Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Nostalgia Alert!

Convoy – CW McCall – 1975

'cause we got a great big convoy rockin' thru the night
Yeah, we got a great big convoy, ain't she a beautiful sight?
Come on and join our convoy, ain't nothin' gonna get in our way
We gonna roll this truckin' convoy 'cross the USA

Do we have a convoy, Rubber Duck?  For a blast from the past here is a YouTube clip for your entertainment!
This song was the inspiration for a 1978 film of the same name.

The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

I read The Chase because of Janet Evanovich but had some misgivings about the co-author thing.  But although the characters are very different from the Stephanie Plum series, Evanovich's sense of humour does shine through.
It was a fast fun read. While people are blown up etc it's not done in such a way that it's too grim.  The characters are interesting although it's a shame there was no equivalent to Grandma Mazur.
I think this book was better than the first novel in the series – The Heist.  So that bodes well for future instalments.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

And so say all of us!

Spicy Spinach & Potato Patties (low FODMAP)

Spicy Spinach & Potato Patties (low FODMAP) by Carole's Chatter

These Spicy Spinach & Potato Patties turned out to be a great way to eat spinach even for someone like me who doesn't really like the taste of spinach.  It was easy to do and was a hit with the better half too.
I used 4 red potatoes and half a bag of spinach.  You boil your potatoes – it's quicker if you cut them up into chunks.  I do put salt in the water as a matter of habit.  When they are done just roughly mash them as they are – you'll add some seasonings when you add the spinach.
To prepare the spinach which was fresh, I destalked it and then washed it – spinach is one of those things that seem to have dirt on them no matter what.  Pop the washed spinach into a pot – you don't need to add water because the water on the leaves from the washing will be quite sufficient.  Cook with the lid on for about 3 minutes or until the leaves have wilted down.
Let the spinach cool a little and then squeeze as much liquid out of it as you can.  I used paper towels to do this.  Then chop the spinach up.
Now you add your chopped spinach to the mashed potato togher with a sprinkle of red chilli flakes, a teaspoon of garam masala, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (say the juice of half a lemon) and lashings of salt and ground white pepper.  Mix it up and then form into patties.  
These patties won't be very good at sticking together – next time I will be tempted to add a beaten egg to assist the binding – but even without they stayed intact with gentle handling. 

Spicy Spinach & Potato Patties (low FODMAP) by Carole's Chatter

I rolled the patties in coconut flour ( in lieu of wheat free breadcrumbs which I haven't been able to get yet).
Fry the patties in olive oil with a teaspoon of garlic infused olive oil added to it. 

Spicy Spinach & Potato Patties (low FODMAP) by Carole's Chatter

The sauce I served with it was a simple mix of greek yoghurt, salt, pepper, a teensy bit of garlic infused oil and a small amount of chopped green olives and capers.  Instead of the olives and capers you could just use some chopped fresh herbs like mint, basil or coriander.