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Yellow Cherry Tomato Tarte Tatin with Fresh Herbs

29 Aug

I bought some of these little organic yellow tomatoes at the market and have been saving them to star in something rather than just adding them anonymously into salads. Their beauty deserves a leading role.

A tarte tatin is one of those recipes, like souffle, that strikes fear into the hearts of many. This however, is really easy. There I’ve said it. I’m just waiting for the backlash now.

I used my simple spelt flour olive oil pastry recipe to keep it vegan and because it’s so much quicker than using butter and letting the pastry rest. I used honey and a sherry vinegar syrup drizzle to add sweetness but you could use agave syrup (to stay vegan) and balsamic syrup would be lovely too.

Sprinkling the tomatoes with a handful of breadcrumbs before covering them with pastry soaks up a lot of  the juice that leaks out of the tomatoes while cooking and helps to hold them together with the honey.

Turning it out is the scary part but be careful and confident, or get The Washer Up to do it because you burnt yourself on the handle of the frying pan. You will need an ovenproof frying pan obviously, no plastic handles please that would be messy.

You could also use a shop-bought puff pastry for this recipe to save time. The recipe for the olive oil pastry is here. I used about half of that amount for an 8″ tarte. The amount of tomatoes will depend on the size of your frying pan. You need to cover the base snugly so they can’t move about.

Yellow Cherry Tomato Tarte Tatin Recipe

Serves 2, vegan/vegetarian, wheat-free. I used an 8 “/20 cm ovenproof frying pan/skillet

  • about 250 g yellow (or a mix) cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp honey/agave syrup
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • dried oregano
  • balsamic or sherry vinegar syrup
  • a handful of breadcrumbs
  • olive oil spelt flour pastry (or your choice of pastry)
  • fresh basil, thyme or oregano leaves to garnish

Preheat the oven to 200 C. Put the olive oil in the frying pan/skillet and cover the base with a snug even layer of cherry tomatoes. You want to fill any gaps as much as possible. Drizzle over the honey/agave syrup and balsamic/sherry vinegar syrup. Season well with oregano, salt & pepper and leave to cook over a medium heat for a few minutes.

Meanwhile on a floured surface,  roll out the pastry to a rough circle about 2 or 3 mm thick and about the same size as the top of the frying pan. Sprinkle a handful of breadcrumbs all over the top of the tomatoes and remove from the heat. Cover the tomatoes with the circle of pastry and tuck the edges down the inside of the pan encasing the tomatoes. Prick all over the top of the pastry with a sharp knife and bake for 25-30 minutes (depending on size) until the pastry is cooked.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes (preferably longer). When ready to turn out, tip away any excess liquid (I didn’t have any) and run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the sides. Using oven gloves if still hot, place a large plate upside down on top of the pan and press down hard, then quickly and carefully flip the whole thing over so the pan is upside down and the tarte falls out onto the plate. Remove the pan and replace any tomatoes that may have fallen out of their place.

Serve at room temperature scattered with the fresh herbs. Slice and eat with a green salad or offer around thinner slices as a canape before dinner.

Bon Appetit!

Mini Orange and Almond Wholemeal Bread Cakes

1 Mar

The inspiration for this recipe came from Denise at Bread Expectations. She made cute little sweet bread cakes using Panko breadcrumbs rather than flour and topped them with berries and sugar. This idea really appealed to me as I had just made a huge amount of wholemeal breadcrumbs in my new food processor. I save the ends of the wholemeal bread that I buy and freeze them. My food processor broke ages ago and I have only just replaced it so I had a huge bag full of bread waiting to made into breadcrumbs.

So what do you do with three, one litre ice cream tubs worth of wholemeal breadcrumbs? Well, I used some to make my Veggie Burgers, froze a load and I just had to try these breadcrumb cakes. It seemed like fate. I didn’t have any berries to use but what I do have is oranges. At times it seems like I have the whole of Andalucia’s orange harvest in my kitchen. Not that I’m complaining…..

