While I am not exatly needy, over the past month or so I have managed to scrape into meeting my challenge of eating one home grown ingredient by utilising my own personal network for a home grown version of this idea.
A few weeks ago I got a massive bag of oranges from my friend. They were given to her by someone else with a tree. After taking her share passed them onto me. As a result I have come up with a couple of creative uses for excess oranges.
1. New favourite salad of the month: Orange, avocado and rocket salad (this is based on a ruby grapefruit salad recipe) very simple- rocket, avocado, walnuts, spring onions and orange slices with a vinaigrette dressing.
|Orange, avocado and rocket salad|
2. New favourite dessert of the month: Orange and polenta puddings (based on a recipe using mandarin that featured in a Sunday Age Magazine from 2004)
*The bonus for this recipe is that it requires 2/3 cup of marmalade (perfect to use one of the collection of homemade marmalade jars I have been gifted!)
2/3 cup marmalade
8 orange slices (rind removed)
1/3 cup polenta
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 1/4 cups of self raising flour
Heat marmalade and water together over medium heat until melted and smooth. Divide into the dishes and top with a slice of orange.
Step 3. Beat butter & sugar until smooth, add eggs one at a time. Fold in half the polenta mixture, the flour and then the remaining polenta mix. Spoon mixture into the dishes.
Step 4. Place the dishes in a pan and add water to reach halfway up the sides. Cover with foil and place in preheated oven (180deg) for 20-25mins. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before turning out.
As a bonus in addition to the oranges I also got some cumquats. I didn't have time to turn the cumquats into jam so I passed them onto a colleague at work - who did manage to transform them into jam and gave me a jar! how good is that! Thank you E!