Monday, December 21, 2009

Naomi's Menu

Naomi has suggested a lovely Summery and (given this is Australia) Christmassy menu for the Yam Daisy Cafe.
So aren't I clever to post it up in Christmas week!

The aim is to give an idea of the sort of meals that will be available at YamDaisy Cafes (when they exist!).

She has filled the 4 Things On The Menu criteria (See Here) as follows:

SOUP: Chicken and Vegetable Soup served with Savoury Scones flavoured with Parmesan Cheese and Herbs. Yum. Say no more!

MAIN 1: Spiral Pasta with Avocado, Ham and Chilli (Pictured).
I made this one so I could take a picture of it ~ and since it was a warm Summer day I made a salad.
It is a beautiful salad with particularly nice ham (thanks to the little Italian Supermarket up the street), cucumber from a friends garden, spring onion and basil from mine.
I charred the chillies over a flame and since my chili sensitive daughter was sharing the salad with me, I limited it's contribution to subtly flavouring the dressing - I added slivers of red bell peppers instead.
I chopped the avocado and spring onion and dressed them while I was preparing the rest, and as soon as the pasta was cooked I dressed it too. It was a very simple dressing (lemon, olive oil, thyme, pepper and a little honey - and a tiny bit of chili) and just enough to bring all the flavours together.
This was a lovely fresh meal in a bowl!

MAIN 2: Roast Chicken with Roasted Potatoes, Pumpkin, Parsnip and Onions and a beautiful Gravy.
Isn't this a favourite!

FRUIT DESSERT: Crepes with Strawberries (pictured also!)
O yes, of course I had to make this one so you could enjoy the picture! I used orange juice in the pancake recipe, very nice! The flavour does come through just enough.
But my real trick, just in case you don't know it, is to prepare the strawberries and sprinkle them with caster sugar (a teaspoon is plenty for a punnet) and sit them in the fridge for a couple of hours.
This gives time for juice to come out of the fruit and turn to syrup as it mixes with the sugar. The flavour is intensified and the strawberries are beautifully shiny.
A little cream and a sprinkle of icing sugar, and there is dessert!


  1. What a fab menu! I do like the idea of the chicken too! Hope you have a truly lovely Xmas!

  2. That's perfect for Summertime, Joy !!!

    I wish you a beautiful and so blessed Christmas and a wonderful Summer, as well.

    I think that in our blogland we're the only ones who are enjoying Summer :D


  3. Have just come across your blog Joy. What a wonderful idea to start a community cafe. Do hope you manage to get something off the ground - it sounds quite exciting. Wishing you the best of luck in 2010 - for the cafe and for your health.

  4. What a mouthflooding menu! But sorry for not having non-veg. items. Everything veg. here feels just so tasty!!


  5. Joy, these all look and sound really delicious, thank you for sharing! Yum yum yum.
    Enjoy the heat!

  6. That's a delectable menu indeed ... lots of color and fresh flavors!

  7. That is a delicious menu! That pasta salad looks fantastic.Happy holidays :)

  8. That looks FANTASTIC, Joy! It is so colourful and happy. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  9. Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas!

  10. These dishes are perfect for the summer. I love avocado with pasta.

  11. Oh, these look awesome! Beautifully done :)
    Have a blessed new year.
    Thanks for following my blog so regularly

  12. Hi Joy! This salad looks beautiful and yummy! I need more of this. :)

  13. These are such wonderful comments. Thank you for every single one!