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  • Posted on October 30, 2017

    Moroccan Pumpkin Stew recipe

    Waste not want not this Halloween and turn your carved pumpkin into a delicious Moroccan stew. Fragrant spices have multiple health benefits and this North African influenced dish is a great way to introduce a sweetness that negates the craving for dessert. You can easily purchase a rasel hanout spice blend or make your own, as below, to coat the protein- and mineral-rich amaranth and chickpeas.

    MoroccanPumpkinStew Bowl Food

    150 g/5 oz. mixed salad leaves

    2 tablespoons coconut or olive oil

    1 red onion, chopped

    2 garlic cloves, chopped

    4 teaspoons rasel hanout

    225 g/1cup amaranth

    200 g/1 1/2 cups dried chickpeas, soaked overnight in cold water

    1 large sweet potato, cubed

    1 pumpkin – you will need 735g/1lb. 10 oz. cubed flesh

    1 /4 teaspoon sea salt

    65 g/1 /2 cup raisins

    90 g/1 cup toasted slivered/flaked almonds

    sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

    sprigs of cilantro/coriander, to garnish (optional)

    a sterilized glass jar with an airtight lid (optional)

    Serves 4

     

    Gently heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion, garlic, and spice and sweat over low heat for 5 minutes.

    Meanwhile, put the amaranth into a pan with 2 cups/500 ml of water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Take off the heat and allow any remaining water to be absorbed (I like it a bit crunchy and couscous like in texture, hence cooking for a shorter time than some may suggest).

    Drain the chickpeas and add with the chopped sweet potato and pumpkin to the pan containing the onions. Add 3 cups/750 ml of water, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir thoroughly, then add the salt and raisins and simmer for a further 5 minutes.

    Season the amaranth to taste and stir in three-quarters of the almonds. Serve with the pumpkin stew, garnished with the remaining almonds and sprigs of cilantro/coriander.

    Note: To make your own ras el hanout spice mix, in a dry pan toast 3 tablespoons cumin seeds, 21 /2 tablespoons coriander seeds, 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons black peppercorns, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1 /4 teaspoon cloves, and a pinch of saffron threads for a few minutes until fragrant. Grind in a spice grinder or clean coffee grinder with a few dried rose petals. Store any leftover spice mixture in an airtight jar.

     

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  • Posted on October 12, 2017

    Baked Mushroom and Egg Ramekins

    Mushrooms and eggs have a delicious affinity – their delicate flavours complementing each other, rather than overpowering which is why this recipe is a great choice for celebrating both Mushroom Day on Sunday and World Egg Day. This traditional egg dish is given a luxurious touch by adding a layer of fried mushrooms. A hint of tarragon adds a pleasing aniseed note. Serve with toast fingers for brunch, or with bread rolls as an appetizer.

    bakedeggs

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    ½ onion, finely chopped

    400 g/14 oz. white/ cup mushrooms, thinly sliced

    2 tablespoons freshly chopped tarragon leaves, plus extra to garnish

    4 eggs

    4 tablespoons double/ heavy cream

    4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

    salt and freshly ground black pepper

    4 ramekins

    SERVES 4

     

    Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas 4.

    Heat the olive oil in a frying pan/skillet. Fry the onion over a low heat, until softened. Add the mushrooms, increase the heat, and fry briefly until the mushrooms are softened. Mix in the tarragon, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and cook for a further 2 minutes. Divide the mushroom mixture between the 4 ramekin dishes.

    Break an egg into the centre of each ramekin. Season the eggs with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour a tablespoon of double/heavy cream over each egg, then sprinkle each with Parmesan cheese.

    Bake in the preheated oven for 8–10 minutes for runny yolks, or 15–20 minutes for set yolks. Garnish with tarragon and serve warm from the oven.

     

    This recipe is from Mushrooms by Jenny Linford.

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  • Posted on October 6, 2017

    Kale & Egg Homemade Veggie Pizza

    This month it's all about Friday nights on the sofa, in front of the fire and a good film. So, to make you evening even better, we're going to share some of our favourite comfort food recipes, perfect for a night in this weekend. This week, a delicious and a little bit different veggie pizza, with homemade dough and tomato sauce.

