It is that time of the month again when we are invited to join the lovely Su (aka Zimmerbitch) for an afternoon tea get-together and chat in the blogosphere. Pull up a chair wherever you are and join in some socially distant camaraderie. It is also my Friday song day so we are doubly lucky to have a song to go with our arvie tea.
I am organisationally challenged and this skill deficit extends to food preparation. So I am giving myself a pat on the back for preparing damper to add to Su’s sumptuous and scrumptious repast. “What is damper?” I hear you ask. It is a bush bread (or soda bread?) that you can cook in a camp fire. I decided to cook it in the oven because that was easier. I did a quick online search for a recipe and settled on a saltbush, macadamia and feta damper. I used the saltbush growing in my garden and improvised by adding some diced sun-dried tomatoes that were taking up space in the fridge. I also substituted GF flour for regular self-raising flour.
It was a joint effort. In true management fashion, I organised my TL to keep me on track. His job was to read the recipe instructions to me while I panicked. Verdict? Yummy but needs more saltbush. Ta da. You’re welcome.
Damper is traditionally served with billy tea, but as the cooking was all very stressful, I decided on wine instead. As you can see, I started the bottle without you. Can I offer you a glass?
Are you feeling merry now? Have you warmed up? Good, because it is also time for a song. I chose this song to mark my TL’s return to work next week. It is Benny Goodman and Peggy Lee performing Why Don’t You Do Right? It was a question I asked myself when my TL forgot to tell me to divide the damper into four individual portions before cooking so I had to adjust the cooking time. It seemed to work out okay and even if it didn’t, there is still wine.
Get your air clarinets ready and let’s sing.
Eat up, everyone.
PS. Thanks go to my TL for putting up with me. I always say that I married him for the sex. He tells everyone that he married me for my money. 🙂