Posts Tagged With: borlotti

Cauliflower and borlotti bean soup

There is something almost saintly about a pureed bean soup – and this has texture and flavour & a wonderful creaminess from the beans. And protein! Although who cares how healthy this is for you when it tastes so good?!

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Fresh from the garden: onion, garlic, bay, cauliflower, parsley
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes

Equipment:

  • Kettle
  • Chopping board & knife
  • Colander, sieve
  • Large saucepan or stockpot
  • Measures – jug, tablespoon, teaspoon
  • Bowls – big, medium
  • Salad spinner
  • Stick blender
  • Mouli
  • Ladle
  • Serving bowls

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large brown onion
  • 4 or 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 2 tins of borlotti beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1½ litres vegetable or chicken stock (or 1½ litres water and a tablespoon and a half of bouillon)
  • A small handful parsley
  • Black pepper

What to do:

  • Fill the kettle and set it to boil.
  • Peel and finely dice the onion. Peel and slice the garlic. Wash, drain and chop the cauliflower, finely chopping the stalks and discarding the leaves to the chook bin.
  • Open the tins of borlotti beans, drain into the sieve and rinse well under cold water.
  • Heat the olive oil in the saucepan and gently sauté the onion until soft for about 5 minutes and then add the garlic, fennel seeds & bay leaves and cook gently for another minute.
  • Add the cauliflower and the drained beans. Pour in the stock or water and bouillon.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes until the cauliflower is tender.
  • Meanwhile wash and spin the parsley dry. Pick off the leaves, discarding the stalks, and finely chop.
  • Fish out the bay leaves, grind a little pepper in and then carefully whizz until smooth using the stick blender.
  • For a silky smooth finish you may want to pass the soup through the fine setting of a mouli, and then reheat.
  • Taste for correct seasoning and ladle into bowls.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve!

 Notes: We are using tinned beans in this recipe. What would you need to do if you were using dried beans? What other sort of beans are there? What is bouillon?

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Cannellini beans with sage, garlic and rocket

We’ve recently discovered the joys of cooking our own soaked beans – the only thing is to remember to start at least 12 hours before as the beans need that soaking time.  These accompaniments are very basic but so delicious & perfect for a one-bowl supper in front of Masterchef! You can also substitute borlotti beans for an earthier dish…

Cannellini beans with sage, garlic and rocket

From the garden: sage, parsley, rocket

Recipe source: Melissa, kitchen specialist Bondi PS

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Soaking dried beans and then cooking them the next day is such a rewarding experience – and these simple accompaniments make the beans a lovely autumn dish. Serve with crusty sourdough!

Equipment:

  • Bowls – large, heatproof
  • Colander
  • 2 saucepans – medium
  • Kitchen towel
  • Measures: tablespoon, jug
  • Chopping board & knife
  • Sieve
  • Microplane grater
  • Serving bowls

 

Ingredients:

  • 250g dried cannellini beans
  • 1 tablespoon bicarbonate of soda
  • A small branch of sage
  • A small bunch of flat-leaf parsley
  • A handful of rocket
  • Cooking salt
  • Flaked salt & black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • A splash of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 50g grana padano cheese

What to do:

  • The night before, place your dried beans in the large bowl and fill the bowl with cold water well over the beans, add the bicarb and stir. They will need to soak for at least 12 hours.
  • At the start of your lesson, drain the beans into the colander and rinse them well, then put them into the medium saucepan with about 3cm cold water to cover.
  • Rinse the sage, keeping the branch whole, and shake dry. Peel 3 of the garlic cloves and add them, whole, to the saucepan. Also add the branch of sage, a teaspoon of salt & grind of pepper. Set on a medium heat and simmer until beans are soft, probably about 2o minutes.
  • Meanwhile wash the parsley and spin dry. Discarding the stalks, finely chop the leaves.
  • Wash the rocket and spin that dry too. Chop the stalks in half or thirds depending on the size.
  • When the beans are soft, turn off the heat and let them cool slightly in the water for a minute or two.
  • Set the sieve over a heatproof bowl and carefully pour the beans and their liquid in to drain.
  • Scrape the beans into a large bowl and toss in the rocket to wilt. Add a cup of cooking liquid back in with a splash of olive oil and stir.
  • Check for seasoning, then sprinkle over the chopped parsley and divide among serving bowls. Grate over some parmesan cheese and serve.
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May 24th 2012

With a sniffle and a snuffle we’re slowly making our way into winter – one more week to go chaps! – with cold nights and misty mornings, and my scarf wardrobe getting a workout… we’ve been late-autumning it up a bit in the cottage: last week the classes made the hearty ribollita soup from Tuscany (cavolo nero, overnight-soaked cannellini beans, carrot, tomato, celery, onion, stale ciabatta) and warmed up with a hit of chilli oil in Sean’s Panaroma’s recipe of handmade lingine with rocket, chilli, lemon and parmesan… alas the children ate all the linguine and left little for the grown-up volunteers… not even the chilli held them back! There was a little rhubarb for some crumble (of course!) and a drizzle of crème Anglaise for a lovely and rare sweet treat 😉

So we’re continuing on this week with the dried bean obsession – cooking off soaked borlotti beans in water with lots of sage and garlic until soft, then dousing in some rosemary-infused olive oil and finishing with a sprinkle of parsley. So simple and sooo good. Only bettered by spreading over buttered Iggy’s country sourdough! And jazzing up a crunchy radish salad with poached eggs and tarragon sauce – and we’ve now finished off the olives we picked in March in some hand-punched olive and rosemary foccacia.

To finish: for those cold nights with the heater dusted off and turned up to 11, we heartily recommend the rocket and coriander soup we’ve been making this week. Recipe to follow!

Keep warm out there… Melissa

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