A CookBook To Suit Everyone’s Needs

Recently I came across a cookbook that asserts that: “Whether you’re an occasional meat-eater, a vegetarian who needs to cook for meat-eaters, or even a dedicated veggie, you’ll find this very flexible book filled with delicious and practical recipes for every lifestyle. The Flexible Vegetarian’s beautiful and tasty dishes offer two solutions: they can be served as completely vegetarian meals, or with the addition of a simple meat, chicken or fish recipe, making them suitable for meat-free days and meat-eaters alike. Recipes cover international flavours, from spiced poke to peashoot and asparagus gnudi, and they are all simple, quick, packed with protein and well-balanced. As well as easy meat and fish additions and hacks for each vegetarian recipe, The Flexible Vegetarian shows you how to ace a handful of classic recipes, from the perfect roast chicken, to the perfectly cooked fillet. Chapters include: Brunch, Broths, Small Plates, Large Plates, and Dips & Bits.”  https://www.murdochbooks.com.au/browse/books/tv-celebrity-chefs/The-Flexible-Vegetarian-Jo-Pratt-9780711239043

The Flexible Vegetarian

 

I have a dilemma  – do I give this to my vegetarian daughter so she can cook the occasional meal for her non vegetarian friends and family ? Or do I keep this one to source recipes for when my daughter visits?  (I am always looking for new and tasty meals I can prepare that we can all share when she visits.) What would you do?

 

**As a bonus this book contains many recipes that include cheese, and one I will  definitely be making in summer, Grilled Peaches, Burrata and Mint Pesto – YUM.   The section “Dips and Bits” deserves a special mention – there are so many of my favourite foods presented here: labneh, hummus, tahini dressing, pesto…and section, “Small Plates”… well I just have to try smashed bean, kale and tomato toast – what a great breakfast idea!  So many good ideas here. I dont think I could choose just one favourite.

 

 

 

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Meatless Monday – Super Greens Omelette: Food To Make You Glow – Lola Berry

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Recipes extracted from Food to Make You Glow by Lola Berry. Available now, RRP $39.99, Plum.

Link: http://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781743548479

super greens omelette
This is a quick way to sneak loads of goodies into one meal. And, as always,
you can tailor it to suit your tastebuds. The brussels sprouts sound like a weird
addition to this combo, I know, but trust me on this, they taste brilliant and
provide you with tons of vitamin K and other nutrients – including the amino
acid tryptophan, which triggers the formation of serotonin (the happiness
hormone). If you’re not a brussels sprouts fan then kale or even a bit of
cabbage will also work a treat.” p29

· 4 eggs
· salt fl akes and freshly ground
black pepper
· handful of baby spinach
· 1 spring onion, fi nely chopped
· ¼ red onion, fi nely chopped
· 6 brussels sprouts, finely sliced
· knob of butter
· 3 tablespoons crumbled soft
goat’s cheese
· drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil,

to serve
· small handful of finely sliced
spring onion,

to serve
Crack the eggs into a bowl, season with salt and pepper and whisk
well, then add the spinach, spring onion, red onion and brussels
sprouts and give them a good old mix.
Melt the butter in a frying pan over a low heat, then pour in half of
the egg mixture and cook for 1–2 minutes, or until the edges start
to fi rm up. Sprinkle half the goat’s cheese over one side of the
omelette and fold the other side over the top. Slide the omelette
onto a plate and keep warm while you repeat with the remaining
egg mixture and goat’s cheese.
Serve with a drizzle of olive oil, a scattering of spring onion and an
extra grind of black pepper.

Serves 2
food for happiness 29

Meatless Monday – Corn and Zucchini Fritters: All Day Cafe – Stuart McKenzie

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‘Images and recipes from All Day Café by Stuart McKenzie (Murdoch Books). Photography by Armelle Habib. RRP $39.99.’

 

Corn and Zucchini fritters

Serves 4

 

This recipe is our best-selling dish, hands down – it has icon status. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it generates about 20 per cent of our kitchen sales. We hope you like it as much as we do!” p.86

corn and zucchini fritters_smlCorn and zucchini fritters

4 cobs of fresh corn

olive oil

2 zucchini (courgettes), grated

1 red onion, finely diced

1/2 bunch of coriander (cilantro), leaves picked and roughly chopped

2 free-range eggs

150 g (5 1/2 oz/1 cup) self-raising flour

 

4 free-range eggs

2 firm, ripe avocados

juice of 1/2 lemon

200 ml (7 fl oz) Kasundi (page 49)

4 tablespoons sour cream

pea shoots or micro herbs,
to garnish

smoked salmon or fried bacon,
to serve (optional)

 

To make the corn and zucchini fritters, preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the corn cobs on
a baking tray, drizzle with a little olive oil and roast for 45 minutes. Allow to cool, then use a sharp knife to remove the corn kernels from the cobs.

