- 4 beets, small to medium sized
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup walnut oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped
- salt & pepper
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Scrub, rinse and pat beets dry then rub with a small amount of olive oil and wrap tightly in foil (two beets per foil packet). Roast for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until beets are tender and easily pierced with a knife. Allow to slightly cool then carefully remove skin. (The beets will stain your hands and clothing! So I use rubber gloves.) Set aside.
- In a small, dry frying pan toast walnuts until slightly browned. Set aside.
- In a small owl, whisk together balsamic vinegar and walnut oil then season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
- Once skin is removed slice beets width-wise into three or four sections (depending on the size of the beet.)
- In layers, alternate beet slices and crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle stacks with balsamic walnut oil vinaigrette, fresh thyme leaves and the toasted walnuts.
- 4 small roasted beets, sliced
- ½ medium avocado, sliced
- 5 leaves basil, thinly sliced (Chiffonade)
- ¼ small red onion, thinly sliced
- 4 tablespoons low fat feta cheese, crumbled
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- 1 sqeeze lemon juice
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place whole and unpeeled beets in a foil packet in a single layer. Roast in the oven for 1 – 1 /12 hours until just tender. You don’t want mushy beets. When beets are cooled, peel off skin with your hands and slice.
- Layer beets, onion, basil and avocado on a plate. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
2 – 3 tbsp olive oil , separated
2 tbsp butter
1.5 lb mushrooms , sliced 3 – 5 mm / 1/8 – 1/5″ thick (Note 1)
2 garlic cloves , minced
1 small onion , finely diced
1 1/2 cups long grain rice (Note 2)
2 1/4 cups / 565 ml vegetable stock (Note 3)
1 1/2 – 2 cups sliced green onion / scallions
Optional: More butter to stir through
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large pot over high heat. Add half the mushrooms, and cook for 5 minutes until golden. Season with salt and pepper then remove and set aside.
If the pot is dry, another 1/2 – 1 tbsp oil, and add butter. When melted, add onions and garlic.
Cook for 30 seconds, then add remaining mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes or until mushrooms are lightly browned (they won’t caramelise as well as the first batch) and the base of the pot is brown.
Add rice and a splash of broth. Mix so the brown stuff on the bottom of the pot mixes into the liquid.
Once the base of the pot is clean, add remaining liquid. Place lid on, bring to a simmer then turn down to medium low.
Cook for 15 minutes or until there is no residual liquid (tilt pot to check).
Remove from stove, remove lid, QUICKLY toss in reserved mushrooms and scallions, put lid back on. Leave for 10 minutes (do not skip this step!).
Fluff rice using a fork or wooden spoon. OPTIONAL: Stir through more butter. 🙂 Serve!
1. Use any mushrooms you want, I used normal button mushrooms, it’s even more mushroomy if you use Swiss Brown / Cremini mushrooms. Don’t slice them too thin otherwise they literally disintegrate!
Mushrooms do “suck up” oil but don’t be tempted to add more oil until the end if needed. When raw, mushrooms suck up the oil, but then as they cook, release water and the oil, so this helps them brown towards the end. But if you do find they are looking dry, add just 1 tsp towards the end of browning.
2. Basmati and jasmine would also be great here, comes out nice and fluffy like long grain rice. I find that medium and short grain rice is a bit sticky for my taste when cooked pilaf style. Risotto rice, sushi rice and paella rice are not suitable. Please use uncooked rice.
BROWN RICE: Follow recipe but use 2 1/2 cups liquid for tender, fluffy rice (or 2 3/4 cups for soft rice) and it will take around 45 minutes to cook on the stove (check at 35 minutes, then every 5 minutes until liquid is absorbed).
QUIONA: This will also work with quinoa but adjust the recipe as follows: rinse quinoa, use 3 cups of liquid (I would prob do 2 cups broth, 1 cup water), follow recipe but cook for 20 minutes.
3. The amount of liquid to rice ratio I use yields a tender just cooked rice that is fluffy. If you like your rice on the soft side, use 1/2 cup extra liquid but note that the rice will be stickier rather than fluffy like what you see in the video and photos.
4. SERVES: Makes around 7 cups of rice (packed) which will serve 8 as a side or 4 as a main. YES it’s a lot but it will keep well in the fridge for a few days and it freezes well too!
5. Nutrition per serving, assuming 8 servings.
|2 tablespoons||olive oil, for cooking|
|1||onion, finely chopped|
|2||garlic cloves, finely chopped|
|4||medium-sized tomatoes, seeded and diced|
|200g||carolino, risotto or long-grain rice|
|500ml||hot vegetable stock|
|freshly ground black pepper|
|chopped coriander or oregano leaves, to serve|
- Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based lidded pan over a medium–low heat. Add the onion and sauté gently for about 15 minutes, until golden brown and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, then add the chopped tomatoes. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the tomatoes begin to break down and release their juices. Next, add the rice and cook, stirring, for a couple of minutes. Finally, add the hot stock and a generous doseof salt and pepper. Bring to the boil over a high heat, then clamp on the lid, reduce the heat and simmer. Leave to cook for 15 minutes, without removing the lid.
- After the cooking time has elapsed, lift the lid and taste to check the seasoning and that the rice is cooked. Fluff up the grains, and return the lid. Leave to stand for a couple of minutes longer, then serve with a little chopped coriander or oregano.
