MIDDLE EASTERN FENNEL AND ROOT STEW WITH DATES AND HERBS

MIDDLE EASTERN FENNEL AND ROOT STEW WITH DATES AND HERBS

This delicious stew is an all-year highlight as its ingredients can be found easily throughout every season.
It’s very easy to make and the enchanting smells will not only imbue your kitchen with Middle Eastern aromas,
but also the homes around you, to your neighbours’ envious distress.
Feel free to serve it alongside a grain of your liking for a more substantial meal.

 

Heat olive oil in a big pan with a lid.  Add the onions and sauté until transparent (6-8 minutes). Add the garlic and sauté for another minute. Add the spices, agave syrup, orange juice and water. Cook for 1 minute.

Add the fennel, sweet potatoes, parsnip, carrots and dates. Mix well, then cover with the lid and cook for 40-50 minutes until all the vegetables are cooked and the mixture achieves a stew-like consistency. Check and stir from time to time in order to prevent burning. Season to taste.


To serve, place the stew into bowls. Add a dollop of Greek yoghurt, then top with coriander, flat leaf parsley, dill, as well as the fennel greens. Sprinkle with flaked almonds and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serves 4

2 onions, halved and finely sliced
4 garlic cloves, finely sliced

Small pinch of saffron
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp red chilli flakes
2 tsp agave syrup
Juice of 1 orange
400ml water

2 bulbs fennel, trimmed and coarsely chopped, leaves kept for topping
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 parsnips, peeled and cubed
5 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 handful dried pitted dates, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste


Handful coriander leaves, finely chopped
Handful flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
Handful dill, finely chopped
1 pot of Greek yoghurt
Almonds flakes, chopped

PARSLEY ROOT SOUP WITH COCONUT MILK AND CRISPY SAGE

PARSLEY ROOT SOUP WITH COCONUT MILK AND CRISPY SAGE

This soup is simple to make, yet is light, aromatic and elegant in taste.
When purchasing parsley roots, make sure not to confuse them with parsnips, which might be their siblings from the root family,
yet are not as nutty in flavour.

 

Directions:

Melt the ghee in a saucepan and sweat the shallots for 3 minutes. Add the parsley root cubes and sweat for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour the white wine, turn the heat up and cook for 1 minute. Add the coconut milk and the vegetable stock, bring to boil and cook for 20 minutes, until the parsley root cubes are soft.  

While the soup is cooking, heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the chopped sage leaves, sprinkle with some salt and fry until they reach the consistency of crisps without burning them. Place them on a couple of sheets of kitchen paper to remove any excess oil.

When ready, remove the soup from the heat and mix with a blender. If the soup is too thick, add more water until you reach the desired consistency. Season to taste. You can pass the soup through a sieve if you like, which will make the soup rich in taste, but light in texture.

Pour the soup into four bowls. Drizzle each soup with drops of olive oil. Decorate with the sage crisps and sprinkled grated nutmeg.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 tbsp ghee
4 shallots, finely chopped
4 parsley roots, peeled and cubed
100 ml white wine
200 ml coconut milk
750 ml vegetable stock
2 tbsp olive oil
1 bunch sage leaves, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
Nutmeg, for topping

 

SPICY BEETROOT SOUP WITH COCONUT MILK AND SESAME

SPICY BEETROOT SOUP WITH COCONUT MILK AND SESAME

This beaming soup draws its aromatic flavours from a luscious marriage of spices that grace it with a taste equivalent to a hug from the inside.
Thanks to the all year round presence of beetroot,  this delightful soup is one that we enjoy slurping whenever we crave delicious comfort of the spicier kind.

SPICY BEETROOT SOUP WITH COCONUT MILK AND SESAME

Serves 4

Heat coconut oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and wait until they begin to pop (1-2 minutes).

Add the onion and sweat until translucent (7-10 minutes). Stir regularly.
Add the spices, mix well and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the garlic and continue cooking for another minute.
Add the grated beetroot and sweat for 2 minutes

Pour the vegetable stock and the coconut milk and cook for 40 minutes.
Add more water in case the consistency should become too thick for your taste.
Season to your liking and serve topped with a drizzle of roasted sesame oil, white and black sesame seeds and coriander leaves.