 

Place the corn, zucchini, onion and coriander in a large bowl. Add the eggs and flour and mix well. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

 

Heat 200 ml (7 fl oz) of olive oil in a large heavy-based frying pan over high heat. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop balls of the fritter mixture and add to the hot oil. Gently press the fritters down with the back of the scoop to flatten them slightly. Take care, as the oil can spit.

 

Cook the fritters for 2 minutes on one side, then turn them over and cook for a further 2 minutes,
or until golden brown and cooked through. This amount of batter should make 12 fritters.

 

Poach the eggs for 2–4 minutes in a pan of simmering water (page 33).

 

Meanwhile, cut the avocados in half, remove the stones and then use a spoon to scoop the flesh
into a small mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Use a fork to crush everything together and set aside.

 

To serve, spread 2 heaped tablespoons of kasundi over each plate and top with three corn fritters. Top with some avocado, a poached egg and some sour cream and garnish with pea shoots. Serve with a side of smoked salmon or fried bacon if the troops are hungry.

 

Poached Eggs

Serves 4

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 teaspoon sea salt

8 free-range eggs

Fill a wide saucepan or deep frying pan with water until about 10 cm (4 inches) deep. Add the vinegar and salt. Bring to the boil over medium–high heat, then reduce the heat so the water is just simmering.

Working with one egg at a time, crack the egg into a saucer or cup. Using a slotted spoon, stir
the simmering water in one direction to create a whirlpool. Holding the saucer as close to the water as possible, gently slide the egg into the centre of the whirlpool. Repeat with the second egg.

Cook for 2–3 minutes for a soft yolk or 3–4 minutes for firm. Remove the eggs with the slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat with the remaining eggs and serve everyone two eggs each with some toast.

 

 

Cook’s tips

Make sure your eggs are really fresh for poaching.

Cracking the egg into a saucer first lets you check the yolk is intact and gives you better control when sliding it
into the pan.

While the eggs are cooking, and between each serve, use a slotted spoon to skim any foam off the water.

Sweet Potato Noodles with a Creamy Peanut Satay Sauce: Deliciously Ella with Friends – Ella Mills ( Woodward)

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Deliciously Ella with Friends by Ella Mills RRP $29.99 published by Hachette Australia on 31 January 2017

“These noodles were quite a revelation to me. They’re so much heartier, more filling and more like conventional pasta than everyone’s favourite courgette noodles, and this satay sauce really brings them to life. It’s so incredibly creamy, with subtle hints of chilli and tangy lime. Together they make for the best pick-me-up dinner, healthy but comforting and bursting with flavour. You will need a spiraliser for this recipe.” p.86

SWEET POTATO NOODLES WITH A
CREAMY PEANUT SATAY SAUCE
Serves 2

FOR THE NOODLES
olive oil
1 celery stick, finely chopped
5 garlic cloves, crushed
2.5cm root ginger, finely grated
pinch of salt
250g mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 small sweet potatoes, about 200g each, peeled and spiralised
100g baby spinach

FOR THE SAUCE
3 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
(or almond butter also works)
70ml almond milk, plus more if needed
1 teaspoon tamari
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp honey
a little olive oil, if needed

Heat a glug of oil in a large frying pan, then add the celery, garlic, ginger and salt and sauté over a low heat until the celery is softening. Add the mushrooms once the pan has been bubbling for a couple of minutes.
After a minute or so more, add the sweet potatoes and cook for about 10 minutes.

COMFORT & SPICE
Next, make the satay sauce. Simply place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, adding oil if it helps to process the sauce, then add salt to taste.
Once the noodles and mushrooms are tender, add the spinach and the satay sauce. Stir until the spinach has wilted and the sauce is warm. If the sauce feels a little thick, add a splash of water, olive oil or almond milk and stir it in until it reaches your desired consistency.

DELICIOUSLY ELLA WITH FRIENDS by Ella Mills (Woodward). Hodder & Stoughton 2017.

CLEVER COOKING
Slice the ends off the sweet potatoes to create flat surfaces at either end before spiralising, it makes the process so much easier!