Friday 28 June 2024

recipe: shredded cucumber & cashew salad

refreshing shredded cucumber salad topped w/ crispy onions, cashew nuts, coriander & chilli
shredded cucumber & cashew salad
refreshing shredded cucumber salad topped w/ crispy onions, cashew nuts, coriander & chilli
IngredientsMakes: 327g (2)
250gshredded cucumber(recipe below)
30ghoney soy dressing(recipe below)
4gchocolate mint
10gmini pickled onions
20gsalted cashew nuts
10gktc crispy onion
2gcoriander
1gchillies
Method
Shred the cucumber with a julienne peeler, stopping when you get to the seeds.
Leave it to sit on a clean tea towel to draw out the excess liquid while finishing the rest.
Make the dressing.
Chop the mint & pickled onions & mix w/ the cucumber & dressing.
Top w/ crispy onions, cashew nuts, coriander & chilli.

cucumber spaghetti
shredded cucumber
cucumber spaghetti
IngredientsMakes: 250g
375gcucumber
Method
Lay a cucumber on it's side and draw julienne peeler along the length.
Keep going until you hit the seed core, the turn 90 degrees and repeat.
About a third of the weight of a cucumber is core & doesn't shred well.
So multiply desired final weight by 1.5 to get the amount of cucumber you need!
Use for things like [shredded cucumber & cashew salad]
Leave it to sit on a clean tea towel to draw out the excess liquid for about 20mins before use.

honey, soy sauce, garlic & lime juice - simple vietnamese style dressing
honey soy dressing
honey, soy sauce, garlic & lime juice - simple vietnamese style dressing
IngredientsMakes: 94g
20gsoy sauce
20ghoney
46glime juice
8ggarlic
Method
Peel & finely chop the garlic.
Warm the honey in the microwave, then mix all the ingredients.
Leave to infuse for 30mins.


Tuesday 18 June 2024

recipe: roast veg courgette tart

courgette & veg tart - pastryless quiche!
roast veg courgette tart
courgette & veg tart - pastry-less quiche!
IngredientsMakes: 840g (6)
195gcourgette tart case(recipe below)
330gmixed roast veg hm grown(recipe below)
165geggs
35gmilk
175gbaked mash potato & tomato(recipe below)
40gbaby plum tomatoes
40gmature cheddar
Method
This is a great way you use up leftover veg from roast dinners!
I started with 2 courgettes and used about one and a half to make the case.
I lobbed the rest into a salad . . .
Removing the outer skin w/ a julienne peeler before you start gives you a batch of courgette spaghetti to use later!
Line a 10inch diameter loose bottom fluted bake tray w/ your courgette strips.
Whisk the eggs & milk and add the warm roast veg, then pour the mix into the case.
I sliced on half a baked mash potato [baked mash potato & tomato] because it was there - optional.
Top with sliced tomatoes & grated cheddar.
Bake @ 200C / 15m then turn the oven down and bake @ 150C / 25m.
Slice into 6 pieces, more if you like!

pastry free pie case made from courgette ribbons & flour
courgette tart case
pastry free pie case made from courgette ribbons & flour
IngredientsMakes: 195g (1)
25gbutter
145gcourgettes
25ggram flour
Method
The larger the courgette the better!
Melt the butter & brush the bottom and sides of a fluted loose bottom pie tray.
Dust another tray w/ flour.
Run a peeler along the courgette to create wide ribbons of courgette.
Coat each ribbon in flour & place it into the pie tray to form the bottom layer.
Keep going until you have covered the pie try, and cave enough left to cover the top.
Fill as desired. Then top & brush w/ melted butter.

mixed roast home grown courgette, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic w/ rosemary & thyme
mixed roast veg hm grown
mixed roast home grown courgette, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic w/ rosemary & thyme
IngredientsMakes: 506g (4)
160gpotatoes
280gglobe courgette
190gpeppers
270gblack cherry tomatoes
4grosemary
6gthyme
45ggarlic
30golive oil
2gsalt
1gblack pepper
Method
Boil the potatoes, then peel where necessary & chunky cut rest of veg.
Add the herbs, drizzle in oil and toss to coat well.
160C / 45m bottom - 2inch from bottom of oven - shelf.

variation on a baked potato, with added tomato - faster too!
baked mash potato & tomato
variation on a baked potato, with added tomato - faster too!
IngredientsMakes: 700g (4)
620gpotatoes
60gbutter
160gtomatoes
Method
2 large baking potatoes - makes 4 halves . .
Cut potatoes in half and boil until soft. 10m?
Once boiled leave on counter until they stop steaming & they're cool enough to handle.
Scoop out the soft centre and mash adding the butter and salt and pepper.
Fill the empty potato skins and place on a baking tray.
Dot some tomatoes about including on top of the potatoes.
Bake 180C / 20m - grill to finish if necessary.


