Chestnut flour pancakes with creamy mushroom & chive filling

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Vegetarian & gluten free

 Chestnut flour pancakes

For the mushroom filling:

Slice mushrooms & sauté in light olive oil

When golden add a little finely chopped garlic & cook for a minute or two

Add a big splash of dry sherry + water + sprig of thyme + sea salt + pepper

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Simmer until the liquid has reduced by half

Add corn flour to thicken the sauce

When cooked through remove the thyme sprig & add a spoonful of mascarpone + chopped chives

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For the chestnut pancakes:

120g chestnut flour
80g gluten free flour – I used chickpea flour
1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)
pinch of salt
1 egg
150ml milk
150ml cold water

Mix together all the ingredients to make a thin batter – add more liquid if necessary
Leave to rest in fridge for 5 minutes
Put  1/3 of ladleful of batter into a hot lightly oiled non-stick frying pan
Quickly swirl the batter around to cover the bottom of the pan
Cook for 2 minutes over a medium-high heat
Flip and cook for another minute
Cook the rest of the batter & keep the pancakes warm

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Preheat fan oven to 180°C
Spoon 2 tablespoons of the filling down the centre of a pancake & roll it up
Place in a buttered oven proof dish
Repeat with remaining pancakes & filling
Sprinkle over grated vegetarian ‘Parmesan’ mixed with chopped chives & black pepper.

I used Tesco Everyday Italian hard cheese which is suitable for vegetarians

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Bake for 15 minutes or until piping hot & the cheese is golden

Goes well with balsamic dressed rocket salad

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Tip:

If making sweet pancakes then use 100% chestnut flour which is naturally sweet and omit the salt. Goes great with Nutella  (or homemade cocoa/cacao toasted hazelnut & vanilla spread) + sliced bananas + vanilla ice cream!

 

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Chorizo, red pepper and Romesco pizza – Italy meets Spain!

Prepare a batch of pizza dough, using your favourite recipe

Red pepper, chorizo and romesco pizzaMake the Romesco by pounding together in a pestle mortar:  roasted red peppers + toasted almond & hazelnuts + fried bread + cayenne + paprika + garlic + sea salt+ olive oil

Spread over the the prepared Romesco over the pizza base

Red pepper, chorizo and romesco pizza

Finely grate Manchego & slice up some Iberico chorizo bellota

Red pepper, chorizo and romesco pizza

Top the Romesco with sliced ramiro peppers + chorizo + shredded spinach

Red pepper, chorizo and romesco pizza

Sprinkle over some grated Manchego + garlic oil

Manchego and chorizo

Cook on your oven’s highest setting for 7-10 minutes

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Spoon over more garlic oil and chopped parsley

Red pepper, chorizo and romesco pizza

Red pepper, chorizo and romesco pizza

Good with an extra dollop of Romesco – shame to waste it!

Red pepper, chorizo and romesco pizza

Spinach & puy lentil burgers

 

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Cooked puy lentils + chopped blanched spinach + finely sliced spring onions + minced garlic + chopped chillies to taste + grated mature Cheddar + chopped parsley

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Paprika + mustard powder + thyme + ketchup + breadcrumbs +  beaten egg + S&P

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Mix together

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Form into burgers & chill for  a while

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Shallow fry until cooked through

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Tuck into a pitta & top with red onion + gherkin + tomato + lettuce + Emmental cheese

Summer pizzas

Two summer pizzas using tomatoes, basil, ricotta, Parmesan & garlic –

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Salad pizza:

cooked base + raw topping = perfect for summer!

Using your favourite dough recipe prepare a pizza base

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Place the base on a baking tray and put under a hot grill for 2-3 minutes each side – or until cooked through

Allow to cool slightly

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Garlic oil = finely chopped garlic + extra virgin olive oil

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For the topping mix together ricotta + grated vegetarian Parmesan + minced garlic + chopped basil + garlic oil + black pepper + sea salt

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 Spread the ricotta mix generously over the cooled cooked pizza base

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Top the ricotta mix with sliced ripe tomatoes

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Mix finely shredded basil into some of the garlic

& drizzle it over the fresh tomatoes

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Do not underestimate how delicious this summer salad pizza is eaten cold! The trick is to allow the garlic oil and ricotta topping time to develop lots of flavour – so it’s a good idea to prepare these the day before or at least a few hours in advance.

But if you’d prefer not to eat it cold then put in a medium-hot oven for 4-5 minutes or until just heated through.

