#Meat Free Monday – Goats Cheese Salad: The Catalan Kitchen – Emma Warren

The Catalan Kitchen

From The Catalan Kitchen: From Mountains to City and Sea – Recipes from Spain’s Culinary Heart

by Emma Warren. Photography © Rochelle Eagle | Food styling © Lee Blaylock (Smith Street Books, October 2018 – AU$ 55, NZ$ 65)

 

Goat's cheese salad

FORMATGE DE CABRA GRATINAT

PAN-FRIED GOAT’S CHEESE SALAD

Serves 4

2 tablespoons raisins

60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

80 ml (2½ fl oz/¹∕³ cup) extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons walnuts, toasted and chopped

½ teaspoon salt flakes

250 g (9 oz) goat’s cheese log with rind, cut into 1–2 cm (½–¾ in) thick slices

freshly cracked black pepper

½ radicchio, leaves separated

70 g (2½ oz) rocket (arugula) leaves

1 red apple, cored and thinly sliced

½ bunch chives, cut into 3 cm (1¼ in) lengths

 

Heat the raisins and balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat and simmer for 4–5 minutes to rehydrate the raisins. Stir through the honey and remove from the heat. Allow to cool a little then pour in the olive oil and mix through the walnuts and salt flakes. Keep at room temperature.

 

Line a baking tray with baking paper.

 

Heat a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. When the pan is extremely hot, add the cheese and cook for 1–2 minutes each side. Transfer to the prepared tray and crack some black pepper over the top.

 

Arrange the salad leaves on serving plates and top with the apple and fried goat’s cheese.

 

Spoon over the dressing and rain over the chives.

 

Authors note:

This simple, go-to warm salad is a modern Barna favourite served in restaurants throughout the city. It’s also very popular at functions, where it’s often served as an entrée.

 

The fats in the goat’s cheese make it an ideal cheese to fry with as you can get a crusty seal without the milk oils separating. Rinded goat’s cheese is a French product and its soft, creamy and acidic flavour pairs perfectly here with the sweet vinaigrette and fresh bitter leaves.

Brekky Fritters with Smoked Salmon and Herbed Goat’s Cheese: The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet by Dr Tony Bird, Dr Michael Conlon and Pennie Taylor

CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet

Recipes extracted from The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet by Dr Tony Bird, Dr Michael Conlon and Pennie Taylor. Available now, Macmillan Australia, RRP $34.99.

p74 THE CSIRO HEALTHY GUT DIET
5 G FIBRE PER SERVE GOOD SOURCE OF RESISTANT STARCH
UNITS PER SERVE BREADS AND CEREALS 2 PROTEIN 1 FRUIT 0 VEGETABLES 1 DAIRY 1.5 FATS AND OILS 1

Brekky fritters with smoked salmon and herbed goat’s cheese

SERVES 4 (Makes 8 cakes)
PREPARATION 20 minutes
COOKING 15 minutes, plus potato cooking time

 

Brekky Fritters with Salmon

8 thin slices (400 g) smoked salmon

HERBED GOAT’S CHEESE
115 g soft goat’s cheese (such as a small log of Bourdin chevre)
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
2 tablespoons finely chopped
flat-leaf parsley leaves

BREKKY FRITTERS
3/4 cup (90 g) frozen peas
500 g potatoes, quartered, steamed
and chilled overnight (see page 41)
1ž 1/2 tablespoons skim milk
1 tablespoon light sour cream
150 g cabbage, thinly sliced
2 spring onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons plain flour, plus extra for dusting
olive oil spray, for cooking

To make the herbed goat’s cheese, place the cheese, chives and parsley in a small bowl and stir to combine well. Cover with plastic film and refrigerate until required.

To make the fritters, cook the peas in a small saucepan of boiling water for 5 minutes or until tender, then drain and set aside. Place the cooked potato in a large bowl and roughly mash with a vegetable masher. Add the milk and sour cream and roughly mash. Add the peas, cabbage and spring onion and stir to combine, then fold in the
flour.

