Frugal Feeding, Green & Gorgeous For Meatless Monday

You are probably starting to get the message that the food I make most regularly contains a lot of vegetables and is inexpensive to make.

I hope you also notice that it is very tasty and leaves you with a spring in your step not a need for a long nap πŸ™‚

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This is so delicious even the youngers in the house gobbled it up with gusto and went back for 2nd helpings.

Don’t worry that this seems like a lot of cabbage to pasta, the cabbage shrinks as it cooks and the pasta will swell πŸ™‚

To make this s Vegan dish just leave out the Mozzarella, it is still delicious, I add it as Daughter No2 loves it and I love her.

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Frugal Feeding, Green & Gorgeous For Meatless Monday

for 8 people

500g/ 1 lb spaghetti
4 tbsp sunflower oil
2 small white onions
1 large Savoy cabbage
2 cloves of garlic
1 small bunch coriander (if you like)
2 fresh mozzarella
65ml/ 1/4 pt olive oil
125g/ 5 oz salted cashew nuts
sea salt
big splash balsamic/ red wine vinegar ( or lemon juice if you don’t have a nice vinegar)

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Wash the cabbage leaves and collate them in the largest and hardest leaves through to the smallest and most tender.

Peel the onions and slice thinly.

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Slice the cabbage like a chiffonade. (Like a shredding really)

Crush the garlic.

Drain and then tear the mozzarella into chunks.

Wash and roughly chop the herbs.

Put a large pan of water on for the pasta (cook as instructed on the packaging).

Heat a large frying pan on a high heat with 4 tbsp of oil.

When it is hot (but not smoking) add in the onion and allow to start to brown on a very high heat.

Add in the cabbage and allow to wilt and soften, keep it on the high heat. You may need to add a few splashes of water.

Add a good pinch of sea salt

Add the cabbage from the toughest leaves through to the most tender.

Once it is well wilted add the garlic and stir well. Add in a ladle or two of the pasta water and the oil.

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Drain the pasta and add into the cabbage and toss well together.

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Add the cheese, nuts and herbs and toss again

Serve in big bowls

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Rose & Pineapple Layer Cake with Lucuma Frosting

I made this recipe up as I wanted to make a Vegan cake that was really full of bright flavours and I love the flavour of rose.

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Plus I had just had a fresh delivery of a few special ingredients so I wanted to add the Lucuma to something so that we could enjoy that new flavour too.

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Plus it looks like a crazy 6 year old girls fantasy first bake, which I love. I was a 6 year old girl that liked to climb trees, feed chickens and poke puddles with a stick, so this was all new to me πŸ™‚

I hope you like it as much as we did.

Rose & Pineapple Layer Cake with Lucuma Frosting

240 g / 8 oz Sunflower margarine
420g / 14 oz Gluten Free Self Raising Flour
240 g / 8 oz Granulated sugar
120 ml / 4 fl oz Orange juice
60 ml / 2 fl oz Rose water
120 ml / 4 fl oz Beetroot juice
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp ground golden linseeds
200g / 7 oz Rose Jam

Grease and parchment line 2 x 23 cm cake tins.

Pre heat the oven to Gas 4/ 350˚F/180˚C.

Melt the margarine.

Sift together all the dry ingredients.

Whisk together all the wet ingredients.

Whisk all the wet into the dry ingredients

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Divide evenly between the two tins and smooth evenly into the tins.

Bake for 25 minutes. Swap their positions in the oven half way through the cooking time.

Cook on wire racks in the tin for 20 minutes. Then turn out and remove the parchment paper.

Cool completely.

Pineapple & Lucuma Frosting
1 pineapple
250 g / 8 oz sunflower margarine (at room temperature)
150g / 5 oz icing sugar
180 ml / 6 fl oz Agave Nectar
4 tbsp Lucuma Powder

Blend the Pineapple and stand it in a strainer to drain the juice (drink that, it is yummy)

Now pass it through the sieve to remove the largest fibres.