Wednesday 12 June 2024

recipe: roast lamb & broad bean broth

seared leftover roast lamb & broad bean broth on cabbage noodles
roast lamb & broad bean broth
seared leftover roast lamb & broad bean broth on cabbage noodles
IngredientsMakes: 680g (1)
100g chinese leaf
100g cone cabbage
350g bean shell soup (recipe below)
5g lamb stock cube
85g roast lamb
10g peas
20g broad beans
10g lemon vinaigrette (recipe below)
2g mint
0.5g chives
Method
Make the bean shell soup, prep the rest while it cooks, about 20 mins.
Shred the chinese leaf & place in serving bowl.
Shred the cone cabbage & steam for 7mins.
Sear & season the lamb so its crispy and golden.
Boil the peas & broad beans for 2mins - shell the broad beans if they are large!
Assemble, place the drained cabbage noodles onto the chinese leaf, top w/ hot soup, roast lamb, pulses, herbs & drizzle w/ lemon vinaigrette.

spiced onion & bean shell soup
bean shell soup
spiced onion & bean shell soup
IngredientsMakes: 730g (2)
40g EVO
3g cumin seeds
3g dried rosemary
5g garlic granules
1g cardamom seeds
190g onions
4g salt
600g water
120g broad bean shells
100g pea shells
20g lemon juice
Method
Great way to use up shells from peas & broad beans from the garden.
Cook on the medium heat so the spices to over cook while the onion is browning.
EVO, then spices medium heat, then add onions and put the lid on, stir occasionally until soft & starting to brown.
Add the rest of the ingredients except the lemon juice, bring to the boil, then set to simmer for 20 mins.
Blitz w/ a stick blender and pass through a sieve.
Add the lemon to adjust the acidity and bring it to life.
Maybe a little tabasco?

lemon vinaigrette
lemon vinaigrette
IngredientsMakes: 300g
100g white wine vinegar
100g sugar
100g lemon juice
Method
Juice the lemon and match weight w/ white wine vinegar & sugar.
Shake until fully dissolved.


Sunday 9 June 2024

recipe: courgette spaghetti & red pepper w/ pea shell & celeriac sauce & parmesan

courgette skin spaghetti & braised red pepper w/ pea shell & celeriac sauce
courgette spaghetti & red pepper w pea shell & celeriac sauce w parmesan
courgette skin spaghetti & braised red pepper w/ pea shell & celeriac sauce
IngredientsMakes: 530g - Serves: 1
300g pea shell & celeriac sauce (recipe below)
150g red pepper
2g olive oil
100g cooked courgette skin spaghetti (recipe below)
1g salt
2g parmesan
Method
First make the pea shell & celeriac sauce.
While that's on prep the pepper and julienne it.
Cook it until just starting to soften so it still has a bit of bite.
Make the spaghetti and cook it.
Then assemble & sprinkle w/ parmesan.

pea shell & celeriac sauce
light fragrant sauce made from leftover pea shells & a little celeriac
IngredientsMakes: 300g
140g pea shells
10g veg stock cube
450g water
140g celeriac
20g butter
0.5g salt
Method
Top and tail the pea shells then cut into thirds - this will stop them jamming your stick blender.
Peel & dice the celeriac into 5mm dice.
Add everything to a small sauce pan & bring to the boil.
Once boiling reduce the heat & simmer for 10mins.
The sauce will be thicker if you leave the lid off.
Remove from the heat & blitz w/ a stick blender until smooth.
Pass through a sieve. Use as rquired

cooked courgette skin spaghetti
courgette skin spaghetti lightly braised in brine
IngredientsMakes: 98g
105g courgette skin spaghetti (recipe below)
Method
Place the courgette skin spaghetti in salted boiling water for 90 seconds.
Remove & leave to drain in a sieve.
Use as required - a little pesto for minimum effort snack / lunch

courgette skin spaghetti
IngredientsMakes: 105g
105g courgette
Method
Top & tail a medium large courgette.
Peel it lengthways with a julienne peeler.

Wednesday 5 June 2024

recipe: broad bean pancake

great way to make an egg free pancake & use up broad bean shells!
broad bean pancake
great way to make an egg free pancake & use up broad bean shells!
IngredientsMakes: 220g - Serves: 2
200g broad bean & tomato soup (recipe below)
80g flour
40g water
3g yeast
10g sugar
10g butter
Method
Mix the flour, water, yeast & sugar into a smooth paste then add it to the soup.
Whisk until the paste is fully incorporated and leave for 30mins or until doubled in size.
Heat a large flat pan to high and melt some butter on the surface.
Pour in half the mix and spread into a round pancake with a spatula.
Turn the heat down to medium and wait until the pancake has set enough to toss, then flip it to cook the other side.
For gluten free vegan version use oil to cook with instead of butter & your favourite gluten free flour.

broad bean & tomato soup
soup made w/ broad bean shells & tomatoes
IngredientsMakes: 685g - Serves: 2
60g EVO
8g garlic
2g fennel seeds
100g onions
240g tomatoes
4g salt
600g water
300g broad bean shells
5g mustard powder
Method
Lightly fry the fennel seeds & garlic for about a minute then add the onions and a lid then turn the heat down to medium.
Cook until the onions are soft then add the tomato & salt & cook for another 5mins.
Use a potato peeler to shell the broad beans removing the stringy bits in the process.
Keep the beans for something else.
Chop the broad bean shells into cm chunks, this helps them cook but also means the stick blender won't get tangled with missed stringy bits!
Add the water bean & mustard and bring to the boil with a lid on.
Once boiling set to simmer & leave for 20mins.
Remove from the heat to a wooden board & blend smooth with a stick blender.
Pass through a sieve. Use as required.
Pimp w/ a little soft cheese & butter, serve w/ crusty roll or garlic bread.

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