Tomato, Pesto & Burrata Tart

Pesto, tomato and burrata, I’m sorry but you really can’t get much better than that?!?! Gosh my mouth is watering so much. All I can really say is just give this a go, believe me, you won’t be disappointed!

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 250g sweet mixed baby tomatoes- halved
  • Basil Pesto (can use store bought or you can make your own)
  • 150g Burrata cheese
  • 320g ready rolled puff pastry

For the Pesto:

  • 4 tbsp pine nuts
  • 8 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large handful of fresh basil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt (only if needed)
  • Pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°. Remove the puff pastry from the fridge at least half an hour before use. Unroll it onto the baking tray of choice and score a border around the pastry.
  2. To make the pesto: place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse gently. For this particular dish I didn’t blitz the pesto until smooth as having small pieces in the pine nuts bring added bite and texture. Taste the pesto before use and only salt if it is needed as I find that the parmesan brings saltiness itself.
  3. Spread an even layer of pesto inside the pastry border, making sure every corner and area is covered.
  4. Evenly distribute the tomatoes, with the flat side facing upwards.
  5. Season the tomatoes with black pepper from a grinder to add extra bite and flavour. Drizzle a little olive oil on the tomatoes and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry has risen, is gold in colour and the tomatoes are looking blistered and juicy.
  6. Using your hands, tear apart the burrata and place around the tart.

Delicious served both hot and cold!

Enjoy 🙂

Tomato and Pea Stew

Happy New Year Friends!! A new year has begun and we can start afresh.

Starting off with Veganuary, a simple and quick tomato and pea stew, full of flavour and simple to make.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 can peeled plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Method:

  1. On medium heat, fry the shallot and garlic together in the olive oil until soft and lightly browned.
  2. Add the tomatoes and use the back of a tablespoon to gently break up the tomatoes and release its juices.
  3. When it starts to boil, add the stock and the seasonings; continuously stir until the stock has fully dissolved.
  4. As the mixture boils add the peas and stir thoroughly. Leave to cook for 5-10 minutes.

Best served hot and with a portion of rice.

Shakshuka

I flipping love Shakshuka! It’s so tasty, easy to make and just looks so divine and colourful when ready.

It’s traditionally a North African, Middle Eastern recipe that consists of eggs, tomato and peppers. I’ve mixed it up a little in this recipe as I have chosen to use a combination of tomato puree and fresh tomatoes instead of the traditional tinned tomato. It’s so versatile, which is why we have a cheeky addition of mushroom here; brilliant to absorb all the juices. Also, I didn’t add it to this version but something to experiment with if that suits your taste buds are tinned artichoke hearts; I swear to you, you will not regret it; juiciness overload! You can mix this recipe up as you fancy, adding as many vegetables as you like; fantastic if you have anything that needs using up.

Shakshuka ticks all the boxes, healthy comfort food, full of nutrients, so quick and easy to make; a recipe you’ll revisit time and time again.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 large pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 3 fresh tomatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 white onion, sliced into strips
  • 150ml water
  • 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 100g baby button mushrooms, cut into quarters or halved (depending on size)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

  1. On medium-low heat, fry the onion and garlic until soft and lightly browned.
  2. Add the mushrooms, pepper, tomato and all the seasonings and fry for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the tomato puree and fry for a further minute.
  4. Pour in the water, cover and leave to simmer for 5-10 minutes; allowing the liquid to reduce and thicken. Once this has happened give it a quick taste and season again with salt and pepper if required.
  5. Make 4 wells in the mixture and crack the egg directly into it. Then cover the pan and poach until the eggs are cooked to your liking.

Serve immediately

Simple Chickpea Curry

One of the good things about lockdown is how much more time I am spending in the kitchen. Not going to lie… I am loving it.  I have reduced the amount of meat that I am having at the moment so I am trying to get more experimental with more vegetarian and vegan recipes. Below is the recipe I used for my simple chickpea curry which I served with basmati rice. Hope you enjoy 🙂

Serves 3
Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas (drained)
  • 1/2 can of peeled plum tomatoes- chopped into pieces
  • Couple of handfuls of spinach
  • 3 cloves of garlic- chopped
  • 1tsp of grated fresh ginger
  • 1 shallot- chopped
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1tsp of mild curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (you can add more if you’d like more spice)
  • Olive oil

Method:

  1. In a pan put a couple table spoons of olive oil and the garlic, ginger, shallot and fry for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add the chickpeas and the chopped tomatoes. Cook for 5 minutes and stir occasionally.
  3. Add the spinach and cook down until wilted.
  4. Pour in the coconut milk and add the curry powder, cayenne and salt and pepper. Mix this together consistently for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Then leave the curry to infuse for 10-15 minutes- stir occasionally.
  6. Finally, remove from the heat and serve with rice.

 

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