Baked Cauliflower Risotto with Chilli Pangrattato

This is my twist on Jamie Oliver’s twist of a classic Italian dish. Featured in the March 2013 edition of the ABC’s “delicious” magazine, I simplified it and thermomixed it. It looks a bit dry in my pic, so I have modified it further to fix that.

risotto

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

Put in to the thermomix:

  • 1/4 of a ciabatta loaf, torn in to chunks
  • a sprinkle of dried chilli flakes

Blitz for around 10 seconds to achieve a coarse breadcrumb.

Add around 20g of olive oil, the zest of one lemon, 1/4t of cinnamon and mix for 5 seconds on speed 5. Cook on Varoma temp, 5 minutes, speed 2.

Tip out on to a plate to cool.

Break up a whole cauliflower into chunks and put in the thermomix. Give it around 5 seconds on speed 5 to break it up in to little pieces. Tip out into a bowl.

Put in the thermomix and cook for 4 minutes, Varoma, speed 2:

  • 2 white onions, quartered
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • a splash of fish sauce
  • 30g of butter
  • 20g of olive oil

Add 350g of arborio rice and stir, speed 2, reverse, for a few seconds.

In a large, castiron or heavy casserole dish, add the cauliflower, rice and onion mix and 1.25L of hot vegetable stock. Whack the lid on tight and bake in the oven for 35 minutes.

Remove from oven, stir through a big spoon of butter and a heap of parmesan and let stand to thicken for a minute or two.

Serve, with the Chilli Pangrattato sprinkled liberally over the top, some more parmesan and cracked black pepper.

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Vegetarian Parmesan Sausages with Avocado Dip

sausages

 

Okay, so not the best looking photo, but these were really delicious. Most vegie sausages taste kind of odd, but these tasted great and held together really well.

In to the thermomix, speed 5 for 10 seconds:

  • half a red capsicum
  • one onion, quartered
  • 1T olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic

Add and combine, speed 6 10 seconds, or desired consistency.

  • 1T tahini
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and well rinsed
  • 50g parmesan cheese, or more
  • 80g of pulled apart bread crusts
  • handful of chopped garlic or onion chives

Prepare a plate with seasoned flour, then with floury hands, take a small amount of the mixture and form in to a sausage, flouring the outside really well. This amount made around 16 small chipolata size sausages.

Refrigerate for at least an hour, then shallow fry in hot oil.

I served these with a simple avocado, yoghurt and lemon dip. Oh, and the cup is just a little espresso coffee cup. Were also delicious with tomato relish as well.


Apricot and Goji Berry Spelt Bread

A delicious fruit combo, great for breakfast.

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Follow the normal Spelt bread recipe, but increase the rapadura or honey to around 30-40g and reduce the salt to 1/2 a teaspoon.

With around one minute left of kneading, add through the lid:

  • a big handful of chopped apricots
  • a big handful of sultanas
  • a big handful of goji berries
  • 2t of All Spice

Finish recipe as normal, baking for 30 minutes at 200 degrees celcius.


Cherry Tomato and Orange Jam

Another load of delicious tomatoes arrived today, so decided to try something a little different. This is what I came up with.

jam

Add to the thermomix:

  • 1kg of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 200g of rapadura sugar
  • 100g butter
  • zest of one large orange
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1t pepper

Cook at Varoma temp, speed 1, reverse, for around 1 hour and 15 minutes, measuring cup OFF. You will need to sit the basket on top to stop it spitting everywhere. Keep checking it, once it starts looking like a sticky, thick jam, it is ready.

Spoon it in to a jar, once cool, put in the fridge. I boil my jar in a pot on the stove first, as a token effort at sterilization.


Quiche? Or Tart? Leek and Cherry Tomato Pie-Type-Thing

What makes a tart a tart and a quiche a quiche? Incredibly easy, awesome for leftovers, here is one way of using up the cherry tomatoes my lovely neighbours give me when I am all bruschetta’ed-out.

tart

 

Make 1 and 1/2 batches of thermomix pastry, I use spelt flour for this.

  • 300g spelt flour
  • 150g butter

Speed 6 for around 10 seconds.

Add 1/2t salt and 80g chilled water, bring together on speed 6 for a few seconds to form a ball, then knead for around20 seconds.

Form a flat-ish round shape, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Then, roll it out and lay it in a tart/flan/quiche tin. Put baking paper in the pastry case, add some weights and blind bake for ten minutes at 220 degrees. Remove paper and weights and bake for a further 5-10 minutes at 180 degrees.

At this point, I allow it to cool completely, not sure if that is necessary, it just happens that way for me as I tend to do this part in the morning.

Add to the pastry case, spread across the bottom, 1 grated zucchini, sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Add a finely sliced leek to the zucchini base.

Add chopped cherry tomatoes.

Whisk 3 eggs with a little milk and either some crème fraiche or sour cream, around two big tablespoons. Pour over the tomatoes, then sprinkle with grated cheese, or shredded parmesan.

Bake for 30 minutes at around 170 degrees. Eat hot or cold.


Chia and Banana Spelt Pikelets, Thermomix Style

There are loads of recipes floating around for pikelets with chia seeds added, here is my version.

pikelets

Add to the thermomix 2 big spoons of chia seeds plus 2 big spoons of puffed amaranth. Blitz on speed 9 for around 10-15 seconds.

Add the following to the chia and amaranth:

  • 80g spelt flour
  • 2t baking powder
  • 1 small banana, chopped
  • 80g of plain yoghurt
  • 1t vanilla
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 a measuring cup of water

Mix on speed 6 for a minute .

Heat a little butter in a non-stick pan, drop spoons of the mix in once hot. When golden, turn and cook the other side.

Serve with chopped bananas, drizzled with honey. Or blueberries. Or strawberries. Or anything really. This will make around ten, or enough for two small children.


Savoury Muffins

These have a lovely flavour, for adults as well as kids and are so easy. Pretty much any veggies you have in your fridge can be used, this is what I used today…

50g or so of parmesan, milled in the Thermomix until fine.

Add and chop on Speed 5 for around 10 seconds, or until desired consistency:

  • 1 zucchini, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 red capsicum, roughly chopped
  • 50g butter, chopped

Add and mix for a few seconds on Speed 4:

  • 2 eggs
  • 250g milk
  • 400g spelt flour
  • 4t baking powder
  • 2t Thermomix stock
  • salt and pepper

Check consistency, should be thick, but able to fall off the spoon. Spoon in to muffin cases and cook in a preheated oven, around 220 degrees, for around 15-20 minutes, depending on the size.

Slather with butter, eat hot or cold, perfect for freezing too.