Archive for May, 2010

National Vegetarian Week, day seven: Avocado salad with roasted red pepper dressing

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Avocado salad with roasted red pepper dressing


Serves 4

1 red pepper
2 cloves garlic, left whole with skins intact
olive oil, to drizzle
50g/2oz ground almonds
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1tbsp Dijon mustard
1tbsp Balsamic vinegar
1tbsp fresh coriander
150ml/ 1/4pint dry white wine
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large ripe avocados, peeled and stoned
1 packet mixed salad leaves
fresh coriander to garnish

Avocados are usually served cold, but quickly frying them develops the flavour and adds a new dimension.

You could also drizzle them with a mixture of olive oil, raspberry vinegar and a dash of balsamic vinegar over the top for a summery variation to this dish.

Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6

1 Place the red pepper and whole cloves of garlic on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.

Roast until the pepper skin is starting to blacken and char and the garlic is soft when pierced with a knife.

Remove the skin and seeds from the pepper, retaining the juices and squeeze the garlic out of the skins.

2 Blend the red pepper flesh, reserved juice, garlic, ground almonds, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, mustard, balsamic vinegar and fresh coriander together until smooth.

3 Add the wine and blend until the desired consistency is reached. Season to taste, pour into a saucepan and set aside.

4 Cut the avocados in half and then into slices. Heat the remaining olive oil in a non stick frying pan and when hot quickly toss the avocados in the oil until heated through but not soft.

5 Heat the sauce gently over a low heat. Meanwhile, arrange the mixed salad leaves on four serving plates with the avocado slices on top. Drizzle the warm sauce over them and serve garnished with fresh coriander leaves.

 

National Vegetarian Week, day six: hand-made hummus!

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Hand-made hummus

INGREDIENTS for the hummus base

400g chickpeas, boiled and drained.

50mls/2fl oz olive oil
100g tahini paste

50mls of water
2 cloves of garlic

85 mls of freshly squeezed lemon juice

Black pepper and salt

 

INGREDIENTS for the hummus seasoning

200g of black olives
100 of basil
2 onions
half fennel
a spoonful of sugar
chilli

METHOD for the hummus base

Boil chickpeas for 45 minutes with salt.
Put the chickpeas into your blender, and mix until you reach a rough texture.
Put the water and the tahini into a bowl and mix together with a fork until they have a smooth texture.
Add the crushed garlic and the tahini mixture into the blender with the chickpeas and process until it’s smooth.
Add olive oil and lemon juice.
Turn of the blender when you are satisfied with the consistency, and season with one of the three variations.

METHOD for three hummus seasoning

Olives: add the olives in the mixes with you hummus.

Basil: add you basil in the mixer (it is nice no to mix it for too long, so it can be seen in the smooth texture of your hummus)

Onion, fennel and chilli: roast your onion and fennel in a pan, with a bit of olive oil. Add them in the blender with chilli and hummus.

 

Recipe by www.DinnerClub.tk

 

National Vegetarian Week, day five: Ravioli!

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Delicious pumpkin Ravioli

Serves 4

Pasta Ingredients

400g of flour
4 eggs
1tsp salt
2tsp extra virgin olive oil

Filling Ingredients

2kg pumpkin, cut into quarters
15ml olive oil
1 large red onion, peeled and finely chopped
225g mostarda di frutta (or sweet chutney)
1tsp salt
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
125g  cheese

To Serve

30g butter
30g fresh parley chopped
150g cheese

Method

1 Combine the pasta ingredients, lightly knead and leave in a cling filmed bowl to refrigerate for 1 hour.

2 Heat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas Mark 6 and bake pumpkin until soft, approximately 30 minutes.

3 Remove the seeds and scoop out the baked pulp, finely chop and place into a bowl.

4    Heat the olive oil and sauté the onions.

5 Reduce heat and add the mostarda di frutta, salt, and ground spices, mix well.

6 Combine the cheese, pumpkin and onion/spice mixture into a bowl and set aside.

7 Using a pasta machine or fat rolling pin, roll out the pasta dough 15cm by 50cm and 2mm thickness. Layer the pasta sheets between tea towels to prevent them from drying.

8 Place a heaped teaspoon of the mixture into 2 rows at approximately 10cm distance apart.

9 Lightly spray the pasta with water and sandwich this with a top layer thus creating a sandwich effect.

10 Using a ravioli cutter, cut into 5 cm squares and place into boiling water as quickly as possible.

11 To serve, drain the pasta and return into the pan along with the butter, and parsley. Lightly mix and serve with grated cheese.

 

 

Recipe by The Vegetarian Society

National Vegetarian Week, Day Four: Pasta!

