Quick Cherry Sauce (v)

We moved house recently and collected the remains of the freezer in the old house this weekend. After sitting in the cool box for most of the day, whilst the fruit seemed still to be frozen I am on a mission to use it up as quickly as possible. This sauce goes really nicely with cheesecake to cut through the richness.

For 2-3 portions you need:
1/2 pack frozen cherries
2-3 spoons vanilla sugar (depending on taste)
1/8 cup water

Place everything in a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 mins or so till the cherries are thawed and hot and the sauce has thickened a little. Serve with vanilla cheesecake or eat on its own or with cereal or or or…

Roasted Vegetable Pasta (v)

OK so this is virtually the same as the courgette pasta but it’s worthy of its own entry…

For 2 people you need:
2 courgettes, diced
1 red onion, diced
1 pepper, diced
handful cherry tomatoes
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tin cherry tomatoes
handful olives, sliced
pinch sugar
salt and pepper
vegetable stock
dash red wine
175g pasta

Toss the veggies in olive oil and then roast them for about 20 mins. Meanwhile place the garlic, seasonings and tomatoes in a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer. Cook the pasta, drain. Add the veggies to the sauce and toss in the pasta. Scoff.

Pear and Raspberry Cake

This is based on Rachel Allen’s recipe for Dutch Apple cake and her variation for adding pears and raspberries.

For 10-12 portions you need:
2 eggs
175g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
85g butter
75ml milk
125g plain flour
grated rind of an orange
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
4 ripe pears, peeled and cut into 6ths
1/2 pack frozen raspberries

Begin by whisking the sugar and eggs together till thick and frothy. Meanwhile melt the butter with the milk and then slowly whisk in to the egg mixture. Add the flour, baking powder and orange rind. Pour in to a lined baking tin. Lay the pears and raspberries on the top. Bake for 10 mins at 200 degrees then for a further 30 mins at 180 degrees.

Plum, Nectarine and Almond Tart

This was in the September edition of @bbcgoodfood magazine, but with peaches. I don’t like peaches. They’re all furry and horrid. So I used nectarines and plums instead. It was utterly delicious. Admittedly a bit of a faff to make but so so worth it.

For about 8 portions you need:
1 pack puff pastry, rolled out (or cheat ;-))
250g mascapone
About 4 nectarines and 2 plums, cut into 6ths
175g ground almonds
50g toasted almond flakes, plus extra for the topping
25g soft butter
200g vanilla sugar, plus a little extra for the topping
2 eggs
1/2 tsp almond extract.

Begin by lining a flan tin with the pastry and prick all over. Weight down with baking paper and baking beans and bake for 20 mins in a hot oven. Remove the paper and beans and allow the bottom to crisp up. Remove and leave to cool slightly.

Meanwhile prepare the filling by whisking the mascapone, sugar, butter and eggs together. Stir in the almonds and extact.

Pour into the prepared tin and lay the fruit on top. Sprinkle with the extra sugar and almonds and bake at 180 degrees for about 40 mins till cooked (keep an eye on it as it’s very sloppy in the middle and might need up to an additional 30 mins at 140-160 to make sure it’s all cooked.

Meal Plans for Next Week

I haven’t done this for a while and to be honest, my food waste shows it… So since we’re in a new house and trying to cut down the ridiculous amount we spent every week on food I am trying to plan the weeks meals in advance.

Next week the menu is:

Spaghetti bolognase*
Sausage and butternut squash roast
Pea risotto
Sausages and lentils
Sweet potatoes with blue cheese dip and salad*
Shepherd’s Pie*
Spicy Scrambled eggs*
Goats cheese and new potato tart

Recipes to follow for the ones not already on my blog…
(* denotes already bloggged, so search for it!)

Japanese Aubergines (v)

This is based on a fantastic dish at Yo Sushi. So fantastic in fact that I ate three of the dishes of them last time I went… It’s zingy, fresh and delicious.

For 1-2 portions (depending on greed…) you need:
1 aubergine, cut into 0.5cm slices
1/8 cup sunflower oil
4 tbsp soya sauce
3 tbsp mirin
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 clove garlic, crushed

Brush the slices of aubergine with the oil on both sides and sprinkle with a little salt. Roast in a hot oven for about 15-20 mins till tender and slightly browned. Turn over halfway through.

Meanwhile mix the dressing in a bowl. Once the aubergines are cooked places them in the dressing and allow to cool for the flavours to develop. Utterly unctiously fabulous.

Courgette Pasta (v)

A simple and quick dinner to make, and one which uses any glut of homegrown courgettes you might have.

For 4 portions you need:
2 courgettes, diced
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tin chopped tomatoes with olives
1/3 cup water
1 tsp stock
salt and pepper
pinch sugar
400g pasta

Begin by sauteeing the onion and garlic in a little olive oil for a few mins. Add the courgette and cook out for 5-10 mins. Add the tomatoes, seasoning, sugar, water and stock. Bring to the boil and then simmer for about 10-15 mins. Meanwhile cook the pasta. Drain and mix with the sauce. This is also nice the next day cold for lunch as a salad.

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.