Spanish Crisp Cauliflower (v)

I wanted to have some tapas in France but Lex and Neil wanted galettes and crepes. So I lost out. But I will be recreating what I would have had by making this dish! This is also an @riverfordveg recipe.

For 2 people as a snack/starter you need:
½ cauli, broken in to florets
2 tbsp gram flour
1 tsp paprika
oil for deep frying
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp capers, squeezed dry and then chopped
1 tbsp parsley, chopped

Blanch the florets till just tender then drain. Whilst still hot season with the flour and paprika.

Deep fry for 1-2 mins till golden (do this in batches) and then drasin. Serve sprinkled with the vinegar, capers and parsley.

Leek and Roquefort Pizza Bread

I am not sure I want to eat this any time soon as I overdosed on cheese, especially Roquefort, in France. But it looks like a lovely recipe. And my cheese ban will soon be over as I can’t resist the soft, salty, creaminess of Roquefort for long! This is another @riverfordveg recipe.

300g bread flour
7g sachet yeast
1 tsp salt
180ml warm water
1.5 tbsp olive oil

3-4 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove
1 green chilli, halved
25g butter
2 small leeks, sliced
30g parmesan
100g grated mozzarella
2 tbsp each of finely chopped parsley and oregano
60g Roquefort or other blue cheese, crumbled

Begin by infusing the oil with the chilli and garlic. Then make the dough. Add the yeast and salt to the flour and then add the oil. Add enough warm water to make a soft dough and knead lightly for 10 mins or so. Leave to prove for about an hour then knock back and divide in to four.

Meanwhile cook the leeks in the butter for about 10 mins. Pre-heat the oven and stretch the dough out on to two baking sheets/pizza stones. Brush with the infused oil and scatter the herbs over the surface. Add the leeks and then finish with the cheeses. Bake for 12-14 mins till golden and then scoff.

Little Tortillas with Pisto

Another @deliciousmag recipe from their August edition…

For 4-6 people you need:
500ml sunflower oil
750g waxy potatoes, sliced lengthways
8 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbsp olive oil

75ml olive oil
1 large aubergine cut into 2cm dice
1 large onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
3 courgettes, diced
3 tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
3 large garlic cloves, chopped

Make the pisto by heating the olive oil in a pan with a lid. Cook the onion for about 10 mins and then add the aubergine. Cook for 10 mins then add the pepper. Cook for another 10 mins. Add the courgettes and tomatoes and garlic and season with salt. Cook for about an hour, covered, over a very low heat.

Heat the sunflower oil in a different pan and cook the potatoes till tender. Drain. Add the potatoes to the eggs and mix lightly. Pour into a non stick pan and cook gently. Leave to cool slightly once cooked. Cut into wedges and serve with the pisto. Lovely as part of a tapas feast.

Griddled Vegetable Salad with Beans and Basil (v)

This is an @riverfordveg recipe from field kitchen

For 6 people you need:
1 tin drained cannellini beans
3 tbsp olive oil
4 large courgettes, cut into ribbons (about 5mm thick)
250g cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Bunch fresh basil
½ clove garlic
100ml olive oil
salt and pepper

Begin by making the dressing – place everything in a blender and blitz- and dousing the beans in it. Toss the courgettes in the olive oil and then griddle till slightly charred and lightly softened. Mix everything with the beans and dressing and serve warm with crusty bread. Heaven!

Chilli Tofu and Alfafa Wraps (v)

This is one of those disgustingly healthy quick lunches that makes you feel very virtuous 🙂

For 2 portions you need:
1 pack smoked and marinated tofu, cut into strips
4 large outer leaves from a chinese leaf or cos lettuce
1 large cup alfafa
1 cup leftover stirfried veggies in chilli sauce
splash soya sauce
fresh corriander

Lay the tofu in the leaf then add the vegetables, corriander and alfafa. Add a dash of soya sauce and scoff.

Lentil and Swede Shepherd’s Pie (v)

This is a lovely, rich and tasty vegan version of the classic Shepherd’s pie.

For 6-8 portions you need:
1/2 cup each of green, brown and puy lentils
3/4 cup red lentils
1/2 swede, diced into bite sized chunks
glass red wine
1 tbsp dried oregano
splash mushroom ketchup
splash soya sauce
about 1 litre dark stock (I use vecon)
2 onions, finely chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, crushed
mashed potato

Begin by sauteeing the onion and swede in a little oil for about 10mins. Add the garlic and lentils and then add just enough stock to cover the lentils and swede. Add the wine, soya sauce, mushroom ketchup and oregano and season with pepper. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 30-45 mins till the swede and lentils are tender. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Place into an ovenproof dish and top with mashed potato. Bake for about 40 mins till bubbling and serve with carrots and broccoli.