1 bunch of asparagus (about 300 g)
1 medium onion
3-4 garlic cloves
1 cup arborio rice
1/4 cup white wine
splash of olive oil
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/2 cup Parmesan
handful fresh parsley (finely chopped)
pinch of sugar and 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar (or any vinegar)
1 tsp. freshest spice mixture
Hot water or vegetable broth.
Trim the bottom of the asparagus spears, discarding the woody bottoms.
Cut the tips in 2-inch pieces and set aside. Boil the water and add pinch of salt and sugar and vinegar (it will remove the bitterness from asparagus). Cook on medium heat for 1 minute add asparagus tips and cook for one more minute. Drain and set aside.
In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the olive oil and sauté the onion until translucent, stirring often, about 5 to 6 minutes. If the heat is ho high and the onion starts to burn, add a splash of water. Add garlic, finely chopped parsley stalks and spice mixture and cook for one more minute. Add the rice, and stir to coat well with the onions and oil. Fry the rice stirring continuously for about 2 minutes.
Add the wine to the rice and stirring often, cook until it has been completely absorbed.
Begin to add the hot water and broth, stirring the rice until it has been absorbed before adding another.
Continue to cook the rice in this manner until it is “al dente”, for about 20 minutes, add asparagus and cook for 5 more minutes. Remove from the heat and add butter, chopped parsley leaves, and parmesan. Serve.
It’s time to make new stock of this beautiful spice mixture. During the winter months I add this mixture to almost every meal. It goes well with soups, sauces, risottos… It adds freshness to every meal and the best thing is you know what’s inside.
For about 10 jars – 2 deciliters:
1 kg parsley (root and leaves)
1 kg carrots
1 kg onion
1 kg tomato
3 pcs. leeks
2 pcs. celery root
600 grams good quality sea salt
Wash the greens and cut them in smaller pieces. Divide in smaller batches and chop them the up in a blender. Mix everything together with a salt, cover with kitchen towel and set aside for 24 h in a cold and dark place.
After a day, mix the ingredients again and put in sterilized jars. Close tightly.
2 cups fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts (toasted)
2/3 cup olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
If using immediately, add all the remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Transfer the pesto to a bowl and mix in the cheese.
Cook some pasta (reserve some of cooking water before draining) and stir in the pesto. If the mixture is to dry add a splash or two of cooking starchy liquid and mix well.
Refrigerated, in an airtight container, and with a layer of olive oil on top pesto can last up to one week.
If freezing, transfer to an air-tight container and drizzle remaining oil over the top. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and stir in cheese.
Aloo gobi, in India that simply means: “potato cauliflower”. You can modify this recipe using sweet potatoes.
2 large potatoes (peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks)
1 head cauliflower (cut into florets)
2 onion (diced)
1 tbsp. whole cumin seeds
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tbsp. homemade curry powder
1/2 cup water
1 bunch cilantro (chopped )
butter and olive oil
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat, adding some oil will prevent butter from overheating. Add the cumin seeds and gently fry them for a minute or two to heat them through (remove staleness and brighten their flavour).
Add the onions and sauté until they soften. Add the cinnamon and curry powder and stir well for another minute or so.
Add the potato and cauliflower and stir well to coat them with the spices.
Season with salt, add a splash or two of water, cover with a tight-fitting lid and lower the heat. Continue cooking until the potatoes are tender, another 20 minutes or so.
Just before serving, sprinkle with fresh cilantro.
1 cup of frozen peas (thawed)
1 onion (chopped)
1 clove garlic (minced)
1 tbsp. cilantro (chopped)
2 tbsp. water
1 cup chickpea flour
1 cup white flour
1 tsp. of baking powder
1 tsp. of homemade curry powder
1 tsp. of salt
splash of olive oil for baking
Put peas, egg, onion and garlic, cilantro, water and oil into a food processor and puree.
Add flour, baking powder, curry powder and salt and puree until a smooth batter forms.
Heat a skillet over medium heat and add oil. Using a small ladle, add batter to the hot pan to make small pancakes. Cook on the first side until bubbles form on top, flip and cook the other side until golden brown.
