Jap Pumpkin

Green pumpkin with a slice on white background

Jap Pumpkin

Recipes:

  • Baked Jap pumpkin croquettes
  • Pumpkin Casserole
  • Thai pumpkin soup
  • Pumpkin Scones

 

Baked Jap pumpkin croquettes

Baked Jap pumpkin croquettes
 
Author:
Recipe type: snack
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups flour plus more for dusting
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • ½ sheet dried nori seaweed, snipped into 3cm strips
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 tsp olive oil plus more for greasing baking sheet
  • ⅛ cup toasted sesame seeds
  • ½ cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 190C. Lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Cook onions for 3-4 minutes, or until translucent. Remove from heat.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Stir in pumpkin, egg, soy sauce, onions and nori. Mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until a sticky dough forms. If the dough is too moist, add a bit more flour. On a clean, dry plate, combine the sesame seeds and the panko. Mix well with fingers. Set aside. Use floured hands to form the dough into balls that are about 2” in diameter. Roll each ball in the panko-sesame seed mixture, and place on the greased baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

 

Pumpkin Casserole

Pumpkin Casserole
 
Author:
Recipe type: Casserole
Ingredients
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 4 chicken thighs, trimmed and diced into large chunks
  • 3 tbs of plain flour
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp of tarragon, dried
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 2 carrots, baton cut
  • 2 celery sticks, sliced
  • 3 cups of pumpkin peeled and diced
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Note this recipe is good in a Slow Cooker and will take 2 hours.
  3. Toss the chicken with flour in a ziplock bag. In a frypan, heat the olive oil and brown the chicken. Add the crushed garlic and cook for a minute. Add the taragon and apple cider vingear, using it to deglaze the pan (lifting the bits off pan as they are full of flavour). Add the carrots, celery, pumpkin and stock. Bring to the boil and pour into a casserole dish.
  4. Bake for 1½ hrs.

 

Thai pumpkin soup

Thai pumpkin soup
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Ingredients
  • 1.5kg Kent (jap) pumpkin
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs green curry paste
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • ½ cup light coconut cream
Instructions
  1. Peel the pumpkin, remove seeds and cut into large cubes. Heat oil in large saucepan and fry the curry paste for a few minutes. Add the onion and cook to soften slightly.
  2. Add the pumpkin, carrot and stock, bring to the boil and cook for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Puree. Add the coconut cream and stir through.
  3. Serve.

 

Pumpkin Scones

Pumpkin Scones
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12-15
Ingredients
  • 60g butter
  • 2 tbs castor sugar
  • ½ cup cooked and mashed pumpkin
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 ½ cups self raising flour
  • 1 tbs milk
  • 1 egg yolk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 230 C.
  2. Cream butter and sugar. Mix in pumpkin and is better if the pumpkin is cooled. Slowly mix in the milk and egg. Sift flour and stir into the mixture and stir into the dough.
  3. Lightly knead and roll out 2-3cm thick on a lightly floured surface. Use a scone cutter dipped in flour to cut out scones. Roll out any scrapes of dough and cut more scones until no dough is left. Place on a baking tray.
  4. Brush scones with milk and egg yolk. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

 

Cauliflower recipes for winter

Cauliflower white in paddock

Cauliflower recipes for winter

  1. Moroccan Cauliflower – a big recipe

  2. Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

  3. Cauliflower Biryani

  4. Winter Vegetables in Cashew Gravy

Moroccan Cauliflower

Moroccan Cauliflower
 
Author:
Recipe type: Casserole
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 700gms lamb, cut into 5cm pieces
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • handful of Curly parsley, chopped
  • handful of fresh cilantro (coriander), chopped
  • 1½ tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil extra virgin cold pressed (Harvest Hub)
  • 1 large head of cauliflower, florets
  • 1 lemon, quartered and seeds removed
  • 1 large handful of Kalamata olives
  • 1 to 2 tbs lemon juice
  • three cups of water
Instructions
  1. In a large pot place the meat, grated tomato, onions, garlic, olive oil, parsley, cilantro, and spices and mix. Cook over medium-high heat no lid for 10 minutes turning the meat and brown it on all sides.
  2. Then add three cups of water, cover the pressure cooker or pot, and increase the heat to high. You can use a pressure cooker: When pressure has been achieved, reduce the heat to medium and cook for 35 minutes. If using a pot: When boiling reduce heat and simmer for about 1½ hours, or until the meat is tender. Check adding water if necessary.
  3. When the meat has cooked, add the cauliflower, lemon, olives and lemon juice. Add water so cauliflower is partially covered cooking a further 20 minutes. Serve with couscous.

Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

Broccoli Caulifower Soup
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tbs butter or olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 -2 heads broccoli and cauliflower florets (about 4 cups)
  • 1 medium baking potato, peeled and chopped
  • 4 to 5 cups chicken stock, vegetable stock or water
  • ¼ to 1 cup cream
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish if desired
Instructions
  1. Put the butter in a large, deep saucepan set over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add the broccoli, cauliflower, potato and stock. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer gently until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 15 minutes and stir occasionally. Cool then puree in batches in food processor until smooth.
  2. Rinse saucepan and then add the soup back to the pan set over low to medium low heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the cream, if desired, and heat gently.

Cauliflower Biryani
Cauliflower Biryani
 
Author:
Recipe type: Rice
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cardomom pods
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste (see Cauliflower and Potato with spices)
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped or canned
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp garam masala (see Cauliflower and Potato with spices)
  • 1 potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 8-10 cauliflower florets
  • ½ cup green beans (can be frozen)
  • 2 tbs peas
  • 2 tbs ground almonds, mixed with a little water
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 ½ cups long grain or basmati rice
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan heat the oil and put in cummin seeds which need to sizzle then add onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon stick and Ginger garlic paste then add tomatoes and cook a further 2 minutes. Add turmeric, cayenne, pepper, garam masala, the vegetables, salt and almonds. Stir through. Add water and bring to boil.
  2. Stir in the rice and cover. Reduce the heat to medium and cook 10 minutes until water is absorbed. Turn off heat, cover and steam another 5 minutes. Serve.

Winter Vegetables in Cashew Gravy
Winter Vegetables in Cashew Gravy
 
Author:
Recipe type: Vegetable
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • Vegetables:
  • 1 cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 broccoli, diced
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup green beans, diced (can be frozen if no more fresh ones left)
  • ⅔ cup peas
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste (see recipe below)
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped (can be canned)
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp castor sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • For Cashew Paste:
  • 3 tbs cashew nuts
  • 2 tbs coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3-4 cloves
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 cup coriander leaves
  • ¼ cup spearmint leaves
  • For Garlic Ginger Paste:
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 ginger, walnut size, peeled
Instructions
  1. Boil or steam vegetables.
  2. To make Cashew paste:
  3. In a pan dry roast cashews on low heat then add coriander seeds, cumin, cloves, peppercorns. Then use food processor and blend to a smooth paste. Add chilli, coriander leaves, spearmint leaves with a little water.
  4. To make Ginger paste:
  5. In a food processor blend garlic and ginger to a smooth paste. Add a few drops of water. Keep in a sealed container in the fridge. Keeps 1 week.
  6. COMBINE:
  7. In a large saucepan heat the oil and sauté the onion until soft then mix in Ginger Garlic paste and sauté a further 1 minute. Add tomatoes, turmeric, and salt. Cover the pan then cook for a further 2-3minutes. Add the Cashew paste and 1 cup of water. Bring to a simmer. Add the sugar and lemon juice and toss in the vegetables. Bring to the boil then turn down to simmer. Cook 5 minutes. Serve with rice.