 

Three cheese pizza

Using your favourite dough recipe again & prepare a pizza base

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This time only cook one side under a hot grill – this helps achieve the ‘blistered’ look and taste you get when using a traditional pizza oven

Remove the par-cooked pizza base and then switch your oven from grill setting to oven mode and allow it to heat up on its highest temperature

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Spread a small amount of prepared tomato sauce over the base

Top with dollops of the ricotta Parmesan &  basil mix and sliced mozzarella

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 To liven this up a bit I’ve added olives and capers

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Drizzle over some garlic oil

& sprinkle on a little oregano

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Cook for 3 to 4  minutes or until the mozzarella is bubbling and the base crisp

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Good just as it is or add some vegetarian Parmesan shavings

& more shredded basil

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summer pizza 2017

 Buon appetito!

Vegan hickory smoke seitan ‘bacon’

Brunch this Saturday morning was a vegan feast of sweetcorn fritters and our new hickory smoke seitan ‘bacon’, fresh from the SugarPepper Test Kitchen!
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Vegan hickory smoke seitan 'bacon'
100% success on the taste-test front!
Made with organic gluten flour, red miso paste, nutritional yeast and Colgin Natural Hickory Liquid Smoke (vegan all-natural liquid smoke with no additives or preservatives).
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Vegan hickory smoke seitan 'bacon'
Delicious food that just happens to be 100% plant based/vegan!
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Vegan hickory smoke seitan 'bacon'
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Beef ravioli in a chicken, pancetta and mascarpone sauce

Use 1 large egg per 100g of flour (preferably Tipo 00 or a mix)

Create a well and crack the eggs into it (add tomato puree to the egg at this stage for tomato pasta)

Whisk the eggs together and begin to combine with the flour until you have a soft dough

Knead for 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic

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Wrap in clingfilm and chill for at least 30 minutes

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Steak + garlic for ravioli filling

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Fry steak for 4 minutes

Add whole garlic cloves and fry for another 2 minutes

Add beef stock S & P

Cover and simmer for 15 minutes

Remove meat and coarsely mince

Return to pan and stir into leafover stock

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Set over a medium heat until the minced beef has just absorbed the leftover stock

Allow to cool

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Mix with breadcrumbs + Parmesan + S & P

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Steak + chicken + pancetta for sauce

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Coarsely mince the meats

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Fry in butter or mild  olive oil until golden

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Add white wine and allow to evaporate slowly over a low heat

Add chicken stock + tomato puree + S & P

Cover & simmer for 30 minutes

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Remove pasta from fridge

Cut off a portion about as large as an orange

Flatten dough with the base of the palm of your hand

Pass through the widest setting on your pasta machine

Fold the two ends into the middle & pass through  a few more times until the pasta begins to fit the width of pasta machine

Dust with flour as required

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The pasta should be silky and have straight sides

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Start to change the dial settings on your pasta machine so you can roll the pasta thinner and thinner

Remember to roll the pasta through each setting 2-3 times

& don’t be tempted to skip any!

For ravioli go to the lowest/thinnest setting

For tagliatelle, linguine, lasagne etc roll out to between 1-2mm thick & then run the dough through your chosen attachment

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Cut the pasta sheet in 2

Make 2 rows of about 1 teaspoon of the ravioli filling on 1 of the sheets

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Lightly brush a little water around each filling

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Top with the second sheet of pasta

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Press down around the dots of the filling

Gently push down around each filling, tightly sealing in the filling and ensuring there is no air left

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Cut the pasta into ravioli with a cutter

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Cook in gently boiling water for 3-5 minutes (depending on size) until al dente and drain

Add mascarpone to the chicken & pancetta sauce

Add cooked ravioli and parsley to the sauce

Equally good with chicken or spinach, pine nut and ricotta filling

Baja California fish tacos

Fish taco

Salsa cruda/pico de gallo – diced seeded tomatoes + green chilli + coriander (optional) + red onion + lime juice + salt

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Guacamole – scoop out the avocado flesh & mash coarsely

Add diced seeded tomatoes + chilli + red onion

Squeeze in some lime juice + minced garlic + salt

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For the fish – cut any firm white fish into strips

Marinate with garlic + oregano + chilli + lime juice + sea salt

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Make batter – flour + ice cold water + salt + chopped coriander

Dip fish into batter & deep fry until cooked & golden

Assemble tacos- shredded lettuce topped with fried fish

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Spoon on the tomato salsa

Some guacamole

And soured cream

Baja Califonia fish tacos

Serve with a wedge of lime and a cold beer!

Baja Califonia fish tacos