Oh these are good! Potato and citrus isn’t a combination that I tend to think of instinctively, but I guess that may be my northern European palate…
The British way with potatoes tends more towards pairing them with mint or parsley, that sort of thing. Or frying them or mashing them of course!
But slowly baked in a lemony, herby broth the potatoes soften but hold their shape and go a little sticky around the edges. Yum!
They’re great warm as part of a main meal, or cold in a salad too.
Greek style lemon potatoes
makes 4 servings
5 medium sized potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
2 lemons, juiced
3 tbsp oil, I used cold pressed rapeseed
75 ml hot water
1 tbsp rice flour
1/4 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c.
Put the potatoes in a roasting dish that holds them comfortably without being crowded.
Whisk together the lemon juice, oil, hot water, rice flour, celery seed and dried herbs and seasoning.
Pour the mixture over the potatoes. Cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes stirring half way through.
Remove the foil and bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
The potatoes should be beautifully tender and a little sticky. Scatter the parsley on top just before serving.
I do tend to serve jackfruit hot, as in the recipes we’ve published before, but it’s great as a salad ingredient too!
So this time I’ve paired it with salty sharp capers, sweet apple and lovely fresh parsley.
There’s a little bit of pickled gherkin too, and a simple dressing made from unsweetened soy yoghurt and Dijon mustard.
It’s a very moreish salad with great textures! We’ll be eating it for work lunches, with some of our gluten free pittas and a simple salad of carrot, cabbage and sugar snap peas dressed with lemon juice. Yum!
Jackfruit salad with capers, apple and parsley. With gluten free pittas!
makes 4 servings
1 tin of young green jackfruit in brine, cut into bite sized pieces (500 g tin, 365 g drained weight)
3 tbsp capers, chopped. Use either the little type or the larger caper berries, either is good. Rinse them if they are the ones packed in salt
1 apple, peeled and chopped
15 g parsley, chopped
2 tbsp chopped sweet pickled gherkin
120 ml plain unsweetened soy yoghurt, or use vegan mayo
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Put the vegetables, fruit and herbs in a medium sized bowl as you chop them. Add the soy yoghurt and mustard and gently mix everything together until well combined.
The capers should season the salad so you won’t need to add salt.
I guess lentil soup tends to be seen of as more of an autumnal type of a meal, but I’m not one to shun a soup at any time of year! And red peppers are summery, no?
Anyway, it was delicious, filling but not too heavy and it’s so very easy to make.
There’s nothing like making a big pot of homemade soup so you have something wholesome waiting after a long day at work!
Lentil and red pepper soup
makes 4 servings
1 large red (bell) pepper, diced
1 carrot, diced
3 celery stalks, sliced
1 small onion or leek, diced
175 g red lentils, rinsed
1 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp smoked paprika
900 ml hot water
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees c.
This is so easy it’s barely a recipe…
Put all of the ingredients bar the salt and pepper and nutritional yeast in a large casserole dish. Cover, and cook in the oven for 45 minutes, stirring half way through. Whizz it up a little using an immersion blender if you like, but it’s not really necessary.
Season to taste, and stir through the nutritional yeast just before serving.
I got a giant sweet potato from the shops the other day, one of those really huge ones that look so much fun, until you have to try and peel them…
But I persevered, and a good job too as without it I wouldn’t have been able to make this delicious salad!
The sweet potato is roasted so it gets lovely caramelised bits, and then mixed with creamy cannellini beans, baby spinach leaves and crispy baked cavolo nero.
Simply finished with lemon zest, juice and basil leaves it made a lovely work lunch filled with great texture and flavour.
Salad of cannellini beans, sweet potato and greens
makes 3 to 4 servings
1 400 g tin of cannellini beans, drained
1 really big sweet potato, peeled and diced
3 big leaves of cavolo nero, thickest section of stem removed and cut into pieces roughly 4 x 4 cm
2 tbsp oil
50 g baby spinach, roughly chopped
juice and zest of half a lemon
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 220 degrees c.
Put 1 .5 tbsp of the oil in a roasting tin along with the sweet potato and a pinch of salt and toss to coat. Roast for around 25 minutes, turning once, until the sweet potato is soft and caramelised in places.
Remove from the tin to cool.
For the cavolo nero, pour the remaining 0.5 tbsp of oil into the palm of your hand and add a little salt. Swiftly rub your hand together to distribute the oil over both, and then rub it into the cavolo nero pieces, making sure they are all coated.
Transfer to the roasting tin and bake for around 10 minutes until crisp. Keep an eye on it and check after 5 minutes, it burns quickly and if that happens it does not taste good.