Divide the mixture into 8 even portions and, using lightly floured hands, form into patties.
Heat a large non-stick heavy-based frying pan over medium heat, then spray with olive oil. Dust both sides of each patty lightly with flour, then place in the pan and cook over low–medium heat for 3–4 minutes on each side or until golden. (Depending on the size of your pan you may need to do this in batches.)

Serve the fritters warm with smoked salmon and herbed goat’s cheese.

SERVES 4 (Makes 8 cakes)
PREPARATION 20 minutes
COOKING 15 minutes, plus potato cooking time

Oaty Pecan Pancakes: The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book- Dr Clare Bailey

 

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Extracted from The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book by Dr Clare Bailey with Joy Skipper, published by Simon & Schuster Australia, RRP AU$39.99  Photography © Joe Sarah

 

Oaty Pecan Pancakes 

“These indulgent wholemeal pancakes have extra substance and flavour thanks to the oats and pecans. Delicious eaten straight from the pan or once cooled, popped in the toaster.” p. 207

Makes 10-12

Oaty pecan pancakes

 

 

120g gluten-free rolled oats

120g buckwheat flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

1 pinch salt

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla essence

1 tbsp maple syrup

270ml almond milk (or any milk of your choice)

40g pecan nuts, chopped

1 tbsp coconut oil

  • DAIRY-FREE
  • GLUTEN-FREE

130 calories

 

  1. Mix the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, then pour in the vanilla essence, maple syrup and milk and stir well. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, pour in the wet ingredients and gradually stir them in, followed by the nuts. The mixture should be thick but pourable. Allow it to rest for about 15 minutes.
  3. Melt half the coconut oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Drop blobs of the mixture into the pan, using 1-2 tablespoonfuls for each pancake. Repeat, leaving space around each one, and cook them for 2-3 minutes until they’re golden brown and holes appear on the surface.
  4. Flip them over carefully with a spatula and cook them for 1-2 minutes on the other side. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
  5. They taste great served with 1 tbsp Greek-style yoghurt (add 75 cals), 1 tsp honey (add 20 cals) and some berries or half a sliced banana (add 50 cals).

Ricotta Hotcakes with Banana & Stem Ginger Butter: Bread Street Kitchen – Gordon Ramsay

cover-bread-st-kitchenRecipes extracted from Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay and the Bread Street Kitchen Team (Hachette Australia). Available in hardcover nationally at $49.99 and in ebook at $19.99

 

Ricotta Hotcakes with Banana and Stem Ginger Butter

“These hotcakes really do sell like their proverbial cousins… made with ricotta to make them light and tasty, these delicious pancakes are never off the menu.” p.45

 

ricotta-hotcakes

Serves 4–6 (makes about 14 hotcakes)

For the hotcakes

  • 250g ricotta
  • 150ml whole milk
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 75g plain flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 30g butter, for frying

For the stem ginger butter

  • 60g butter, at room temperature
  • 2–3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 large balls of stem ginger in syrup (about 40g in total, drained weight), drained and finely chopped
  • 2 bananas, sliced on the diagonal, to serve

Tip

Use the batter when freshly made so that it doesn’t lose its fluffiness, otherwise it may deflate a bit on standing.

 

