vegetarian

This week’s HelloFresh box has a lot of pleasers – Thyme, lemon, feta and, of course, garlic.

Sure to be a winner.

Lemon Thyme Chicken with Pumpkin and Feta Couscous

First up we have the Lemon Thyme Chicken with Pumpkin and Feta Couscous. Omg win!

Lemon Thyme Chicken with Pumpkin and Feta Couscous

Let’s just say Thyme is Bruce’s favourite not-so-secret ingredient, and lemon is mine. And just add in some salty Australian feta and fresh garlic!!! :)

Lemon Thyme Chicken with Pumpkin and Feta Couscous

Wish I could have marinated it for longer, but the box arrived at 6:25pm (the expected delivery windownis 12-6pm for Newcastle)… so straight to it! (Better than last week that wasn’t here til 6:45pm. I think we’re the last house before the delivery guy kits the highway back to Sydney for a sleep).

Ginger Beef Stir-Fry

Wednesday was a Ginger Beef Stir-fry (which I get let marinate for the afternoon!)

Ginger Beef Stir-Fry

I added a carrot cos we had some in the fridge, and substituted honey for the sugar. Used sesame oil in the pan (only thought of it after the marinade was done), and the usual tamari instead of soy because that’s what I own…. Yum!

Roasted Eggplant and Pinenut Pasta

Finally on Thursday night we had the vegetarian dish – Roasted Eggplant (Aubergine) and Pine Nut Pasta.

Roasted Eggplant and Pinenut Pasta

Again, my little heart couldn’t not fiddle a little – I added a few cloves of garlic to the roast tomato and eggplant, and juice from half a lemon to the final mix (they’d sent me an extra lemon, so why not?!)

Roasted Eggplant and Pinenut Pasta

Plus I got to use the teeny tiny frypan for the pine nuts!

*****

Unfortunately I didn’t order a box for next week, but I think it might be a chance to try some of the other recipes that are in the 5 day boxes that always look so good – like the lemon and caper baked fish!! mmmm

(and use my discount code if you do sign up to HelloFreshR3CDUQ for $30 off your first box!)

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Fritata

This Fritata is one of my evolving recipes :) It always contains Greek Yoghurt and many eggs, but the other ingredients come and go, depending on availability and mood :)

Fritata

This week, I started with a whole heap of roasted kent pumpkin and orange sweet potato. Chopped up small, and roasted in an olive oil and tamari coating. I find the soy sauce/tamari brings out the sweetness of the orange vegetables.

Fritata

Next, I sauteed a leek with a heap of butter and crushed garlic. This made the house smell awesome!

Fritata

Once the leek was all soft, I put the heat down to 1, and added a bag of baby spinach leaves. I folded them in, letting them wilt. I turned of the heat, and popped the lid on the pan, letting them wilt and garlic up while I assembled the wet ingredients.

Fritata

In the end, I ended up using 11 eggs, but this is something I play by ear. Whisk these up with a fork.

Fritata

I used the whole tub of Greek yoghurt (1 litre) but I didn’t end up using the cream, that was just there for backup in case I didn’t have enough mix for the vast amount of veges I’d cooked. But the potato and pumpkin shrank quite a lot in the cooking process.
Here, I mixed the eggs, yoghurt, and a cup of grated extra sharp cheese. Then mixed through the veges, and the spinach/leek mix.

Fritata

Then I poured it into a large pyrex dish, and decorated with sliced cherry tomatoes. It was in the oven at 160 for about an hour.

Fritata

And it was noms. Especially with home made herb and garlic buttered bread :)

[please forgive my photo quality! I'm using an old iphone 3G until my new android arrives for my birthday!]

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Spanakopita

Since silverbeet is in season and abundant, I used this Spanakopita recipe from SBS Food as inspiration for this Spanakopita.

Spanakopita

Spanakopita

I have to say I think I upped the amount of cheeses in it, and I forgot the nutmeg, but this turned out awesomely, with all the ingredients (yup! even the fresh dill sprigs!), except the pastry (Aldi only has shortcrust and puff), from Aldi!

Spanakopita

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Caught up for Brunch with my Mum the other week, and I have to say I love places that do an all day breakfast menu. This meant I could get these wonderful fritters after midday when Mum was ready for a wrap :)

bella beans
Corn fritters with roasted tomato, guacamole and sour cream, $13

bella beans
Turkey, cranberry and avo wrap with nummy chips, $13.

Top that off with some really yum coffees. :D

Bella Beans
450 The Esplanade, Warners Bay NSW 2282
(02) 4947 4999

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Slowly slowly, cafes and restaurants on the Central Coast and Newcastle and venturing beyond having a single vegetarian item on the menu, and giving options for those who don’t want meat in every meal. Admittedly, most are still full of cheese and/or mushrooms (which is okay until your vegetarian date doesn’t like mushroom, or your friend is vegan) but they are getting there.

Here are a few (cheesy – so glad I’m back on the dairy, though my waistline might not be) vego options I’ve had over the past couple of weeks.