Toss together the beans, sweet potato, spinach, lemon juice, lemon zest and basil along with a pinch of black pepper.
Add the cavolo nero just before serving, otherwise it will lose its crispness.
Whenever I make noodle soup, the default flavours I go for are Chinese or Vietnamese. And while both are delicious, the herbs I have growing at the moment don’t quite lend themselves to those flavour profiles, I have a lot of sage…
So, it was time to experiment!
I’ve used a standard vegetable stock as the base, flavoured with a little caraway, and sage, basil and mint for the herbs.
For the vegetables I’ve used tomato, radish, courgette and chilli, which was a great combination, and very pretty too!
Little cubes of silken tofu add protein as well as texture, and a squeeze of lemon completes the dish.
It was really good, ever so satisfying and a new combination of flavours for my noodle soups. A sort of euro pho if you will!
Herb broth with rice noodles, tofu and vegetables
makes 1 large bowlful
500 ml light vegetable stock (I used marigold made to half strength)
a pinch of ground caraway seed, (you really don’t need a lot)
2 tbsp fresh basil, small leaves left whole and the rest roughly chopped 1 tbsp fresh mint, as above
3 fresh large sage leaves, shredded
2 small tomatoes, quartered. I used yellow ones
4 radishes, sliced
1/2 a courgette, diced
green or red chilli to taste, thinly sliced. I used 1 red chilli
a squeeze of lemon juice, about a tsp
a pinch of black pepper
175 g silken tofu, diced
45 g rice noodles
Bring the stock to the boil and add the caraway and courgette. Simmer for 3 minutes until the courgette is starting to soften.
Add the noodles, chilli and sage and simmer for a further 2 minutes. Next, the radishes, tomatoes and tofu. Cook for a further minute, you just want to warm them through.
Carefully stir in the herbs (so as not to break the tofu up), and season with lemon juice and black pepper.
I’m stuck in for the day waiting for some work to get done on the house and I’m on call, which is generally a fun time to try and get some bits of cooking done in the quiet spells. I’ve already made up a batch of our pitta dough, so just need something to stuff in them. These are a really simple and tasty recipe, and go beautifully with a soy yoghurt and mint sauce…
I’ve made these as mini burgers to fit in the pittas, but they’ll work fine as full size!
Makes 12 mini burgers
250g peeled sweet potato
1 400g tin of chickpeas (240g drained weight)
25g pumpkin seeds
2 tbsps gram flour
Large pinch of salt
Steam or boil the sweet potato until soft. I did mine in a container in the microwave with a spot of water for 6 minutes
Roughly chop the walnuts and pumpkin seeds
Drain then mash the sweet potatoes and chickpeas together.
Stir through all the other ingredients
Heat a little oil in a frying pan
Place tablespoon sized dollops of the mixture into the pan
Cook until well browned on the underside ( about 5 minutes)
Then flip over and cook for 2 or 3 minutes more until that side has browned too
Lunch! burgers in the pitta with soy yoghurt and mint sauce
Ackee again! To be honest I was going to do a fried rice type of thing and stir the ackee through at the end, but as it turned out I had run out of rice… the horror!
So instead I used butterbeans and ooh it came out well, there’s something about the richness of the ackee with the creaminess of the butterbeans and the crunchy vegetables that’s ever so satisfying.
You could vary the veg, but if you can, do use the dill, the flavour is gorgeous with the ackee and beans.
As well as being delicious, it’s a super quick dish, and is good hot or cold!
Ackee with butterbeans, vegetables and dill
makes 2 nice big servings
1 540 g tin of ackee (340 g drained weight)
1 400 g tin of butterbeans (240 g drained weight)
1 large carrot, finely diced
100 g sugarsnaps, sliced in half
1 large courgette, diced
1 tsp oil
2 tbsp sherry vinegar (or apple cider, or balsamic)
2 tbsp tamari
a pinch of pepper, black or white
3 tbsp fresh chopped dill
It’s dead easy this one! Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan, and stir fry the courgette and carrot for about 3 minutes until starting to soften. Add the sugarsnaps and butterbeans along with the vinegar, tamari and pepper and stir fry for a further 3 minutes.
Fold in the ackee, and continue to cook, mixing often until the ackee is heated through. Another 3 minutes should do it!
Stir the dill through at the end.
It’s been very hot here at the seaside today, which is great for the local economy, but not so much for me! I’m a total heat wuss…
So, I definitely didn’t want to have the oven or hobs on to make tomorrow’s work lunch for Alex and I!