The trees are beautiful to walk past every day and the oranges I have at the moment that were given to me by Rhian are so sweet and delicious. I want to make the most of them. The other trees that always seem to be growing side by side with the oranges are almonds. They obviously like to be around each other so I need no more inspiration than that……

Also Denise’s recipe called for vanilla extract. I have run out and you have no idea how difficult it is to get vanilla here. You can’t even buy that nasty vanilla essence. So I used almond extract instead and added in some ground almonds for good measure.

These little cakes are made with yeast. Now, me and yeast have issues. As in, it never does it’s thing for me. I called these cakes “mini” because they didn’t rise but I still wanted to share them with you because they are really moist, light & delicious. Denise thinks it may be because of the wholemeal breadcrumbs having less gluten than the white Panko. So, feel free to use panko or homemade white breadcrumbs if you want a rise. (Not the fine store bought kind). Whether they rise for you or not these little sweet bread cakes are definitely worth the risk…..

Mini Orange & Almond Breadcrumb Cakes

makes 12, vegetarian. Adapted from a Bread Expectations recipe

  • 1oo gr soft butter
  • 100 gr caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 oranges
  •  a few drops of almond extract
  • 100 gr wholemeal breadcrumbs (or Panko)
  • 50 gr ground almonds
  • 1 packet dried yeast 7 gr
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar mixed with 1/4 tsp ground ginger

Butter/oil a muffin tray or use muffin cases. Zest 1 orange. Segment both oranges over a small bowl to catch any juices. First peel the oranges with a knife on a board by cutting off the peel & pith from top to bottom all the way around. Hold the orange over the small bowl and segment the orange by cutting out each segment  in between the membranes. When you have cut out all your segments  and set them aside, squeeze the remaining membranes to release the juice into the bowl.

Add the yeast to the orange juice (there should be about 6 tbsp juice) stir it around and leave for 10 minutes to froth. Cream the softened butter, caster sugar and salt together until light & creamy then beat in the eggs one at a time until fully incorporated each time. Add a few drops of almond extract, 3/4 of the orange zest, the breadcrumbs, ground almonds and the yeast mixture when it’s had 10 minutes. Mix everything together well until you have a sticky, porridge like batter.

Half fill the 12 muffin cups with the mixture, top each with 2 orange segments and sprinkle over the brown sugar and ginger mix. Finally put some of the remaining orange zest on top. Leave the muffin tray in a warm place for an hour or until almost doubled in volume (Hopefully)!

Preheat the oven to 190 C. Bake for 15 -20 minutes until golden.

Leave to cool slightly then remove from the muffin tin and cool on a wire rack.  These little cakes are perfect for afternoon tea. So get out your best china tea set dust them with icing sugar and invite your friends round for a chat..

You can ask them how they get on with yeast……..!

Rustic Bean Cassoulet with confit garlic and roasted aubergine

19 Jan

The idea for this recipe came from Lindsay at The Kitchen Operas. We have very similar taste in food so when she said that garlic confit was even better than roasted garlic I knew I had to try it out. She wasn’t wrong. The mellow, soft, sweetness of the garlic is a revelation and you also have a gorgeous garlic & herb infused olive oil to use for drizzling over salads, pasta dishes and bread. The possibilities are endless…..

Confit is a method of preserving and flavouring foods by submerging them in a substance, in this case olive oil…..

Garlic Confit Recipe

Recipe from The Kitchen Operas

  • 20 garlic cloves, peeled
  • enough extra virgin olive oil to cover the garlic cloves about 60 ml
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 whole peppercorns
  • 1 sprig rosemary/thyme
  • 1 bay leaf

Preheat the oven to 160C. Put all the ingredients in an ovenproof ramekin making sure all the garlic is submerged. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour until the garlic is tender. Leave to cool and store in a glass jar topping up with more olive oil, to cover, if necessary, then refrigerate.