 

 

 

Farm Recipes Week 1738

Farm Recipes 1738

Farm Recipes Week 1738

  1. Cauliflower Leek Soup – Cauliflower grown in Freemans Reach & Leek Peats Ridge, NSW
  2. Thai chicken pizza – Snowpeas from Kemps Creek
  3. Spicy Warm Nadine Potato Salad – Potato from South Australia
  4. Eggplant and Potato – Eggplant from Queensland
  5. Cauliflower pancakes – grown in Freemans Reach
  6. Phul Gobi with Capsicum

 

1.Cauliflower Leek Soup

Cauliflower Leek Soup
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, mashed
  • 1 pinch of chili powder
  • 1 cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 leeks, sliced
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ to 1 lemon, juice
  • fresh thyme
  • sea salt & pepper
  • roasted almonds, roughly sliced
Instructions
  1. Add olive oil to a pot over medium-high heat. Stir in the onion, garlic and chili and cook until the onions soften. Add cauliflower and leek and let it fry for a couple of minutes. Add water and let it boil and then lower the heat and let it simmer until the vegetables are soften. Pour half of the water into a bowl and set aside. Use a hand blender to puree the soup. Stir in lemon juice and peel, thyme, salt and pepper. If the soup is too thick add some of the water.
  2. Pour into bowls or cups and serve with fresh thyme, lemon peel or juice and roasted almonds.

 

2.Thai chicken pizza

 

Thai chicken pizza
 
Author:
Recipe type: Pizza
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 500g chicken tenderloins, cut into thin strips
  • 160ml satay sauce
  • 2 x 30cm pizza bases
  • 150g snowpeas, cut into thin strips
  • 1 red onion, halved, thinly sliced
  • 130g Greek-style natural yoghurt
  • 2 tbs mango chutney
  • ½ cup roasted unsalted cashews, roughly chopped
  • 1 large red chilli, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 230°C. Place two oven trays in the oven.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes or until browned. Set aside for 5 minutes. Toss the chicken and half the satay sauce together.
  3. Spread the remaining satay sauce over the pizza bases. Top with chicken, snowpeas and onion.
  4. Place the pizzas on preheated trays and bake for 12-15 minutes or until base is crisp and heated through. Combine yoghurt and chutney. Top with cashews and chilli. Serve with the yoghurt mixture.

 

3.Spicy Warm Nadine Potato Salad

 

Spicy Warm Nadine Potato Salad
 
Author:
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2-3 Nadine potatoes, peeled and cut into slices about 1cm thick
  • 3 tbs olive oil, quite green and rough
  • 1 tbs coriander, chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of paprika
  • 1⁄2 tsp cumin seeds
  • To serve:
  • olive oil for frying
  • 2 or more flour tortillas
  • feta cheese
  • harissa
Instructions
  1. Boil the potatoes in plenty of salted water until they are very soft: almost, but not quite, to breaking point. Drain well. Put them in a bowl and pour over the olive oil, add the coriander and season with salt and pepper. Mix very gently. Lay the potato slices flat on a plate and pour the olive dressing they were just mixed in on top. Sprinkle with paprika. Toast the cumin seeds for a few seconds in a dry frying pan and let them be your finishing touch.
  2. To serve: make a quick imitation of a real Arabic bread – melawah – that is difficult to find and notoriously difficult to make (or so I have always been told). Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan and fry the tortillas for about 30 seconds on either side. Serve with the feta cheese and harissa.

 

4.Eggplant and Potato  

Eggplant and Potato
 
Author:
Recipe type: Rice
Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • ½ tsp whole black mustard seeds
  • 1 cup peeled diced potatoes 1cm cubes
  • 1 cup diced eggplant 1 cm cubes
  • 1½ tsp ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tbs water
  • 1 tsp continental parsley
Instructions
  1. Put rice on.
  2. Heat the oil in a fry pan over a medium-high flame or use a wok. When hot, put in the mustard seeds. As soon as the mustard seeds begin to pop put in the potatoes and eggplant. Stir once. Now put in the coriander, cumin, turmeric, cayenne, and salt. Stir and fry for about a minute. Add 3 tablespoons water, cover immediately with a tight-fitting lid, turn heat to low and simmer
  3. gently 10 to 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir every now and then. Add another tablespoon of water as seeds stick to bottom of pan. Garnish with parsley.

 

5.Cauliflower pancakes

 

Cauliflower pancakes
 
Author:
Recipe type: Pancakes
Ingredients
  • ½ cauliflower
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs chickpea flour * see note below
  • 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour
  • 1 ts salt
  • 2 ts ground cumin
  • 2 ts ground coriander
  • 2 tbs chopped coriander
  • 180ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • Olive oil or ghee for cooking
  • Sour cream and chopped chives to serve
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Break cauliflower into very small pieces, toss with olive oil and roast in preheated oven until tender, approx 20 minutes.
  3. Prepare batter by beating together chickpea flour, flour, salt, cumin, coriander, coriander, milk and egg. Add cauliflower to batter and stir to combine. Heat a heavy-based pan over medium heat. Add oil or ghee and spoonfuls of batter. Cook for 2–3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Serve cauliflower pancakes with sour cream and chives. Salad or stir-fry vegetables.
  4. *Chick pea flour is made from chana dal also known as chana, gram, dal, pea and besan flour. It is popular in Italian cuisine and available from well-stocked Italian shops and goes by the name farina di ceci. Plain flour would work as a substitute, but not have the nutty flavor of chick pea flour.

 

  1. Phul Gobi with Capsicum

 

Phul Gobi with Capsicum
 
Author:
Recipe type: Curry
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • Use the Vegetable Curry Master mix or (3 Tomatoes, 3 cloves Garlic, 2cm Ginger, Salt, 1 Onion, ½ tsp Turmeric, fresh Coriander, ½ tsp Garam Masala)
  • ½ cauliflower, in florets
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 green chillies, seeded
  • 2 red capsicum, cut into strips (Harvest Hub in bag this week)
  • Basmati rice
Instructions
  1. In a frypan heat the olive oil, add the onion and fry until soft ‘sweat the onions’. Add the Vegetable Curry Master mix (or ingredients bracket) and cook for 2 to 3 minutes then add cauliflower. Salt to taste and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Then add chillies and capsicum and cook a further 5 minutes.
  3. Serve with Harvest Hub rice

  1. Phul Gobi with Capsicum

Coriander

Coriander

Coriander

 

 

Recipes

  1. Thai Pumpkin soup with Coriander Pesto
  2. Coriander Tabouli
  3. Carrot and coriander pilaf
  4. Coriander pesto

 

 

 

 

Thai Pumpkin soup with Coriander Pesto

Thai Pumpkin soup with Coriander Pesto
 
Thai Pumpkin soup with Coriander Pesto
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Ingredients
  • Coriander pesto:
  • 1 bunch coriander, roots trimmed (a few leaves reserved for garnish)
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) olive oil
  • Pumpkin soup:
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbs Thai red curry paste
  • 1kg pumpkin, peeled, cut into small cubes
  • 2 cups (500ml) vegetable stock
  • 400ml canned light coconut milk
  • Thinly sliced red onion and thinly sliced red chilli, to garnish
Instructions
  1. To make the coriander pesto:
  2. Process coriander, lemon zest, lemon juice and garlic in a food processor. Slowly add 3 tablespoons of the oil to give a sauce consistency, adding a little warm water if necessary, then season.
  3. To make pumpkin soup:
  4. Heat the remaining tablespoon oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion and stir for 1 minute. Add ginger and paste and stir for 1 minute. Add pumpkin and stock, bring to boil, then simmer over low heat for 15 minutes until pumpkin is cooked. Cool slightly, then blend until smooth. Return to the pan, add the coconut milk and season, then warm through.
  5. To serve, place soup in bowls and swirl in a spoonful of pesto. Garnish with the onion, chilli and reserved coriander leaves.