David Lebovitz’s recipe:
500 g fresh ginger, peeled
4 cups sugar (around 800 g), plus plus additional sugar for coating the ginger slices
4 cups (1L) water
pinch of salt
1. Slice the ginger as thinly as possible. It can’t be too thin, so use a sharp knife.
2. Put the ginger slices in a pot, add enough water to cover the ginger, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let ginger simmer for ten minutes. Drain, and repeat, simmering the ginger slices one more time.
3. Mix the sugar and 4 cups (1l) water in the pot, along with a pinch of salt and the ginger slices, and cook until the temperature reaches 106C. (You don’t need a candy thermometer to make this. Simply keep an eye on the pot and when the liquid is the consistency of thin honey, it’s done and ready to go.)
4. Remove from heat and let stand for at least an hour, drain very well while the ginger is hot, so the syrup will drain away better.
5. Toss the drained ginger slices in granulated sugar. Shake off excess sugar, and spread the ginger slices on a cooling rack overnight, until they’re somewhat dry. The sugar can be reused in a batter or ice cream base, or for another purpose.
It takes few days for ginger to be dry completely.
If tossed in sugar, the pieces can be stored at room temperature for a few months.
Okra Coo-coo or Okra cuckoo is traditional Barbados dish usually served with fried fish.
Slimy okra was a bit of a challenge in our kitchen. My husband and I, we both like the taste, but every recipe witch we have tried turn out to be a small disaster. Ok, except frying it in tempura. Until we discovered this dish.
I really do not know is this true – original – traditional recipe and maybe we cook it completely wrong. Who cares anyway?! I’m not from Barbados and I can’t tell the difference.
10 – 15 okras (depending on the size)
1 cup cornmeal (medium to coarse consistencies)
5 cups water
2 tbsp. butter or olive oil
1 onion (chopped)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
1 tsp. salt or to taste
freshly grated white pepper
Soak the cornmeal in 2 cups of water. Stir it well so that the cornmeal is wet throughout. Set aside. Wash the okra and cut off the tops and point of the bottoms. Slice them crosswise about 1 cm thick. Set aside. In a saucepan heat the butter and gently sauté onion and garlic until soft and nicely smelly. Add okra, salt and remaining water. Cook for 10 – 15 minutes on low heat or until okra is cooked.
Add wet cornmeal. To avoid lumps: pour out half of the okras and the cooking liquid and set aside. Return the pot to a very low heat and pour in the wet cornmeal in a slow steady stream. Stir constantly to break up any lumps. Use wooden spoon. Then add reserved liquid and okras slowly, again stir in constantly. Cook, until cornmeal is cooked. If you are using fine consistency cornmeal few minutes will be enough. I like to use medium or coarse cornmeal and cook it for 10 – 15 more minutes on very low heat, stirring now and then. It will splatter if the heat is too high. Oh, who am I kidding? It will splatter. It always does, keep it partly covered with a lid. If the consistency is to dry and the cornmeal is not cooked yet add some water. When done, taste, season with white pepper and more salt if necessary. Let it rest for few minutes with a lid on. Spread little amount of olive oil or butter in ramekins and pour in Coo-coo to shape it.
Our favorite way to eat this this is all the way vegetarian. Coo-coo Okra served with Sauté Zucchini.
a handful almonds, shelled
a handful pine nuts
a handful pistachios (shelled)
handful fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
handful fresh mint leaves
200 g pasta
1/3 – 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 orange zest
splash olive oil
Toast the pine nuts and almonds. Put all the nuts and herbs in the food processor and whiz up. The mixture should be fine, but not completely pulverized, it should still have some texture. Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water until al dente. Drain. Toss in a bowl with the nuts and herb mixture, add olive oil, parmesan cheese and grated orange zest. Garnish with fresh mint or parsley leaves and serve immediately.
I just love the recipes with simple measurement scale: a handful, a pinch, a splash. My father’s favorite sentence was: I don’t know darling, you just cook it until is’s done. Cooking it’s easy, you just need empty stomach and no fast food solution nearby:-)
Another BINGO form Chef Laura Calder.
1/4 part red wine vinegar
3/4 parts everything else (1/4 olive oil, 1/4 frozen berries and 1/4 maple sirup)
Mix with immerse blender, pour over salad eat with the person you love.
Salad: mixed greens, celery, watercress, basil, coriander, parsley, mint, pomelo, grapes and berry vinaigrette!