"Get on board the London underground and get up close and personal with the hottest British contemporary art in the blockbuster exhibition Saatchi Gallery in Adelaide: British Art Now. Join co-curators Jane Messenger and Maria Zagala on guided tours through the biggest exhibition ever staged at the Gallery as they take the pulse on the ‘right now’ of contemporary art."
All this with some yummy snacks, interesting drinks and a very cool crowd . . . plus a virtual trip back to old London town. Oh how I miss thee!
But Moroccan chickpea soup with spinach and . . . apricot?
Now I've never been there.
Had a lovely day in the kitchen on Sunday, cooking up a treat for the week ahead. Made a delicious choc croissant pudding (recipe to come later this week) and a yummy batch of soup for lunches at work.
It's a very sweet soup, I'm worried I'm going to be over it by the end of the week, but the first bowl was absolutely delicious. Quite unexpected and refreshing, I loved the lemon kick.
Moroccan chickpea soup with spinach and apricot
2 tsp olive oil
1 medium brown onion, chopped
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 tsp Moroccan seasoning
1 Tbsp Paste, tomato
270 g diced apricots (canned)
2 tsp grated lemon rind
¼ cups lemon juice
4 cups vegetable stock, liquid 1 x 400g can chickpeas, drained 2 handfuls baby spinach leaves
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, for 3–5 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and spice mix and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
Add tomato paste, undrained apricots, rind, juice, stock and chickpeas. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Add big handful of spinach leaves and stir until wilted.
Pressed tin bar, vintage lamps, accents of hot pink. Right up my alley.
Tin Cat makes its home in a gorgeous historical building only a few streets outside the CBD. It's like walking into someone's house - quaint little rooms make up the restaurant which is renowned for its vintage fitout and mis-matched furniture. The walls are lined with quirky artwork and the staff are friendly and helpful.
Then there's the food.
Kate and I were lucky to score a seat near the fire, perfect for a wintery Adelaide morning.
We started with hot chocolates and cappuccinos, then went for freshly squeezed juices - apple for me and orange for the newlywed.
I settled for "The Sausage"
house made pork & fennel sausage braised in tomato & chilli with baked polenta
and Kate chose "The Beans"
cannelini, borlotti & lima beans in a tomato & basil sauce with grilled ciabatta
It was gooooood.
The people at the table next to us indulged in "Bloody Meelys" - the Tin Cat's take on Bloody Marys.
They looked awesome.
Definitely worth the visit if you're down in the Rad - cosy in winter and fabulous in Summer - the courtyard out the back is perfect for little partays.