Saturday, October 8, 2011

Market Goodies and healthy Chow Mein...

I had to zip into town early this morning (showered, makeup & hair done) and our local monthly Farmer's Market was happening. I picked up some Bread & Butter Cucumbers, Tomato Relish, Tomato Sauce, a sweet little ginger bread guy and a cake of soap. I usually miss this market because Saturday mornings I usually schlepp around and don't leave the house.
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I made Annette Sym's ChowSym for dinner last night. The recipe for it is here (download and print).
Fry off the mince, onions, garlic & ginger...
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Add in beans, carrot, peas and celery...
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Wow, that is a whole lot of cabbage - 6 cups!
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Add in the cabbage, curry powder, water and sauces and stock powder. Cover and let is simmer away for 30-40 minutes until the cabbage is cooked, stirring it over occasionally. I halved the amount of Singapore Noodles when I added them.
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A delicious, low fat, one-pot meal - packed with vegetables.
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I made a batch of Anzac Biscuits on Thursday and thankfully gave most of them away!
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They can be a little hard to resist!
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This weekend I intend to get some more walking in - I am feeling very sore after just that small workout on Thursday so I need to keep limber. We have an exercise ball so I may even try the wall squat again to see if I can at least go a bit longer. That is our aim - to improve all times and to lose some centimeters from our bodies.
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I have some seedlings that need planting out and a bit of tidying up outdoors as I am hosting my sister's 60th Birthday lunch on Wednesday.
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My car needs cleaning and those weeds in the garden are, funnily enough, still there! so they need to come out.
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What are you getting up to on this weekend?
Joolz

5 comments:

  1. Will try both of these this week and let you know how they go down.
    Gotta love a farmers market although poor Stu is drenched at todays!

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  2. Hi Joolz - I'm a first time visitor to your site and love the chow-sym - looks healthy fare -I remember reading a few of Annette Sims recipe books a few years ago - must search them out.

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  3. Hi Joolz, love the finds from the farmer's market. The gingerbread man is so cute and that goats milk soap is bound to smell great. I have a friend who has goats and makes all kinds of good smelling soaps. I have bought about 5 bars and given a few as gifts and people love them. Your recipe looks yummy, gotta try it. Have a great weekend.

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  4. I do like the chow sym and cook it regularly and anzac biscuits are a favourite here.
    Like you I hope today will be fine so I can get some seedlings in the garden.
    I enjoy market and the homemade products, enjoy.

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  5. Oh I wish I could eat cabbage but it plays havoc with me...Looks like a great recipe Joolz.

    I am cutting down my meat intake from now on. I have lost the taste for it. Vegetarian meals and fish for me and maybe a little chicken (breast of course).

    I went for a walk this morning, it is lovely and peaceful out there and good for collecting my thoughts. I am off to Adelaide this week for my appointment at the breast clinic on Thursday and as I am getting a little wound up, a good walk was in order!

    Some lovely finds there Joolz.

    I must make some Anzac bikkies, haven't done that in ages...

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