Marrow & potatoes layer with beet & sweet corn stir


Fresh Corn, Beetroots

Fresh Corn, Beetroots

Remember this dish I made with the marrow? I did promised a vegan option and ha forgotten to post it. Here it is.

Serves 3

Ingredients for the layer:

  • 600g Marrow

    Ingredients for the dish

    Can you see the Tofu slices?

  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 3 medium firm tomatoes
  • 100g Tofu sliced and deep-fried to give it texture
  • 1 small red onion (optional)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 30g butter (dairy free)
  • 100ml Alpro single cream
  • 50g Flour
  • 1 Maggi stock cubes
  • White pepper
  • Salt

Preparations:

How to layer the elements of the dish

How to layer the elements of the dish

1 – Peel the marrow and keep the skin strips for decoration. Now slice the peeled marrow in 1cm width and set aside. Peel the potatoes and cut in slices about the size as the marrow. set aside. Now do the same thing for the tomato and red onion. Make sure that your Tofu is deep-fried as it will give texture to your dish. Set aside.

2 – for the batter: The batter will help to hold everything together. Melt about 25g of the butter and crush the whole stock cube in it to dissolve. Add the cream to the mix then, the flour and the finely chopped garlic. Mix well, add salt and white pepper. Set aside.

Preheat the oven at 180 degrees.

Layering completed

Layering completed

Method:

Butter a regular size loaf tin, place 1 layer of potatoes, then a layer of marrow, then onion, then tomatoes, then tofu.  Dust with a pinch of salt and white pepper. Then repeat the process. If you can, make sure that a layer of potato is at the top of the dish simply because you will use it as indicator to judge if the dish it cooked. Potato is the hardest of all the vegetables used here.

The dark green strips you see on this photo are strips of peels from the marrow that I am using to decorate my dish. The strips were placed on the bottom of the baking tin, then folded over the dish and held with tooth pick just before placing it in the oven.

Ready to serve

Ready to serve

Once the layers are done. Stir the batter previously prepared and pour it, not on top, but on the sides of the layers.

Now place your dish in the oven for 1h20 minutes.

Now time to prepare the accompaniment.

Beet & corn stir

For this, you will need:

  • 1 big fresh sweet corn cob
  • 1 precooked beetroot or a fresh one if you can find it

    Corn kernels

    Corn kernels

  • 1 yellow sweet pepper
  • 1 very small red onion
  • 50g roughly crush walnut
  • 2 twigs of thyme
  • Fresh parsley
  • 25g Butter (dairy free)
  • Black pepper & salt obviously

Start by shelling the corn kernels from the cob or simply go through the cob with the knife like I did on the picture above.

Chop separately all the elements of your dish then set aside.

Ingredients for the stir fry

Ingredients for the stir fry

Now, in a frying pan, melt the butter and fry the chopped onions and thyme until brown. Now, add the sweet corn and stir for 2 minutes. Then add the sweet pepper in the mix, stir for 2 minutes, add the beetroot and the fresh parsley, stir well for 1 minute and add the crushed walnut. Season with salt and pepper, Mix, cover and remove from the stove and cover so the steam will finish softening the vegetables. It is ready.

Time to check on your layers in the oven. The hardest ingredient in the dish is the potato. If you put a knife through the dish and it goes through smoothly, and comes up just slightly moist, then your dish is ready. if not, add cooking time to your oven.

Please note: not all oven perform with the same power.

Bursting with colours and flavours

Bursting with colours and flavours

Leave your dish to cool for few minutes then, serve.

Don’t forget to post a comment!

Voila! Bon appétit.

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Buckwheat salad for 2


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Ingredients:

200grs buckwheat (precooked)

A small bunch of parsley (finely chopped)

 Hand full of dried Mulberries (riced)

Half a red onion (finely chopped)

50grs of crinkled pickles beetroots (cut in Julienne)DSC01795

1 lemon (zest from a half and cut the other half in quart)

Salt and black pepper

4 tbsps. of olive oil

2 eggs (fried sunny side up in 2 tbsps. of oil)

Pinches of poppy seeds

Place the buckwheat, chopped parsley, mulberries, onions, onions, lemon zest salt, pepper and oil in a bowl.

Mix well and add the beetroots. Beetroot must beDSC01799 added in just before serving as it might colour the rest of the ingredients (knew that, just didn’t remember).

Taste and adjust salt and pepper.

Serve topped with a fried eggs and a pinch of poppy seeds. The lemon quarts will serve as vinaigrette.

Next time, replace the eggs  with flakes of left over salmon, roast chicken, duck or turkey! That’s all for now! 🙂

Buckwheat salad with a runny fried egg

Buckwheat salad with a runny fried egg

Roasted Chicken w/mustard & garlic


Few weeks ago, I became a blogger. I stated blogging because I was doing an extreme vegan experience over 40 days. To see the daily posts, please copy this link http://nashdoes-a-daniel.blogspot.co.uk/. From then, I have been itchy and looking for excuses to have regular blog. After my vegan experience which finished on 12 April, my first meaty meal was this!

Garlic & mustard roasted chicken w/potatoes & plantain

Roasted mustard & garlic chicken with fried potatoes & ripe plantains tossed in fresh garlic & parsley.

The proportions here are for a meal for six. The chicken weights 2.500 kgs.

 The roasted chicken ingredients:

The chicken of course – 20 cloves of garlic; peeled and cut length ways (eachDSC01642 clove cut in 4 at least) – 150 grs of French mustard – 30 cl of Mustard oil – Black pepper – 2 chicken stock cubes & salt (don’t have to use both).

*Wash the chicken, remove all the greasy bits around the neck and bum. Remove all the baby feathers, rinse again and lay it on a cutting board.

*Crush the chicken stocks and mix it with a bit of salt. Rub the mix on the chicken, then, also rub the mustard all over and inside.

*Use the tip of the knife to stab your chicken. In each hole you make insert a piece of garlic. Do this all over the chicken.

*Wrap the chicken in kitchen foil and leave to rest for an hour.

During that time tidy up the mess and get the accompaniments ready.  

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the biggest I’ve ever cooked

*After the hour, unwrap the chicken and place it on the oven dish. Insert a whole medium onion inside the chicken, drizzle it with mustard oil.

*Put it in the oven thermostat 200 ® for 2.5 hours… continuously check your chicken and base it with the juice from the tray as the chicken cooks.

 For the accompaniments you’ll need:

4 ripe yellow plantains; peeled and cut in chunks (like D) – 5 medium potatoes; peeled and cut in exactly the same size as the plantain – 1 medium red onion; again peeled and cut in the same way as the plantain and potatoes – A small bunch of parsley; finely chopped – 3 cloves of garlic finely cut – Half a litre of Sunflower oil for the chip pan.

*Mix the plantain, potato and onion together in a container.

*Pour the oil in the chip pan and wait for it to hit up.

*Fry the plantains, potatoes/onion by portion until golden (it should take 4 to 6 minutes to cook).

Repeat until all is done.

*When all has been fried, add the chopped garlic, parsley, and toss. That part is ready. Keep it warm in the oven.

The thing about mixing potato and plantain is, if you are not looking at what is on the fork, it is always a surprise in the mouth… I just love that.

 Now time to prepare the sauce.

*Get the onion out of the chicken. It should be really soft now after all that cooking.

*Pour the juice from the oven tray in a pot and put it on the heat to reduce with the onion from the chicken derriere.

*Now, mush the onion and add a tin of chopped tomato.

*Leave to cook until ready to your taste.

Done. serve.

This is obviously a heavy meal. Check your portion and don’t blame me for ya weight!

The Nutter 🙂