Flatbread festivities • 10.15.08
Sydney is a city of outdoor events. When the weather is right, you can watch movies in the park, you can eat on the balcony and you can picnic on the beach. It’s been warming up here lately, so we’ve been trying to take advantage of all the outdoor activities that Sydney has to offer.
For example, a few weekends ago we joined forces with some mates and walked from our place in Bondi Junction to the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park- the site of the Spring Food and Wine Festival. We were invited to attend the festival by our good friends at Petersons Winery. We’re members of the winery- and also possibly it’s biggest fans. So we thought we’d all show up, sample some wine and enjoy some lunch.
The day turned hot and sunny, so by the time we finished our walk we were thirsty kids. I started with a taste of Peterson’s Sav Blanc and was immediately refreshed, and hungry! We got one more taste each (this time a merlot for me) and strolled amongst the many booths selling tasty lunchtime fare. There were so many choices! Chorizo rolls, falafels or grilled lamb… oh my!
I wandered amongst the different stalls, enjoying the smells and sites of all this delicious food cooking. Then I saw it- my ideal lunch. La Piadina, “Italy’s Favourite Flatbread”. A round bread, about the size of a small pizza, the thickness of a pancake and made of corn flour is grilled, filled and folded in half. Basically it was an Italian style quesadilla. It was gorgeous and had everything I look for in a lunch- speedy to make, easy to eat and a great punch of flavour. There were several choices of fillings, but I went with mozzarella, spinach and pumpkins. Here’s a shot:
They were selling bags of the flatbread at the stall, so I grabbed a pack to bring home and play around with. I was already thinking up all kinds of ideas! Goats cheese, spinach and red onion! Lamb, cranberries and rocket! The possibilities were endless, but I only had 6 flatbreads to play with.
I used a few of the flatbreads to make dinner last night, and I have to say-nice. These were so good and so easy. I reduced the amount of cheese, added a bit of diced tomato, wilted spinach, black olives and thinly sliced salami. I would like to quote my husband upon his first bite, “Whoa!” Well said, sweetie. Here’s a shot of mine:
I have more of the flatbreads in the freezer, so we’ll have to try a few more combinations. I wish I knew where to buy more of these. I’m sure they are easy enough to make at home, but I loved the convenience of just defrosting a couple and having dinner ready 20 mins later. This is the kind of fast food I can totally support.
Andy and I are off to Japan for 2 weeks. We are so excited!! I won’t be able to post pictures from our journey until we get back, but I will try to pop over here and at least update you on how we’re doing. So… see you all in Nov!