Preheat your oven to 190℃. Place an ovenproof saucepan on medium-high heat, add the oil and butter and add the bacon. Fry until cooked and starting to turn crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, leaving behind the fat. Add the onion to the saucepan and cook until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute. Turn off the heat. Add the rice, stock, 60g butter, pumpkin and cooked bacon to the saucepan and stir together. Cover with a lid/aluminium foil and bake for 45 minutes, until the rice is soft. Remove from the oven and stir in the parmesan. Taste and season with salt and pepper.|Sprinkle over the parsley and serve.
1 litre vegetable stock 30ml olive oil 30ml butter 1 onion, finely diced 3 cloves of garlic, minced 2 x 400g cans of chopped tomato 45ml tomato puree 125ml white wine 250ml arborio rice 45ml grated parmesan cheese and more for serving 125ml basil leaves, finely chopped
Pour the stock in a small saucepan and heat it over a medium-low heat until just barely simmering. Place a wide, heavy-bottomed pan on medium heat and add the olive oil and butter. Add the onion and cook for about 8 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the two cans of tomato and the tomato puree and cook for 15 minutes, until the mixture looks concentrated. Add the white wine and cook for another 10 minutes or so to allow most of the moisture to evaporate. Pour in the rice and stir to coat in the tomato mixture. Add two ladles of stock to the saucepan while simmering. Adjust the heat accordingly and stir continuously. Once the mixture starts to look dry again, add another two ladles of stock. Keep going, repeating the process, until the rice is el dente. Turn off the heat and add the parmesan cheese and basil. Stir through. Serve the risotto immediately with extra parmesan to grate over.
600g potatoes, peeled and quartered60g butter 60ml olive oil 2 large onions, thinly sliced 1 clove of garlic, minced 10ml wholegrain mustard 45ml sour cream 1 egg a handful of thyme leaves 150g feta cheese, crumbled 2 x 400g Today puff pastry egg-wash: 1 yolk + 15ml water whisked together
Line a baking sheet with baking paper and set aside. Boil the quartered potatoes, cool completely and crush roughly. Heat the butter and oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onions, sprinkle with 2,5ml salt and cook for 30 minutes, stirring every now and then. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. Add the potato, onions, mustard, sour cream, egg, thyme and feta to a large mixing bowl. Season with pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Cover the mixing bowl and refrigerate.
Unroll the pastry on a lightly floured work surface and roll slightly wider. Cut one 25cm circle from one pastry sheet and place on a cutting board. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Cut a 22cm circle from the second sheet of pastry and place on the prepared baking sheet. Spoon the potato mixture on the pastry circle and form a nice even mound. Leave a 2 cm border. Brush the border with egg-wash. Lay the 25cm pastry circle over the mound and press the edges to seal. Trim off the excess pastry. Cut a small hole in the centre of the top. Score curved lines all over the top from the hole down to the edge, being careful not to cut all the way through. Brush the pie all over with egg-wash and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat your oven to 200℃. Bake the pithivier for 40 minutes, until golden. Slice into wedges and serve warm.
Preheat your oven to 200℃. Cut 4 pieces of baking paper to more or less 30cm x 30cm. Place a portion of hake in the centre of each paper square and season with salt and pepper. Add the sweet peppers, olives, capers and peppadews to a small bowl and mix through. Divide the mixture equally and spoon onto the fish. Squeeze the juice of a quartered lemon over. Bring the two opposite sides of the paper together and fold over twice. Now twist the ends to enclose the filling. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Serve the fish in its paper parcel.
250g smoked bacon 125ml yoghurt 125ml mayonnaise a squeeze of lemon juice 45ml olive oil 80ml milk 100g + 100g feta cheese 3 cos lettuce (or other crunchy lettuce) 125g sugar snaps 250ml frozen peas, thawed 1 avocado pear, sliced
Dice the bacon and cook until done and slightly crispy on the edges. Set aside to cool. Add the yoghurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, olive oil, milk and 100g of feta cheese to a blender and blitz on high speed until smooth. Set aside. Arrange the lettuce on a serving plate. Scatter over the sugar snaps, peas, avocado pear and bacon. Spoon/drizzle the dressing over the salad. Crumb the remaining 100g feta on top, add a few grindings of black pepper and serve.
