Since in Lockdown I’ve had the chance to build & plant my first proper Vegetable Beds and today was my first harvest of my Radishes….yummy! There is nothing better than homegrown fresh food. The obvious choice is a salad as radishes are just so refreshing and add that bit of crunch. Did you know you can eat the leaves also? Chop them up add to potatoes or pasta or make a pesto!
Left Over Radish leaves – 2 handfuls approx
1 Garlic Clove
1 tbsp pistachios
30g Grated Cheese (Parmesan)
2 tbsp olive oil – good quality one for best flavour
2 tbsp creme fraiche
Salt & pepper
Thoroughly wash the green leaves and put into a blender or food processor along with the rest of the ingredients and blitz until smooth, if too thick add a little more olive oil.
I used mine to make a lovely radish & avocado salad for lunch. I will probably use the rest for some pasta later on in week. Cover and store in fridge for max 3 days.
OMG! These are so delicious and perfect for the party season. Little bite size pieces of deliciousness.
Makes about 12
8-10 Vittoria Tomatoes
150g plain flour
75 g soft butter salted
40 g grated parmesan
Paprika & poppy seeds
1. Pre heat oven to Fan 160 deg, Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
2. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl, add the butter and parmesan, add in half the whisked egg, slow speed on mixer mix together.
3. Tip onto a non stick surface and bring together with your hands until you have a dough, flatten slightly. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, heat crisper plate and cut tomatoes in half, sprinkle with salt & thyme and cook for 2 minutes. Remove and allow to cool slightly.
5. Take a small 3cm star cutter and cut the mozzarella into thin stars.
6. Remove the dough and roll out and cut with a 5-6cm star cutter, place on baking sheet and bake for about 10-12 mins or until slightly browned.
7. To serve, once stars are cooled, spread a little pesto on star then place mozzarella star, a little more pesto then the tomato half.
8. Yum! Gorgeous with some prosecco.
I just love fresh pasta, ever since I got my new pasta attachment for my Kitchen Aid Machine I’ve never bought dried pasta again. Having to use up some pesto I had left, this little dish was the result. The sun dried tomatoes just added that little extra flavour.
For the pasta:
275g ‘OO’ Grade Pasta Flour
3 large eggs
Sift the flour into the large bowl on Kitchen Aid mixer or work surface.
Make a well in the middle. Crack one egg in and whisk gently.
Gently with your hands start to incorporate the flour starting at the bottom, once it starts to come together crack the 2nd egg, then the 3rd until it becomes sticky.
Using the dough hook on the mixer, knead together until you get a smooth like dough. Remove, cover with cling film and leave for about 1 hour.
Attach the pasta attachment, cut the pasta dough into 4 sections.
Flatten dough with hand then feed through the pasta maker, No. 1 x 5, No. 3 x 2, No. 5/6 x 1
Change attachment to fettuccine and feed through. Hang until ready to cook.
Heat a large pan of slightly salted water and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Strain
For the toppings:
2 chicken breasts
1/4 jar sundried tomatoes
3 tbsp green pesto
Handfuls of Broccoli & Baby Spinach
I steam cooked my chicken, broccoli and Spinach. (8 minutes for chicken, 3 minutes for veg)
Slice chicken into bite size pieces.
Place pasta into a bowl with chicken, broccoli, spinach and sundried tomatoes, spoon the pest into the bowl and mix through until chicken and pasta is coated.
If you have read my last few posts, you will know I got a massive 2.5kg bag of potatoes for 29p last week……I know right….so cheap! So my task this week was to use them all…lol! Today I had to use up some leftover vegetables so I decided on pesto Potatoes……this was so delicious, nutritious and a filling meal.
4 Maris piper potatoes – cut into bite size pieces (I left skin on, more flavour)
Handful or Broccoli
Salt & pepper
Green Pesto – 3 tbsps (see recipe below)
clove of garlic crushed
Fresh Basil – large bunch
handful of pine nuts – about 100g
Parmesan Cheese – grated
Place garlic and basil leaves in a blender and pulse until chopped
Add in the pine nuts (toasted) and parmesan and pulse to blend
Slowly add in some olive oil, just enough to bring it all together, then squeeze in the lemon juice. Serve.
Cook potatoes through until soft, you can either boil or steam cook, 4 minutes before you think they are ready, pour in some peas to the potatoes and simmer.
Meanwhile, Steam cook your broccoli and spinach for 3 minutes.
Drain potatoes and put into a large bowl, add in the spinach and broccoli
Spoon 3 heaped tbsp of pesto and mix through, season
Serve into a bowl or plate and top with some pine nuts for extra crunch.
I am watching Jamie Olivers new 5 Ingredient Cook programme just now and every week I’m like….I really need to try that. So this week it was Meatball Burgers…just the name sounds amazing.
Its a friday night, you come home from work and want something quick, easy and filling but tasty too…..this is the go to recipe. It was so tasty and so quick and easy to cook. The sauce that you can dip your burger in just made it….yum!
Makes approx 14 meatballs
500g Aberdeen Angus Mince
Pesto with basil
1 tin Plum tomatoes
1 ball mozzarella
Rolls – make sure they are crusty, if you use soft rolls they will fall apart.
Mix the mince and 2 tbsp pesto together in a bowl and season
Preheat a fry pan with a little oil, spoon with a dessert spoon some of the mixture into your hands and mould into a ball. (best to have wet hands when doing this)
Place into fry pan and cook for about 10 mins turning to brown all over.
Empty the plum tomatoes into the pan and season with salt & pepper.
At the same time slice the mozzarella and place 1 slice over the top of each meatball, cook for about 2 minutes or until the mozzarella starts to melt.
Spread 1/2 tbsp pest onto each roll
Place about 3 meatballs onto each roll
Dish out the sauce either into a bowl on on your plate. Devour!
I had some Garlic Bread left over from dinner last night, so I wanted to try something different with it rather than just heating it up. I just love spinach, so why not? It turned out absolutely delicious….if I do say so myself. lol!
Makes 1 small pot – about 1 cup
2 cups of fresh spinach leaves or 6 rounds of frozen spinach
1/2 cup of fresh flat leaf parsley. (you could use basil also)
1/4 cup of walnuts or pine nuts
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese – freshly grated
2 garlic cloves
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
Put everything into a food processor and blitz until blended together.
Serve up. I had mine on bread but you could use this as a base for pizza, in salads, so much more. Will keep in fridge covered for up to 3 days.