Posts tagged ‘cafe’

October 3, 2011

Last Night’s Dinner: Spiced halloumi with a warm Puy lentil, spinach and beetroot salad

Warm salads are the perfect choice for months when the seasons are changing. Maybe it’s the ability to take some veg from one season and lighten it up, or load it down, with some from the next.

This salad – I say salad, though it’s almost a stew, is a Denis Cotter recipe from For the Love of Food – a book we’ve used a few times in this blog. See it here, it’s great. Oh, and go and visit Denis’s restaurant in Cork – it won’t let you down. Have a look, here.

So, I won’t give the recipe in full but, basically… the slices of halloumi are marinated briefly in chillis, cumin and lime zest; the beetroot roasted, with a sprinkle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar; the lentils cooked with sprigs of thyme and garlic; serve with lentils on a bed of spinach with the halloumi on top.

And can you spot our variation? Yep, we had no spinach so we steamed some greens and ran them through the lentils. Twas fine indeed.

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April 2, 2011

Jerusalem Artichokes, Cavolo Nero and Robiola

We got some Jerusalem artichokes in our veg box this week and I came across this recipe from Sky Gyngell which pairs them with cavolo nero and the mozarella-like cheese robiola. Now, even our central London Waitrose doesn’t stock robiola, so I guess that if you don’t want to hunt it out at a specialist supplier then you’re going to substitute it – as the recipe suggests. It’s quite a wintery recipe, but still okay for April, I reckon. As for Skye Gyngell, her restaurant, Petersham Nurseries Cafe (right in the middle of the garden centre), is expensive but really rather good.

Anyway, here’s the recipe: Jerusalem Artichokes, Cavolo Nero and Robiola.