Across The Universe-ity

No more Shakespearian quotes for a spell, as I am instead to consume myself with The Duchess of Malfi. And not avoid it to have Tetris Tournaments with Tim and Paul (I’m winning!) So far uni is going well, although my skirt blew over my head yesterday just as a bus was pulling into the campus and I couldn’t for the life of me explain the concept of “number eight wire” during my media lecture…

Above: On Saturday night I made this quick pizza, using a scone-base recipe from Alison Holst’s Dollars and Sense cookbook. This is a great stand-by recipe, very fast to make. I couldn’t live from this cookbook alone but, well, someone could.

Quick Scone Dough Pizza Base

2 cups flour
2 t baking powder
1 T oil
1/2 cup (125mls) milk

Sift dry ingredients into a bowl, stir in oil and milk, and mix to form a dough. Roll out onto a greased tray, (this rolls out very easily), cover with your desired toppings (tomato paste and cheese in my case) and bake at 220 C for 15-20 minutes.

That night Tim and I got very drunk, and met up with Emma, her friend Scott, and Paul in town. Sunday morning, natch, was a complete write-off. By Sunday afternoon though, I was feeling up for something cultural and so trekked across the waterfront to see the Philharmonic Orchestra give a free performance of famous film scores (You know, Harry Potter, Psycho, that movie with swords in it, etc.) It was thoroughly enjoyable but after a while it started to rain heavily which brought things to a halt. And made for an awful walk home. Yeh I was wearing a skirt again. I think that’s how the weather knows when to be rainy and windy.

Above: By the time Sunday evening rolled gently around, I wanted to eat something healthy, in order to pretend that it would erase the previous night’s excesses (and okay, we had McDonalds for breakfast.) So I came up with this Thai Beef Salad. It’s not entirely original, in that anyone probably could have thought of it, but I wanted to do something different with mince – use it in a more elegant way. This is basically mince, onion, capsicum, fish sauce, lemon juice and sesame oil, cooked together and tossed with some of those pre-packed salad leaves that make EVERYTHING look like you’ve made an effort.

Above: Pasta with Beurre Rouge. Last night, our vegetarian ex-flatmate Ange came round to watch Fame (which I finally found, for $10 at Real Groovy! Kapow!) and I cooked her some dinner as well. In a self-absorbed kinda way, the entire meal was based around my recipes – the Miso-Honey Roasted Parsnips, the Carrot and Zucchini Salad, and something new – Spaghetti with Beurre Rouge. Now it’s not actually an authentic French dish, it’s just something I had an idea for, (as I was about to fall asleep the other night), a kind of tomato-flavoured Beurre Blanc. Hence the name.

I reduced Vermouth with some garlic, simmered it with tomato passata, and whisked in some butter, pouring it over cooked pasta. Here’s the flummoxing thing though. I absolutely LOVED it, thought it was the best thing I’ve ever come up with (I know I say this every time) while Tim just thought it was…nice. Which totally confused me. Had I actually come up with something good? So I’m going to make it again tonight, just to make sure I wasn’t imagining how great it was…or that Tim is completely demented. Ange loved it, which helped my bruised ego somewhat.

5 thoughts on “Across The Universe-ity

  1. Kay says:

    And I thought I was organising something quick and exotic for dinner by finely slicing a smoked chicken breast and artfully arranging it on a platter with some garlic herb buns, cherry tomatoes, wilted cucumber, cusp-of-use-by-date mesclun, and avocado. You win.


  2. Viv says:

    Shame about the wind and skirt thing but you probably made someone’s day.Am struggling to come to grips with my uni paper and all 6 books, DVDs, CDs, text books, workbooks, interactive webcam thingy, on-line chat shows etc etc!! All is in the too hard, too much basket at the moment. Oh for a piece of number 8 wire to hold it all together!


  3. Anonymous says:

    Loved the Marilyn Monroe moment – very Wellington when you least expect it LOL. The pizza dough looks v easy and will give it a go with the girls I think when I am next on in the weekend. Tried to get this comment on last night but am having some dyslexic moments – have given out the ph no back to front, same with my blog address. I think it is a case of the typing fingers going faster than the brain LOL. All the best for the new term and thanks for your comments.Love Lynn


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