Sweet Serendipity

 Sometimes I realise that my exciting new discovery is in fact very old hat to everyone else! I was so excited with the roasted sweetcorn dip recipe that came my way from a friend in Waterford. We met on the PTA for our children's school there, and now with children grown we remain friends. The dip came her way from  The Pioneer Woman - well, I thought this was ground-breaking culinary news! Yes, I know now that you've been reading her for years. If you'd like to try her sweetcorn too...

Sometimes I realise that my exciting new discovery is in fact very old hat to everyone else! I was so excited with the roasted sweetcorn dip recipe that came my way from a friend in Waterford. We met on the PTA for our children's school there, and now with children grown we remain friends. The dip came her way from The Pioneer Woman- well, I thought this was ground-breaking culinary news! Yes, I know now that you've been reading her for years. If you'd like to try her sweetcorn too...

 My dip was served up at the wonderful Pamela's 80th birthday party. Pamela and Ian are both life-long and very active supporters of Christian Aid. They believe passionately in striving towards a fairer world, and while not vegetarians, asked for a heavy emphasis on vegetarian food at the party. These are the sweet potato and sweetcorn enchiladas with smokey sweet red pepper sauce and coriander chimchi.

My dip was served up at the wonderful Pamela's 80th birthday party. Pamela and Ian are both life-long and very active supporters of Christian Aid. They believe passionately in striving towards a fairer world, and while not vegetarians, asked for a heavy emphasis on vegetarian food at the party. These are the sweet potato and sweetcorn enchiladas with smokey sweet red pepper sauce and coriander chimchi.

 And here are aubergine rolls stuffed with pine nuts, breadcrumbs and raisins. These are absolutely delicious on their own, but can also be served warm with tomato sauce, or as a vegetable side dish. We served quinoa salad with pomegranate too- if you need a vegetarian feast, do get straight in touch!

And here are aubergine rolls stuffed with pine nuts, breadcrumbs and raisins. These are absolutely delicious on their own, but can also be served warm with tomato sauce, or as a vegetable side dish. We served quinoa salad with pomegranate too- if you need a vegetarian feast, do get straight in touch!

 Desserts- meringues with more of my garden raspberries (Pamela and Ian approved the zero food miles), and Faredos' ubiquitous Moroccan Orange Cake. I haven't shown you photos yet of our Moroccan adventure last month. Coming soon!

Desserts- meringues with more of my garden raspberries (Pamela and Ian approved the zero food miles), and Faredos' ubiquitous Moroccan Orange Cake. I haven't shown you photos yet of our Moroccan adventure last month. Coming soon!

 It was, as you can tell from the many sweet ingredients, a very sweet party. Happy Birthday, Pamela, and Happy Faredos!

It was, as you can tell from the many sweet ingredients, a very sweet party. Happy Birthday, Pamela, and Happy Faredos!

 In other news, and in another corner of the Faredos kitchen garden, we have a gorgeous glut of courgettes and their beautiful flowers. I said a sad farewell this week to the two Italian interns who have been living with us over the summer, but not before Carlotta got a chance to display her food designer prowess!

In other news, and in another corner of the Faredos kitchen garden, we have a gorgeous glut of courgettes and their beautiful flowers. I said a sad farewell this week to the two Italian interns who have been living with us over the summer, but not before Carlotta got a chance to display her food designer prowess!

 I've always wanted to try stuffed courgette flowers, but never quite managed to have the courgette flowers and the ricotta cheese in the same place at the same time. Well, not only did I have the flowers and the cheese last week, I had the stylish Italians too.

I've always wanted to try stuffed courgette flowers, but never quite managed to have the courgette flowers and the ricotta cheese in the same place at the same time. Well, not only did I have the flowers and the cheese last week, I had the stylish Italians too.

 Sweet serendipity! These were very deliciously wonderful indeed. I have to confess that we kept them all for ourselves, and a lovely dish it was. But, if you do fancy a sweet feast, especially for a vegetarian, get in touch while the garden is still in bloom x

Sweet serendipity! These were very deliciously wonderful indeed. I have to confess that we kept them all for ourselves, and a lovely dish it was. But, if you do fancy a sweet feast, especially for a vegetarian, get in touch while the garden is still in bloom x

Posted on August 15, 2016 .