2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp brown mustard seeds
2 medium onions, finely chopped

1 tbsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp black pepper corns
1/2 tsp chipotle chilli flakes (regular red chilli flakes are fine)
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground curcuma
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
4 bay leaves

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
600 g beetroot, peeled and coarsely grated
800 ml vegetable stock
400 ml coconut milk


For the topping:
Roasted sesame oil
White and black sesame seeds
Coriander leaves, coarsely chopped

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STAR ANISE AND CARDAMON INFUSED KUMQUAT CAKE DUETT

STAR ANISE AND CARDAMON INFUSED KUMQUAT CAKE DUETT

Kumquats, kum.. what? Exactly what we thought every time we walked past these little citrusy gems until we decided to have a closer culinary look
at these head-spinning vitamin and calcium bombs.
As it's the case with poems, books and Bob Dylan songs, we couldn't pick a favorite and chose to suggest two spice pairings instead.
Both combinations balance the tanginess of the kumquats and bring out flavours of the rather heavenly kind.
Oh yes, the cakes happen to be vegan and gluten free too, just saying.

STAR ANISE AND CARDAMON INFUSED KUMQUAT CAKES

Preheat the oven to 180 °C.

Heat up a skillet. Toast the walnuts until golden brown and fragrant. Allow to cool down and grind them.
Add the agave syrup and the coconut oil and mix well. Place the mixture into a cake tin lined with parchment paper and press firmly until it becomes an even cake base. Place the cake tin in the oven and bake for 5 minutes.
Remove the tin from the oven and allow to rest.
Add 8 star anise pods (or 10 cardamon pods) to 500 ml cashew milk.
Heat the milk slowly and let it simmer for 10 minutes on low, so the spices can infuse the milk. Turn down the heat and remove the spices.
Add the cornstarch, the vanilla extract and the agave syrup to the remaining 300 ml of cashew milk.
Mix well until smooth and lump-free. Slowly pour the mixture into the hot cashew milk and stir until it thickens and reaches the consistency of a creamy pudding.
Add the coconut oil, mix well and pour the cream on top of the walnut crust.
Allow the cake to cool down, then place it in the fridge for 3 hours.
Carefully remove the cake from the tin with the help of a knife.
Mix the sliced kumquats with the agave syrup in a pot and simmer for 10 minutes.
Allow to cool down, then arrange the kumquat circles on the cake.

To be enjoyed without moderation.

For a 18 cm cake tin

150 g walnuts 1 tbsp agave syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil
800 ml cashew milk (500 ml for the first mix, 300 ml for the second)
8 star anise pods (or 10 green cardamon pods)
3 tbs agave syrup
juice of 1/2 lemon
3 drops pure vanilla extract
90 g corn starch
1 tsp coconut oil
10 kumquats
2 tbs agave syrup

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PUMPKIN SOUP WITH CORIANDER CRISPS

PUMPKIN SOUP WITH CORIANDER CRISPS

We love winter for many reasons, one of them being pumpkins.
This substantial soup is full of flavour and has a spicy kick, while the coriander crisps add that little crunch it oh-so deserves.
It pairs extremely well with woollen socks and warm embraces.

Pumpkin soup with coriaNder crisps

 

Heat coconut oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds. When they begin to quiver, add the onions and sweat for 5 minutes. Add the ginger and the chilli and sweat for 3 minutes.
Add the squash and continue sweating for 3 minutes.
Add the harissa and the red curry paste. Add the stock, bring to boil and cook for 10 minutes.
Add the coconut milk and cook for another 15 minutes.
Blend the soup. Add more water if the soup is too thick for your liking. Season according to taste.

In a separate skillet, heat up the olive oil. Add the coriander leaves and fry until crispy, but not burnt.
Remove the coriander leaves, place them on kitchen paper and pat them dry.
Add the flaked almonds in the pan and toast them.

Serve the soup topped with the flaked almonds, coriander crisps, a drizzle of lime juice and a sprinkle of chilli flakes.

Serves 4


2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp black mustard seeds
2 medium onions, finely chopped
4 cm piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and cubed
1 tsp harissa paste
1 tsp red Thai curry paste
600 ml vegetable stock
400 ml coconut milk
Olive oil
Handful of coriander leaves, roughly chopped
Handful of flaked almonds
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tbsp lime juice
Chilli flakes