    Saturday Pizzas KaleEgg2

    a few stalks of kale

    2 tbsp olive oil

    2 balls of pizza dough (see below)

    160 ml (2⁄3 cup)

    tomato sauce (see below)

    250 g (2 cups) grated mozzarella

    2 eggs

    2–4 tbsp finely grated Parmesan

    zest of 1⁄2 lemon

    fine sea salt and freshly

    ground black pepper

    Makes 2 x 25 cm (10 in) pizzas

     

    Preheat the oven to 250°C/480°F/gas mark 9. Place a pizza stone or an upside-down baking tray in the oven to heat.

    Get the ingredients and equipment ready, including taking the dough out of the fridge 1 hour before you’re ready to cook.

    Cut the kale away from the tough ribs, then chop the leaves into bite-sized pieces. Place the kale in a bowl, drizzle with half of the oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine using your hands and give it a quick massage, until the kale is coated with the oil. This adds flavour and also protects the kale from the heat of the oven so it doesn’t burn.

    Stretch the pizza dough by hand or roll it out. Sprinkle a pinch of salt evenly over the dough, then brush a little olive oil onto the rim with a pastry brush. Using a ladle or big spoon, pour the tomato sauce in the centre of the dough. Spread the sauce over the pizza in concentric circles with the back of the ladle or spoon, leaving a 2.5 cm (1 in) border clear around the edges.

    Place a big handful of the grated mozzarella in a mound in the middle of the dough. Spread it out evenly across the pizza, leaving the edges clear.

    Check there is no liquid on the peel or board or your pizza won’t slide off it. Shake the board gently to see if the pizza moves. If it doesn’t, lift up the pizza with a dough cutter or spatula and sprinkle a little flour on the board until it moves. Slide the pizza off the peel or board onto the pizza stone or upside-down baking tray in the hot oven. Cook for about 5 minutes.

    When the pizza has a few minutes left to go, take it out of the oven and scatter the kale evenly across the top, but leave some empty space in the middle. Crack the egg directly onto the pizza and slide it back into the oven. Or if you’re worried about the egg not holding its shape, you can put the pizza back into the oven after adding the kale, then crack the egg into a small cup, slide the oven rack out a little and pour the egg into the middle of the pizza, making sure you keep the rack level. Slide the rack back in and close the door. Cook the pizza for about 3 minutes more, until the kale has just started to wilt (curly kale needs to cook a little longer than Tuscan kale) and the egg white is cooked.

    Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack, then sprinkle over the grated Parmesan and lemon zest. Allow to stand for 1 minute before slicing.

    Classic Pizza Dough

    200 ml cold water

    300 g ‘00’ flour or strong white flour, plus extra for dusting

    1⁄2 x 7 g sachet of fast action dried yeast

    1 tsp fine sea salt

    Makes enough for 2 x 25 cm (10 in) pizzas

    Pour the water into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, then add the flour on top of the water and add the yeast and salt in separate piles. Mix for 10 minutes on a medium–low speed. For the first few minutes it will look shaggy and you might be worried that it won’t come together, but leave it be and by the end of the 10 minutes the dough should be smooth, springy and slightly sticky. Check the dough after a couple of minutes, though, to see how it’s coming along. If it’s really dry and isn’t coming together, add another tablespoon of water. If it looks really wet, add another tablespoon of flour. Alternatively, if you don’t have a mixer, you can knead the dough by hand (see pages 24–25).

    Sprinkle your work surface with a little flour and tip the dough out onto it. Knead it by hand a few times to bring it together into a smooth, round ball that holds its shape well and springs back when you poke it. If it doesn’t pass those tests, knead it for 1–2 minutes more.

    Using a dough cutter or a sharp knife, cut the dough in half. Pressing it firmly into the work surface, roll each piece into a smooth round, like a tennis ball. Put the dough balls on two side plates or a baking tray dusted with flour. Cover tightly with clingfilm or soak a clean tea towel in cold running water from the tap and wring it out really well, then cover the dough with the damp cloth. Place the covered plates or tray in the fridge for at least 6 hours, but ideally overnight or even up to 48 hours to let it have a long fermentation and a slow rise. The longer you let the dough sit in the fridge, the more flavour it will have.

    Take the dough out of the fridge 1 hour before you want to cook the pizzas, making sure you keep it covered with the clingfilm or damp cloth so it doesn’t dry out. When you’re ready to shape the dough, dust a pizza peel or a thin wooden chopping board generously with flour. You can either stretch the dough by hand or use a rolling pin. If you’re using a rolling pin, dust that with flour too.