 

Coriander Tabouli 

Coriander Tabouli
 
Author:
Recipe type: Side Dish
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup fine bulgur
  • 1 tsp whole coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp each whole cumin and fennel seeds
  • 10 whole allspice berries
  • ¾ cup minced onion
  • 1 tsp salt, or more to taste
  • 1 cup finely diced seedless cucumber
  • 1 cup finely diced seeded tomato
  • ¾ cup each minced fresh coriander and fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash the bulgur in several changes of cold water, pouring it back and forth between a large bowl and a very fine sieve, until the water is clear. Drain the bulgur in the fine sieve. Return bulgur to the bowl, cover it with one inch of cold water, and let it soak for one hour.
  2. While the bulgur is soaking, toast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and fennel seeds in a small frypan over moderate heat until very fragrant, one to two minutes. Let the seeds cool completely and then grind them in with the allspice berries in a spice grinder or pound to a powder in a mortar and pestle.
  3. Stir together the onion, ground spices and salt in a large bowl and let stand while the bulgur is soaking, at least thirty minutes.
  4. Drain the bulgur in the sieve, pressing hard to extract as much water as possible. Add the bulgur to the onion mixture with the cucumber, tomato, herbs, lemon juice, olive oil and cayenne pepper; toss the salad well. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more salt if necessary. This salad is best if served immediately.

Carrot and coriander pilaf
Carrot and coriander pilaf
 
Author:
Recipe type: Rice
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbs mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 250g grated carrot
  • 250g basmati rice, rinsed
  • 500ml water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lemon, quartered
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a lidded saucepan and cook the onion until soft. Add the coriander, cumin and mustard seeds, ground coriander and turmeric and cook for 1 minute, then add the carrot, stirring well.
  2. Add the rice, water and salt and bring to the boil, stirring. Cover tightly and simmer very gently, undisturbed, for 15 mins. Take from the heat for a further 5 mins, covered, then fluff up with two forks. Serve with lemon quarters, fresh coriander and warm naan or roti bread, or with grilled fish or chicken.

 

Coriander pesto

Coriander pesto
 
Author:
Recipe type: Side Dish
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh coriander leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup (45gm) toasted cashew nuts
  • ⅓ cup (35gm) finely grated parmesan
  • ½ cup (125ml) light olive or peanut oil, plus extra
Instructions
  1. Place the coriander, garlic, cashew nuts and parmesan in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped. (Alternatively, place ingredients in a mortar and pound with a pestle until well combined).
  2. With the motor running, gradually add the oil in a thin, steady stream until well combined and a smooth paste forms. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer to an airtight container and pour over a little extra oil to cover the pesto surface (this will prevent the basil from oxidising and turning black).

 

Avocado planted

week-1640Avocado planted

What’s involved in setting up an Avocado Nursery?

At Wherrol Flat Farm ….

Farm Setting up the nursery beds

Did you know that no Avocados ripen on trees? It’s actually the harvesting (picking) action that triggers the ripening process! The Hass avocadoes have a rough skin but a creamy texture. As the Hass ripens, its skin goes from green to a dark purple. Before cutting, make sure they have plenty of ‘give’ when pressed: an unripe avocado is pretty tasteless and they have difficulty ripening in winter.

There is no quicker way to ripen Avocados. A natural fruit requires a natural process. So, pop them into a paper bag with an apple or banana in the bag accelerates the process, as these fruits give off ethylene gas – a ripening agent and store at room temperature until ready to eat. This will usually take two to five days. Once ripened the ripe fruit can be refrigerated until eaten, however, not for more than two or three days.

TIP: If only using one half leave the stone in the unused half, this helps prevent it going brown. Use avocado as a cholesterol-free alternative to butter or margarine, or make a tasty Guacamole dip by mixing avocado with Spanish onion, tomato, garlic, chopped chilli, lime juice and salt & pepper.

  • Easy Guacamole
  • Warm Avocado soup
  • Avocado Dip
  • Avocado Mashed Potatoes
  • Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Avocado How to ripen

Avocado How to ripen

Easy Guacamole

Easy Guacamole
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dip
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe avocados
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper, chopped (if not want hot remove peppers)
  • ½ small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (or juice of 1 fresh lime)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Peel avocados and remove the pit (see below for a great idea on how to use the pits). Peel and mince the onion and the garlic.
  2. Chop the tomato. Slice the Jalapeno in two and take out any seeds. Then chop.Mash the avocado in a bowl and then stir in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Serve cold with tortillas or corn chips.
  4. Serve warm with corn chips, guacamole on top and cheddar cheese melted under grill – just quickly though.

Warm Avocado soup
Warm Avocado soup
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe avocados, mashed
  • lemon juice
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1tbs flour
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups milk
  • A dash of Tabasco sauce (optional) or red chilli flakes
  • Garnish with diced tofu, bacon and chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Peel, stone and mash the avocados, adding a little lemon juice to stop them from going brown.
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan then stir in flour to make a paste. Add the chicken stock a little at a time and always stirring to keep the paste smooth. Add milk and stir then the avocado and season with salt, pepper and Tabasco. Do not boil as the avocado will taste bitter.
  3. If you wish to cool slightly and finish with a hand mixer to make the soup smooth then serve with garnish.

Avocado Dip
Avocado Dip
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dip
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 avocado
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • ¼ tsp ground chilli powder
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Mash the avocado and eggs. Add the onion, garlic, seasonings and lemon juice. Serve with bread.

Avocado Mashed Potatoes
Avocado Mashed Potatoes
 
Author:
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 medium avocados
  • 4- 5 potatoes
  • ½ cup nonfat milk
  • 1 dash lemon juice
  • salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
Instructions
  1. Peel and quarter the potatoes, then wash them thoroughly. Place the potatoes in a large pot with enough cold, salted water to cover them. Meanwhile, prepare the avocados, making sure to remove any brown flesh. Scoop into a bowl and stir until smooth with lemon juice.
  2. Place milk in the microwave until melted and warm. When potatoes are fork tender, mash them in a large bowl or a stand mixer, slowly adding the milk and butter spread mixture. When potatoes are mashed to your liking, gently fold in avocado mixture gently, or in a stand mixer - use the lowest setting. Keep warm and serve!

Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 340g good-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 large, ripe Hass avocado, pitted and peeled
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 6 egg whites
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate with the cinnamon and chili powder in a double boiler over hot water and set aside.
  2. Puree the avocado and brown sugar in a food processor until smooth. With the machine running, pour in the chocolate mixture. Using a stand mixer or whisk, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg whites.
  3. Pour the mousse into 6 small serving bowls or wineglasses and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or, covered, overnight.

 

 

 

Farm Recipes Week 1724

FARM RECIPES WEEK 1724

Harvest Hub Farm recipes-template

This week we highlight Celery and because it is Winter we thought we’d add a useful stock recipe.

How to make celery stock

How to make celery stock
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Ingredients
  • To make bouquet garni:
  • 2 sprigs of lemon thyme,
  • 1 bay leaf (torn in half),
  • 1 small portion of leek (only the green part)
  • few flat-leaf parsley stems.
  • To make Celery stock:
  • 1 onion
  • ½ cup of fried onions
  • 6 celery stalks
  • 1 cup daikon radish, chopped
  • salt and pepper.
Instructions
  1. To make bouquet garni:
  2. Gather all the ingredients of the bouquet garni in a large teabag or a square of cheesecloth and tie it with some twine. Fill a large pot with 3 litres of water. Add the bouquet garni.
  3. To make Celery stock:
  4. Bring the liquid to a boil and simmer for about 90 minutes – use slow cooker of clay pot. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve.
  1. Baby eggplant finger food – Baby eggplant grown in Northern Rivers, NSW
  2. Celery and Onion Soup – Celery grown in Peats Ridge, NSW
  3. Chinese Broccoli Beef or Tofu in Oyster Sauce – Chinese Broccoli grown in Leppington, NSW
  4. Linguine with Broccoli & Cherry Tomatoes – Cherry tomatoes grown in Nymbodida, NSW
  5. Mediterranean Sweet Potato Pizza – Sweet potatoes (Kumera) grown in Bundaberg , QLD   2 Pizzas

Baby eggplant grown in Northern Rivers, NSW

Baby eggplant finger food
 
Author:
Recipe type: Starter
Ingredients
  • Baby eggplants
  • Olive oil
  • Parsley
  • Cheese such as Pecorino Romano (salty Italian cheese)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 190°C.
  2. Slice the baby eggplants in half lengthwise. Put them in a roasting pan and drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Bake for ten minutes.
  4. Brush a little olive oil and set under the grill to caramelize on top.
  5. Serve with sea salt and a sauce such as I checked on them. Perfect timing! I then brushed a little more olive oil on top and set the broiler on high for 2 minutes to get a little more carmelization on the top. Serve a quick sprinkling of sea salt, a spoonful of chopped parsley and freshly grated Pecorino Romano.
  6. Alternate sauces are pesto with chopped parsely, roasted pinenuts and shaved parmesan. Also diced tomatoes with garlic Tzaziki and fresh dill.

