Showing posts with label potato. Show all posts
Showing posts with label potato. Show all posts

Friday, March 23, 2012

Mixed Roast Veggies, Greens and Gravy

Mixed Roast Veggies, Greens and Gravy
Don't be frightened to be a little unconventional with this dish... I slow roast anything and everything. You most likely think anyone can roast veggies however this is my cook book, to be a reference that my children can use when I don't answer the phone... here goes... my version of the best roast spuds. 
  • I like to partly boil my quartered beetroot for two reasons. Firstly I want them to be ready at the same time as the others. Secondly because the water from them is used in my baking process for extra flavour and to stop the possibility of any drying during cooking.
  • Finely dice a half dozen mushrooms and lots of fresh herbs. I have used rosemary, parsley and basil and these will add to the flavour of the gravy as I am not using meat today.
  • Add these to the baking dish and next cut veggies similarly sized ... anything you fancy putting  the heavier root veggies in first to give them a little extra time, I have used but am not limited to the following ...
  • Potato 
  • sweet potato 
  • swede 
  • parsnip 
  • turnip
  • beetroot 
  • pumpkin
  • carrot 
  • Season with a little salt and cracked black pepper and toss with a little olive oil and a splosh of balsamic vinegar. Stir to coat everything and then add half of the beetroot water. Bake in a 160 oven quite slowly and when they are about half cooked give them another toss and add the remainder lighter veggies along with the remaining beetroot water to finish all at the same time. 
  • baby zucchini
  • whole mushrooms 
  • tomato  
  • pear 
  • While these are are finishing baking steam some green veggies for a healthy balance and use the water from these to make your gravy.
Gravy is then made by frying a sliced onion in the residue oil and grabbing up all of the herb and diced bits of flavour (add a little oil if necessary) when the onions are softened fry off a couple of fork fulls of a commercial gravy mix into the pan and then gradually add your steamed veggie water until the correct thickness is achieved... This gravy is the best ...as it has lots of flavour without any meat juices...
  • All of this process can be turned into a meat meal by adding a whole chicken right in the middle of the baking dish or chicken thigh pieces throughout...turn the chicken at the break when adding the last of the veggies and all of the herbs and flavours will enhance its flavour.
Delish Delish Delish... 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Healthy STEAMED veggies with mushroom gravy

Healthy steamed veggies with mushroom sauce

Filled Full of Flavour
  • Chunky chop all of your veggies and place the heaviest root vegetables down on the bottom of a double steamer saucepan system through to the light leafy vegetables on the top. I have steamed potato, pumpkin, sweet potato, Zucchini, broccoli, cabbage and asparagus and then topped them all with a thin mushroom  gravy. Reserve some of the water after cooking as this is used to make the gravy.
  • Mushroom gravy is made by sautéing sliced mushrooms in a little olive oil, add a heaped fork full of a commercial gravy mix and stir into the mushrooms. Gradually start adding a little of the steamed veggie water until a thin gravy is achieved.


Monday, February 27, 2012

Blini with creamed cheese and chive dressing

Blini with creamed cheese and chive dressing
These fritter type pancakes made with potato are delicious. Give them a try sometime maybe even tea tonight.

  • Boil, drain and mash 2 potatoes ... set aside to cool.
  • Pan fry 1/2 an onion and also let cool.
  • When all cool mix together with salt & pepper, a handful of chopped parsley, 200ml cream, the yolk of an egg and the whisked egg white...
  • Pan fry in vegetable oil 10cm fritters until golden brown on both sides.
Serve topped with a cream cheese and chive dressing (thinned with a little cream if necessary)and any thing else you desire. My choice for tonight is char grilled zucchini ribbons,chives and a drizzle of olive oil.


Other toppings could be *thin cucumber ribbons * a simple rocket salad dressed with oil and balsamic *thinly sliced smoked salmon.