- 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.
- 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.
- 500 g Brussels sprouts
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
- 2 small red onions
- 1 bulb of fennel
- olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 25 g hazelnuts
- 200 g Greek yoghurt
- 1 heaped teaspoon tahini
- 1 small clove of garlic
- 1 lemon
- 1 pinch of sumac
- ½ a bunch of fresh coriander, dill and mint (20g)
- Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6.
- Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil over a medium-high heat. Wash and trim the sprouts, then add to the pan and parboil for 3 minutes. Drain in a colander and set aside to dry.
- Toast the cumin and coriander seeds in a small frying pan over a medium heat for 3 minutes, or until fragrant. Using a pestle and mortar, finely grind the toasted seeds with a pinch of sea salt.
- Tip most of the spice mix into a large roasting tray and toss in the sprouts.
- Peel and slice the onions, then trim and slice the fennel. Tip into the tray along with a glug of oil.
- Spread everything in an even layer – you may need two trays – and cook for 20 minutes, until tender and starting to caramelise.
- Meanwhile, return your frying pan to the heat and toast the sesame seeds and hazelnuts for 3 minutes, then grind up with the remaining spices, using a pestle and mortar.
- Combine the yoghurt with the tahini. Peel and crush the garlic and stir through, then finely grate in half the lemon zest and squeeze in half the juice (save the rest for another day).
- Taste the yoghurt and season well, then spread it evenly over the base of a large serving platter and sprinkle some sumac over the top.
- Sprinkle the ground nuts and seeds over the top.
- Pick and finely chop the herb leaves, discarding the stalks. Scatter the leaves across the plate, then serve.Spoon the sprout mix on top of the yoghurt mixture, scraping up the lovely crispy bits in the pan.
dijion mustard vinaigrette:
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 lemon (juiced)
1 shallot (peeled, finely diced)
1/2 cup olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
In a large bowl, add the radishes, parsley leaves, tarragon leaves and toss to combine.
For the Vinaigrette: In a small bowl, add the Dijon mustard, lemon juice, shallot and olive oil and whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
Drizzle the dressing around the outer rim of the bowl, add the cheese to the salad and toss to combine until the salad is lightly coated.
Tip: Make your vinaigrette in a mason jar for easy mixing and storing!
- 1 2/3 cups veggie broth or water
- 2 fresh poblano chiles, stems and seeds removed, and roughly chopped
- 12 sprigs cilantro, plus extra for garnish
- Salt, about 1/2 teaspoon if using salted broth, 1 teaspoon if using unsalted or water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
- 1 cup rice, preferably medium grain
- 1 small white onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
- 5 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
- The flavoring: In a 2-quart saucepan, combine the broth and chiles, bring to a boil, then partially cover and simmer gently over medium to medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, until the chiles are very soft. Pour the chile mixture into a food processor, add the cilantro (stems and all), and process to a smooth puree. Press through a medium-mesh strainer into a bowl and stir in the salt.
- The rice: Wipe the pan clean, add the oil and heat over medium. Add the rice and onion, and cook, stirring regularly, until the rice is chalky looking and the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook a minute longer.
- Add the warm (or reheated) chile liquid to the hot rice pan, stir once, scrape down any rice kernels clinging to the side of the pan, cover, and cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes. Uncover and check a grain of rice: It should be nearly cooked through. If the rice is just about ready, turn off the heat, re-cover and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes longer to complete the cooking. If the rice seems far from done, continue cooking for 5 minutes or so, retest, then turn off the heat and let stand a few minutes longer. Fluff with a fork, scoop into a warm serving dish, decorate with cilantro sprigs and it’s ready to serve.
- Advance preparation: The rice can be made several days ahead; turn out the fluffed rice onto a baking sheet to cool, transfer to a storage container, then cover and refrigerate. Reheat the rice in a steamer basket set over boiling water.
- Variations and improvisations: An obvious variation is to use 3 or 4 long green (Anaheim) chiles, or to mix poblanos and long greens with hotter chiles like jalapeño, manzano or habanero. Grilled corn cut from 1 cob or 1 large grilled zucchini (cubed) are tasty vegetable add-ins. About 1 cup coarsely shredded roast (or barbecued) pork or smoked salmon, mixed in toward the end of cooking, will make green rice a full meal.
