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    Monday, April 30, 2007

    It’s Autumn and I have strawberries-also Cheese Toasty Pies

    I am not much of a gardener but this year I have been nurturing my pots and they have performed well and still are a mass of colour. For the first time my citrus trees which did have plenty of blossoms have rewarded me with lots of fruit waiting to ripen.
    The Seville orange has 13 oranges which isn't bad for a small tree... and the lemon tree has about 30 fruit. The best in all the time we have been living here.

    The blossom was promising.

    but I am really thrilled with the fruit, one ready to pick already

    However the most exciting thing I discovered this morning was strawberries

    In April!!! How about that?
    There was another fat one hanging in amongst the greenery, I couldn't stop myself it and I ate before I thought of a photograph and it was wonderful. There are about another ½ dozen awaiting us. If the birds don’t get them first.
    Anyway onto some more interesting food.

    I decided on these little mozzarella pies that I saw James Martin make and they are very tasty. Just a little posh cheese toasty really but a little more stylish.
    Easy to make I added mushrooms and sage to mine.
    This is a good feed for 2 people

    8 slices sandwich bread
    100 mls milk
    4 slices of mozzarella
    Sage leaves
    4 small flat mushrooms, stalk trimmed
    Olive oil
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Rice bran oil for frying

    Cut an 8 cm circle out of each slice of bread
    Put milk in a shallow bowl
    Dip 4 slices one side in the milk and place on board

    Put 1 slice of cheese and sage leaves on each circle

    Allow and edge on the outside
    Meanwhile toss the mushrooms in olive and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
    Grill till tender and cut to shape of cheese and place on top

    Take another slice and again dip1 side into the milk and
    Place milk side down on top of mushroom and press together like a ravioli.

    Heat about 3 cms rice barn oil in a pan or wok to 180C, drop in the pies and fry until golden brown turn over and the same on the other side

    Drain and serve with a green salad or just hold in your hands and go for it.

    Cheese Toasty Pies Yes please


    Dezel said...

    Hello Friend,

    Your page looks wonderful and all the tempting food makes Dezel want to jump into the screen (lol). Very nice pictures also! Hope you are doing grand : )

    Anali said...

    It's so strange reading that it is Autumn, when we are just getting to Spring over here! It's amazing that we can communicate so easily even though we are on opposite sides of the world.

    Congratulations on your bountiful harvest! Everything looks delicious.

    So Simple said...

    Hi Dezel Yes doing grand thank you
    I am looking forward to the sevellle oranges ripening...must be able to make something great with them