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In a stand mixer, beat the margarine until it is soft and smooth, add in the lucuma, icing sugar, agave nectar and enough of the pineapple to make a fluffy frosting.

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Spread over the two halves of the cooled cake

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Spread the top of one cake with the Rose jam.

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And sandwich them together.

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Melt 2 tbsp of the rose jam with the same amount of water and allow to boil. I strain this to get a rose syrup.

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I then scattered the top with dried pineapple cubes, a sprinkle of spirulina powder (like a pinch!) and then drizzled the syrup over it.

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Very good

Just eat it … yum

Come and see me on Saturdays’ at Bermondsey Square Farmers Market in Southwark. It’s just off Tower Bridge Road, a short walk from The White Cube, Southbank and Borough Market.
All new customers will get a lovely washable cotton shopper as a ‘Thank you and please come again next week’ (Whie stocks last!)

Every Friday at about 6 pm GMT I publish photos of the items I have cooked for market. Have a look at the Facebook page.
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Russian Salad

I was going to blog the ‘Heaven Sent Hummus’ recipe today but I have been moved to give you this one instead.

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As I have driven through the Suffolk countryside I’ve noticed that the roadside ‘eggs for sale’ have started to reappear. I grew up in a house where we had various animals and we had a lot of hens for eggs. They are so good and that got me thinking about the fact that it is ‘springtime’ and we would be starting to see the hens getting broody. I also noticed a distinct change in the quality of the eggs I use. The yolks are super firm and the whites are too. Of course that is too be expected because the fertility of the hen has kicked in.

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When I was growing up my Mum and Dad just produced as much of the food as they possibly could. Our garden was covered in panes of glass over heeled in pieces of timber or corrugated iron to make cold frames to get as early a crop of garden fresh food as soon as possible. (In 1979 Dad did actually get a real glass green house, he was so happy).

One of the most delicious things that my Dad (yes read it and weep) would make was Russian salad. The first one would be made around about the end of May with the very first tiny, tender and so sweet peas, carrots, new potatoes and beetroot. And of course those lovely eggs – so fresh that once boiled it would be impossible to peel them.

The other thing he always did, and I have such a strong memory of this, is he would make the mayonnaise himself. He would sit himself on a ricky old wooden chair outside but in the shade. He always insisted it had to use a china basin, a wooden spoon, an egg yolk and good olive oil. It would make a thick (really thick) cream of a dusky, rusty, golden colour that he would then season with a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of malt vinegar. Once the salad was made it would be left in the cold pantry for all the flavours to develop and marry together.

I have told him I am blogging this recipe, I don’t think he really understand what I am on about he just says ‘Oh yes, very good dear. But when I showed him over Skype just the ingredients I have gathered he really smiled and guessed straight away what I was making. I have told him I want to photograph him making the ‘crema’. I’ll put them up once I have them.

Also the photo of the olive oil is of the olive juice (it is so good) that my cousin sends me over from Italy. If you want you can buy it in England in the food halls of Harrods, but I am including a link to their webpage for you to see if you can get hold of it nearer to you. It is worth the effort.

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http://www.mariaianniciello.com

So I am including how to make the mayonnaise but made in a machine but with the good olive oil, you can use sunflower if you think it will be too expensive or too strong a flavour.

It was amazing.

Russian Salad
Feeds a party of 8 or 3 hungry Italian kids that had spent all day running all over the countryside.

4 lb Charlotte, Saxon (waxy) potatoes,
4 eggs, hard-boiled, finely diced (optional)

1 small red or white onion, finely diced

6 carrots
2 beetroot
240g /8 oz shelled fresh or frozen peas
8 cornichons
2 tsp dried or 2 tbsp fresh chopped dill

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Boil the potatoes in their skins (about 15 – 20 minutes. Drain and cool in cold running water for a minute, then set them to one side for the skins to dry . Peel them and chop into large chunks (no smaller than 2 cm cubes at all, bigger is fine)

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At the same time repeat the process with the carrots and beetroot.
Put the eggs into a pan of cold water, bring up to the boil and cook for 4 minutes then drain and plunge into cold water. Once cold shell them and cut into 2 cm chunks.