  1. First make the stem ginger butter. Put the butter, maple syrup and stem ginger into a small bowl and mix together using a spatula until smooth and combined. Cover and set aside while you make the hotcakes.
  2. Put the ricotta, milk and egg yolks into a mixing bowl and beat together just until combined using a balloon whisk. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together, then gradually beat this into the egg yolk mixture until smooth and combined.
  3. In a separate large, grease-free bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Carefully fold half of the whisked whites into the batter, then fold in the remaining half until evenly combined but the mixture is still light and fluffy.
  4. Melt a knob of the butter in a large, non-stick frying pan over a low–medium heat until foaming. Cook the hotcakes in batches over a medium heat (adjusting the heat if necessary so the butter doesn’t burn), using 2 tablespoons of batter per hotcake (you can cook two or three at once, but don’t overcrowd the pan). After spooning in the batter for each hotcake, gently spread each one with the back of the spoon to make a circle about 8–10cm diameter. Fry for 1–2 minutes until golden brown, then flip the hotcakes and repeat on the other side. Remove to a plate and keep warm while you cook the remaining hotcakes.
  5. Serve the warm hotcakes topped with dollops of the stem ginger butter and the banana slices.

Post Script: Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen: Delicious Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner to Cook at Home – Gordon Ramsay

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Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen: Delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner to cook at home

Gordon Ramsay

Hachette Australia

Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 9781473651432

 

Description:

‘If you think you can’t eat as well at home as you do in a restaurant – think again. I’m going to show you how to cook stunning recipes from Bread Street Kitchen at home.’

GORDON RAMSAY

From breakfast to dinner and everything in between, this is a collection of 100 fresh new recipes from Gordon Ramsay and the award-winning team at Bread Street Kitchen. Like the restaurant itself, the book is all about relaxed and sociable eating, using fresh ingredients, simple techniques all delivered with the signature Gordon Ramsay stamp so that you know it’s going to be good.

Recipes include Ricotta Hotcakes with Honeycomb Butter – perfect for a weekend brunch, Sea Trout with Clams or a Crispy Duck Salad for a weekday supper. For a weekend get together, get things off to a good start with a Bread Street Kitchen Rum Punch and Slow Roast Pork Belly with Apple & Cinnamon Sauce, followed by Pineapple Carpaccio with Coconut Sorbet or a super indulgent Coconut Strawberry Trifle.

 

My View:

I think this is very possibly the best all round cook book of the year! Full of contemporary soon to become classic recipes; easy to make at home, delicious and colourful meal choices.  There is something here for everyone. I particularly likes the sections on breakfasts – Get Going and Brunch – suggestions such as Bircher Muesli, Avocado and Toast, Smoothies, Spicy Scrambled Eggs, French Toast, Ricotta Hotcakes…the list goes on. I find that most cook books do not give due consideration to the important meals, breakfast/brunch.  If I am going out for a meal breakfast  (if out early) or brunch  can be a truly remarkable, fresh and enjoyable meal – I look for menus that serve something  little different to just “Eggs All Day.”  Breakfast out can be such a unique experience if one is open to new idea or fresh approaches.  I like to transfer these type of fresh approaches to my home cooking. What meal out do you enjoy the most?

 

This book is more than just breakfast and brunch ideas. I also love the section “Food For Sharing”.  Sharing a meal you have prepared or dishes to share is one of the most heartfelt ways to demonstrate your caring side, to engage your community (family, friends…whoever is special to you). In this section e have Flatbreads, Focaccia, Venison Scotch Eggs, Spiced Prawns, Broad bean, Spinach and Mint Dip And more.

 

The Big Weekend meal plans also get the thumbs up from me – again this new tradition is rapidly becoming a normal part of our contemporary lifestyle – meals to make when you have time to indulge in the slow cooking or when you have time to experiment with ingredients or recipes that are new to you, meals to share.

 

I could go on and on but I won’t. Get the book and start experimenting and sharing. It feels so good to share food you have prepared! This is a five star book that has easily earned a place in my cook book library.