- 1 small chunk of ginger, 1 1/2 inches long, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons mirin
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 1/2 small red dry Chinese chilis
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum, optional
In a blender combine ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, vinegar, mirin, and sesame oil. Add chilis, salt, sugar, and xantham gum, if using. Process until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl, and set aside.
Extra-virgin olive oil
3 large shallots, diced, about 1 cup
4 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper
- 2 pounds large ripe tomatoes
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 ½ pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 4 ounces Greek feta cheese
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons roughly chopped mint
- Put 4 tablespoons olive oil in a wide skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 to 8 minutes. Lower heat as necessary to keep mixture from browning. Remove from heat while preparing tomatoes.
- Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add whole tomatoes and cook for about 2 minutes, until skins loosen. Immediately plunge tomatoes in a bowl of cold water to cool, then drain. With a paring knife, core tomatoes and slip off skins. Cut tomatoes into thick wedges.
- Heat oven to 400 degrees. Return skillet to stove over medium-high heat. Add tomato wedges and season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring, until mixture is juicy and tomatoes have softened, about 10 minutes. Transfer mixture to a shallow earthenware baking dish.
- Put shrimp in a mixing bowl. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, season shrimp with salt and pepper and stir to coat. Arrange shrimp over tomato mixture in one layer. Crumble cheese over surface and sprinkle with oregano.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until tomatoes are bubbling and cheese has browned slightly. Remove from oven and let dish rest for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with mint and serve.
FOR THE Chimichurri:
- ½ cup finely chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
- 2 or 3 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Large pinch of crushed red pepper
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons cold water
For the cheese
- 8 ounces provolone cheese, sliced at least 1 inch thick
- 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 baguette, sliced in 1/2-inch rounds, toasted, if desired
- Make the chimichurri: In a small bowl, stir together the parsley, oregano, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper, crushed red pepper, vinegar and water. Thin with a little more water, if necessary, to make a pourable sauce. Set aside to let flavors meld. Sauce may be prepared up to 1 hour in advance.
- Set a small cast-iron pan over medium-high heat (or over hot coals). When pan is hot, put in the cheese. Sprinkle with half the oregano and crushed red pepper.
- Cook for about 2 minutes, until the bottom begins to brown. Carefully flip the cheese with a spatula and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, until the second side is browned and the cheese is beginning to ooze. Transfer cheese to a plate and sprinkle with remaining oregano and crushed red pepper. Serve immediately, accompanied with bread and chimichurri. (Alternatively, finish the cheese by putting it under the broiler or in a hot oven.)
- Place a large dry nonstick skillet over medium heat, and add almonds. Stir constantly until they are tinged with color. Take from heat, and transfer to a bowl to cool.
- Season both sides of the fish well with salt and pepper. Place the same pan over medium heat, and add butter and olive oil. When both begin to bubble, add cod fillets skin side up. Brown fish until opaque all the way through, turning once, 3 to 4 minutes a side. Transfer fish to a warm serving plate, skin side down.
- Reduce heat under pan to low, and add lemon juice. Stir to blend with butter and oil, then pour this sauce over fillets. Scatter parsley over cod, and scatter with toasted almonds. Serve immediately.
- 2 pound red potatoes, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
- Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon, plus more lemon juice for serving
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
- 1 tsp fine sea salt, more pen
- 1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
- Dash or two of hot sauce
- ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise, sour cream or crème fraîche
- 1 tbsp Dijon or whole-grain mustard
- ½ cup thinly sliced scallions (white and green parts)
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- 2 tbsp chopped basil or dill
- Cook the potatoes in a pot of well-salted water until they are very tender but not mushy, 15 to 22 minutes. Drain well.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together lemon zest and juice, rosemary, salt, pepper and hot sauce. When the salt is dissolved, whisk in the olive oil, mayonnaise and mustard.
- Add potatoes to the bowl and mix them very well, until well coated with dressing. Then use the spoon to mash about a quarter of them. You want 1-inch (or so) chunks of potatoes coated in some mashed potatoes. Add scallions and parsley and toss well. Taste and add more salt, lemon juice, hot sauce and olive oil, if needed. Scatter chopped basil or dill over dressed potatoes. Serve warm or at room temperature, but not cold.
- 14 ounces extra-firm tofu
- 1 tablespoon peanut or safflower oil
- 1-inch ginger root, peeled and minced
- 2 shallots or 1 small onion, minced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Thai chile or 2 serrano peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro stems
- 8 oz cremini mushrooms, quartered
- ½ tsp sea salt, more to taste
- 3 tbsp prepared red curry paste
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 tsp Asian fish sauce
- Zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1 cup snow peas
- Basil and/or cilantro leaves, for garnish
- Brown or white rice, for serving
- Cut tofu into 1-inch slabs and place on paper towel-lined baking sheet. Cover with another layer of paper towels and place another baking sheet on top. Let sit for 20 minutes. Cut into 1-inch cubes.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ginger, shallots, garlic, chile and cilantro stems, and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and sauté until golden brown and tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt. Stir in curry paste and cook 2 minutes. Pour in coconut milk, scraping up any curry paste with a wooden spoon. Add fish sauce, lime zest and juice. Add tofu cubes and snow peas. Simmer until the sauce thickens slightly and the snow peas are tender, 7 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Taste and add more salt and/or fish sauce if needed.
- Serve warm with brown rice and a scattering of torn basil and/or cilantro leaves on top.