Celery and Onion Soup – Celery grown in Peats Ridge, NSW
Celery and Onion Soup
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 head celery, chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 55g butter
  • 3 tsp plain flour
  • 500 ml milk
  • 250ml vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 60 ml creme fraiche
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Take 1 stick of celery and cut into thin strips, place in a bowl of iced water and set aside. Chop remaining celery and onion. Melt butter in a saucepan, add onion and celery and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute, then gradually stir in milk. Add bay leaf, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Cool slightly, remove bay leaf, and then puree soup in a blender or food processor. Return to pan, stir in creme fraiche and add salt and pepper. Reheat gently.
  3. Serve with crusty bread.

Chinese Broccoli Beef or Tofu in Oyster Sauce
Chinese Broccoli Beef or Tofu in Oyster Sauce
 
Author:
Recipe type: Stir Fry
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 300g Chinese broccoli
  • 150g beef or tofu (crispy bought or pre-prepare)
  • 2 tsp garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp, olive oil
  • Marinade:
  • 1 tbs soya sauce
  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • White pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 2 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp soya sauce
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • ¼ cup water
Instructions
  1. For Beef:
  2. Cut beef across grain into thin slices. Add marinade ingredients into beef and stir for 15 seconds until beef is sticky / smooth. Marinate for 30 minutes. Wash Chinese broccoli and drain. Discard the ends. Cut into 2.5cm sections.
  3. Pre-mix 1 tsp of cornstarch and ¼ cup of water together and set aside. Preheat 1 tsp of olive oil in a wok over high temperature; add in 1 tsp of garlic, saute until golden.
  4. Put in Chinese broccoli and ¼ tsp of salt (add a bit of water if necessary). Stir fry Chinese broccoli to the desired texture. Remove and put it on a dish. Preheat 1 tsp of olive oil in a wok over high temperature; add 1 tsp of garlic, stir fry until golden.
  5. Put in beef or (Tofu), 2 tsp oyster sauce and 1 tsp of soya sauce. When beef (Tofu) is almost cooked; quickly remix the cornstarch solution and add in. Stir fry until beef is cooked and sauce is thick. Pour beef (Tofu) and sauce onto the Chinese broccoli.

Linguine with Broccoli & Cherry Tomatoes
Linguine with Broccoli & Cherry Tomatoes
 
Author:
Recipe type: Pasta
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 pkt linguine (pasta)
  • salt
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp chilli, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • To serve:
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan place water with salt and boil, then add pasta and cook until tender, about 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a frypan with oil cook garlic and chilli in over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add broccoli, cover and cook 4 minutes. Then pop in tomatoes, stir-fry for 3 minutes adding parsley, salt and pepper.
  3. In a serving bowl combine broccoli mixture and pasta. Add a little olive oil and serve with parmesan and parsely on top.

Mediterranean Sweet Potato Pizza
Mediterranean Sweet Potato Pizza
 
Author:
Recipe type: Pizza
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • For the topping:
  • 1 small can chopped tomatoes or 6 tomatoes pureed
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tsp freeze-dried oregano or mixed herbs
  • 2 tsp virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red pepper , deseeded and sliced
  • 1 or 2 medium zucchini, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 50g pitted green or black olives
  • fresh basil leaves, to garnish
  • For the Pizza base:
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunky pieces
  • 1⅓ cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 good pinch herbal seasoning (optional)
  • 65ml cold water mixed with 2 tbs virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Place the tomatoes, onion, garlic and mixed herbs or oregano in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes until the onion is softened and the sauce is thickened, stirring regularly. Cool.
  3. While the tomato sauce is cooking, boil the sweet potato in a large pan of water for about 15 minutes until very soft. Drain well, return to the pan and mash with a potato masher until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  4. Place 375g of the sweet potato in a large bowl. Add the flour, baking powder and seasoning. Stir in the water and oil mixture with a large spoon until the dough comes together it should be soft and spongy. Knead lightly to form into a large ball - adding a little extra flour if the mixture seems too sticky. Divide the dough into two equal balls and roll out on a lightly floured board into two circles around 2cm thick. Lift carefully onto two lightly oiled baking sheets. Brush lightly with oil. Spread one of the pizzas with half of the tomato mixture, leaving a 2cm gap around the edge. Top with half the peppers, zucchinis, onion and olives. Shake on some oregano.
  5. Place both pizzas in the oven, with the topped pizza above the plain base. Bake the topped pizza for around 25 minutes until well risen and lightly browned. Cook the plain base for 15 minutes until golden and cooked then remove and allow to cool. Spread the remaining tomato mixture over the plain base, top with reserved vegetables and olives then bake a further 10 minutes. Serve pizzas hot garnished with oregano and lots of fresh, raw basil leaves, accompanied by a fresh, crunchy mixed salad.

 

 

 

 

 

Farm Recipes Week 1723

Farm Recipes Week 1723

Harvest Hub Farm recipes-template

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Beetroot & Carrot Wrap – Beetroot grown in Horsley Park

2. Rocket pesto – Rocket grown in Leppington

3. Crustless Silverbeet Quiche – Silverbeet grown in Freeman’s Reach

4. Creamy Potato and Zucchini Soup – Zucchini grown in Freeman’s Reach

5. Baked French Radish – French Radish grown in Horsley Park

 

1.Beetroot & Carrot Wrap – Beetroot grown in Horsley Park

Rocket Pesto
 
Author:
Recipe type: Pesto
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1-2 bunches rocket
  • 90g toasted almonds
  • Juice of one lemon
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients into a food processor with enough olive oil to form a coarse paste. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve in wrap or on soup.

 

2.Rocket pesto – Rocket grown in Leppington

Rocket Pesto
 
Author:
Recipe type: Pesto
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1-2 bunches rocket
  • 90g toasted almonds
  • Juice of one lemon
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients into a food processor with enough olive oil to form a coarse paste. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

 

3.Crustless Silverbeet Quiche – Silverbeet grown in Freeman’s Reach

Crustless Silverbeet Quiche
 
Author:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Small onion
  • bunch silverbeet
  • 2½ cups shredded cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • salt
  • pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 188C.
  2. Wash and dry Silverbeet. Cut off the very ends of the stems. Roughly chop (leaving stems intact) the chard. Add onion and Silverbeet to the oil and saute until stems are tender (do not overcook). Add salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Meanwhile, grate 2½ cups of cheese. Whisk eggs. Add milk and cheese. Fold in the onion/chard mixture. Add salt & pepper to taste, if necessary.
  4. Pour into a pie dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown and no liquid seeps when you poke it with a knife.

4.Creamy Potato and Zucchini Soup
Creamy Potato and Zucchini Soup
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1kg desiree potatoes, peeled, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1½ cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 3 zucchini, trimmed, grated
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Croutons
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 sheets white lavash bread (wrap)
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a deep heavy-based non-stick pan over a medium-high heat. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes or until soft. Stir through garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add potato, milk and stock and slowly bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until just tender. Add zucchini and nutmeg, stir to combine and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Remove soup from heat and stand for 10 minutes. Puree mixture, return to pan and stir over a low heat for 3-4 minutes or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls and serve with croutons.
  3. To make croutons: Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 oven trays with baking paper.
  4. Combine oil and garlic in a small bowl. Put bread on a flat surface and brush or spread with oil and garlic mixture. Fold bread in half and tear along fold. Continue to fold and tear until you have long strips about 2cm wide. Put on prepared baking trays and bake for 10 minutes or until golden and crisp.

