Peanut Butter Sauce with Wilted Baby Spinach and Basmati Rice.

This particular recipe was found on a Canadian Vegetarian site by our son Adam a few months ago. At first I thought that maple syrup and peanut butter would not be a good combination in a sauce, but I was so wrong, it is amazing so give it a try.

Serves 2.

Ingredients

baby spinach 70g/2.25 oz
basmati rice 1 cup
vegetable or chicken broth 1 cup
water 3/4 cup
extra firm tofu 200g /7oz or 2 chicken breasts
red bell pepper 1
garlic 1 clove
ginger root 2.5cm or 1 inch piece
chilli-garlic sauce 1 tsp
natural peanut butter 2 tbsp
soy sauce 2 tbsp
pure maple syrup 1 tbsp
virgin coconut oil 1 tbsp


Preparation

Drain and pat dry tofu, cut into 1.3cm – 0.5 inch sticks.
Or cut the chicken breasts into 1cm / 0.3 inch thick slices.

Wash and dry spinach.

Wash, de-seed, and slice pepper into strips.

Peel and mince or crush the garlic.

Wash, peel, and mince or crush the ginger.


Rice

Rinse the rice under cold running water, then drain and transfer to a small saucepan.

Add broth and1/2 cup of water; bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.

Once the liquid comes to a boil, stir the mixture, cover the saucepan, and reduce the heat to low. Cook the rice until the liquid is fully absorbed.

Remove the rice from the heat and let it stand, still covered.


Sauce

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add the coconut oil and melt it.

Add tofu or chicken and pepper. Gently stir fry until pepper is tender and tofu/chicken is lightly browned.

Place the garlic and ginger in a bowl with the peanut butter, soy sauce, chilli-garlic sauce, ¼ cup of water, and maple syrup. Whisk to combine.

Pour the sauce into the skillet and mix to combine it.

Add spinach to skillet, remove from heat and stir until spinach is just wilted and coated with the sauce.


To serve

Uncover the rice and fluff with a fork.

Place rice in a bowl and top with tofu and veggies.

Enjoy!

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Sunday Morning Market.

Sunshine bathed Daglan market this morning, highlighting the variety of stalls selling their local produce.

Today’s market showing a variety of stalls.

A new stall today is our favourite organic producer, Les Jardins De Picami which we featured in one of our past blogs, here is the link.

Les Jardins De Picami
Les Jardins De Picami Stall will be on Daglan market throughout May selling Bio vegetable plants.

The organic growers unfortunately lost quite a large percentage of their crops last February when the heavy rain falls caused the River Ceou to flood. The good news is that they are selling a variety of plants here at the market in Daglan and will be selling potatoes, tomatoes etc. when the crops are ready at their organic farm. Once you have tasted their produce you will certainly return again and again.

We had to buy a few plants,two tomato plants, a pepper plant and a basil plant.

Another of our favourite stalls is the one selling strawberries.

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Waiting For The Sheep.

In its desire to preserve the natural heritage of the environment the town hall of Daglan is going to introduce eco-grazing. Which means the practice of using grazing animals to mow the grass in pubic areas. This practice has many advantages by reviving in particular the ancient agricultural practices of the countryside.

Most of all it helps everyone, the Commune of Daglan by saving time not having to mow the grass, saves resources, it helps the biodiversity and the farmer with grazing land for the sheep. A win, win situation.

Last week the Marie was asking for volunteers to help erect a fence around the area which is to be used for the sheep. The area to accommodate the sheep is situated next to the cemetery and behind the car park, on the hill with several trees which will be great for shelter.

Well done everyone who did volunteer, the fence is looking good.

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Signs Of Spring.

Spring is to be seen here with the arrival of blossom on our apple tree in the courtyard. We won the apple tree a few years ago at the Daglan Spring Festival. Thinking that we had won a small plant it came as a great surprise when it turned out to be a tree. But we are so glad that we did for it producers tasty apples every year. The apples are unique to this area, developed by a grower in St PomPon, they are quite small, sweet and tasty. We do not have the space to plant it in the ground so it resides in a large pot.

Apple tree full of blossom.

A close up of one of the pink and white apple blossoms.

The strawberry plants have all started to produce flowers, which means that the first crop of fruit should be ready to eat in May.

A slower start to the grape vines this Spring which have been hampered by the recent sharp frosts that we have be getting lately.

I just had to include Angel who follows the sun around the courtyard. Here she is sitting at the bottom of the apple tree.

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Le Chat Noir.

Le Chat Noir adorns a wall, place mats and a fridge magnet of our home in Daglan. I adore the black cat but never really researched the origins of the instantly recognisable image of Le Chat Noir, or to give it its full name Tournee du Chat Noir de Rodolph Salis.

Le Chat Noir.

The lithograph was created by the artist Theophile-Alexander Stein in 1896 to promote Le Chat Noir, Rodolphe Salis exotic nightclub in Paris which was the worlds first modern cabaret.

Salis, an artist who was crafting religious items moved to Paris in his twenties with a vision of establishing a venue that was unlike anything that had been seen before. “Where the gentry, burghers and peasants are all invited to drink absinthe”. And drink they did, the Chat Noir opened in 1881 on Boulevard de Rochechouant at the foot of Montmartre, later moving to larger premises on Rue Victor-Masse.

Salis was compare, host and renowned shadow puppeteer which was the basis for several tours across France. It was one of these tours which brought about the famous poster. Theophile Steinlen was introduced to Le Chat Noir and was commissioned to produce the artwork for the tour.

Steinlen, who had a fondness for painting cats, created the image of the black cat with a halo reading Montjoie Montmartre. Sadly, Sales died a year later in 1897 and Le Chat Noir was never the same again.

The poster though serves as a reminder of the creative hedonistic time.