    Take the rested dough ball off the plate or tray using a dough cutter or a bowl scraper, making sure the dough ball stays round at this point. Place the dough ball onto the floured peel or board and dust some flour on top of the dough too. Press down the middle of the dough with your fingers, but don’t press the edge of the dough ball, as that will be the crust later. It should already look like a little pizza. The dough is now ready to be stretched by hand or rolled out.

    Tomato Sauce

    1 tbsp olive oil

    1 onion, finely chopped

    1 celery stick, finely chopped

    1⁄2 carrot, finely chopped

    1 tsp fine sea salt

    freshly ground black pepper

    1 garlic clove, finely chopped

    2 x 400 g cans of good-quality whole plum tomatoes

    1 tsp sugar (optional)

    Makes 800 ml

    Heat the olive oil in a saucepan set over a medium–low heat. Add the onion, celery and carrot and season with the salt and some freshly ground black pepper to taste. Cover the pan and sweat the vegetables for 8–10 minutes, until soft but not coloured. Add the garlic and cook, uncovered, for just 1 minute, until fragrant. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 3 minutes on a low heat. Good-quality canned tomatoes don’t need to be cooked for very long, plus the longer you cook the sauce, the more water evaporates and the thicker it becomes, which isn’t the consistency that you want – pizza sauce should be thin but not watery.

    Whizz the sauce with a hand-held blender until smooth, or you could leave it a little chunkier if that’s what you prefer. Taste and check for seasoning – add a teaspoon of sugar if the tomatoes are too bitter or acidic. The sauce is now ready to be used right away, or it will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week or it can be frozen for up to six months (see the note above). This recipe makes enough sauce for five pizzas.

    For more delicious and different pizzas recipes, check out Saturday Pizzas from the Ballymaloe Cookery School.

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  • Posted on July 20, 2017

    Matcha tea smoothie bowl recipe

    This smoothie bowl is the perfect healthy way to start your day! Matcha is the finely ground powder of a particular variety of green tea grown uniquely in Japan. It is high in antioxidants and fibre, and adds an alluring sweet nutty flavour to smoothies – it is also a fabulous green colour!

    Matcha tea smoothie

    Matcha tea, banana and sesame smoothie bowl

    2 large bananas

    2 teaspoons matcha tea

    250 ml/generous1 cup coconut milk, plus extra to serve

    300 ml/1  1/3 cups sheep’s milk yogurt

    2 tablespoons tahini paste

    50 g/1 scant cup baby spinach leaves

    2 tablespoons honey

    Toppings

    20 g/1/4 cup sliced banana

    toasted sesame seeds

    red fruits, such as raspberries and pomegranate seeds

    Serves 2

     

    Peel and roughly chop 1  1/2 bananas and put in a blender with the matcha tea, coconut milk, yogurt, tahini paste, spinach leaves and honey. Blend until really smooth. Divide between two bowls.

    Thinly slice the remaining banana and arrange on top of the bowls with the sesame seeds and fruit. Drizzle over a little extra coconut milk and serve.

    Tip:  You can decorate your smoothie with any type of fruit although the red fruits are a particularly attractive contrast and add even more antioxidants.

     

    If you liked this breakfast recipe, why not try our 'build your bowl' quiz to find you perfect Bowl Food evening meal?

    Or check out Bowl Food for even more delicious and healthy recipes.

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  • Posted on June 29, 2017

    Veggie BBQ recipes

    So the votes have been cast in the battle of the veggie burgers and the winner is…the courgette/zucchini sliders! We love this choice! These lovely vibrant green sliders are super summery and a perfect addition to any BBQ.

    And since we’re feeling generous this week, we’ve thrown in a wonderful recipe for Elotes, a Mexican style corn on the cob that will go as a perfect side to these burgers. Your veggie BBQ game just got a whole lot better!

    courgette veggie burgers

    courgette/zucchini sliders with crispy kale, pesto & whipped feta

     

    2 courgettes/zucchini (about 500 g/1 lb. 2 oz.)

    grated zest and juice of 1 lemon

    1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

    salt and freshly ground black pepper

    8 small poppy seed rolls

    crispy kale

    100 g/3 ½ oz. kale, trimmed

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    2 teaspoons sesame seeds

    rocket/arugula pesto

    2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

    60 g/2 ½ oz. rocket/arugula leaves

    1 garlic clove, chopped

    3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    whipped feta

    100 g/3 ½ oz. feta cheese

    2 tablespoons crème fraîche/ sour cream

    makes 8

     

    Trim the courgettes/zucchini and cut lengthways into 3-mm/1⁄8-in. thick slices. Place the lemon zest and juice in a bowl, add the oil and some salt and pepper. Place the courgette/zucchini slices in a shallow dish, pour over the dressing and stir well to coat. Leave to marinate for 30 minutes.

    Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F) Gas 3 and line a large baking sheet with baking parchment. Shred the kale into bite-sized pieces, discarding the thick stalks, and place in a bowl. Combine with the oil until the leaves are well coated. Scatter over the baking sheet and roast for 18–20 minutes until crisp. Season with salt and pepper and scatter with the sesame seeds.

    Make the pesto. Toast the pumpkin seeds in a small frying pan/skillet over a medium heat for 2–3 minutes until golden. Cool and put in a food processor with the rocket/arugula, garlic, oil and a little salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Make the whipped feta. Place the ingredients in a blender and purée until really smooth.

    Heat a ridged stovetop grill pan until hot and cook the courgette/ zucchini slices for 2–3 minutes on each side until charred and tender. Cut the rolls in half and lightly toast the cut sides under the grill/broiler. Fill the rolls with the courgette/zucchini slices, whipped feta, pesto and some of the crispy kale. Serve at once with the remaining crispy kale on the side.

     

    elotes corn on the cob

    Elotes

    This Mexican street food pairs well with any kind of burger. Cotija is a hard, crumbly Mexican cheese, but parmesan or ricotta works just as well.

     

    vegetable oil, for brushing

    1 teaspoon chilli/chili powder

    ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

    8 corn on the cob/ears of corn

    50 g/ ¼ cup mayonnaise or unsalted butter

    40 g/ ½ cup crumbled Cotija, Parmesan or ricotta salata cheese

    1 lime, cut into 8 wedges

    serves 8

     

    Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a grill/broiler to medium-high and brush the grill rack with oil.

    Combine the chilli/chili powder and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

    Grill/broil the corn for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally with tongs, until cooked through and lightly charred. Remove from the grill and brush each ear with 1 ½ teaspoons of mayonnaise or butter. Sprinkle each with a tablespoon of cheese and a pinch of the chilli-cayenne mixture. Squeeze a lime wedge over each corn on the cob/ear of corn and serve.

    Alternatively, remove the corn kernels from the cob after taking them off the grill, and combine the corn with the mayonnaise or butter and the cheese. Top with the chilli-cayenne mixture and a dash of lime juice.

     

    For more burger and BBQ recipes, check out 101 Burgers and Sliders.

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  • Posted on May 18, 2017

    Swiss chard, feta and egg pie for Veggie Week

    Why not take part in National Veggie Week this weekend and try this tempting feta and egg pie recipe. A perfect dish to serve for casual dinner party or to snuggle on the sofa and watch a film with. This pie is topped with swiss chard, but you could also add tomatoes, spinach or any other vegetables you fancy! It is veggie week after all!

    market vegetarian chard, feta and egg pie

    Swiss chard, feta & egg pie

    3 tablespoons olive oil

    2 garlic cloves, sliced

    1 red onion, sliced

    500 g/1 lb. Swiss chard, cut into 2-cm/3⁄4-inch pieces

    4 eggs

    200 g/7 oz. feta cheese, crumbled sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    pastry:

    250 g/2 cups plain/all-purpose flour

    150 g/1 stick unsalted butter, cubed

    2 egg yolks

    2–3 tablespoons iced water

    Serves 6

     

    To make the pastry, put the flour and butter in the bowl of a food processor and put the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes. Pulse the ingredients a few times until just combined. With the motor of the food processor running, add the egg yolks and just enough iced water so that the mixture is on the verge of coming together. Do not overbeat, as this will make the pastry tough.

    Remove the dough from the bowl and use lightly floured hands to quickly form it into a ball. Wrap in clingfilm/plastic wrap and let rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.

    Put 2 tablespoons of the oil in a frying pan/skillet set over high heat, add the onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes, until it softens and just flavours the oil. Add the Swiss chard to the pan/ skillet and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until it wilts and softens. Season well with salt and pepper, leave in the pan/ skillet and set aside to cool.

    Preheat the oven to 220ºC (425ºF) Gas 7. Roll the dough out on a sheet of lightly floured baking parchment to form a circle about 35 cm/14 inches in diameter, trimming away any uneven bits.

