Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year!

Ahh, it's been like a month since Ive posted anything, but I've been busy. Planning the big move into our little Cave & shopping.

Louise and I are still doing our (almost weekly) cook offs and now I am getting much better at them. Woohoo.

 I've been too lazy to photograph everything but the last meal made was garlic prawns with garlic spinach and potato patties.

                    I love how with this recipe i was able to sneak in a fair bit of spinach into the patties.

  • 1-pound potatoes (about 4 medium-sized potatoes), boiled, peeled and quartered
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 bag (8 to 10 ounces) baby spinach
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups panko crumbs
  • ¼ cup olive oil, for frying (add more as needed)
  • Yogurt
  • Sour Cream
  • Soy Sauce

  1. Combine prepared potatoes and milk in a large mixing bowl; using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add chopped onions and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until translucent.
  4. Add spinach and garlic to skillet; season with salt and pepper and continue to cook for 2 more minutes, or until spinach is wilted.
  5. Remove from heat and add spinach mixture to the potatoes.
  6. Stir in cheese and lemon juice.
  7. Add egg and panko/bread crumbs; stir until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  8. Shape the mixture into patties.
  9. Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
  10. Working in batches, fry each patty on both sides until golden brown; about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  11. Transfer potato patties to a paper towel–lined plate.
  12. Serve with yogurt, sour cream, soy sauce, etc...

New Years Eve was better this year then last year.. possibly because i feel like there is so much happening for me in 2015.. the cave, the trips and all that glorious leave from work... or possibly because we were close enough to see the fire works, but far enough to avoid the busy crowds. Albert Park Lake, Cheese platters and wine.

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