I love this time of year when the garden is like having a green grocer in the back yard. I haven’t bought any vegetables for weeks and even than it was just a bunch of carrots.
Tonight, Valentine’s Day, I made Jamie Oliver’s Grilled Steak, Ratatouille and Saffron Rice with eggplants, zucchini, tomato, red capsicum, parsley and basin from the garden. This was the first of the Fifteen Minute Meals that I’ve tried and I’ll admit it wasn’t a great one for the kids. Other than the rice, the rest of the meal wasn’t really to their taste. But as it was a childcare day and they rarely each much on those days I thought it was the perfect opportunity to cook an adult-centred meal to enjoy on the day of love.
I’ll confess now we are so NOT into Valentine’s day, so that actually played no part in why I cooked this, I just thought a spicy steak and ratatouille sounded nice and it was. I have also come to love Jamie’s rice, he does lots of different ones but they are always really tasty. This one had saffron, lemon and a pinch of salt cooked in with it, Yum!
I’m joining in here with Veggiegobbler’s Garden Gobbles.
And on a completely different, more political, note I spent this morning with a few other teachers trying to get a message to the powers that be in this state…
It’s been a frustrating two years trying to resolve our issues with the state government to no avail, but let’s hope the voices of 30,000 teachers might now be heard. Going to a rally like this makes me proud to be a state school teacher, there are some mighty passionate and impressive teachers in schools all over this state. If you’re a Victorian and are interested in the issues around education in our state (from a teacher’s union perspective) or want to show your support for teachers check out this site.
If you’re not a Victorian but still interested in supporting public education there was this little report called the Gonski Review a while ago. Check out this site and sign up if you want to and haven’t already.
And if you’re not in Australia then that is probably all irrelevant and as you thought this was just a cooking post you’re probably wondering how on earth I ended up on this message. Sorry about that.