    Roll the edge over to form a 1-cm/1⁄2-inch border, then roll over again. Transfer the pastry circle to a baking sheet. Spoon the Swiss chard mixture over the pastry.

    Put the eggs in a bowl and prick the yolks with a fork. Pour the eggs over the Swiss chard so that they are evenly distributed, then scatter the feta over the top. Drizzle the remaining oil over the pie and cook in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, until the pastry is golden and the top of the pie is just starting to turn brown.

    Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting into slices to serve.

     

    This recipe is from Market Vegetarian by Ross Dobson.

    Market vegetarian by Ross Dobson

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  • Posted on May 11, 2017

    3 hummus recipes - Classic, Sweet Potato and Beetroot

    It seems that everyone has some serious hummus love at the moment, and we're no exception to that! There's even an International Hummus Day, (this Saturday!)

    This hugely popular tasty, nutty-flavoured Middle Eastern dip is so easy to make at home, we thought we'd share with you three great hummus recipes to celebrate. Serve them with pitta bread, falafel or vegetable crudités as a snack or alongside other mezze dishes for a light meal.

     

    Classic hummus

    Classic Hummus

    125 g/ ¾ cup dried chickpeas/garbanzo beans

    1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda/baking soda

    salt

    2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed to a paste in a mortar with a pestle

    4 tablespoons tahini

    freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon

    toasted or griddled pitta bread, to serve

    To garnish

    extra virgin olive oil

    paprika or sumac

    finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

    Serves 6

     

    Soak the chickpeas/garbanzo beans overnight in plenty of cold water with the bicarbonate of soda/baking soda.

    Next day, drain and rinse. Put in a large pan, add enough fresh cold water to cover well and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 50–60 minutes until tender, skimming off any scum. Season the chickpeas with salt, then drain, reserving the cooking water and setting aside 1 tablespoon of the cooked chickpeas/garbanzo beans for the garnish.

    In a food processor, blend together the cooked chickpeas/garbanzo beans, garlic, tahini and lemon juice. Gradually add in the cooking liquid until the mixture becomes a smooth paste. Season with salt.

    Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl. To serve, make a shallow hollow in the centre using the back of a spoon. Pour in a little olive oil, top with the reserved whole chickpeas/garbanzo beans, a sprinkle of paprika or sumac and the chopped parsley.

     

    Sweet potato hummus

    Sweet Potato Hummus

    This velvety smooth sweet potato hummus dip makes an interesting change from the more familiar chickpea-only version.

    1 sweet potato, unpeeled

    3 garlic cloves, unpeeled

    ½ x 400-g/14-oz. can of chickpeas/ garbanzos

    1 fresh red chilli/chile, finely chopped

    a handful of fresh coriander/cilantro leaves, chopped

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    grated zest and freshly squeezed juice of ½ a lime

    salt and freshly ground black pepper

    serves 4-6

     

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas 4. Roast the sweet potato in a roasting pan for 30–40 minutes until very soft. Add the garlic cloves to the pan about 20 minutes before the end of the cooking time.

    Remove from the oven and, when cool enough to handle, remove and discard the skins from the sweet potato and garlic cloves. Put in a food processor along with the chickpeas, chilli/chile, coriander/cilantro, olive oil and lime zest and blitz until it reaches the desired consistency. Season with salt, pepper and lime juice to taste.

     

    Beetroot Hummus

    Beetroot Hummus

    This is a sophisticated dip that’s sure to wow party guests with its vivid colour.

    140 g/1 cup canned chickpeas/ garbanzos, drained and rinsed

    250 g/2 scant cups beetroot/beets, cooked and cubed

    1 large garlic clove, peeled

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

    2 tablespoons tahini

    2–3 pinches of sea salt flakes

    micro herbs such as pea shoots, to garnish

    Serves 4–6

     

    To make the hummus, put all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blitz until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary.

    Spoon the hummus into a bowl and garnish with a few pea shoots. Here it is served with squid ink crackers, which look great with the deep red hummus and create a slightly sweet and salty flavour combination that is delicious.

