Riz ib Fool – Broad Beans with Rice.

So, Happy New Year to all. Hope you had a wonderful New Years Eve and a quick recovery New Years Day.

Every year my husband and I sit on our balcony overlooking huge native fig trees with a mezza spread and a glass (or 6) of wine and beer.

This year we decided to try something different and flew to Adelaide for a few days and spent New Years Eve on a 10th floor balcony looking over Adelaide city.

We got to Adelaide, dropped off our bag and marched ourselves to Adelaide Central Markets.20140104-174036.jpg I absolutely love that place. It has everything you could possibly need from delicious local and overseas cheeses to perfectly ripe fresh fruit and veggies, amazing sour dough breads and all sorts of chocolates, cakes and pastries. It is heaven to me and a great shame you can’t find the same great variety of providores and produce under the same roof in Sydney. That’s not to say we don’t have amazing shops and produce in Sydney, it’s just that you have to visit several different shops to get the same variety. Probably dug myself in a big hole with that comment, but anyway…..ImageImageWe had a wonderful New Years Eve.

We also had dinner at Coopers Alehouse on our first night in Adelaide. What a great place. Lots of beers on tap, a good wine list and something on the menu to satisfy just about anyone.

20140104-180152.jpgAnd so now its time to ease off a little on the holiday food and give our systems a dose of light and healthy.

This dish was just what we needed.

In a small saucepan melt a little butter with a dash of olive oil. Add 100g of lean minced beef and squash with the back of a spoon while browning. Season well with salt, pepper and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Next add 200g broad beans (frozen or fresh), stir then pour in 350ml water and stir again. Cover, bring to the boil, turn heat down and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

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Now throw in 1/2 cup of long grain rice, stir, cover and allow the rice to absorb the water (it takes about 20 minutes on a very low heat). Stir it once or twice.

Once the rice is cooked leave the saucepan covered for about 10 minutes then you’re ready to serve.

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Yes..it’s really simple but oh so delicious.

Leave out the mince and you have yourself a delicious vegetarian dish.

We serve this with a good dollop of natural yoghurt, sticks of cucumber, wedges of tomato and some marinated olives.

Enjoy…

and all the best for 2014.

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Local Tasmanian goodies…..

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This was a feast. There was so much to choose from.

Basically we picked up bits and pieces from different places as we travelled along.

Tasmania is a great place to visit.

We started in Launceston and made our way anti-clockwise around the state. Unfortunately it was raining and snowing around Cradle Mountain so we didn’t get to do the magical walks we wanted to, but it was a beautiful place to be, standing on our little verandah watching a huge wombat eating the grass below.

Then heading west to Strahan and Queenstown and all the little towns along the way. Picking our way through a list of nature walks.

Onto Derwent Bridge, then Hobart.

Thanks to Emily (Chilli Marmalade)’s recommendation we dined at ‘Smolt’ in Salamanca Square. If you’re ever in Hobart you should try it. We started with the taster plate then had Lamb with smokey eggplant purée and Venison with spiced cauliflower almond and quinoa salad. Plus local wines and beers.

It was very, very satisfying.

oh and you’ve got to visit Salamanca Markets on every Saturday. Fantastic atmosphere.image

South of Hobart is Kettering where we caught the ferry across to Bruny Island for a couple of nights then back up and around to the Tasman Peninsula. Beautiful part of the state.

Bruny Island is where we had the little mezza in the first photo. The veggies and olives were from Salamanca Markets, the smoked ham from a deli and we stopped off at a lovely bakery/cafe called Jackman & McRoss in Battery Point on the way to the ferry for the yummy sourdough bread. We stopped at Bruny Island Cheese once we were on the island, (oh and we had also stopped and shopped at Ashgrove Cheese Farm near Deloraine)  and bought a couple of new cheeses, then off to ‘Get Shucked’ for a dozen oysters for $12 and I juicy lemon for 60c.

Along with the tassie wine and beer it made for an absolute feast.

Onwards and upwards then stopping at Freycinet National Park where we climbed the saddle between two mountains to an amazing lookout over Wineglass Bay.image

We had a short stopover at Bicheno where we walked along the coast on huge rocks to get to a blowhole then to a bakery for good strong coffee and sausage rolls by the boat ramp while fending off crazy sea gulls.

Continuing up the Tasman Highway to St Helen’s then up bright and early to make our way back to Launceston for a final night.

Polished off the rest of the Tassie cheeses with some apples and carrots and the last glass of Tamar Ridge Pinot Gris before heading out for a healthy Thai meal finishing with some lovely green tea and pistachio ice cream.

it’s been a very full couple of weeks but we had a great time. Tasmania is a beautiful place to visit we’re already planning our next trip. Though we’ll probably come during late summer and take advantage of all the berry farms that are scattered all over the country side.

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I can’t wait…..