 

5.Baked French Radish – French Radish grown in Horsley Park

Baked French Radish
 
Author:
Recipe type: Meal
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Radish bunch, take off greens
  • oil
  • salt
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • Tarragon, chopped
  • Parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. Prepare chopped tarragon and fresh parsley. Heat oven 200C. Then pop whole radish into a bowl with olive oil. Add salt. Mix. On a baking sheet put into the oven.
  2. Leave for 30 to 40 minutes. Regularly turn.
  3. Heat a frying pan with garlic, herbs, oil. Add radish and heat through. This way the herbs are not burnt.
  4. OPTIONAL: Add artichokes roast then pan fry with radish.

 

Farm Recipes Week 1722

Farm Recipes Week 1722

Harvest Hub Farm recipes-template

  1. Parsnip & Carrot Soup – Parsnip grown in Bathurst
  2. Buk Choi with Carrots and Sesame-Orange Dressing – grown in Leppington
  3. Kale and sausage risotto – grown in Horsley Park
  4. Creamed Brussels sprouts with Sweet Potato Frittata – Brussel Sprouts grown in Bathurst and Sweet Potato (Kumera) grown in Bundaberg, QLD
  5. Cauliflower pancakes – grown in Oberon

 

Parsnip & Carrot Soup

Parsnip & Carrot Soup
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 3 cups shredded parsnips
  • 1 (2cm) piece fresh ginger, peeled and shredded
  • 2 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • ½ to ¾ cup heavy cream or evaporated skim milk
  • Salt and white pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • Chives for garnish
Instructions
  1. Bring the carrots, parsnips, ginger, and stock to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are very tender. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
  2. Transfer the contents of the saucepan to a blender or food processor. Puree the soup until it is nearly smooth, then pour the puree back into the saucepan.
  3. Add the cream, and bring to a simmer again over medium heat. Stir in the salt, white pepper, and lemon juice. Taste, and adjust the seasonings.
  4. Garnish with chives. Serve hot, or refrigerate, covered, for several hours and serve chilled

 

Buk Choi with Carrots and Sesame-Orange Dressing

Buk Choi with Carrots and Sesame-Orange Dressing
 
Author:
Recipe type: Stir Fry
Ingredients
  • 1-2 baby buk choi, halved
  • Handful beans, sliced
  • 4 medium carrots, shredded
  • 2 tbs fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbs tahini
  • 1½ tsp tamari or soya
  • ½ tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tbs toasted sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Arrange a steamer basket in a large pot. Add enough water just to reach bottom of basket. Bring to a boil. Add buk choi. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and lightly steam about 5 -10 minutes or until buk choy is tender but don’t overcook. Prepare an ice bath by filling a bowl with ice cubes and water; set aside. Place steamed buk choi in ice bath, drain well. This is to stop cooking and to enliven the vegetables.
  2. In a large fry pan over medium-high heat, bring ½ cup water to a simmer. Add beans. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook about 6 minutes or until beans are just tender. Drain.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together orange juice, tahini, tamari and ginger. Add buk choi, beans, and carrots and toss to coat. Garnish with sesame seeds.

 

Kale and sausage risotto

Kale and sausage risotto
 
Author:
Recipe type: Rice
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 40g butter
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • onion, finely chopped
  • 100g flat pancetta, finely chopped (or any other luncheon meats)
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 300g rissotto rice
  • 100ml each dry vermouth and dry white wine
  • 1½ cups chicken stock, warmed
  • 40g parmesan, finely grated
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1-3 kale, stalks discarded, leaves torn
  • Optional - pork sausages, skin removed, coarsely crumbled OR vegetable sausages
Instructions
  1. Heat butter and half the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, pancetta and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until very tender (10-12 minutes). Add rice, stir to coat, cook until just toasted(1 minute). Add vermouth and wine, cook until almost evaporated (5 minutes), add stock a ladle at a time, ensuring stock is absorbed before adding more and stirring occasionally, until all is absorbed and rice is al dente (20-25 minutes). Add parmesan, keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add fennel seeds and sausage, cook, stirring occasionally, until golden and cooked through (2-4 minutes). Remove sausage using a slotted spoon, add kale to pan with 1 tbs water, cook until tender and bright green (2-3 minutes). Divide risotto among plates, top with kale, then scatter sausage of choice over. Serve immediately with grated parmesan.

 

Creamed Brussels sprouts with Sweet Potato Frittata

Creamed Brussels sprouts with Sweet Potato Frittata
 
Author:
Recipe type: Egg
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For Creamed Brussels sprouts
  • 300g Brussels sprouts
  • ½ tbs butter
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • ground nutmeg
  • 100-150 ml cream
  • For Sweet Potato Frittata
  • 3-4 sweet potatoes (400-500g)
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • Sea salt & black pepper
  • 6 large eggs
  • Handful of coriander or chives, finely snipped
Instructions
  1. To make Brussel Sprouts
  2. Trim the sprouts, and cook in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender. Drain, refresh in cold water, and lay out on a clean dry cloth to drain further.
  3. Melt the butter in a fry pan and fry the sprouts until well-coated. Add the salt, pepper and ground nutmeg, stirring, then pour in the cream and bring to the boil. Allow the cream to bubble away until reduced by half, then turn the heat down to a simmer. Use a potato masher to lightly crush the sprouts, and keep warm until serving. The sprouts will absorb the cream by the time you serve.
  4. To make Frittata
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 220 (210 for fan-forced).
  6. Peel the sweet potato and cut in 1cm cubes. Fry in olive oil in non-stick pan, together with onion, salt & pepper, for 4-6 minutes until just tender but not too soft. Butter a shallow (3-4cm high) oven dish and spread the sweet potato/onion mix.
  7. Lightly beat the eggs in a bowl, add the chives and pour over the sweet potato. Put in the oven for 20 minutes until the edges rise up.
  8. Remove from the oven, run a spatula around the sides and serve immediately with brussel sprouts.

 

Cauliflower pancakes

Cauliflower pancakes
 
Author:
Recipe type: Pancake
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ cauliflower
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs chickpea flour * see note below
  • 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbs chopped coriander
  • 180ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • Olive oil or ghee for cooking
  • Sour cream and chopped chives to serve
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Break cauliflower into very small pieces, toss with olive oil and roast in preheated oven until tender, approx 20 minutes.
  3. Prepare batter by beating together chickpea flour, flour, salt, cumin, coriander, coriander, milk and egg. Add cauliflower to batter and stir to combine. Heat a heavy-based pan over medium heat. Add oil or ghee and spoonfuls of batter. Cook for 2–3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Serve cauliflower pancakes with sour cream and chives. Salad or stir-fry vegetables.
  4. *Chick pea flour is made from chana dal also known as chana, gram, dal, pea and besan flour.  It is popular in Italian cuisine and available from well-stocked Italian shops and goes by the name farina di ceci. Plain flour would work as a substitute, but not have the nutty flavor of chick pea flour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farm Recipes Week 1721

Farm Recipes Week 1721

Farm recipes Harvest Hub template

Here are recipes that will come to approximately $2.50 per head. Add meat as required. These recipes are based on this week’s Harvest Hub Value Bag, Specials and what is in season.

  1. Beetroot And Orange Soup – Beetroot grown in Horsley Park
  1. Red Cabbage with Mushrooms and Mandarins – Red Cabbage grown in Horsley Park
  1. Leek and Brie Tart –  Leek grown in Peats Ridge
  1. Spicy Mushroom & Kestral Soup – Baby Kestrel Potatoes grown in South Australia
  1. Butternut and Choko Risotto – Butternut Pumpkin grown in Maitland

Beetroot And Orange Soup

 

Beetroot And Orange Soup
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 500g fresh beetroot
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 3 fresh orange, juice and grated rind or 200ml fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
Instructions
  1. Scrub the beetroot and chop off the roots and stalks. Either chop the beetroot finely or grate them. A food processor is a lovely way of doing this, without covering everything in purple splatters! Then put the beetroot in a soup pan with the vegetable stock, orange rind (if using) and bay leaf. Simmer gently for 20 minutes, until the beetroot is soft. Add the spices and orange juice. Remove the bay leaf. Serve it whole or liquidise until smooth.

