I’m really enjoying my #Cookfromthebooks challenge and the family are enjoying the results too – everybody’s happy. I do find it hard to just pick one recipe, from one book, maybe that will change as the year progresses. I relish time spent browsing through my cookery books, especially on days when I’m fasting (I’m on the 5:2 well 6:1 most weeks as I’m maintaining 🙂 ) I find browsing recipes on my low cal days , a sort of control testing and I can dream about plates to come !!
So onto this weeks choices, a chilled Saturday night supper & lazy Sunday luncheon by the roaring fire, temperatures have dropped in the mountains and we needed comfort & warming up.
On to Saturday night – Spiced mushroom and chickpea burgers – taken from Sam Stern’s Get Cooking. Sam wrote his books as a teenager with a passion for cooking. I recommend his books for any cook starting out, perfect for students going off to Uni, to learn some dishes, that are not quite the norm, which pack a punch of flavour. Sam describes the ingredients and recipes in a youthful and fun way . I like to include a couple of meat free days into the week, for cost and health reasons, so a tasty veggie burger would win all-round.
SPICY MUSHROOM ‘N’ CHICKPEA BURGERS
These burgers are similar to falafel, but a little more robust, even a hardcore meat eater would be satisfied . I chose to serve ours with wraps and salad, and a greek yoghurt and mango chutney dressing.
MAKES 6 – We decided in the wraps they would be better made smaller so easier to fold .
Olive oil for frying
2 onions, finely chopped
2 cloves,garlic crushed
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp lemon grass paste
250g of chestnut mushrooms
juice of a lime
1 x 400g jar of chickpeas, rinsed
handful of fresh breadcrumbs
dash of tabasco
handful of fresh chopped coriander
plain flour for shaping
- Gently fry onions and garlic in the olive oil until soft.
- Add, chilli,cumin.coriander, turmeric & lemon grass cook for 3 mins.
- Add mushroom and lime cook for 5 mins, & season.
- Tip into a large bowl.
- Blitz chickpeas in a food processor or crush with fork until broken, add to the bowl.
- Add breadcrumbs, tabasco, fresh coriander and salt & pepper.
- Flour your hands and shape the mixture into burger shape.
- Chill burgers in the fridge for 1/2.
- Fry in batches for 3-4 mins on each side in olive oil until golden.
- Serve in warmed buns or wraps 🙂
TIP : I chopped onion, mushrooms and garlic in a food processor to get a uniformed chop, this helped the mixture bind too.
FAMILY RATING 10/10 a WINNER 🙂
Instead of the normal winter roast for our Sunday lunch, I decided on finger lickin’ ribs, and Oh boy they were just that, perfect comfort, sharing food. The recipe was taken from one of my favourite books Marie Claire’s Seasonal Kitchen, a perfect coffee table book, with breathtaking and mouthwatering photography, and recipes displayed in seasons. Clear and precise recipes and some unusual twists.
PORK SPARE RIBS
These ribs had the most delicious marinade that they sat in overnight, thus tenderizing the meat and allowing the ribs to bathe in flavour.
250 ml soy sauce
175 g golden syrup
4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
4 tbsp tomato puree
zest & juice of 1 orange
1 tbsp mustard powder
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 bay leaf
2 racks of trimmed ribs
- Put all the ingredients except ribs, into a saucepan mix well & bring to the boil, stirring so it doesn’t stick.
- Sit the ribs in a shallow dish and pour over the marinade, leave preferably over night.
- Line a ceramic baking dish with parchment, it saves a sticky mess when cleaning up 😉
- Arrange ribs in the dish and pour over any remaining marinade.
- bake for 15 mins, then turn the ribs and bake for 15 more mins.
- Allow to stand for 5 minutes.
We served our ribs, with creamy mash, green beans dressed in garlic and the most wonderful purple carrots roasted with caraway and pink peppercorns.
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