Now you have deliciously soft, sweet cloves of garlic to do with what you will. I wanted to use mine straight away because they smelled so amazing. So I decided to go with Lindsay and attempt a Cassoulet. A cassoulet is a bean stew from the South of France generally made with pork sausage or bacon and duck confit. Having already replaced the duck confit with garlic confit (very clever Lindsay), I was wondering how you could replace the bacon/sausage. Aubergine takes on a smoky flavour when roasted and has that dense meaty texture required in this dish so that’s what I went with.  I roasted an aubergine & a red onion at the same time as confiting the garlic. I also saw a recipe for Shitake Bacon where you roast slices of Shitake mushrooms in olive oil, salt & pepper for about 45 minutes and they take on that salty, smoky flavour and crispy texture of the bacon. That would be a fantastic alternative and next time I get some Shitakes I’m definitely trying it.

Rustic Bean Cassoulet with confit garlic & roasted aubergine

Adapted from a Kitchen Operas recipe. Serves 3, vegetarian

  • 1 aubergine, cut into  1 or 2 cm dice
  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut into eighths, wedges
  • 2 or 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & black pepper
  • a pinch of chilli flakes
  • 2 leeks, cut in half lengthways, rinsed & sliced
  • 2 carrots, diced (I used 1/2 a large sweet potato because I had no carrots)
  • 2 stalks celery & leaves finely chopped
  •  6 confit garlic cloves (see recipe above)
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • a splash of white/rose wine (optional)
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes 400 gr
  • 1/2 jar/tin 200 gr cooked red beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 jar/tin 400 gr cooked white beans, rinsed & drained (I only had 1/2 jar)
  • 450 ml (2 cups) veg stock
  • salt & black pepper

Put the cubed aubergine & red onion wedges on a lined baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper & chilli flakes and toss together with your hands to coat evenly. Roast in the oven with the confit garlic or roast at 200C for about 25- 3o minutes until lightly browned.

In a large pot, heat up 2 tbsp olive oil over a medium heat and add in the leeks, celery, carrots/sweet potato, whole confit garlic cloves, herbs and season well with salt & black pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally until softened and slightly golden. Add a splash of wine to deglaze the pan then add in the beans, tomatoes, roasted aubergine & red onion and the veg stock. Season again with salt, bring to the boil then lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, uncovered for about 20 – 25 minutes. Until the carrots/sweet potatoes are tender and the stew has thickened.

Serve in warmed bowls topped with garlic & rosemary toasted breadcrumbs and/or a slice of confit garlic bread….

Garlic & Rosemary Toasted Breadcrumbs

  • about 110 gr fresh breadcrumbs (the more rustic the better) I only had packet breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • a drizzle of the garlic infused oil from the confit garlic
  •  1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • sea salt & black pepper

Preheat the oven to 180 C. Toss the breadcrumbs with the rest of the ingredients until evenly combined and spread out on a piece of foil. Toast in the oven for about 10 minutes until golden & aromatic.Scatter the breadcrumbs over the top of  your cassoulet just before serving.

Confit Garlic Bread

  • some slices of rustic bread or baguette
  • 1 or 2 confit garlic cloves per slice (see recipe above)
  • some garlic infused olive oil from the confit garlic
  • some grated cheese (I used Manchego) not very French!

Preheat the grill to hot. Smash/smush 1 or 2 cloves of the confit garlic all over the bread, drizzle with a little of the oil and top with grated cheese. Put under the hot grill for a minute or so until the cheese is bubbling and the bread is golden.

Bon Appetit!

Red Onion Tempura Bhajis

3 Dec

 

I’ve never made onion bhajis before. I had been thinking about making red onion rings using a tempura batter then I found a recipe for Indian Onion Fritters on one of my favourite food blogs http://tesathome.com Tes is from Thailand but lives in India so her blog is full of really inspiring recipes from these two fantastic countries as well as beautiful photos from her travels around India & Thailand.

 Tes’s recipe uses besan which is chickpea flour to make the batter. I didn’t have any but I had some rice flour so I decided to go down the Japanese Tempura batter route but add in the Indian spices. The batter I made was very liquidy so I panicked a bit and thickened it with a few Panko breadcrumbs just to continue with the Japanese theme.