Red Cabbage with Mushrooms and Mandarins
Red Cabbage with Mushrooms and Mandarins
 
Author:
Recipe type: Meal
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups thinly sliced yellow onion
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups thinly sliced red cabbage (1/2 a medium head)
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 100g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbs. minced parsley
  • 1-2 mandarins, peeled and sectioned
Instructions
  1. Sauté the onions in 2 tbs butter and the olive oil (or bacon fat), lightly seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper, until the onions are golden. Stir in the cabbage and red wine, lightly season again with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and toss to evenly distribute the ingredients. Cover and cook over low heat for 20 to 30 minutes, until the cabbage is tender.
  2. While the cabbage is cooking, sauté the mushrooms, lightly seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper, in 2 tbs butter in a hot pan. Cook the mushrooms in 2 batches to ensure they brown nicely and retain their liquid (if you put too many mushrooms in the pan at one time, they release their juices and stew rather than brown). When the mushrooms are done, toss them with garlic and parsley.
  3. When the cabbage is done to your liking, stir in the mushrooms and cook for 1 minute. Place mandarin sections on top as this gives it a sweet and sour flavour. Taste and add salt or freshly ground black pepper, as needed. Serve.

Leek and Brie Tart
Leek and Brie Tart
 
Author:
Recipe type: Tart
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 250g shortcrust pastry
  • 2 medium leeks
  • 200g Brie or similar cheese
  • 1 tsp mild mustard, such as Dijon
  • 28g butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • tsp nutmeg (freshly grated, if possible
  • 2 eggs
  • 100ml double cream
  • 1 tsp ground salt
  • Savoury Shortcrust pastry
  • • 250g salted butter
  • • 500g plain flour
  • • 20g grated parmesan (optional),
  • • 2 whole eggs
  • • salt
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C.
  2. Trim the tops and roots off the leeks. Cut them in half lengthways and wash under running water, fanning open the layers. Slice the leeks into 1 cm slices and dry well. Heat the butter and oil in a pan and saute the leeks gently for 10 minutes, until soft.
  3. In a bowl mix together the nutmeg, cream, eggs and salt and beat well. Trim the rind off the Brie and slice it thinly.
  4. Roll out the pastry to line a flan dish and trim the edges so they are slightly higher than the edges of the dish (the pastry shrinks slightly on cooking). For a crispy base blind bake – that is cover pastry with baking paper and sprinkle raw rice on top. Pre-bake pastry for 20-25 minutes and take off baking paper with rice on it. Let cool.
  5. Arrange a layer of Brie on the bottom of the pastry. Top with half of the leeks then pour in half of the egg mixture. Mix gently. Top with the rest of the Brie. Then add the rest of the leeks and egg mixture. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the tart has "set" - i.e. the egg mixture is cooked.
  6. Serve warm with cranberry or plum sauce and steamed veggies.

Spicy Mushroom & Kestral Soup
Spicy Mushroom & Kestral Soup
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Ingredients
  • 2tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp gara masala
  • 100gms mushrooms, sliced
  • 3-4 kestrel potato, peeled and cut into large cubes
  • 600ml vegetable stock
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • A dash of lime juice to taste (optional)
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • Salt for taste
Instructions
  1. In a soup pot heat oil then add onions, cumin powder, coriander powder and gara masala. Cook for a few minutes until the onion have softened and the spices have burst with flavour. Add mushrooms and potato and stir. Add vegetable stock, water and coconut milk and bring to the boil. Now turn down to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are completely cooked through. Add lime juice to taste to bring out flavour to taste.
  2. To finish add soy sauce to taste. To make the soup smooth, cool soup slightly and use a stick blender puree soup.

Butternut and Choko Risotto
Butternut and Choko Risotto
 
Author:
Recipe type: Rice
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic – crushed
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 choko, chopped (remove skin optional) Seeds have nutty flavor can eat these.
  • ½ butternut pumpkin
  • 1 cup risotto rice
  • 3 cups stock
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Cut all the vegetables into small pieces about ½ cm. In a large pan, heat the olive oil to medium heat and add the onions, cook for 5 min. and add the garlic. When the onions are soft and almost transparent add the choko and butternut pumpkin, cook for 10 min.
  2. Add the risotto rice and start adding the stock, a little bit at a time. Let the rice absorb the stock before adding some more. Repeat until the rice is soft and has a creamy texture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

 

 

 

 

Farm recipes Week 1716

Roast cauliflower and potato soup

Farm recipes Week 1716

       (approximately $2.50 a serve)

Harvest Hub has created meal options which will cost around $2.50 per serve.

All recipes are based on 2 serves, so if you are cooking for 4 (or want to freeze 2 serves), just double the quantities.

The meals offer plenty of variety, are easy to cook and most take 30-40 minutes to get onto the table.

If you have some favourite low-cost meals, feel free to share them with the rest of the Harvest Hub membership – in return for bragging rights!

 

Soup, croquettes, roulade, Salad, pizza

CAULIFLOWER & SEBAGO POTATO SOUP

JAP PUMPKIN & TUSCAN KALE CROQUETTES

SWEET POTATO & CARROT ROULADE

GREEN OAK LETTUCE & PEAR SALAD

CAULIFLOWER & EGGPLANT PIZZA

 

 

  1. CAULIFLOWER & SEBAGO POTATOES

Roast cauliflower and potato soup

Quantities for 2 (approx. $2.50 per serve)

Roast cauliflower and potato soup
 
Farm recipes $2.50 per serve meals
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Ingredients
  • ½ cauliflower, cut into large florets
  • 1 potato, peeled and roughly diced
  • 1 brown onion, peeled and roughly diced
  • 30ml plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 350ml chicken stock
  • 100ml milk (or if you like a richer soup replace with cream)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Few sprigs of flat leaf parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 210C.
  2. Place cauliflower, potato, onion and olive oil into a large roasting tray, toss together to coat with oil and place into the oven. Roast for 10 minutes, then add the garlic cloves.
  3. Roast until the vegetables have browned and the potatoes are tender, remove and place into the bowl of a food processor, add half of the chicken stock and process to a coarse puree.
  4. Pour the puree into a large saucepan, add the remainder of the chicken stock and bring to the boil. Add the milk or cream, season and bring back to a simmer. Then serve with a drizzle of oil, a sprinkle of parsley and serve with crusty bread.

 

2. JAP PUMPKIN & TUSCAN KALE CROQUETTES

 

Baked Jap pumpkin & Tuscan kale croquettes
 
For 2 people this entire meal costs $4.91 which is $2.46 per serve
Author:
Recipe type: Meal
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups flour, plus more for dusting
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • Tuscan Kale, 3 leaves (50gms) sliced into strips into 3cm strips
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 tsp olive oil plus more for greasing baking sheet
  • ⅛ cup toasted sesame seeds
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • Plus Green salad
  • Green oak
  • Cooking tomatoes
  • ½ Spanish onion
  • ¼ continental cucumber
  • Salad dressing
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 190C. Lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Cook onions for 3-4 minutes, or until translucent. Remove from heat.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Stir in pumpkin, egg, soy sauce, onions and Tuscan kale. Mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until a sticky dough forms. If the dough is too moist, add a bit more flour.
  4. On a clean, dry plate, combine the sesame seeds and the breadcrumb.. Mix well with fingers. Set aside.
  5. Use floured hands to form the dough into balls that are about 5cm in diameter. Roll each ball in the panko-sesame seed mixture, and place on the greased baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with a salad.