     

    These recipes are from (in order):

    Garlic by Jenny Linford

    garlic by jenny linford

    Delicious Dips

    delicious dips

    Party-Perfect Bites by Milli Taylor

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  • Posted on April 20, 2017

    Spaghetti with broccoli, walnuts & ricotta recipe

    This week’s recipe is a shout-out to all the runners taking part in the London Marathon this weekend! It’s the perfect time to indulge in some carbs, but we’re keeping it healthy with some veg, plus walnuts and ricotta for some extra protein to get you ready for the big day! This dish is light and creamy and deliciously simple and quick to make. We hope you enjoy and GOOD LUCK!

    Spaghetti with walnuts, broccoli and ricotta

    spaghetti with broccoli, walnuts & ricotta

    100 g/2⁄3 cup walnut halves

    1 head of broccoli, about 400–500 g/1 lb.

    3 tablespoons light olive oil

    3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

    1 handful of fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped

    finely grated zest and freshly squeezed juice of 1 unwaxed lemon

    200 g/7 oz. fresh ricotta cheese

    400 g/14 oz. spaghetti

    sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Serves 4

    Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF) Gas 4. Spread the walnuts out on a baking sheet and roast in the preheated oven for about 8 minutes, shaking the sheet occasionally, until they start to brown.

    To prepare the broccoli, trim off the gnarly part, about 2 cm/ 1 inch from the stem end, and discard. Thinly slice the stem until you reach the point where it starts to branch into florets. Slice off the individual florets. Heat the oil in a frying pan/skillet, add the stems and cook for about 2–3 minutes, turning often, then add the florets and cook for about 5 minutes, until the broccoli has softened. Add the garlic, parsley, lemon zest and walnuts and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Reduce the heat to medium and stir through the ricotta and lemon juice. Season well with salt and pepper and leave in the pan/skillet to keep warm.

    Cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions. Drain and return it to the warm pan/skillet with the sauce. Stir gently to combine and serve immediately.

     

    This recipe is from Market Vegetarian by Ross Dobson, available here.

    Market Vegetarian by Ross Dobson

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  • Posted on March 30, 2017

    Veg Manchurian

    Our last veggie month recipe is a perfect treat for this weekend! The dish is an Indian take on Chinese cuisine and is served to Indian diners who want to experience ‘traditional’ Chinese cooking. The vegetable fritters are deep-fried and served in a reduced spicy and salty sauce and the fusion of Indian and Chinese means there will be no Friday night fighting over what takeaway to order!

    Veg Manchurian recipe

    Veg Manchurian

    FRITTERS

    145 g/generous 1 cup grated carrot

    145 g/generous 2 cups shredded white cabbage

    60 g/scant 1 cup sliced spring onions/ scallions

    80 g/ ½ cup thinly sliced green/French beans

    1 teaspoon Holy Trinity Paste (see below)

    3 tablespoons plain/ all-purpose flour

    2 tablespoons cornflour/cornstarch

    ½ teaspoon salt

    vegetable oil, for deep-frying

    SAUCE

    4 tablespoons vegetable oil

    1 teaspoon finely diced fresh root ginger

    1 teaspoon finely diced garlic

    100 ml/ 1/3 cup light soy sauce

    100 ml/1⁄3 cup vegetable stock

    50 ml/3 ½ tablespoons red chilli/chili sauce

    2 teaspoons cornflour/ cornstarch

    1 green chilli/chile, thinly sliced

    2 spring onions/ scallions, sliced, to garnish

    deep-fat fryer (optional)

    SERVES 4

    Mix together all of the ingredients to make the vegetable fritters (apart from the oil for frying) in a large mixing bowl. When all of the mixture has come together, form it into even balls (around the same size as a golf ball). You may want to do this in batches, as the fritters fry best when freshly rolled.

    Heat the vegetable oil in a deep-fat fryer or large, heavy-bottomed pan to 180ºC (350ºF).

    Carefully add the fritters, in batches, and deep-fry each batch for 5–6 minutes each until golden-brown. Drain on paper towels to absorb any excess oil and set aside until required.

    For the sauce, heat the vegetable oil in a wok or a saucepan over low–medium heat and fry the ginger and garlic until golden-brown. Add the soy sauce, vegetable stock, 400 ml/1 2⁄3  cups of water and the chilli/chili sauce and allow to gently come up to the boil.

    Mix the cornflour/cornstarch with a splash of cold water and add to the pan. Allow the sauce to thicken slightly and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Add the fried fritter balls to the sauce and gently mix in, being careful not to break any of the fritters. Sprinkle over the green chilli/chile and spring onion/scallion slices, and serve.