 

 

Huevos Rancheros: Neil Perry’s Good Cooking – Neil Perry

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Images and recipes from Neil Perry’s Good Cooking by Neil Perry (Murdoch Books) $49.99

Huevos rancheros

Serves 4

“I’m going to put it out there: this may not be the healthiest breakfast  or brunch dish you’ve ever had, but it might well be the tastiest.  Beans, tortillas and eggs are amazing together and I especially like  them with lots of fresh coriander (cilantro) and hot sauce. You’ll find  most of the ingredients you need in a South American food store.  Dry ricotta or another firm fresh cheese can be used as  a substitute for the queso fresco.” (p. 14)

 

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Ingredients

vegetable oil, for frying

8 small corn tortillas

430 g (151/4 oz) tinned refried beans (optional)

8 free-range eggs

120 g (41/4 oz/1 cup) grated queso fresco

your choice of extra accompaniments, such as avocado, sour cream, coriander (cilantro) leaves, hot sauce  or salsa verde

 

Tomato sauce

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 large brown onion, cut into 1.5 cm (5/8 inch) squares

1 red capsicum (pepper), cut into 1.5 cm (5/8 inch) squares

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 x 400 g (14 oz) tin diced tomatoes

1 x 400 g (14 oz) tin red enchilada sauce

400 ml (14 fl oz) Fresh chicken stock  (page 56)

 

Fresh tomato salsa

2 large tomatoes, finely diced

1/2 fresh jalapeño chilli, finely chopped,  or to taste

1/2 small white onion, finely diced

1 large handful coriander (cilantro) leaves, finely chopped

lime juice, to taste

sea salt

 

Method

To make the tomato sauce, heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan over medium–high heat. Sauté the onion and capsicum until soft and lightly browned. Add the oregano and cumin and cook for about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, enchilada sauce and stock, then increase the heat to high. Bring to the boil, stirring frequently, then reduce the heat to medium–low. Simmer for about 30 minutes or until the sauce has reduced and thickened.

To make the tomato salsa, combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Adjust the chilli, lime and salt to taste, then set aside.

 

Heat about 60 ml (2 fl oz/1/4 cup) vegetable oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Test the oil with a small piece of tortilla to make sure it’s ready – it should start to bubble immediately, but if it browns right away, it’s too hot. Place a corn tortilla in the oil and cook for about 30 seconds, then flip over and cook for another 30 seconds. (You want the tortilla to be golden but not hard.) Drain on a plate lined with paper towel and keep warm while you cook the remaining tortillas.

 

Wipe out the small frying pan and heat the refried beans, if using.

Meanwhile, fry the eggs in batches in a large frying pan (I like to leave the yolks runny).

 

Put two corn tortillas on each serving plate and top with the refried beans and fried eggs. Spoon the tomato sauce over the top, sprinkle with the cheese and finish with the fresh salsa. Serve immediately with your choice of extra accompaniments.

Dr David Unwin’s Quick Bacon and Broccoli Fry-Up: The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book – Dr Calre Bailey and Dr Sarah Schenker

8-week-blood-sugar-diet-recipe-bookThe 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book

By Dr Clare Bailey with Dr Sarah Schenker, foreword by Dr Michael Mosley

 

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Dr David Unwin’s Quick Bacon and Broccoli Fry-Up

“A delicious, easy lunch, kindly sent to us by the inspirational GP Dr David Unwin, who has been championing the low-carb, higher-fat approach to eating for some years. He has helped many of his patients lose weight, improve their blood sugars and reverse their diabetes; and was doing this at a time when people didn’t believe it was possible.” p. 53

 

Serves 1

3 rashers of bacon, diced

1 tbsp olive oil

100g button mushrooms

200g broccoli, roughly chopped, or leeks, sliced

20g cheese, grated

  • CALORIES 430
  • PROTEIN 29G
  • FAT 33G
  • FIBRE 6G
  • CARBS 4G

 

Fry the bacon in the olive oil, add the mushrooms and then the broccoli and cook until everything has softened and melded together. Add some black pepper and sprinkle on the grated cheese, and tuck in. (Even better, if you have time: place the mixture in an oven dish under the grill until it’s golden brown on top.)

 

Tip: you can replace the bacon with either 60g haloumi, fried first like the bacon, or 80g peppered hot smoked rainbow trout, which should be added at the end to the softened veg mixture.