 

 

3. SWEET POTATO & CARROT ROULADE

 

Cheese roulade with sweet potato and carrot
 
Author:
Recipe type: Meal
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Filling:
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 25g butter
  • ¼ cup cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • Roulade Coating:
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 25g butter
  • ½ onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbs parsley or herb of choice finely chopped
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs made from stale bread
  • Salt and pepper
  • Roulade:
  • 25g butter
  • 1 tbs flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ to ½ cup of grated tasty cheese
  • 1 tbs Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • ¼ tsp salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 190°C.
  2. Chop peeled vegetables and steam until tender then puree.
  3. Mix in butter and cream. Season with salt/pepper and nutmeg.
  4. Coating:
  5. Cook onion and butter in a fypan until soft.
  6. Remove from pan to a bowl and mix with herbs, crumbs and season with salt/pepper. Let cool. Line the base of a Swiss roll tin with non-stick paper and scatter the onion and crumb coating mix over it.
  7. Roulade:
  8. Melt butter, add flour and fry in a pan for a minute. Add milk and stir until it comes to the boil. Remove and let it cool. Add cheeses and egg yolks, season well.
  9. Beat egg whites until stiff. Hint leave eggs out of fridge to warm up before whipping.
  10. Fold through, then spread evenly over the coating onion and crumb base – it is a thin layer. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  11. When cool place a presentation plate over it and turn upside down so the roulade drops onto the plate. Peel off base paper. Spread the creamed filling on top. Roll roulade from the long edge. Serve cold or warm with salad.

4. GREEN OAK LETTUCE & PEAR SALAD

 

Green Oak, Pear and Walnut Salad
 
Salad
Author:
Cuisine: Meal
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1½ tbs apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • ⅛ cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tbs honey
  • ½ tsp poppy seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
  • 5 cups rinsed and well-drained green oak lettuce, coarsely chopped
  • ⅓ cup walnut pieces (or coarsely chopped), toasted
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored, and cut into cubes
Instructions
  1. Add vinegar, apple juice, canola oil, Dijon mustard, and honey to food processor or blender and pulse until well-combined. Stir in poppy seeds and add salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Reserve ¼ cup of the dressing and set aside.
  2. Add green oak lettuce and walnuts to large bowl, drizzle the remaining dressing over the top, and toss to coat well. Divide the lettuce among 4 salad plates. Add pears to the large bowl and toss them with the reserved ¼ cup dressing. Spoon pears evenly over the four salads.

 

5. CAULIFLOWER & EGGPLANT PIZZA

 

Cauliflower crust pizza with eggplant topping
 
Author:
Recipe type: Meal
Ingredients
  • CRUST
  • 2 cups cauliflower, grated
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbs parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded - leave half a cup for topping.
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Pizza toppings
  • ¼ cup pizza (tomato) sauce
  • Roasted eggplant, capsicum, onion
  • Sprinkle rosemary, fresh
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill.
  2. Thinly cut your vegetables and place them on baking paper on a tray.
  3. Grill for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown – watch don’t burn. Remove and set aside.
  4. Preheat oven on 220C.
  5. In a large frypan place some olive oil with chopped cauliflower florets. Stir for 10 minutes.

 

 

Kohlrabi recipes

 Kohlrabi recipes

  • Kohlrabi Calzone – folded pizza
  • Kohlrabi Vegetable Soup
  •  Sautéed Kohlrabi
  • Kohlrabi & apple slaw with creamy coleslaw dressing

 

Kohlrabi Calzone – folded pizza

Kohlrabi Calzone – folded pizza
 
Important to know with this recipe Takes about 1 hr 20mins for the dough (traditional way), 20mins for the vegetables.
Author:
Recipe type: Pizza
Ingredients
  • For the dough: if you have a bred maker make the dough in it.
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup+2 tbs water
  • 2 tbs oil
  • 2½ tsp active dry yeast
  • For the filling:
  • ½ cup carrots
  • 1 kohlrabi
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup fillers such as frozen peas, chopped celery, greens sliced (spinach, silverbeet, lettuce even)
  • 2 tbs slivered almonds
  • pinches rosemary, thyme,
  • salt,
  • red chili powder
  • paprika
  • Parmesan and mozzarella, grated
Instructions
  1. There are 3 parts
  2. The Dough, The Filling and putting it together The Calsone.
  3. For the dough:
  4. Using a bread machine, add all the wet ingredients first, and then the dry ones, with yeast being the last thing you add.
  5. By hand: knead for 10-12 minutes, cover, and let rise 1 ½ hours.
  6. For the filling:
  7. In a frypan with oil start with onions, carrots, kohlrabi, squash, peppers, almonds. Stir well and cover. Let it cook about 5-6 minutes. Then add the tomatoes. Stir well. Add water- about ¼ cup. Add the herbs and salt and let it cook.
  8. For the calzone:
  9. Divide the dough into two. Preheat the oven to 205C.
  10. Roll out the dough and divide into two. Put a little filling into one side of each half. Sprinkle some grated Parmesan and grated mozzarella over the filling. Then wet the tip of your finger and run it along the edge of the rolled-out dough, then fold the top half over and seal it by pressing it down. With a knife, cut three vents in the top. Brush a little oil over the top of each calzone. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until brown. Let it cool and cut in half.

Kohlrabi Vegetable Soup
Kohlrabi Vegetable Soup
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 kohlrabi, peeled and diced
  • 3 parsnips, peeled and diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups chicken/vegetable stock
  • 2 tbs flour, to thicken
  • Paprika, optional for spicing up
  • ⅓ cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • salt to taste
  • parsley to garnish
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a stock pot over medium heat. Add kohlrabi and saute for 2 minutes. Add parsnips and carrots and cook for 2 more minutes. Do not brown. Sprinkle in flour and paprika; stir until mixed. Add chicken stock. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 5 – 7 minutes until vegetables are fork-tender.
  2. Remove from heat and, working in batches, puree the soup in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  3. Return the soup to the stockpot. Bring to a light simmer and stir in creams. Remove from heat and serve with parsley.

 

Sautéed Kohlrabi

Sautéed Kohlrabi
 
Author:
Recipe type: Vegetable Side dish
Ingredients
  • 1 kohlrabi, grated
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • ½ to 1 tbs fresh parsley
  • ½ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Grate kohlrabi, place in colander, and sprinkle with salt. Let stand for 30 minutes to drain. Heat butter over medium heat, add onions, garlic and sauté a few minutes. Stir in kohlrabi, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium and cook 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and stir in fresh herbs. Serve with meal.

 

Kohlrabi & apple slaw with creamy coleslaw dressing

Kohlrabi & apple slaw with creamy coleslaw dressing
 
Author:
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For the creamy coleslaw dressing:
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 1 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tbs French mustard
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste - go easy here
  • fresh mint, chopped
  • For the salad
  • 1 fresh kohlrabi, trimmed, peeled, grated
  • 2 apples, peeled, grated or cubed
Instructions
  1. In a bowl whisk cream into lightly until it fluffs slightly then add remaining dressing ingredients. Add the kohlrabi and apple. Serve immediately.

 

Cauliflower Leaves & Stems

Cauliflower Leaves & Stems

We tend to think of ‘food’ as the produce we are offered in supermarkets. These are mostly just the flower of the plant ie broccoli, cauliflower head. The vitamins and richness actually is in the stem and leaves. So many of us throw these away. Why?

It’s time to look at eating the whole plant not just the flower.

So here are some recipes for cauliflower leaves & stems.

How to roast leaves – so delish.

Cauliflower Leaves & Stems
 
Author:
Recipe type: Roast
Ingredients
  • Leaves Cauliflower, Broccoli, Kale whatever you have. Cut into bite size pieces
  • Soy Sauce or Tamari
  • Spring onions
  • Garlic cloves x 3, chop
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven at 180C
  2. In a roast pan that is preheated put in oil spring onions, leaves then soy, salt, pepper
  3. Place pan uncovered in the oven for 25 minutes.

 

 

 

 

Celery

Celery

Celery

Celery in grown in Gosford, part of the Sydney Food Bowl.

It was picked the day before delivery and should be eaten within 7 days as the antioxidants start diminishing. It has negative calories – meaning it takes more calories to digest than it contains due to the fibre content. So this is great to munch on.

Best eaten raw or steamed.

Cream of Celery Soup

Spicy Celery Dry Curry

Celery Pilaf

 

Cream of Celery Soup

Cream of Celery Soup
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Ingredients
  • 4-5 celery, sliced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • Small bunch Continental parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 litre of vegetable stock
  • 100ml single cream (plus a little extra for serving if desired)
  • A good pinch of nutmeg
  • black pepper to season
  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1tbs parmesan (optional)
  • olives green, chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a soup saucepan heat the oil and add celery, onion and garlic and let it sweat for 15 minutes until browned slightly. Add in parsley and vegetable stock then season with nutmeg and black pepper to taste. Simmer the soup for 15 minutes, then let it cool before pouring into a blender. Add cream. Puree at high speed till soup is smooth. To serve add a drizzle of cream and add sprinkle of parmesan and olives to garnish.

