Sunday, April 10, 2011

Five F

Okay - so you might be wondering why I haven't been blogging much lately.

Well... I've been being mama socialite. Enter.... Five F

Fish Creek
Friday night 

and here we are in our second gathering:

Here are the bits and pieces that we gather by:
The Nitty Gritty:
1. Fortnightly Friday nights on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month – come if you can, don’t if you can’t.
2. Bring Homemade food to share. Please bring your own crockery and cutlery if possible.
3. Leave the host’s home cleaned up and sparklier than it was before the dinner
4. BYO - No excessive drinking/disorderly behaviour - be respectful
5. Use Organic and Homegrown (spray free) produce wherever possible.
            No coloured food or MSG.
6. No TV/DVD’s for children – just play and friendship
7. 6:00-6:30 eating time
8. Let your host know by lunchtime Friday that you are coming.
9. Sign up for a dinner at your place, we can email nights a month in advance so that everyone knows where the dinner is.

we ate and drank well. 
We had a great time and ate some terrific food. 
But I must say that the company was even better.  

We had osso buco, marinated chicken and cous cous, ricotta and spinach pie, roasted venison, organic sourdough, salads, red cabbage and apple, pesto pasta, homemade ricotta, vegetarian lasagna, apple and berry crumble, and Bavarian Apple Torte.

I can't wait to see what's on the menu for the next gathering!

There were a few requests for my Mother's sublime Bavarian Apple Torte. Don't let the name scare you off. It is a beautiful torte that isn't overly technical.

Bavarian Apple Torte:

1/2 c butter
1/3 c sugar
1/4 t vanilla
1 c flour
blitz in your food processor till small crumbs, or work thru the butter with your fingers till thoroughly combined with small crumbs.
- press into a springform (I line mine with baking paper on the base)
bake till a teeny bit golden.

1 1/2 pkg. Philly Cream Cheese
1/2 c sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla
process till rich and smooth
pour over base

1/4 c sugar
1/2 t cinnamon
4 c peeled and sliced apples
toss together and put on top of filling

use a drip pan underneath the torte to catch liquid drips from wrecking your oven

bake at 190 C for 10 minutes reduce heat to 175 for 10 minutes
add slivered almonds to the top and bake for 15 minutes more.

cool completely in pan

serve chilled with a dollop of vanilla'd cream.

We are pretty keen on any recipes involving apples these days. We've got apples for days around here. It's great to share them too - we really need to get a stall at the end of the drive by next summer to sell our farm goods.

Stay tuned next week to find out about the OTHER group we've mustered up... Mama Connect. 

xx Amy


Mom said...

You gave out my secret recipe!!! Oh well. I guess you guys live far enough away that you won't be competition :o)
It sounds like y'all had lots of fun and really good eats. It's a great idea! All those babies are from how many families??

Emma said...

Oh my giddy aunt Amy - you must have the most wonderful community down there. How absolutely bloody BRILLIANT! I hope my little neck of the woods can one day be just as vibrant (and like minded), it seems I am the youngest woman in this town by about thirty years. I think it's hard to meet people too when you don't have kids?? Maybe I'll go hang out at the kinder and stalk people LOL

dixiebelle said...

Fantastic idea... interested to hear about Mama Connect too!

Leonie said...

OH I LOVE THIS!!!! The rules are sensational and it looks like you are finding a fantastic little community. Yeah!!!

I must admit to a little did say you were TALL!!! xx

Sarah said...

Hi Amy,

After a walk in the rain to the shops to get cream cheese and a visit to the neighbours groaning apple tree (plenty in our freezer) the Apple Torte is in the oven as I type : o ).


Lots of apple crumble happening here!

A Farmer's Wife said...

The menu for your get together sounds amaaaaazzzzing!

Am going to make your Mum's cake at some point. Thanks Amy's Mum!

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy, Lovely photo. Debbie your recipe is going to be very popular I'm going to add cream cheese to my grocery list & get baking. Great to see Baxter, Gretta & Monty & you & Nic.
Love Bronwyn xx (Nic's Mum)