I was really pleased, they turned out to be deliciously light, crispy & spicy just how I had imagined. The colour of the red onions made them look more special. I love it when experiments work out and I hope Tes approves of my fusion of Japanese technique with Indian flavours…

Red Onion Tempura Bhajis

Serves 2 or 3 as a snack or starter,Vegetarian

  • 1 large red onion, cut in half & sliced into half moons
  • 1 small green chilli chopped
  • about 100 gr rice flour 3/4 cup
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • ice-cold sparkling water
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • a handful of fresh coriander, chopped

Mix the rice flour, turmeric & salt together in a bowl then slowly whisk in the fizzy water until you get the consistency of single cream. Add the sliced onion, chopped chilli & coriander and mix well. Sprinkle over some panko breadcrumbs until it thickens into more of a paste.

Heat about 5cm oil in a wok/frying pan over a medium high heat until hot. Take a heaped tablespoon of the mixture and drop it into the hot oil. You can probably do 3 at a time depending on the size of your pan. Cook them for about 2 or 3 minutes turning occasionally until golden brown & crispy. Pat dry on kitchen paper to remove any excess oil.

Serve with a wedge of lemon to squeeze over the bhajis & some yoghurt mixed with lemon juice, mint & salt to dip them in. Eat with your fingers………….Enjoy!

Cauliflower, Parmesan and Rosemary Risotto with Spice Toasted Breadcrumbs

4 Nov

I don’t actually like cauliflower I think I had a disgusting cauliflower cheese once and that put me off for life. The Washer Up is always going on about how delicious it is so I thought I’d give it another chance but there is no way I’m doing cauliflower cheese..

I found a fabulous recipe for cauliflower risotto where the cauliflower melts into the dish so you don’t actually know it’s there. The flavour is amazing with the parmesan & rosemary really rustic, comforting, warm and delicious especially with the spice toasted breadcrumbs to give it that extra texture and heat. You really should have a go at this it is now my favourite risotto and, as I said, I hate(d) cauliflower!…

Cauliflower, Parmesan & Rosemary Risotto with Spice Toasted Breadcrumbs

Serves 4 Vegetarian

Adapted from Jamie’s Italy by Jamie Oliver

  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1 slice of wholemeal rustic bread toasted
  • a pinch or 2 of dried chilli flakes
  • salt & black pepper
  • About 1.5 litres veg stock (You may need more if you are using brown rice)
  • about 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 400 gr arborio rice or I used brown shortgrain rice
  • 25oml white wine or vermouth
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 120gr freshly grated parmesan plus extra for garnish
  • salt & black pepper
    Put the toasted bread in a food processor or alternatively chop finely with a knife, then add about 1 tbsp of the olive oil, the chilli flakes, salt & pepper, stir to combine and set aside.
    Bring the chicken stock to a simmer in a large saucepan. Meanwhile prepare the cauliflower by tearing off the green leaves and cutting out the stalk. Chop the stalk very finely and cut the florets into 1 inch pieces. Drop the florets in the simmering stock put the lid on and leave to boil away gently.
    In another large saucepan, heat about 2 tbsp butter & 1 tbsp olive oil over a medium heat then add the onion, garlic and chopped cauliflower stalk and cook for about 15 minutes until very tender. Add the rice, stirring to coat it with the oil for about a minute then add the wine and stir until it has been absorbed. Add a ladleful of the hot stock, the chopped rosemary and a good pinch of salt and stir until the liquid has been absorbed, then add another ladleful of stock. Continue adding the stock a ladleful at a time until the rice is half-cooked. By now the florets should be really soft ( if they are not take the rice off the heat for a bit). Start adding the florets to the rice with the stock, crushing them into the rice as you go. Continue until all the cauliflower has been added and the rice is cooked. This should take about 20 minutes depending on the rice. If you run out of stock before the rice is cooked add some boiling water. It should be a pourable consistency.
    When the rice is cooked turn off the heat, stir in the parmesan and some butter, cover with a lid and leave for 2 minutes. Taste for seasoning, add salt & pepper to taste. Serve immediately in warmed bowls topped with the crunchy breadcrumbs and extra parmesan.
    Enjoy and try to keep your dog from eating it!!

Rufus was licking his lips and so were we…

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