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Cook the peas just as normal and cool in cold water straight away.
Run the knife through the cornichons to about 1/2 cm pieces. And dice the onion as small as you can manage.

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That’s all the that ready. Pop it all into a nice large bowl for mixing.

To make the mayonnaise (in a food processor, so it needs to be a larger quantity, but if you can make it in a smaller amount then just divide it all by 2 or 4)
1 lt/2 pints Olive Oil
4 whole eggs
1 tbsp malt vinegar (or lemon juice or red wine, which you prefer or have to hand)
3/4 cup mayonnaise (low-fat, or a mixture of mayo and sour cream work great here)

a little salt to taste

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Add the eggs into the processor bowl with the blade attachment (I have never used a whisk for this).
Set the machine running at it’s fastest speed and through the top feed tube start to very slowly, in a fine line, pour in the oil.

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Take your time. At first you think it is not working. Keep the machine on the highest setting.

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When you have added about 3/4 of the oil you will notice a distinct change in the sound of the mixture, it will almost be quacking at you. You can stop the machine and have a look, it will have become super thick and mayonnaise-y.

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You can turn it on again and finish adding the oil, then the vinegar and salt.

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Add 3/4 of the mayonnaise into the mixture and use a big metal spoon to mix it carefully. you don’t want to break it into tiny pieces.

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Spoon it into your serving dish.

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And coat the outside with the rest of the ‘crema’ and sprinkle with the dill.

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Have a spoon to taste yourself now but leave it in a cool spot (a fridge is probably what most people will do) and let it sit for a minimum of 4 hours.

So simple to make and so really delicious, this is nothing like the stuff they sell you in the shops.

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Every Friday at about 6 pm GMT I publish photos of the items I have cooked for market. Have a look at the Facebook page.

Italian Pear & Chocolate Cake

Monday was my birthday and I spent the day in an oddly snowy London (for March!) with my two daughters.

When I was little my Mumma would make us this birthday cake every year. In rural England in the 1960’s and ’70’s Vanilla was not obtainable so she flavoured the cream with lemon. In the method I have made a few nods to the way my mum made it, which is what I do when I make it.

It is a super cake. I really hope you like it as much as I do.

Have a great weekend.

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Italian Pear & Chocolate Cake
360g / 12 oz butter, at room temperature
360g / 12 oz sugar
5 eggs
360g / 12 oz sifted self-rising flour
250 ml Strong coffee
1 tsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 350˚F/180˚C/Gas 4.
Grease and line a 29 cm cake tin.

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Cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
Sift the flour and salt and add together with the coffee and fold until mixed.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.

Vanilla and Chocolate Pastry Cream
6 egg yolks
120g/4oz sugar
2 tbsp plain (AP) flour
2 tbsp cornflour
600ml/40fl oz milk
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
30g/1oz butter
240g/8 oz plain chocolate

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In a large saucepan, beat together the eggs, flours, vanilla and sugar until nicely combined.

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Set aside.
Heat the milk in a separate saucepan, bring just to a simmer.

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Pour the hot milk onto the egg mixture, whisking all the time, then turn the heat on under the pan and whisk to the boil.

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Remove from the heat and stir in the butter.

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Add the chocolate to a small bowl.

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Pass the cream through a sieve to remove any eggy pieces or lumps of flour.

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Pass half of it directly onto the chocolate. This will encourage it to melt just right.

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Give it a good stir to make sure it is all melted.

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Give the surface a spray with some bland oil, then cover with a piece of cling film (touching onto the surface) to prevent a skin forming.
Place it somewhere to cool as quickly as possible.

Filling
10 pears (poached until tender) or 2 tins of pears.
Amaretto or Limoncello

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Slice the Pears into 3 -4 mm slices.

Assembly

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Slice the cake in two.