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

 

Pasta with beautiful walnuts sauce


How to make the walnut sauce

200g/7oz shelled walnuts
25g/1oz unflavoured breadcrumbs
1 garlic clove, minced
30g/1oz finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 pinch minced fresh marjoram
175ml/6fl oz prescinseua (Ligurian curd cheese) or 150g/5fl oz fresh ricotta diluted with 2 tbsp tepid water
60ml/2.5fl oz extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to taste
sea salt (optional)

This sauce is more a thick paste than a traditional pasta sauce but it is a really versatile base to which other ingredients can be added and which could be used in all kinds of dishes.

Place the walnuts, breadcrumbs, garlic and salt in a mortar and pound with a pestle to form a paste. Alternatively, place these ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until they form a paste. Transfer to a bowl if you are not using a pestle and mortar. Add the Parmesan and marjoram, then the prescinseua or diluted ricotta. Finally, add the olive oil to the mixture, a little at a time, stirring to combine the ingredients. Serve on hot pasta.

How to served it: (per person) 2tbs of the paste, 100g cooked pasta, along with some chopped sundried tomatoes, black olives and parsley, as well as some chili flakes. Seasoned with salt, pepper, olive oil and parmesan.

 

Recipe by Lydia Goldberg

You can find this and other amazing recipes from Lydia at www.thefooddiaries.com

National Vegetarian Week, Day Three: Paella!

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

From fabulous rice ..

… to fabulous Veggie Paella

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fruity green olive oil
2 onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 red pepper, seeded and sliced in rings
1 yellow pepper, seeded and sliced in rings
450g/1lb tomatoes, skinned and chopped
225g/8oz thin green beans, trimmed
450g/1lb peas in their pods, shelled
450g/1lb Valencia or Arborio rice
1 teaspoon paprika
300ml/1/2 pint dry vegetarian white wine
1/2 teaspoon saffron
900ml/11/2 pints boiling vegetable stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons chopped parsley

Method

1 Heat the olive oil in a paellera or large shallow frying pan. Fry the onions and garlic gently until soft and golden. Add the peppers and fry for 4~5 minutes. Then add the tomatoes, beans and peas and cook for another 5 minutes.

2 Add the rice and paprika and stir well. Pour in the white wine and bring to the boil. Mix the saffron with the boiling stock and pour into the pan. Reduce the heat a little and simmer for five minutes.

3 Cover the pan with a lid or some foil and place in the bottom of a preheated oven at 180C/ 350F, Gas Mark 4 for 30~40 minutes, until the rice is tender and has absorbed all the stock. Alternatively, simmer on top of the stove in the same way as you would cook a risotto. Season to taste and stand, covered, for five minutes before serving sprinkled with parsley. Serves four to six.

Recipe by the Vegetarian Society

National Vegetarian Week, Day Two: Lasagne!

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

How do you prepare Vegetarian Lasagne?

FoodAdo tried this recipe:

Ingredients

1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
2 medium courgettes (zucchini), chopped
4 oz (100g) boiled sweetcorn
3 oz (75g) chopped nuts
5 sheets Lasagne

For the sauce:

1½ oz (40g) wholemeal flour
¾ pint (400ml) soya milk
2 oz (50g) breadcrumbs
1 oz (25g) margarine

Fry onion and pepper for a couple of minutes. Add courgettes, cover pan and cook gently until courgettes begin to soften. Add sweetcorn, nuts, salt and pepper.

To make the sauce, heat 2 tbsps oil and stir in the flour. When it begins to colour, add soya milk whilst mixing to keep the sauce smooth. Allow to thicken and add salt and pepper.

In an overproof dish, put down a layer of lasagne, cover with courgette mix and then some of the sauce. Cover with pasta, the rest of the sauce and top with breadcrumbs. Dot the top with margarine and bake at GM 5 / 375 °F / 190 °C for 30 minutes.

Make sure the sauce isn’t too thick or their won’t be enough fluid to cook the lasagne properly.

Serve steaming hot, and enjoy!

by Simpleveganrecipes.co.uk

Vegetarian Week, Day One: Risotto!

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Vegetarian week?? One more reason to eat yummy food!

FoodAdo’s suggestion for an irresistible vegetarian risotto:

Risotto of Spelt and Lentil with Roasted Cauliflower
Serves 4-6

1/4 cup lentils
1 medium Cauliflower, in small flourettes
1 quart vegetable stock
5 tablespoons Butter
11/2 cup Leek thinly sliced
1 teaspoon caraway seeds, finely ground
2 tablespoons Olive oil
1 cup Farro
3 tablespoons cream
2 oz Grated Parmesan Cheese
Finely grated zest of 1 Lemon
1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped Dill
salt and fresh ground black pepper

Soak lentils 4 hours then drain well.

