One of the things I like best about New Zealand are the little stalls on the side of country roads, unattended and with a few offerings, mostly fruit, vegetables and flowers. Usually they are alongside a driveway, near the letterbox, and sometimes you don't see the house from the road, often you don't see anyone, as a matter of fact! So how do you pay? You leave your money in a honesty box. I have a couple of these near my house, one sells cute flower bouquets from the garden, and sometimes little bags of fruit, another sells orchids. When I don't have enough cutting flowers in my garden I go there, it is unexpensive, honest fun.
Tofu and Brassica Green Curry
1 tbs green curry paste (see recipe here)
1 can coconut milk
1 couliflower, cut into florettes
half carrot, sliced (I sliced it in the shape of flowers)
1 block tofu, cut into pieces
1 large broccoli, cut into florettes
1-2 chili peppers
Thai or regular fresh basil leaves
Thai or Vietnamese fresh mint leaves
Place the paste in a pot with the coconut milk, the cauliflower, carrot, and the tofu. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the broccoli, cover and simmer for 5 minutes (I like my broccoli to be still green and a little crunchy). Add the chili peppers and the fresh herbs, cover and simmer for 5 more minutes. Add salt to taste and serve with Thai rice.
To make 1 litre of juice I used:
1 red beetroot
6 green apples
1 piece of ginger
Put everything through the juicing machine, filter and serve immediately.
Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©