cake and the woven paper box. Only life wasn't so straightforward. I was tired and under the weather after a busy week. Meetings, a bullying workshop, making greeting cards, gift shopping, a poorly child, coffee with friends, the first wobbly tooth falling out. Sylvia was asking challenging questions like how are babies made, did Jesus really die on the cross and where does the tooth fairy get her money. So instead of creating food and gifts on Saturday afternoon, I did the only thing I could do. Slept.
hedgehog and mum also made jelly slice.
I also was showered with gifts for Mothers Day. Sylvia had been making gifts at school and also had a chance to buy me some gifts at the Mothers Day stall at the school. Parents make craft for the stall and sell it to the kids at very reasonable prices. E also bought me a book (All the Bright Places) that I am looking forward to reading. And on Saturday morning Sylvia and E made me pancakes with minimal help from me.
- My mobile phone is now paid off and I am out of the contract. Yay! I have discovered that I am using far less downloads than my plan covered. Which means I have been able to reduce the amount I pay monthly by less than a half!
- A rolled up newspaper appeared on our doorstep last week. It was from January 2015. Goodness knows where it was found or who found it. I have put the choice bits on the pile for me to read. Yesterday I stopped for lunch and pulled out an old newspaper magazine to read and found it was from 2013!
- We went to see E play with his ukelele group at a pub and took along a friend of Sylvia's. When there was a break I was talking with the little girls about the watering can on the stage. Sylvia's friend amused me when she said it was there to water the microphones to make them grow.
- First and foremost to Lorraine at Not Quite Nigella who inspired me to finally bake these tarts thanks to her Cook With Me challenge.
- To Ros at the More Than Occasional Baker for Alphabakes, a blog event she runs with Caroline of Caroline Makes, challenging us to bake focusing on a different letter each month. This month the letter is Q for Quince Jelly.
- To Jen’s Food (and United Cakedom) for The Pastry Challenge with the theme of Picnics in May.
- To Elizabeth's Kitchen for Ren Behan's Simple and in Season event because it is apple season.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Street Art in Melbourne #1 Croft Alley
Two year ago: About my oven (or why the nose is mightier than the timer
Three years ago: FFF Zucchini slice - a childhood favourite
Four years ago: CC Crunchy Salad, Tofu Nuggets and Sylvia
Five years ago: Mothering Oat and Cranberry Biscuits
Six years ago: Mothering, Stew and Bread
Seven years ago: Meandering Musings on Split Pea Soup
Eight years ago: Cardamom and Chocolate Comforts
Apple Rose Tarts
From Not Quite Nigella and Cooking with Manuela
1-2 red apples*
1-3 tbsp lemon juice*
1 sheet puff pastry*
2-3 tbsp quince jelly (or other jam)*
Icing sugar, to serve
Grease 6 regular muffin holes in a tin. Preheat oven to 190 C.
Halve and core apples. I did this with a paring knife but had to be careful not to cut too deeply. NQN used a melon baller. Slice by hand as thinly as possible (or use a mandolin) and place in a bowl of water with lemon juice in it.
Microwave the apples (or cook on the stovetop) until just cooked enough to bend but not soft. About 3 to 5 minutes in the microwave should be enough.
Roll out the thawed sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to measure about 30cm long. It doesn't need to be any wider. Cut the pastry into 6 short strips. Brush with quince jelly or jam. Arrange apples along the pastry strip with round edge of apple above the edge of the pastry. Fold the pastry over and make sure apple slices are tucked into side pastry. Roll up the pastry to form a rose formation of apples and place pastry side down in a muffin hole. Repeat with 5 other strips.
Bake tarts for 30 to 40 minutes until pastry is cooked (check pastry in the middle is cooked as well as outside). Serve dusted with icing sugar. They were great warm but also fine the next day.
NOTES: I had a lot of apple slices over but am not sure I would have quite had enough if I had only used 1 apple. I used a Pink Lady and a Red Gala and much preferred the slices of Pink Lady. I didn't measure the lemon juice - just gave a good squeeze of half a lemon, and I didn't measure the jam either. To make these vegan, you need to buy vegan puff pastry.
On the Stereo:
Inside Llewelyn Davis soundtrack: Various Artists