Sunday, 8 March 2015

Punk, Poldark and Baba Ganoush









Sadly I didn't get to see the naughty ladies, my friend was taken ill at the last moment so we didn't go.  Instead I stayed home and watched a really interesting film about Terri Hooley, Belfasts Godfather of Punk,  who opened a record shop in the early days of punk in Northern Ireland during The Troubles.  Young people from both sides came together in their mutual love of punk music, escaping the horror that was going on around them for a few hours.  Among the bands he 'discovered' was The Undertones of 'Teenage Kicks' fame.  It is called Good Vibrations and was on BBC 2 so hopefully you can catch it on iplayer.





I pop into a local veg shop to get our fruit every week on my way home from work, carrying my home made basket of course.  This week they were selling off aubergine,  I love the flavour of them so into my basket they went.  I had also just picked up a new cookery book from work, well it was only £5.  Damn those book people for tempting me, yes I know, I am trying to declutter!  I love mezze type eating and had been wanted to make Baba ganoush for a while, it is so easy I don't know why I haven't got around to it.

So here's the book it came from




and heres the recipe

BABA GANOUSH

Serves 1 - 2

1 large aubergine cut into 2 cm chunks
olive oil for drizzling
1 tablespoon of tahini
1 large clove of garlic crushed
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 200c/400f/gas 6.
Put the aubergine chunks in a roasting tin, drizzle then with a little olive oil and season.
Roast in the oven for 20 - 30 minutes until soft and beginning to caramelise slightly at the edges.
Remove and allow to cool slightly, then place in a food processor with the tahini, garlic and lemon juice.
Season with salt and pepper.
Process on full power until a creamy humous-like mixture has formed.

I ate mine with toasted gluten free pitta bread.

Simple and delicious!



Well tonight's the night!  I think all of Cornwall will be watching to see how badly they mangle our Cornish accents.  I remember watching  the first Poldark series all those years ago.  I'm looking forward to seeing the beautiful Cornish landscape and of course Aidan Turner .....sigh.




Chickpea xx

39 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see this version of Poldark either, Chickpea, I was too young to appreciate the '70's version so this could be right up my street :) I hope we get to see some lovely Cornish scenery as well as Aidan!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wish I had known when they were recording, it would have been interesting to watch.

      Delete
  2. I will be watching as well, my mum loved the original series, we had it on every sunday night.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So did we, trying to guess where it was filmed :)

      Delete
  3. I read the books long before it was on the TV, I enjoyed the series but thought that some of the characters that were left out should have featured strongly. I am looking forward to watching later.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have never read the books, perhaps I should :)

      Delete
  4. I never watched Poldark, but with such a dishy actor I just might, xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He is rather dishy isn't he, I used to like him in Being Human :)

      Delete
  5. Martin is having to head back to work this evening so I might just try Poldark :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Worth a watch for the scenery :)

      Delete
  6. I read the books years and years ago, probably won't watch the series as Darts is on TV and Shock Horror! I'm not overly keen on costume dramas! am I the only person who has never seen Downton?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm not overly keen on Downton either, only seen a couple of episodes !

      Delete
    2. No, I am with you there, it never appealed to me. I did watch some of the original Upstairs, Downstairs but went off it after a while.

      Delete
  7. Aubergines are one of my favorites. But with everything of the nightshade family I have to be very careful.
    Never eat as much as I would like.
    One of my favorites is Japanese eggplant with miso so good.

    cheers, parsnip


    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That sounds good parsnip, I have never heard of Japanese eggplant, I saw a recipe for Thai eggplant the other day, they were round and green.!

      Delete
  8. Hey Chickpea,
    'Teenage Kicks' One of my top five favourites of all time. It still sends shivers up my spine.
    Leanne xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sounds as good today as it did then

      Delete
  9. That looks delicious!

    We shall be recording Poldark here ... when I'm not sure about a programme I record it and wait to see what those who did watch it have to say about it before committing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well the scenery is beautiful :)

      Delete
  10. Dale Pinnock's cook books are great! good buy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I had not heard of him before, some good recipes in the book

      Delete
  11. Your meal as always looks yummy,I like that Dale Pinnick.Sorry your friend was taken ill,hope she is ok.Sorry but for me the original Poldark was just brilliant and no way will this new one be able to follow it.I loved the actors.I watched that programme too,it was great and brought back many memories.Have a good week.xx

    ReplyDelete
  12. Young people from both sides came together in their mutual love of punk music, escaping the horror that was going on around them for a few hours. Among the bands he 'discovered' was The Undertones of 'Teenage Kicks' fame.

    The Undertones are one of my all-time favorite bands. They are pretty much Northern Ireland's answer to the Ramones. Here Comes the Summer cracks me up, I can see in my mind's eye a bunch of skinny yogurt-complexioned guys freezing in the North Atlantic waters, kidding themselves that they were having fun.

    I love, love, love baba ganoush- the best way to cook the aubergines (hey, I can speak your language!) is poke holes in their skin with a fork, and char them over a charcoal fire so they take on a lovely smoky flavor. You then slit them and drain the juices before scooping out the pulp and pureeing it.

    I'd never heard of Poldark until recently, when I watched a failed Leonard Nimoy TV pilot called Baffled! (it's a "Spocksploitation" film, with Leonard as a groovy ladies' man), which featured Angharad Rees in a bit part. Wiki says she succumbed to cancer in 2012... I'm sad to meet her posthumously.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Next time we light the fire I will try that with the aubergines. Angharad Rees was much loved as the Demelza character in Poldark. This new adaptation has a lot to live up to.

      Delete
  13. I can't comment on the accents but I enjoyed watching Poldark.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We had company so I haven't watched all of it yet. The usual mistake is for it to be more like a Bristol accent. What I saw of it had beautiful camera work!

      Delete
  14. You'll have to fight me for him - he's gone straight in at number one on my TVBF list and I haven't even watched last night's episode yet! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ha ha I love the idea of a TVBF list :)

      Delete
  15. Hey thanks for the heads up about the punk programme - sounds right up my street and its one I've not seen before. Will have to get it on catch up. I've yet to see Poldark - another one for catch up! I spend so much time catching up I miss other stuff and have to catch up with that too! I've always wanted to try Baba Ganoush - another for the to do list methinks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm the same I have so many programmes to catch up.

      Delete
  16. I haven't see Poldark yet, but I have recorded it to watch when I have time to sit and enjoy and pay proper attention to it! The baba ganoush sounds great, I have a stray aubergine and a need for something for dinner tomorrow - might be a good combination! xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have visions of an aubergine wandering around your kitchen now :)

      Delete
  17. So Teenage Kicks is a real show then. I was just watching Bridget Jones's Diary the other night (one of my favorite movies) and noticed that she went for an interview with that show. I just assumed it was made up for the story. I would enjoy the movie you watched. I hope your friend is feeling better now.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Oh I don't know if there was a programme called teenage kicks, the one I was talking about was a record by a group called The Undertones, was very well known here from the 70's. Yes, I'm that old :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. What did you think of Poldark. I got so annoyed about Elizabeth's lip gloss that I could focus on little else! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I thought the filming was wonderful, fabulous shots of the cliffs and skies, though all I could focus on was Ross Poldark :)

      Delete
  20. I've never made baba ganoush, but I adore aubergines so I really must have a bash at that. It's easier than I thought. Was Poldark any good? I missed it. x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's like making hummus, very easy. Yes I enjoyed Poldark :)

      Delete

I love reading your comments and will try to reply to all you lovely people xx Spam will be deleted so don't even bother!