We’ve blogged recipes using canned artichokes before, I really do like them as a salad ingredient, they’re very different from fresh artichokes but awfully tasty all the same.
Here I’ve put them with fennel steamed in the microwave (avoiding using the cooker!), almonds and herbs, with some sugar snap peas and baby corn for sweetness.
The dressing is predominantly sherry vinegar, which I haven’t used for ages, I’d forgotten how lovely it is!
For herbs, I’ve used some micro herbs that we picked up at the great greengrocers on Topping street in Blackpool, chilli cress which tastes rather like watercress, and pak choi shoots which have a mild flavour but are very pretty.
Also, dill to complement the fennel, I do find aniseed flavours feel very cooling, so are absolutely perfect for the hot weather!
Fennel and artichoke salad with almonds and herbs
serves 2 as a meal with a bit of brown rice or quinoa, or 4 as a starter
for the salad
1 fennel bulb, sliced
1 can of artichoke hearts in brine, each one quartered (240 g drained weight)
40 g salted almonds
150 g sugar snap peas and baby corn, sliced. Substitute these for other vegetables if you like, fresh peas would be lovely, or even cooked beetroot.
2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
4 tbsp micro herbs or other soft herbs. Parsley would be nice, and a bit of basil.
for the dressing
3 tbsp sherry vinegar. Or use apple cider or white wine vinegar
1 tbsp cold pressed rapeseed oil
1 tbsp liquid from steaming the fennel
Steam the fennel until just tender. I did mine with a little bit of water in a vented container in the microwave. It took two bursts of 1 minute 30 seconds. Remember to save the steaming liquid for the dressing.
Cool the fennel and liquid and then make the dressing. Whisk the vinegar, oil and fennel liquid together with the salt until combined.
To assemble the salad simply toss all of the ingredients together gently with the dressing. Serve with brown rice or quinoa.
Asparagus and chilli is a lovely combination, particularly with a little sweetness. So here I’ve used sweet chilli sauce and orange, along with juicy button mushrooms to make a lovely side dish or addition to a salad.
Actually I ate the asparagus and mushrooms on a sandwich… and it was great!
I used a home made sweet chilli sauce which had the orange juice and zest added during the cooking. But as I did not take note of either the quantity of sugar, or water, I used (terrible of me I know!) I’ve given amounts here for using a ready made sauce.
Asparagus and mushrooms roasted with sweet chilli and orange
for 1 serving
50 g asparagus, woody ends removed
50 g button mushrooms
1 heaped tbsp sweet chilli sauce
1 tbsp orange juice
a grating of orange zest, just a pinch
a small pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees c.
Either take a roasting tray that fits your vegetables pretty tightly, or take piece of kitchen foil roughly 20 cm x 20 cm and turn over the edges to make a little inner tray.
This ensures that the sweet chilli sauce doesn’t burn. Mix together the sweet chilli sauce, orange juice and salt.
Put the vegetables in the tray and pour over the sauce, followed by the orange zest. Swoosh them around a bit to make sure they’re coated. Roast for 15 minutes until the asparagus is tender and the mushrooms are cooked through.
Work lunches have been a bit of a mish mash of leftovers and things that needed to be used up this week, but I did make this lovely tofu to add a bit of interest!
It’s inspired by Korean soy braised tofu, which Alex and I were watching recipes for on YouTube recently.
We were particularly taken by the fact that none of the recipes we saw pressed the tofu before frying!
So here I’ve baked the tofu until browned and then spooned the tamari mix around it for the last ten minutes of cooking, also adding green beans so they wrinkle and intensify in flavour. The texture is lovely, a little crispy, a little chewy, and very satisfying!
Tamari tofu with green beans
makes 4 servings
400 g tofu, sliced into 0.5 to 1 cm thick squares
4 tbsp oil
1 tbsp sesame seeds
4 tbsp tamari
4 tbsp water
1 tsp dried ramsons or 1 small clove of garlic, crushed
a pinch of black pepper
150 g green beans
Preheat the oven to 210 degrees c.
Put the oil in a roasting tin and pop it in the oven to heat up, for 5 minutes or so.
When the oil is hot add the tofu slices and then bake for 30 minutes. Steam the green beans until just tender, I did mine in the microwave for 3 minutes. Cool slightly and cut into 3 cm lengths.
Turn the tofu and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
Return to the oven for 10 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix together the tamari, water, ramsons and black pepper.
Take the tofu from the oven and spoon the tamari mixture around the tofu slices.
Scatter the green beans over the top. Pop back into the oven for 10 minutes.