Traditionally panzanella/Italian bread salad is not served with cheese but the creaminess of the burrata adds a deliciousness beyond words!
4 x 2cm thick slices of sourdough bread 6-8 ripe tomatoes, room temperature half a cucumber 1 burrata cheese 1 small red onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 125ml olive oil 60ml balsamic vinegar juice of one lemon
Preheat your oven to 190℃ and line a baking sheet with baking paper. Cut the sourdough slices into cubes of 1,5-2cm – they should look like chunky croutons. Spread the bread on the prepared baking sheet and liberally drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes, until the croutons are golden and crisp. Remove from the baking sheet and set aside. For the dressing: Chop 3-4 tomatoes into very small pieces. The chopping is best done in a shallow bowl so that you can preserve all of the tomatoes’ juice. Add the tomato and its juice to a mixing bowl. Chop the onion as finely as you can, mince the garlic and add to the tomato. Now add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. Mix the ingredients together and season with salt and pepper.
Slice the remaining 3-4 tomatoes into chunks and place in a large bowl. Slice the cucumber into chunks and add to the tomato. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix through. Scatter the croutons and basil over and mix again. Spoon the salad onto a serving plate and place the burrata on top. Serve with a cold Babylonstoren Rosé.
half an English cucumber, cut into chunks 1 large onion, peeled and quartered 3 cloves of garlic, minced 8 ripe tomatoes, quartered 1 red chilli, chopped 30ml olive oil 80ml apple cider vinegar a bunch of basil leaves, chopped
Add all the ingredients to a blender and blitz together. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning – it is soooo important! Refrigerate the soup until you want to serve it. Spoon into soup bowls and serve with ice cubes and a fresh crusty bread.
2 aubergines olive oil 250g cherry tomatoes 1 red onion, chopped 3 cloves of garlic, minced 2 x 400g tins of chopped tomato 15ml fresh thyme, chopped 300g orzo 100g parmesan cheese, grated a handful of fresh basil 1 Burrata
Preheat your oven to 200℃ and line a baking sheet with baking paper. Slice the aubergine into discs, spread them out on the prepared baking sheet and generously drizzle with olive oil. Scatter the cherry tomatoes over the aubergine and bake for 30 minutes. Place a saucepan on medium-high heat and add some olive oil. Fry the onion and garlic until soft. Add the chopped tomato and thyme and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes while stirring occasionally. Cook the orzo according to packet instructions. Drain the orzo and add it to the tomato sauce. Add the grated parmesan and stir through. Spoon the orzo into a serving dish and top with the aubergine, roasted tomato and burrata. Serve with fresh basil leaves scattered on top.
250g uncooked spelt 4 medium tomatoes, very finely chopped 1 English cucumber, very finely chopped 2 bunches parsley, very finely chopped 12 mint leaves, very finely chopped 4 green onions, white and green parts, thinly sliced 45ml lemon juice 45ml olive oil salt and pepper
Prepare the spelt according to instructions and drain. Add the spelt and all the chopped vegetables and herbs to a mixing bowl. Drizzle over the lemon juice and olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Mix through and serve.
This recipe feeds 6 adults as a main or 8-10 as a starter.
2l chicken/vegetable stock
45ml butter 45ml olive oil 1 onion, finely diced 2 cloves of garlic, minced 400g arborio rice 150ml white wine 200g goat cheese 250g parmesan cheese, grated plus extra for serving
Pour the chicken stock into a saucepan, bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to a low simmer. Add the butter and olive oil to a large, wide saucepan set over medium-high heat and wait for the pan to heat up. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and stir-fry for one minute. Add the rice and stir to coat with the butter and oil. Fry the rice for at least 2 minutes. Pour in the wine and keep stirring until the liquid has evaporated. Add about half a cup/two soup ladles of chicken stock and simmer until the stock is absorbed. Continue cooking the rice, adding half a cup of stock at a time, stirring constantly and allowing each addition of the stock to absorb before adding the next, until the rice is tender but still firm to the bite. Remove from the heat and stir in the parmesan cheese. Crumb half of the goat cheese into the mixture and stir through. Slice the other half of the goat cheese into wheels and brûlée with a blow torch until charred. Place the goat cheese on the risotto, add some extra butter and serve immediately.