Showing posts with label butter beans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label butter beans. Show all posts

Monday, April 16, 2012

Vanilla Poached Salmon with Borlotti and Butter Beans

Vanilla Poached Salmon with Borlotti and Butter Beans
I have removed the skin to use skinless salmon for this recipe because I want to lightly poach the fish so that I can use the poaching liquid to enhance the flavour of the beans and create a coating sauce.


Vanilla Poached Salmon

    Borlotti beans, Butter beans, carrot, celery, leak


  • In a large pan prepare your poaching liquid by adding a cup of white wine, 1 cup of water or fish stock, 1 teaspoon of vanilla paste, knob of butter, a few cardamom pods crushed and husked removed, 1 cinnamon quill, 1 tablespoon of honey,1 teaspoon of saffron threads and salt and pepper. Bring this to the boil and pop in your salmon pieces and turn the heat down to a very soft simmer and poach them for about 6 minutes or until the fish is just cooked... remove the fish and set aside while continuing to reduce the liquid by about half.
  • In another large fry pan heat a 50/50 olive and vegetable oil mix and fry stirring constantly until softened, about 5 minutes, the following tiny diced vegetables, 2 carrots, 2 sticks of celery, a leak and a clove of garlic.
  • Add a can of Borlotti beans, a can of Butter beans and the reduced poaching liquid and continue to cook stirring occasionally until the liquid is almost evaporated and you are left with a coating sauce.
  • Remove from the heat stir in another knob of butter and a handful of roughly chopped fresh parsley.
  • Plate up and top with the flaked salmon to serve this delicious healthy meal.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Baked beans with chilli jam, chorizo & maple syrup

Baked beans with chilli jam, chorizo and maple syrup
Home made baked beans with chilli jam, chorizo, maple syrup and a soft poached egg.


Nachos with the baked beans
One pan meal... 

Simple simple simple...
Breakfast, dinner or tea tonight...

  • Soften in a little olive oil a diced onion in a large oven proof pan and then add sliced chorizo sausage or maybe some diced bacon if desired and brown this lightly (obviously vegetarian if the meat is left out). Next 3 large tablespoons of chilli jam and fry for a couple of minutes to bring out the chilli flavour... finally into this frying section add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and cook for a minute or so to caramelise
  • De-glaze the pan with 1/2 cup of stock and then add a tin of crushed tomatoes. Now include your choice of beans, 4 tins and the juice for extra flavour,I have used butter & white beans and a large handful of chopped parsley.
  • Bake uncovered for about a half hour to thicken the sauce and intensify the flavours...
Serve with soft poached eggs for breakfast...
Serve in toasted sandwich maker for a lunch idea...
Chips, cheese and sour cream as nachos for tea tonight...

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pumpkin Soup - "anyway you choose"...

Pumpkin Soup
What can I say ... this adaptable little gem is the simplest nourishing meal or snack... Any way YOU choose it...

  • Soften onion ... red, white, brown, leek, spring onion-anyway you choose.
  • Bacon diced ...tin lentils, butter beans-anyway you choose.
  • Add about 1kg chopped pumpkin ... butter nut, jap, sweet potato, carrots-anyway you choose.
  • Cover with liquid ... vegetable stock, chicken stock, whey from cheese making or water-anyway you choose.
  • Coconut milk, cream or not-anyway you choose.
  • Seasoning's ... cracked black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, chili-anyway you choose.
  • Blend smooth and serve as pictured ... hot or cold-anyway you choose.