Toss the cauliflower in 2 tablespoons olive oil, roast in the oven at 450 degrees for 35 minutes until golden brown. Remove and set aside.

Place the stock in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat

Brown the butter in a heavy saucepan 4-5 minutes over medium heat. Add the leeks and ground caraway and 1/2 teaspoons salt. Stir to prevent the butter from burning. Lower the heat and cook covered for leeks 8-10 minutes until the leeks have softened.

Add Farro and lentils and stir 2 minutes until fragrant.

Stir in stock 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until the liquid has been absorbed before adding subsequent stock. When 3/4 of the stock has been added, stir in the cauliflower.

Cook 3-4 minutes longer until the risotto is tender and still a little bit soupy.

Stir in the cream, cheese, lemon juice, lemon zest and dill, season with salt and fresh ground black pepper.

Divide among warm soup plates and serve immediately.

 

Recipe Courtesy of Peter Berley
Photography by Karen Mordechai
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Can chocolate fight aging and make your skin glow?

Friday, May 21st, 2010

 

(From Reuters) – The world’s largest chocolate maker says it may have come up with a chocolate bar that could fight wrinkles and slow the aging process, making it the latest food group to tap the appetite for healthier living.

Eating 20 g (0.755 oz) of specially developed chocolate packed with antioxidants, or flavanols, each day may help prevent wrinkles and make skin more radiant by boosting elasticity and improving hydration, studies carried out by Barry Callebaut showed.

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the nutritional value of what they eat, and Barry Callebaut’s claims come as food giants such as Nestle and Danone also push into the healthy eating arena.

Dark chocolate has already been linked with certain health benefits, such as helping to lower blood pressure and reducing the risk of strokes thanks to its high content of antioxidants.

The Swiss group has developed a way of preserving the flavanols found in cocoa beans during the chocolate-making process, allowing them to produce a bar that is richer in flavanols, Barry Callebaut Chief Innovation Officer Hans Vriens said in an interview.

“Chocolate and health do not seem to fit together but it is a very interesting proposition: if I can eat something I like and it is good for me, that is great,” Vriens said. “Chocolate is probably at the bottom of the list when you think about making food healthier.”

Smoking, pollution, caffeine and a lack of sleep contribute to the creation of free radicals that can damage healthy cells in the body and accelerate the aging process.

“There is a huge body of evidence that shows flavanols slow down damage caused by free radicals,” said Kepler Capital Markets analyst Jon Cox.

“Food manufacturing companies are leveraging health and wellness into various products and there is definitely a market for chocolate in health and wellness. We have already seen how this has worked in dairy products, with products like Danone’s Actimel and Unilever’s Benecol,” Cox said.

The functional chocolate market, which includes organic and diet chocolate, is seeing double-digit growth, easily outpacing the 1-2 percent growth currently seen in the rest of the chocolate market, Cox said.

But some experts are doubtful about the positive effects flavanols have on skin.

“There is quite a lot of evidence that cocoa flavanols have a positive effect on the blood flow. They could reduce blood pressure which could have a positive effect on cardiovascular diseases,” said Richard Hurrell, Professor of Human Nutrition at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

“The possible effects on skin and cognitive performance are less well established. There is evidence, but it is much less consistent. It may be that the effect on the blood flow is also what improves memory or skin health in some of the studies,” Hurrell said.

Allergy and Gluten Free Show 21-23 May 2010, Olympia, London

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Food Allergies?

FoodAdo.com event suggestion:

Allergy and Gluten Free Show 21-23 May 2010, Olympia, London

The ‘All New’ Allergy and Gluten Free Show is the perfect opportunity for you to learn about your allergies and see what is there to help.

Thousands of products and demonstrations featuring how to make the most of gluten-free cooking.

Seminar and workshop programme with the UK’s leading allergy experts.

Advisors from a number of charities including Coeliac UK.

 

Upcoming foodies events

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Are you a curious foodie?

Maybe one on these events will spice up your spring!

Streatham Food Festival 2010
Saturday 15th May to Saturday 22nd May
http://www.streathamfoodfestival.com/

The Malton Food Lovers Festival 2010
22nd May 2010 8:30am-11pm

Hampton Court Food Festival Sat 29 to Mon 31 MAY 2010
http://www.foodiesfestival.com/hampton-court/

Sheffield Food Festival 1st to 6th June 2010
http://www.sheffieldfoodfestival.com/

The Royal Bath And West Show Somerset – June 2nd-5th

Leeds Food Festival Roundhay Park July 2, 3 & 4 2010

Glasgow Food Festival George Square July 30, 31 & August 1 2010

Edinburgh Food Festival Holyrood Park August 13, 14 & 15 2010

Oxford Food Festival South Parks August 28, 29 & 30 2010

Greg at FoodAdo.com