This is a delicious hearty winter salad, full of roasted sweet potato and carrots, cumin seeds as well as butter beans, crunchy kale and pretty pink radishes and finally finished off with a zesty basil dressing
Ingredients: 1 parsley root, 100g purple chantenay carrots, 1/2 a sweet potato, 10g basil, garlic, 70g radishes, handful of kale.
Larder: 1 tin of butter beans, 100g quinoa, 1tsp cumin seeds/powder, juice of 1 lemon, 1 tbsp honey, 5-6 tbsp oil, pinch of salt.
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
- Peel and chop the parsley root, sweet potato and chantenay carrots into small chunks and place in a large roasting tin. Drain and rinse the butter beans and add to the roasting tin.
- Drizzle with olive oil; add cumin powder or seeds, a pinch of salt and stir to coat veggies and butter beans. Roast for 25 minutes.
- Make a dressing by combining together minced garlic clove, chopped basil, 4 tbsp oil, lemon juice and honey. Adjust proportions to taste.
- Finely chop the kale, and slice the radishes, pour over the dressing in a salad bowl, mix well so kale is coated and set aside to marinade.
- Cook the quinoa according to packet instructions.
- When veggies are cooked and butter beans slightly crisping, remove from the oven, add to the salad bowl with kale and radishes and mix in the cooked quinoa.
- Serve while still warm.
A lovely wholesome rooty ratatouille full of leeks, carrots, parsley root, chervil root, and oregano and served with hasselback baked potatoes.
Ingredients: 1 Shallot, 1 clove of garlic, 8 new potatoes, 1 leek, 2 small carrots, 1 parsley root, 1 or 2 chervil root, sprig of oregano.
From the larder: 1 tin of tomatoes, ½-1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper, (optional extra: tin of kidney beans and a dollop of yoghurt or grated cheese).
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
- Heat a glug of oil in a pan. Chop the shallots and a clove of garlic, sauté for about 5 minutes until soft.
- Slice the leek and peel and chop the carrot, chervil root and parsley root into small 1-2cm chunks. Add to the pan along with another glug of oil and sweat gently for 7 or so minutes stirring frequently.
- Meanwhile make the hasselback potatoes: thinly slice half way through the potatoes at 3mm intervals, rub with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and place in the oven on a baking tray for about 25 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to hold the potatoes while you slice them.
- Add the tin of tomatoes, chopped oregano, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt and pepper to the veggies. Gently simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Optional – after 20 minutes, drain, rinse and add a tin of beans to the ratatouille.
- When potatoes are golden and crispy, serve with the ratatouille. Garnish with any remaining oregano and a dollop of yoghurt or a sprinkling of grated cheese if desired.
The leaves are turning and autumn colours are beginning to show. This autumn rosti served with kale and red currants is full of colour not to mention full of flavour too!
Ingredients: 200g purple and new potatoes, 1 parsley root, 1-2 carrots, 2-3 shallots, 1 garlic clove, small bunch of tarragon, 60g red currants, a large handful of kale.
Larder: 2 eggs, 3 tsp sugar, oil salt and pepper.
- Parboil the potatoes for 5 minutes. Drain and run under the cold tap to cool them down enough to handle.
- Grate the parsley root, carrot and parboiled potatoes into a bowl. Chop tarragon leaves and add to the bowl along with 2 eggs.
- Finely dice the shallots and garlic clove. Add ¾ to the rösti bowl and set the other ¼ aside. Mix the rösti mixture well and season.
- Place the remaining chopped shallot and garlic into a small saucepan with a tsp of oil and start to sauté. Pick the red currants from their stem and add to the pan along with 3 tsp sugar. Just cover with water and simmer for a 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently until a saucy consistency. Add more water in tiny amounts if needed.
- Heat a little oil in a large frying pan. Using a large serving spoon, spoon out portions of rösti into the frying pan and flatten. Don’t worry if they are loose – the egg will bind the mixture together. Cook for about 3-5 minutes until golden on one side before carefully flipping over and cooking the second side. When golden and crispy on both sides, remove from the pan and place on a plate.
- Chop the kale, place in a saucepan and cover with boiling water. Cook for 3-4 minutes until bright green and a little crunchy.
- Serve the röstis with red currant sauce and kale on the side.