Spicy Celery Dry Curry
Spicy Celery Dry Curry
 
Author:
Recipe type: Curry
Ingredients
  • 450g celery, washed & chopped
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp grated ginger
  • 3 tbs. olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 Bay leaf, discard before serving
  • 1 cinnamon stick, discard before serving
  • a pinch of tumeric
  • ¼ tsp coriander powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • a pinch of sugar
Instructions
  1. Heat a non-stick pan, add oil, then add cumin seeds, bay leaf & cinnamon. Wait until the cumin starts to change color, then add ginger, garlic and saute for a min. Then add the chopped onions, Tumeric and salt, saute until it starts to change color. Then add the chopped celery and add salt. Saute until it starts to become soft then add the coriander and cayenne pepper powder and saute until the raw smell goes off. Then add the chopped cilantro, saute for a second and then add the chopped tomatoes and a pinch of sugar. Cook until the tomatoes combines with all the vegetables and the excess liquid burns off. Check for seasonings and serve.
  2. Serve hot with rice or Naan or Tortillas.

Celery Pilaf

 

Celery Pilaf
 
Author:
Recipe type: Rice
Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 medium stalks celery, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp dried dill
  • 1 to 2 tbs olive oil
  • ½ cup uncooked white rice
  • ½ cup uncooked cracked wheat
  • 2½ to 3 cups water (or light vegetable broth)
  • ½ cup or more of your favourite dried fruit
  • 1 cup of your favourite nuts
  • fresh or dried parsley to taste
  • fresh lemon for garnish
Instructions
  1. Over medium heat, cook the onion, celery, salt, and dill in oil until everything is mixed and tender, about 8 minutes. Stir every couple minutes. Add the uncooked white rice and cracked wheat, and stir gently but constantly for 5 to 8 minutes. The goal is to make sure the rice and wheat are well-covered with the oil and seasonings.
  2. Add one cup of water and stir well. Let the liquid mixture cook down, uncovered, for about 3 minutes.
  3. Stir and add the rest of the water (less if you prefer firm rice, more if you like softer rice). Add the dried fruit, stir well, cover, and simmer over medium-low heat for 25 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the rice and wheat are tender.
  4. Add nuts, parsley, and lemon garnish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fennel

FENNEL

Fennel with frond recipes

Fennel is a wonderfully aromatic vegetable, its peak supply is during winter and early spring  Fennel is indispensable in many Italian dishes such as risotto, or simply braised in some chicken stock to make a tasty side dish.

It can also be eaten raw in a salad, provided you like the aniseed flavour (which is reduced to just a faint taste during the cooking process). The frond can be used to flavour salad dressing, soup stock or as garnish.

 

Braised fennel
 
Author:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 bulb of Fennel
  • 3 tbs unsalted butter
  • Salt
  • freshly ground white pepper
  • ⅔ cup chicken stock
  • 1 – 2 chillies, chopped (take out seeds unless you like extra hot)
Instructions
  1. Cut off the stalks flush with the tops of the bulbs. (Reserve the stalks for vegetable soup or boil and mash them along with potatoes. Save the leaves to flavour soups.) Turn the bulb cut side down and cut them into quarters through the cores. Remove the tough outer layers from the pieces, then cut out the cores. Slice the pieces crosswise into 4cm strips.
  2. Heat the butter in a medium frypan over medium heat until foaming. Scatter the fennel pieces and chillies over the butter, season them lightly with salt and pepper and cook, tossing and stirring, until they begin to brown, about 6 minutes. Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  3. Lower the heat so the stock is simmering. Cover the pan and cook until the fennel is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. During the last few minutes, remove the lid from pan so about half the liquid evaporates.
  5. If you’d like to serve the fennel ‘dry’ and lightly caramelized, continue cooking until all the liquid has boiled off the fennel is lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Taste and add more salt and pepper if you like.

 
Fennel Risotto
 
Author:
Recipe type: Risotto
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 fennel bulb, shaved
  • 100g mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1.2 litres chicken stock
  • 50g butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 300g Arborio rice (Harvest Hub)
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 70g grated parmesan cheese
  • lemon, zested
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Wash then finely slice the fennel. Put aside.
  2. Bring the chicken stock to the boil, keep at a slow simmer.
  3. Put the butter in a large heavy saucepan over low heat. Add onion and garlic and sweat until soft. Add the rice and stir to coat in the butter. Add the white wine and cook for 30 seconds. Start adding chicken stock, a ladle at a time. Increase the heat to medium while constantly stirring the rice. Add more stock ladle by ladle, as it will be absorbed by the rice. Cook for approximately eight minutes then add the shaved fennel and mushrooms. Keep stirring and adding stock until the rice is 'al dente' for about 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in the grated parmesan, ensure the rice is not stodgy (add a little more stock if it is). Season to taste and serve immediately

 
Creamy sweet potato and fennel soup with parmesan wafers
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 20g butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 500g fennel, chopped
  • 500g sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1½ cups milk
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup sour cream, for serving
  • For the Parmesan wafers:
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp poppy seeds
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 200C.
  2. Heat butter in a large heavy-based saucepan, add onion and garlic, cook until softened. Add fennel, sweet potato and stock, simmer covered for 15-20 minutes until very tender.
  3. Puree mixture until smooth, add milk and cheese. Season to taste. Heat gently without boiling. Adjust consistency with extra milk if required.
  4. To make parmesan wafers:
  5. In a bowl combine all ingredients and drop tablespoonfuls onto a lined baking tray. Bake for 5 minutes until golden and bubbling. Allow to cool 5 minutes until crisp.
  6. Ladle soup into bowls and dollop with sour cream. Serve with parmesan wafers.

 

Parsnips

Parsnips

These come in all sizes and this week we have small, sweet thin ones from Bendigo. Store in an airtight container in the fridge – like carrots – or they go flippy floppy.

Recipes

Baked Camembert with parsnip crisps and caramelised apple

Baked Camembert with parsnip crisps and caramelised apple

Six Months to grow

These have been lovingly grown taking more than six months to cultivate. It’s flavour is intensified when the first frost comes and changes the starch into sugar. These small ones are a recent flush.

How to cook

If you add parsnip to your potato mash grated or cook and mash it gives it a distinct zing. These are natural and not waxed (which extends its shelf life).

Half a Cup?

If you’re wondering if they are good for you they are full of fibre and just half a cup gives 3gms of fibre. You get 11% of Vitamin C and 10% of your daily allowance of magnesium.
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Baked Camembert with parsnip crisps and caramelised apple
 
Parsnip crisps so easy to do and a great meal with side salad.
Author:
Recipe type: Bake
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For the parsnip crisps:
  • • 1 large or 3 small parsnip, peeled if required, then cut into ribbons with a peeler
  • • 2 tbs olive oil
  • • 1 tbs fresh thyme leaves
  • • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the baked Camembert:
  • • 1 whole Camembert in a box
  • • freshly ground black pepper
  • For the caramelised apple:
  • • 15g butter
  • • 2 tbs soft brown sugar
  • • 1 eating apple, peeled, core removed, sliced
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. For the parsnip crisps:
  3. Spread the parsnip strips out on a baking tray, drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle over the thyme leaves. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until crisp and golden-brown.
  4. For the baked Camembert:
  5. Season the Camembert, to taste with freshly ground black pepper and place the cheese, in its box, onto a baking tray. Transfer to the oven to bake for 6-8 minutes, or until golden-brown.
  6. For the caramelised apple:
  7. Heat the butter and sugar in a frying pan until foaming. Add the apple slices and cook until the mixture is bubbling and the apple is golden-brown.
  8. Serve the baked Camembert on a serving plate, with the parsnip crisps and caramelised apples alongside for dipping.