The Spot, Beaumont Street HamiltonThe Spot, Beaumont Street Hamilton

From The Spot on Beaumont Street, Hamilton: Corn and Feta Fritters with Mushroom, spinach and tomato relish. Oh so yum!

Vege Nachos

From Cafe Pennoz in the Tuggerah Business Park: Vege Nachos. I had time to kill at work one day so I treated myself.

vegetarian pizza , hungry wolf, Terrigal

From Hungry Wolf’s Pizza, Terrigal: Dom’s Special (Cheese, tomato, mushrooms, onion, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, olives, garlic and chilli (optional) – minus the mushrooms and chili. It’s always a nice little delight to get artichoke on something. Way back when I worked in Tuggeranong (not to be confused with Tuggerah), there was a cafe downstairs at Homeworld that sold an amazing vegetarian foccacia with roast Mediterranean veges which I loved… and made me realise that I did like artichoke (from a jar anyway!).

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Frankie's Place, Darby Street

Sunday morning breakfast with some of my nearest, dearest, and fittest (! they all did Tough Mudder, and lived through it, 3 weeks ago!) high school friends.

Frankie's Place, Darby Street

Home made baked beans with poached eggs for Rish (similar, but not the same as Lisa had last time I was there for a meal)

Frankie's Place, Darby Street

My mushrooms, spinach, tomato and aoli on gluten free toast.

Frankie's Place, Darby Street

Avo on toast for Amanda.

Frankie's Place, Darby Street

Benedict and bacon for Phil.

Frankie's Place, Darby Street

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Newcastle

Newcastle springs. Been a little while since I’ve lived through one, but I remember now, too hot in the sun for a jumper, but the second the clouds come in with that strong wind, the jumper is back on again in an instant. Always carry one, something light, black, and tied around your handbag.

(which is my advice for a Canberra summer evening, btw)

Estabar

Sunday morning brunch at Estabar, out in the sunshine. A coffee to perk me up.

Estabar

Avocado, lemon and feta from the special’s board, with gluten free toast. Notice how they’ve figured out us food bloggers and instagrammers???

Estabar

Breakfast beans and feta with sourdough for Rish.

Estabar

Pear and walnut bread.

Some nice light brekkies to start our Sunday :)

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Olenka and Milo's Engagement Party

On marches the string of celebrations. This time a very well catered engagement party :)

Olenka and Milo's Engagement Party

Olenka has to be one of the most thoughtful hosts out there.

Olenka and Milo's Engagement Party

Tags on all the gluten free, dairy free, alcohol free, vego and vegan items.

Olenka and Milo's Engagement Party

A combination of sweet and savoury.

Olenka and Milo's Engagement Party

Olenka and Milo's Engagement Party

Olenka and Milo's Engagement Party

Olenka and Milo's Engagement Party

Olenka and Milo's Engagement Party

And traditional and not!

Olenka and Milo's Engagement Party

Olenka and Milo's Engagement Party

Olenka and Milo's Engagement Party

Good thing my breakfast was an apple!!

Olenka and Milo's Engagement Party

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Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
Rish’s Roast Pumpkin and Beetroot Tarte Tartin

And the string of 30th birthdays, engagement parties, weddings, and spawning continues. Something about the face that I graduated highschool in the year 2000, I’m told.

So, this time around, it was Jess’s turn to turn 30. Another lunchtime affair (showing our age ;)

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
Baked Camembert

Paymaster’s Cafe Newcastle was our host, we had upstairs to ourselves, with little orange dots with a different number each allowing us to split the bill.

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle

Ahhh, telling dirty jokes. Us? Never!

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
Grilled Eye Fillet of Beef

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle

The chef came up to fill us in on the menu, what was available, what was not. Unfortunately (for us and them!) they didn’t offer us desserts, only coffees… and so many of them looked tempting!

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
Stuffed Squid

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
Harrissa Spiced Lamb

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
Special Chicken with Polenta

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
Supreme Breast of Chicken

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
A rather untouched Paymaster’s salad…

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
Paella Before

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
And after :D

Jess's 30th, Paymaster's Cafe Newcastle
With coffee to end! (I so stole Anna’s truffle!)

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Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

Newcastle turned on the sunshine for our friends visiting from Canberra over the weekend.

Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

A little different to the -4 overnight they’d come from!

Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

We took them out for breakfast at Merewether Surfhouse Cafe, making it there 10 mins before the 11:30am cutoff for ordering breakfast.

Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

(they were out of polenta, which is understandable given the late order, but I was very happy with what I got in its place!)

Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

Vittoria Coffee is such a Newcastle thing… This was perfect. They initially mixed up Angel’s coffee order, but were happy and helpful in sorting it out :)

Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

Rish and I went for a couple of Vegetarian options:

Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

Sweet corn fritters for him, which he thoroughly enjoyed

Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

And Portobello mushrooms with feta for me. Mmm…

Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

Angel went the Benedict,
And Aqua the Big Breakfast:

Breakfast @Merewether Surfhouse

Gorgeous views! :)

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