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Sprinkle the base with some of your chosen alcohol (don’t worry if you don’t want to use any, you can add a few spoons of the pear juice)

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Spread the base with the vanilla pastry cream.

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Cover this layer with the sliced pears.

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Add the top layer of sponge.

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Spread the top with the chocolate pastry cream.

I like to sieve a spoon of icing sugar and cocoa powder right on top.

Enjoy

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Slightly Special Spaghetti with Pine nuts and Avocado

What a week, Southwark Council Environmental Health came to check out my market stall (tense, tense, tense) and it was passed into the top tier for Health & Hygiene Standards – phew- when I get that certificate I shall be displaying it πŸ˜€ Funny the things we worry about, I knew there was nothing to worry about and still I worried – such a wally πŸ˜€

Annnnyway ……

Here we are again with a gem for ‘Meatless Monday’.

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This one is a little more that the usual store cupboard recipes that I try to blog (for the sake of our health and wealth).

I have added Mozzarella as my daughter loves it this way, but it is perfectly delicious without and is then (of course) a Vegan recipe.

I also think that this one is great for when you are having good friends over for a supper and no one wants anything too stiff and long lasting and the conversation is silly and company are happy to lean on each other and have a good old belly laugh.

Again, it is super quick to make – 25 minutes from start to finish, all fresh and bright straight from your kitchen and we are all in need of a little fresh and bright (it is freezing here in England).

It is a rich and rounded flavourful dish – a delight.

Enjoy!!

Slightly Special Spaghetti with Pine nuts and Avocado

Parsley,
1 large onion
5 cloves of garlic
2 tbsps of mild olive oil
250g / 8 oz bag of spinach
1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar (any vinegar will do, but balsamic have more flavour notes)
60g / 2 oz Pine nuts (toasted if you can)
2 Ripe Avocados
125 ml / 1/4pt water or stock or noodle water
120g / 4 oz Mozzarella (drained) Obviously leave this out if you want to make this Vegan
500g / 1 lb spaghetti
2 oz Good olive oil
1 lemon juiced

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Roughly chop the parsley.
Peel the onions and garlic. And slice them but not too thinly.

Heat the oil in a large, heavy frying pan and over a medium heat saute the onions until they start to soften and turn translucent. Add the garlic and the balsamic vinegar, turn the heat to it’s lowest setting.

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Heat a pan with 2 tbsp of water to boiling, as that is happening wash the spinach.

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Then pop it onto your board and give it a rough chop, leave the leaves fairly large (just run the knife through he mass maybe 5 times) and pop into straight into the pan, put the lid on. Leave it over that high heat for maybe 1 minute.

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That is it, give it a good drain, but don’t squeeze it. Leave it to one side.

In the middle of all that get a pan of salty water on the boil. (Follow the instructions on the pack for how to cook them. If they are ready before the main part then just drain them, run cold water through them for the count of 5. Shake as they drain and then pour another tablespoon or two of oil over them and stir through to stop them sticking).
Add a ladle of the pasta water into the onion and garlic mix.

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Heat a small frying pan. Pop in those lovely pine nuts.

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Now stay with them and shake the pan over the heat as they start to toast.

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Keep shaking or they will burn. Tip them into a dish and leave them to one side.

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If you are using Mozzarella, then drain it now.

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Split the avocados, discard the stone and then run your knife through the flesh (whilst it is still in it’s peel) in a criss cross manner.

Everything should now be good to go.

So transfer the onion sauce mix into the now empty pasta pan. Add the lemon juice, the good oil and let it get hot again.

Add in the pasta. Good stir.

Add the spinach. Good stir.

Use a spoon to scoop the avocado in to the pasta. Good stir.

Tear the mozzarella, add it. Good stir.
(At this point I feel like one of Shakespeare’s Witches over my cauldron)

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Add half the parsley and half the pinenuts and give it the final stir and tip it into the serving bowls

Sprinkle the last of the pine nuts and parsley and dig in

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Every Friday at about 6 pm GMT I publish photos of the items I have cooked for market. Have a look at the Facebook page.