Friday, 18 January 2013

Mutant broccoli and latte stealing cats

Today we drove an hour north of the capital to a small town called Otaki. We both needed new shoes and there are a few outlet shops on the high street. I also wanted to check out other vintage fabric possibilities for my Matryoshka dolls.

On the way we stopped at our favourite cafe in the area The River Cottage Cafe (latterly the Brown Sugar Cafe). Tom, the resident cafe cat tried twice to steal part of my husband's danish pastry. Ever indulgent, I fed him the froth off my cappucino to distract him.

The other advantage of heading to the Horowhenua region is that it is the "vegetable basket" of the N. Island. This monstrous broccoli weighed 2.1kg AFTER its outer leaves and stalk were removed. Anyone got any recipes for broccoli?


Isabelle Barry said...

Here is a recipe I found yesterday:

Isabelle (from France)

sparrow said...

Oh fantastic Isabelle, Merci!!!! What an amazing combination.

Ms Sparrow said...

Here's a family favorite recipe for broccoli salad:
1 head chopped broccoli (maybe 1/2 of your big one)
1 medium chopped onion
1/2 c crumbled bacon
8 oz pkg shredded cheese
Toss and pour over it:
1 c mayonnaise
1/3 c vinegar
3 T sugar
(You also add raisins, craisins or sunflower seeds)
Serves 6. Keep refrigerated

sparrow said...

Thanks Ms Sparrow, I'll try that.