Next, make your salad. Finely slice the onion and put it into a bowl with the juice of half a lemon and a good pinch of salt. Scrunch with your hands, then leave to pickle. Chop the tomatoes roughly, then roughly chop the leaves of the fresh herbs. Put them into a bowl with the spices and pomegranate molasses and add the lemon-pickled red onions. Season well with salt and pepper and add a little more lemon juice and a good drizzle of olive oil, balancing out the flavours until it tastes great.
Now back to the flatbreads. Put a large frying pan or griddle pan about cm on a medium heat. Dust a clean work surface and rolling pin with flour, then divide the dough into four equal-sized pieces. Using your hands, pat and flatten out the dough, then use the rolling pin to roll each piece into about a 20cm round, roughly mm thick.
Once your pan is hot, cook each flatbread for minutes on each side, until nicely puffed up, turning with tongs.
Spread with the onion and chilli mixture while hot, and serve straightaway with spoonfuls of salad. First I quickly pickle the vegetables before they are roasted, giving a delicious piquant note, which is balanced by a little honey. Serves 4 carrots with tops 4 see above beetroots 4 lemons 2 red wine vinegar 1 tbsp runny honey 1 tbsp polenta g extra virgin olive oil fresh sage a small bunch parmesan or pecorino cheese I use a vegetarian one a grating optional.
Fill and boil a kettle and get all your ingredients together. First, pickle your vegetables. Using a mandolin or your excellent knife skills, peel and finely slice the carrots saving the tops for later and beetroots and put them into a large bowl. Add a couple of pinches of salt and pepper and put to one side. Now pour 1. Slowly pour in the polenta, whisking as you go.
Add a good pinch of salt and pepper and continue to whisk as the mixture thickens. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and whisk it in, then leave on a very low heat to blip away, whisking again from time to time. It will take about 25 minutes to cook. While this is happening, spread your pickled vegetables out over two baking trays, drizzle with a little oil and put into the oven to roast for 20 minutes. Reserve the pickling liquor for later.
Keep an eye on the polenta while you make a quick pesto with the carrot tops. Wash the carrot tops well and pat them dry. Blitz them in a food processor with the juice of the other half of the lemon, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 3 tablespoons of the pickling liquor and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Turn the vegetables in the oven — they should be starting to brown — and keep stirring the polenta. Pick the sage leaves from the stalks and toss them in a little olive oil.
Once the veg has had 20 minutes, scatter over the sage leaves and put back into the oven for a further 5 minutes. The polenta is cooked when you can no longer feel the grain — check by tasting a little, but let it cool down on the spoon first, as it will be hot. Once it is ready, season well with salt and pepper and, if you are using it, grate in the cheese.
I love the idea of pho: noodles, herbs and a soothing broth. But most pho is made with a bone broth. This is a killer vegetarian version. The key here is charring the onions and garlic well first, which gives a rich, smoky flavour to the stock. I have made this for a number of pho connoisseurs and it got the seal of approval. I often make double the amount of stock in my biggest pan and freeze half to use as a really full-flavoured addition to soups and stews.
If you are really hungry then some pan-fried tofu, tossed in maple and soy at the end of cooking, would be a good addition. For the rest dried flat rice noodles or pho noodles g fresh Thai or Vietnamese basil or other herbs a small bunch fresh coriander a small bunch pak choi or spinach g sugar snap peas g limes beansprouts g good chilli oil. Heat a large saucepan over a high heat. Peel and quarter the onions and halve the bulb of garlic, bash the ginger until it almost starts to break up. Add the onion, ginger and garlic to the dry pan and toast until blackened and charred all over.
This will take minutes. Next, add the cinnamon, star anise, cloves and coriander seeds and toast for a couple of minutes, stirring all the time. Now add 2 litres of hot water from the kettle, the stock powder or cube, the mushrooms and the soy or tamari and bring to a simmer. Chop the carrots into 2cm chunks and add these too. Cook for 25 minutes, until all the flavours have infused.
While the stock is simmering, put the noodles into a bowl, cover with boiling water from the kettle and put to one side. Drain after 8 minutes or following the packet instructions. Pick the leaves from the stalks of all your herbs, quarter your pak choi and halve your sugar snap peas, lengthways. Once the stock has had its time, sieve it into a large bowl and pour it back into the pan.
Add the juice of limes, depending on how juicy they are. Taste and adjust, make sure the lime, soy and spices come through, then add the sugar snaps and pak choi or greens and simmer for a couple of minutes, until the leaves have wilted a little. Divide the drained noodles between four bowls and ladle over the stock and vegetables. Serve with beansprouts, herbs and the remaining lime cut into wedges, with some chilli oil for everyone to add as they choose.
I have been known to eat a bowl of this in front of the fire in January after the Christmas-eating enthusiasm. Use it anywhere you might use good olive oil, to finish soups and in dressings.
De-stone the avocado and scoop the flesh into the jug of a blender. Rutabega, turnips, and parnsips can have a little bit of a bite to them, so roasting them brings out more of their sweeter side and makes them delicious! This soup is souper haha?? You could just chop all the vegetables and add them into the pot and cook them with the vegetable stock, but if you know me you know how much I love roasting vegetables! It brings out such a great flavor in the vegetables that I think is really important with the root vegetables we are using today.
So, we are going to roast the vegetables with a little olive oil and salt and pepper and then we are going to add them to the pot with some onion, garlic, herbs and stock and then blend it right up! This is the perfect winter soup to warm you up while you enjoy your Friends marathon! I love the turnips and rudabegas in here. Such a pretty color, too!
It was unseasonably warm today 70 maybe and I was wishing it would be colder, but -7 just sounds wrong! This soup is a stunner! What a gorgeous color. We are in the middle of a polar vortex… and this is perfect comfort food!
Thank you, Ashley! Oh no!
The polar vortex sounds scary and way too cold for my wimpy body! Stay warm!! Delicious cold weather soup. And I agree, roasting vegetables brings out a much deeper, richer flavor which I prefer. Stay warm in that cold weather! Especially root vegetables! This is definitely the perfect way to sneak them in!
I could totally use a huge bowl of this!
Did the polar vortex hit?? I can only imagine that it is freezing where you live!
We got a small dusting of snow the other day and everyone was freaking out, but I know it is nothing like where you live! Roasted root veggies are the best and you nailed it with bringing out their sweeter side. I could make a big ole pot of this and eat it for a week. And i bet it freezes really well for later!
Lobster bisque. Often topped with croutons and gruyere cheese melted golden on top, over the edges of the bowl. Great, useful approach. Lamb or beef steak, parsnips , carrots , leeks , bouquet garni , Madeira wine ; popular in England during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Bread soup made with leftover bread , eggs , beef broth and Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese. This is perfect for me and my garden… just toss in whichever roots I have handy at the time! Visit Gozo.
Cozy and nourishing….. High of 10 degrees today. The color is lovely too. Happy New Year to you Izzy!! Thanks, Laura! I have definitely been eating this soup for a week now! It totally brings out the best in them, so I appreciate your emphasis and direction on this! I forget about it! Looking forward to trying this, Izzy! A marathon of TV is really nice during the cold winter months. I bet Cheeto would join me there for a good snuggle. It sounds like I need to try it out soon! Definitely a marathon in itself! So many are filled with recipes that are only slight variations of the same ingredients.
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