    Holy Trinity Paste

    This paste is vital to most homecooked Gujarati-style dishes. The ‘holy trinity’ of green chilli/chile, garlic and ginger creates a wonderful fresh flavour. It is quite punchy, so you want to cook out all the rawness from it when it comes to layering flavours in dishes. You can quarter the quantities here for a smaller yield.

    200 g/7 oz. (about 6) green chillies/chiles

    200 g/7 oz. (about 40) garlic cloves

    200 g/7 oz. (about 8 x 5-cm/2-inch pieces) fresh root ginger

    50 ml/3 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil

    1 tablespoon salt

    MAKES 625 G/2 ½  CUPS

    Blitz together the ingredients in a food processor to form a coarse paste. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

     

    This recipe is taken from My Modern Indian Kitchen by Nitisha Patel, available here.

    All photography is © Ryland Peters & Small

    My Modern Indian Kitchen by Nitisha Patel

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  • Posted on March 9, 2017

    Chunky Baked Falafel Patties

    These patties are a great twist on the traditional falafel recipe. As they’re baked, they are healthier than their deep-fried cousins and serving them on toasted sourdough makes a great change from the traditional wraps. They’re perfect for lunches, snacks and even as a veggie option at a BBQ.

    Baked falafel patties

    Chunky Baked Falafel Patties

    1⁄2 large onion (about 60 g/2 oz.)

    2 garlic cloves

    320 g/2 cups cooked red kidney beans, well drained

    2 tablespoons toasted

    ground sesame seeds or ground flaxseeds

    1 tablespoon dark sesame oil (or pumpkin seed oil or olive oil)

    1 teaspoon salt

    2 tablespoons gram flour (chickpea/garbanzo bean flour)

    ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda/baking soda

    serving suggestion

    Roasted Red Pepper and Mustard Sauce (see below)

    toasted sourdough

    rocket/arugula

    pickled vegetables of your choice

    baking sheet, lined with baking paper

    Makes 18 patties

     

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas 4.

    In a food processor fitted with an ‘S’ blade, finely chop the onion and garlic. Mash the beans with a fork, leaving some chunks, then mix the beans with the chopped vegetables and all the other ingredients. The mix should resemble a thick cookie dough. Use a measuring spoon to scoop 18 flat, free-form patties onto the lined baking sheet.

    Bake in the preheated oven for 15–20 minutes, until dry enough to separate from the baking sheet without falling apart.

    These falafel patties are on the saltier side and I love them served on slices of freshly baked or just toasted sourdough bread with Roasted Red Pepper and Mustard Sauce, rocket/arugula and any type of pickled vegetables on the side. You can use cooked chickpeas/garbanzo beans instead of kidney beans for a more authentic falafel flavour, if you like.

    Roasted Red Peppers

    Roasted Red Pepper and Mustard Sauce

    The best variety of peppers to use for this yummy sauce are long, red pointed Romano peppers, but if you can’t find them you can use red (bell) peppers too. Roasting peppers deepens their flavour and gives a wonderful aroma, and goes well with any kind of falafel.

    1 kg/2 ¼ lbs. Romano peppers

    60 ml/ ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

    2 tablespoons smooth Dijon mustard

    4 garlic cloves, crushed

    apple cider vinegar, to taste

    chilli/chili powder or freshly ground black pepper (optional)

    sea salt, to taste

    baking sheet, lined with baking parchment

    Makes about 240 ml/1 cup

     

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas 4.

    Wash and pat-dry the peppers, leaving them whole.

    Place the whole peppers on the baking sheet and roast in the preheated oven for 20–25 minutes, turning frequently until the entire pepper skin has turned black and blistery.

    Remove from the oven, put the peppers into an airtight container and let rest, tightly covered for long enough to build up the steam; about 15 minutes. This will make peeling the skin easier.

    Save all the liquid that leaks from the peppers while cooling, and the liquid coming out as you peel and deseed.

    Blend the peeled and deseeded peppers in a blender or food processor until smooth, adding the oil, collected juices, Dijon mustard, garlic, salt and a little vinegar. You can also add a little chilli/chili powder or black pepper, for extra heat. Add more pepper juice or oil to reach the desired consistency. Store in a tightly covered sterilized jar in the fridge and use within 1 month.

    These recipes are from Falafel Forever by Dunja Gulin, available here.

    Falafel Forever by Dunja Gulin

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