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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Local Theatre, A Gardening Triumph and Flavoury Almond Pate

Hello readers, I apologise for the lateness of the weekend blog post. 

Tonight I share with you Local Theatre, A Gardening Triumph and Flavoury Almond Pate. Enjoy x 
Local Theatre
It has been a long time since I went to see a local theatre production. We had the opportunity to go and see the last show in season of Albany Light Opera Company's "Phantom of the Opera" at the Albany Port Theatre.
I first saw Phantom of the Opera at the beautiful Princess Theatre in Melbourne in the early 1990's - ironically the Princess Theatre is said to have a friendly resident ghost! "The theatre's ghostly presence dates back to 1888 when opera singer Federici died after a performance of the opera Faust. On every opening night, a seat in the Dress Circle is left empty for Federici and it is a sign of good luck if there is a sighting on that night." 

I am absolutely thrilled to report that for a local production, this really was the bomb! The costumes, the set, the lighting and orchestra really did credit to the talented team of thespians that took to the stage. The vocals and acting were wonderful and at times one forgot one was watching local theatre. This was a really charming take on the classic musical and it was thoroughly enjoyed by the theatre goers on the evening, evidenced by the thunderous applause at the conclusion of the show. So next time you are thinking of something to do, why not check out a production by your local theatre company!
A Gardening Triumph
Some time back we revamped a tired garden bed with some stunning local plants. The love and time invested have paid off years later. We have our first flower on our Banksia Coccinea tree. This is also known as the Scarlet Banksia or Albany Banksia. These are quite hard to grow and can be quite prone to disease. So to us, a little Gardening Triumph. Here's to many more! 
Flavoury Almond Pate 
Today's recipe comes from The Raw Food Sisters. A delicious and summery appetiser for all to enjoy. Something that tastes good and is good for you too! Flavoury Almond Pate served on juicy cucumbers and topped with cherry tomato. Why not visit the raw food sisters site here for more fantastic recipes: http://therawfoodsisters.com/
Flavoury Almond Pate, served on 
Juicy Cucumbers, topped with Cherry Tomato

2 handful of fresh basil 
1 cup almonds 
1 cup parsley 
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 
juice from 1 lemon 
1 tbsp olive oil 
pinch sea salt
1-2 cucumbers/zucchini
cherry tomatoes 

Start by making the almond pate. 
tip: soak almonds for at least an hour, if not two before processing. 

1. Place almonds, basil, parsley, garlic, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and a pinch of sea salt into your food processor or blender.

2. Blitz until well combined and of a pate consistency. Scrape into bowl. 

3. Slice cucumber or zucchini and top with a spoonful of almond pate and a 1/4 or half cherry tomato ( depending on the size of the tomato). Serve and enjoy! 
I hope you enjoyed reading all about Local Theatre, A Gardening Triumph and Flavoury Almond Pate. See you tomorrow for a new Wednesday Wishes blog post. xo

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