How I feel sorry for the children of the today subjected to crap like iCarly and Victoria Justice. How is that even a TV show as opposed to screaming, crazy pre-teens with canned laughter? I could go to a One-Direction concert and it would be more enjoyable to view it there :S
I suppose I am really writing to you to tell you about the cartoons. It will hit you harder considering… well… you are one… but I hope you understand that I just need to tell you that wherever you are, you make sure that none of the modern-stuff ever even comes in contact with you. Imagine if you went all HD and animated. I shudder to think of it!
Popeye my old sea-dog friend, there is no more Warner Brothers style Flintstones or Road Runner or Bugs Bunny unless you watch the reruns on the 90s channel. There is no more ‘Steamboat Willie’ with film-noir Mickey, or even any 2D versions of the Disney gang left I believe. Just the odd reruns of the Princesses because little girls still love them so much. Though for how long is my question…
Bananas in Pyjamas was not animated, I know, but the men who donned those suits and talked to very sweet teddy bears without opening their mouths are long gone to be replaced by animated, ultra yellow freakish bananas who don’t walk down those stairs properly.
Arthur? Arthur who? The loveable rat-come-guinea pig-come-mouse hybrid with his glasses, annoying sister and best friend Buster is also a distant memory, their school adventures filled with morals all shrouded in the back of the huge video closet TV channels keep…
Popeye, you of course know due to your lack of royalties that you are officially non-existent on television now too. I still remember your jutting jaw, your beautiful girlfriend who must have been quite light in the head to get captured each episode and your sailor’s cap. Your muscles bulged but only when you ate spinach of course. I wonder if, despite your greying beard and sagging belly, you still react that way to your favourite canned vegetable?
Popeye, this post is for you, your tattoo, your obsession with spinach and a reminder of all those shows long gone by with witty repartee, fabulous old-school clips and the traditional cartoon entertainment. As much as I adore you, I guess I have to communicate with you like this since my TV doesn’t provide a link anymore.
Wherever you are, keep eating spinach!
***********************************************************************To Popeye and his legacy of awesome cartoons that lit up the TV, I give you a Spinach Pie made to be devoured with tomato sauce. Crunchy filo pastry golden with butter, a filling with Popeye’s favourite flavours and a hint of extra cheesy goodness need no more description as to what makes it taste so awesome!
*My changes are in bold
Silverbeet Double Cheese Spinach Pie
Source: Mastering The Art Of Baking
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 2 spring onions (scallions), thinly sliced
- 545g silverbeet frozen spinach, thawed
- 2 tbs finely chopped dill cilantro
- 2 tbs finely chopped mint (ignored)
- 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest (lemon juice)
- 310 290g firm, fresh ricotta cheese
- 4 eggs
- 200g crumbled Danish feta cheese
- 10 sheets Filo pastry
- 100g butter, melted
- Sesame seeds (1-2 tbs)
- Lemon wedges and sauce to serve
- Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat
- Add the spring onions and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes
- Add the spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes or until heated through (If using fresh silverbeet, cook for 3 minutes until wilted)
- Transfer to a colander to drain and cool completely – Use your hands to squeeze the mixture in the colander to remove as much liquid as possible
- Combine the herbs, juice, eggs and ricotta in a bowl
- Add the spinach mixture and feta in and season with freshly ground pepper and salt
- Stir until well combined
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C
- Lay one sheet of filo on a clean work surface and keep remaining sheets covered with a damp tea towel to stop them drying out (become brittle!)
- Brush the uncovered sheet with some butter then lay another sheet of filo on top
- Repeat with remaining sheets to make two stacks, each with 5 sheets of filo
- Cut each stack widthways to make 6 13cm rectangles (I did not measure, just cut each stack in 4 pieces and it was fine :P)
- Grease the base and sides of a round 22c diameter springform cake tin
- Place the filo triangles over the base and side of the tin to line it fully, allowing the filo to overhang the side of the tin
- Spoon the spinach mixture into the filo-lined tin
- Fold the overhanging filo over to enclose the filling
- Brush with remaining butter, sprinkle with sesame seeds and cut a slit in the top to allow some heat to come through during cooking
- Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes or until cooked through
- Cool in the tin for at least 10 minutes before removing
- Serve the pie warm or at room temperature with lemon wedges and sauce while trying to find some Popeye episodes