- 3-4 large russet potatoes cut into wedges
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp italian seasoning
- ½ c shreddded parm
- OPTIONAL: FRESH PARSLEY (OR CILANTRO), RANCH OR BLUE CHEESE DRESSING FOR DIPPING
- PREHEAT OVEN TO 375. LIGHTLY GREASE A LARGE BAKING SHEET AND SET ASIDE.
- PLACE POTATO WEDGES IN A LARGE BOWL. DRIZZLE WITH OLIVE OIL AND TOSS TO COAT. IN A SMALL BOWL WHISK TOGETHER SALT, GARLIC POWDER, AND ITALIAN SEASONING. SPRINKLE POTATO WEDGES WITH THE SHREDDED CHEESE, TOSSING TO COAT, THEN SPRINKLE WITH THE SEASONING MIXTURE.
- PLACE POTATO WEDGES ON PREPARED BAKING SHEET IN A SINGLE LAYER WITH SKIN-SIDES-DOWN. BAKE FOR 25-35 MINUTES UNTIL POTATOES ARE FORK-TENDER AND
- 1/2 pound carrots (peeled, cut into 2-inch pieces on a bias)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 3 cups water or stock
- 1 cup farro
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
- 4 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
- 1/2 cup pistachios (toasted, roughly chopped)
- 1/2 cup parsley (roughly chopped)
- 2/3 cup feta (crumbled)
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- In a large bowl, add the carrots and drizzle with the olive oil. Add the nutmeg, cinnamon, chipotle powder, and ginger, and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Spread the carrots on a baking sheet and place in the oven until golden and cooked through, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add the water and farro and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook until tender but chewy, about 10 minutes. Drain any remaining liquid and set aside to cool.
- For the Sherry Vinaigrette: In a mason jar, add the sherry vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, and olive oil and shake to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
- To Assemble: To a large bowl, add the farro, carrots, pistachios, parsley and feta. Drizzle with sherry vinaigrette and toss to combine.
- Tip: To toast the nuts, place them in a dry saute pan over low heat and toast until golden and aromatic, about 5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.
For potato salad dressing:
1 16-ounce jar of cabbage kimchi, chopped with juice
2 tablespoons gochujang Korean chili paste
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon soy sauce
¼ cup Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
2 teaspoons garlic, chopped
1 cup scallions, sliced, white and light-green parts only
Black pepper, freshly ground & Kosher salt
Scallions, sliced, green parts
Black sesame seeds
- Fill large sauce pot ⅔ full with cold water and heavily salted. Put whole Yukon potatoes into the sauce pot. Put sauce pot on the stovetop over high heat and bring to a boil.
- When the water is boiling, carefully add in 3 eggs to the sauce pot.
- Reduce heat to medium and simmer the eggs with potatoes for 12 minutes. Using kitchen tongs, take out the eggs and put them into iced or cold water. Let the eggs sit for 15 minutes in cold water. Continue cooking potatoes in gently boiling water for about 15 more minutes or until easily pierced with a fork. Take the potatoes off the heat and use a colander to drain the potatoes. Put them on a baking sheet and refrigerate for about 1 hour or until potatoes are cold.
- For the dressing, combine all the ingredients together and set aside.
- Remove the skin from the potatoes or leave them on for a more rustic potato salad. Gently cube potatoes and put into a large mixing bowl.
- Peel the hard-boiled eggs, chop, and add to the cubed potatoes.
- Add the dressing into the potato mixture. Gently mix all the ingredients together until evenly coated. Season with freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt to taste.
- Garnish with sliced scallions and black sesame seeds.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
Heat a grill or grill pan over high heat until hot, and then add the corn and char on all sides, turning occasionally, until blackened in parts, 12 to 15 minutes. When cool enough to handle, cut the kernels off the cobs.
Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat and saute the onions until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the charred corn kernels and cook until warmed. Stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese, the mayonnaise, cilantro and lime zest. Season with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of the chipotle salt.
Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cotija cheese.
Cook’s Note: This recipe is great with an added squeeze of fresh lime juice.
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise.
- 1/4 cup sour cream or Mexican crema.
- 1/2 cup finely crumbled cotija or feta cheese, plus more for serving.
- 1/2 teaspoon ancho or guajillo chili powder, plus more for serving. or chipotle
- 1 medium clove garlic, finely minced (about 1 teaspoon)
- 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves and tender stems.