlic, two teaspoons of cumin, the same of coriander and a half teaspoon of chilli powder, frying until fragrant. In a separate bowl place four cups of cooked and mashed pumpkin (I steamed mine in the microwave before mashing it). Add two lightly beaten eggs, one cup of low-fat yoghurt and a half cup of reduced-fat shredded tasty cheese. Mix together and then add the onion, capsicum, garlic and spices. Place into a seven-cup capacity baking dish and top with another half cup of grated cheese and a handful of sunflower seeds. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes in a moderate oven. Remove the foil and bake a further 15 minutes, or until golden.

I was hoping the consistency would be more like a pasta or potato bake but it remains like mashed pumpkin – with a cheesy crusty. Still good, but probably as a side dish to meats. If you’re keen to track down the recipe, it was from Australian Healthy Food Guide.

Anyhoot, rain is forecast for the remainder of the week. Thank goodness I have a store of unwatched seasons of costume drama House of Eliott and The Time Traveller’s Wife to keep me occupied. I finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Peel Society on Saturday. Not quite as riveting as I was hoping. Sweet, but not a page-turner. What did others think?

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