3 August 2016

Courgette pancake, Brie, warm cherry tomatoes

Put the oven at 180C. Get the Brie out of the fridge.

Grate a courgette (zuchini) and some Parmesan cheese

For 4 pancakes you'll need:
2 cups of grated zucchini, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup of grated Parmesan, 3/4 cup of four
Mix well. Add pepper and salt and 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg.

Put the tomatoes in the oven for 10-15 mins

Melt butter in a frying pan. Use 3 tbsp of the courgette-mix for 1 pancake
Cook 2 mins per side

Serve as shown, with some chives

2 August 2016

Baby beetroot, puff pastry

The greengrocer had these lovely baby beetroots, smaller than a golfball and I could not resist them.

They were pre-cooked so all I had to do was heat them up. To do that I warmed a bit of butter and a splash of olive oil and added a teaspoon go caster sugar, a splash of apple vinegar, salt and pepper. Halved the beets and warmed them up slowly. Stirring from time to time.

I had put the oven on 185C and used a saucer to cut 2 rounds out of frozen puff pastry, which I put between to buttered sheets of baking paper. The top layer weighted down with coins, to avoid the dough rising.
This way I baked them for 10 minutes, then removed the coins and top layer of paper and baked for another 8 mins till nice and brown.

In the meantime I made a vinaigrette from a teaspoon of Dyon mustard, a tsp apple vinegar and 5 tbsp olive oil. I cit a shallot finely and did the same with parsley.

In the end I put the hot halved babies on the pastry and spooned the vinaigrette and the beet juices over it. (inspired by Veg!, Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall)

NB Next time I might use flatbread dough instead of the puff pastry...

Marinated courgette, mozzarella

Cut the ends of 2 courgettes, then cut them lengthwise in 2 mm thick slices.

Put the courgettes in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of oil and use a pastry brush to get them all lightly coated.

Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a fairly high heat. Working in batches, sear the courgette slices for about 2 minutes on each side until tender and golden. Transfer them to a shallow dish.

Take the frying pan off the heat and let it cool down a bit. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil, finely sliced garlic and the zest of a lemon. Heat very gently for a few minutes – the residual heat in the pan may be enough – you just want to take the raw edge off the garlic and infuse the flavours into the oil.

Pour the infused oil over the courgettes. Add some salt and pepper, a little squeeze of lemon juice and torn  mint or basil leaves . Toss together, cover and leave for 1 hour at room temperature

Serve with the torn mozzarella scattered over it

(From Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Veg!)