Caramelised garlic, feta and olive rolls

Dough ready to roll up and cut

I made some delicious rolls today for lunch. It was a basic dough recipe, with a caramelised garlic, feta and olive filling. I think the bread dough would have risen more if the weather had been warmer, but it’s the middle of winter here in New Zealand at the moment!

Rolling up the dough trying to keep the filling in place was a little difficult but the rolls are supposed to be ‘rustic’, and indeed they were. The filling could easily be changed to incorporate whatever is lying around – or growing in the garden in abundance – and the recipe I used called for ‘oven dried’ tomatoes, but I substituted those with the olives, as winter tomatoes are so watery and tasteless that it’s just not worth bothering with them really.

Ready to eat!!

This was my first attempt at this recipe, I would possibly make a few changes next time I make them – but all in all, I’m very happy with the finished product. I’ll add this to my list of ‘Out of My Comfort Zone Cooking‘ successes!

Out of My Comfort Zone Cooking

My collection of cookbooks is taking over the book shelf

I am most definitely stuck in a rut… a cooking rut. I make the same things over and over again, and my family eats those same things I make over and over again, and apart from the odd meal out, nothing changes!! Those meals are good of course, in fact some of them are favourites – but how am I ever going to discover a new favourite if I don’t try totally new things from time to time?

So I have decided to challenge myself to make a new dish once a week. It may not sound like a lot to some people, but in between part-time work, small children, housework, wrangling household pets, and everything else – I figure I might as well be easy on myself and set a goal which is actually going to be achievable.

I have a large stack of cookbooks (as you can see from the picture above), and the internet, plus all the fantastic blogs I follow so I won’t be lacking inspiration. And once I week I will ‘trial’ a new recipe, sweet or savoury, and document the success/failure here. I’ll call it ‘Out of My Comfort Zone Cooking’.

What sounds like quite a simple task will be made rather more complicated by the fussy eaters that reside in my house. Husband – is a vegetarian who doesn’t like mushrooms…?! (Go figure – what’s WITH that??) And two small children who’s tastes seem to be governed by the moon, or tide, or a complex combination of the two – I haven’t quite worked it out yet – but they eat something with gusto one day, only to turn their snooty little noses up at the exact same thing a week later, declaring “I don’t like [insert any food here], it’s disgusting!” I’m sure the majority of parents can sympathise, and have similar ‘picky eaters’ residing in their houses.

Chewy choc chip cookies

Anyway… tomorrow’s the weekend so it’s probably a good time to try out a new recipe. I’ll post the results, and pictures.

In the meantime… I’ve been baking Chewy Choc Chip Cookies, which are totally delicious (and ever so slightly undercooked), not remotely hard and crunchy – which to me is a great thing, but of course it’s a matter of personal taste!