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Saturday, June 08, 2013

Summer days driften' away

The weather has been fantastic.  So our week with Aisling and Layla was spent visiting beaches... and since we live on an Island, there are a great many beaches to visit!

First we took them to Willow's Beach (Victoria's Palm Springs style beach with white sand). Though the water was frigid, it didn't really matter because we were there for the Oak Bay Tea Party (which may have originated as a tea party, but is more of a carnival these days).  We did it all: rides, food and stayed for the air show.

Monday we took them to Gonzales Beach for some impromptu swimming with some of our local friends.
The next day was VERY hot (by Victoria standards) so we went for a fresh water swim in Elk Lake.  But instead of more pictures of kids on the beach, I'm sticking in pictures of Uliana showing off her two front teeth, and her sitting skills. (She was a trooper, spending her time at the beach hiding from the sun.)

Wednesday we went back to our local beaches to explore the tidal pools.  We found anemone, barnacles, crabs, tiny fishes, mussels, limpets, snails, and more! (Some of those snails somehow found their way into Nikolai's pocket, only to be discovered in the bottom of the washing machine when I was pulling out the clean clothes).

Thursday we hiked the Songhees Trail...
Visiting the driftwood island...
And finishing the trip off with a water taxi ride home (only $5 each!)
This morning Aisling and Layla left to volunteer on a farm in Qualicum Beach, and it only took 15 minutes before Nikolai started complaining of being bored!  Luckily he doesn't have too long to wait... our next visitor is currently riding the 7pm ferry.

Here's a recipe that everyone helped to make this week.  I was a bit worried about the kids not sealing the pasta up well enough, but none of them broke open when boiling! If you can find pre-made wanton wrappers, then "homemade" ravioli is SUPER easy.  There's all sorts of filling options, but I wanted a super quick and reasonably healthy meal.

Ravioli
Mix 3/4 cup spinach (cooked and wrung out -I used frozen spinach) with 3/4 cup ricotta cheese.
Spoon 1 tsp of the mixture into the centre of a wonton wrapper.
Heavily wet around the outside of the wonton wrapper with water, then seal a second wonton wrapper on top of the first.
 Boil the pasta in small batches, cooking until the pasta floats (about 2-3 minutes). Drain and coat them in a sauce right away.  (I served them with browned butter and walnuts).

I found that these stuck together if I didn't add the sauce quickly.  After the pasta was tossed in sauce I was able to keep them nicely warm in the oven until I was ready to serve.
This was so easy that I'll probably do it again, trying out various other fillings.  It was nice to eat a ravioli that was full of flavour and not just bread crumbs!

1 comment:

SomedaysSarah said...

Oooh! I love the idea of using wonton wrappers for pasta! You can always find them at grocery stores here so I will have to try out your recipe.

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