The Roast Capsicum & Tomato Soup with Spinach & Goat's Cheese Muffins looked really good and would make a lovely lunch time meal. However, red capsicums were ridiculously expensive when I went to buy some. I thought that I could just make the muffins, but discovered that the smell in the fridge that had been getting worse and worse was actually the goat's cheese...oh dear, what a waste, so no muffins either.
Phillip Johnson's Poached Quinces sounded really nice and there was also a Spiced Quince Trifle recipe that used the poached quinces. All of it sounded so great. The poaching liquid is nicely spiced with vanilla, cloves, star anise and cinnamon but it used a whole kilo of caster sugar! That is for 6 quinces but it is still a lot of sugar. Plus quinces still haven't hit the stores here yet. I would have thought that the would be in stock by now, hopefully they will show up soon.
Jill Dupleix's Kumara & Pancetta Tart was another option. This is a very easy looking tart and with the addition of a nice green salad would make a wonderful lunch. I am always looking for things that I can make for lunches as I come home from work for lunch and need to have things that I can grabs relatively quickly. I don't want to be cooking when I come home so things like this tart and salads are great especially in the summer. It is getting easier now as the days are starting to cool down so I can just heat up some left overs, and I have nice soups and stews in the fridge to keep me going. I ended up using my kumara in a meal on the weekend so didn't have any to make the tart with.
In the end I decided to make Jamie Oliver's Potato & Rosemary rolls as I had made Chorizo & Bean soup last night and I thought that the rolls would go really well with the left over soup for lunches for the rest of the week, and probably into the weekend. This was a really easy recipe to make. I only made half of it as a full recipe makes 12 rolls and that is too many for me to eat before they are stale and while I realise that I could freeze them, they just wouldn't be the same. The dough came together quickly and I loved the addition of the semolina into the dough. The flavoured oil that the potatoes were doused in was terrific, although I did find that the anchovy flavour didn't blend as much as I would have hoped. I would probably leave them out the next time and just add a touch more salt. I would highly recommend making these, they are easy and tasty.
Potato & Rosemary Rolls
- 100 g fine semolina
- 400 g strong flour (I needed probably another 50 - 100 g as it was quite sticky)
- 2 tsp salt
- 7 g (2 tsp) dry active yeast (or 1 sachet)
- 2 tsp caster sugar
- 325 ml lukewarm water
- Pile semolina and flour onto a clean surface and sprinkle over salt.
- Make a well in the centre and pour in half the water and then add yeast and sugar to the water.
- Leave for a few minutes for the yeast to start to froth and then start mixing in the flour until you have a slurry then add the rest of the water. Work in the rest of the flour and knead for 5 minutes or until you have a smooth springy dough.
- Put it in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and leave to prove in a warm place for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
- Knock back and then flatten out with your hands. Sprinkle with potato mixture (below) and fold over, then knead to mix in the potato.
- Divide into six (or more if you want smaller rolls) and place on a greased tray. Place in a warm place for 20 minutes to rise.
- Pre-heat oven to 200 C while rolls are proving.
- Drizzle over a little olive oil and bake for 15 - 20 minutes until cooked through and golden.
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 rosemary sprigs, leaves picked, roughly chopped (I didn't chop them)
- Zest of 1 small lemon
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 2 anchovy fillets
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 350 g boiled potatoes, roughly broken up (still warm)
- Crush garlic, rosemary and lemon zest with a little sea salt in a mortar & pestle.
- Pound in the anchovies, stir in oil, lemon juice and a few pinches of pepper.
- Scrape mixture into a bowl, add still warm potatoes and toss to combine.