Showing posts with label celery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label celery. Show all posts

Friday, May 11, 2012

Caramelised Herb Pumpkin slices, Sauté Celery Zucchini and Cauliflower with fennel seed, Caramelised Red Onion, Mashed Potatoes with cream, Steamed Spinach.

Caramelised Herb Pumpkin slices
Cleaning out the refrigerator and using up all the bits and pieces is a challenge I love...I hope these recipes will inspire you to use your own imagination to create vegetables your family will be talking about at breakfast in the morning...
Sauté Celery, Zucchini and Cauliflower with fennel seed
  • Baked slices of pumpkin... slice thinly and rub into both sides, olive oil and heaps of herbs both fresh and dried... I have used here fresh parsley, coriander, mint and rosemary along with dried dill and black pepper... bake turning once until caramelised and golden brown.
  • Sauté celery, zucchini and cauliflower in a mixture of melted butter with a dash of avocado oil and fennel seeds until softened and cooked through.
  • Mashed potato and sweet potato with butter and cream.
  • Caramelised red onion with fresh ginger... cook very slowly some sliced red onion, heaps of fresh finely chopped ginger, a little brown sugar, a slosh of balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil... this cooking process takes about 20-30 minutes but worth it for intense sweet result.
  • Steam some spinach straight from the garden.
Caramelised Red Onion - Steamed Spinach - Mashed Potatoes with cream

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Vegetable Soup with Country Vegetable Soup Mix

Vegetable Soup
Purchase a packet of McKenzie's Country Vegetable Soup which contains a mix of yellow and green split peas, red lentils, barley and Haricot beans and spices mix from your supermarket (or you can make your own little mix of goodies about 200grams in total)... here are three versions below of using the one soup mix that are all simple and nourishing...

  1. It can be made up following the instructions on the pack and served as they are... in about 60 minutes.  
  2. The same pack can be made into a vegetable soup by adding diced veggies and cooking it in a slow cooker on low over the day 7-8 hours if you want to have a go at that method.
  3. Or by using the same packet blend of whole grains and adding fresh vegetables along with some browned chicken to end up with a "Chicken and Vegetable Soup".
Today I've used the packet of McKenzie's Country Vegetable soup mix and I have combined it with fresh diced vegetables and cooked it on the stove top as follows ...
Fresh diced vegetables of your choice

  • In a little olive oil soften an onion, half dozen sliced spring onions, a couple of stalks of celery and a couple cloves of crushed garlic until translucent.
  • Then add diced carrots, pumpkin, mushrooms and zucchini until they start to soften.
  • Finally add a tin of tomatoes, 1/2 cup of tomato puree, fresh herbs of thyme and parsley, the soup and spice mix and 2 litres of water... cover and simmer for about and hour until the barley is tender... Enjoy!

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.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

So so simple soup... Chicken, Couscous & Lentil

Chicken, Couscous & Lentil Soup


Low fat, healthy and so so simple to make ... 

  • Start by thinly slicing a leek, grating a large carrot and  a zucchini and thickly slice two sticks of celery. Soft fry all of these with a couple of cloves of crushed garlic for about 1 minute in a large saucepan.
  • Then add 1 tin of crushed tomatoes, 1 tin of Lentils (drained), 2 tablespoons of sweet chilli sauce and then submerge a whole chicken under 2.5 litres of chicken stock... bring this to the boil and then simmer for 1 hour until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Turn off the heat and remove the chicken... skin and bone it and return the best shredded bits back to the pot along with 1/2 cup of couscous and a large handful of fresh chopped parsley... simmer this gently for a few minutes until the couscous is tender and serve.
You can't have too much crusty bread with this hearty soup although it may loose some of the healthiness factor...flavours improve the next day if you have any leftovers ...