Posts Tagged With: meat-free Mondays

Bill’s sweetcorn fritters with avocado and lime salsa

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This classic dish from Bill’s just gets better with the addition of this herby salsa – feel free to add a drop of Tabasco or Cholula at home!

Fresh from the garden: sweetcorn, red onion, coriander, avocado, lime, eggs
Recipe source: adapted from Bill Granger’s recipe
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes

Equipment:

  • Chopping boards & knives
  • Citrus juicer
  • Salad spinner
  • Large metal spoons
  • Bowls: glass,
  • Measures: cup, ¼ cup, teaspoon, ½ teaspoon, ¼ teaspoon
  • Food processor
  • Spatula
  • Non stick frying pan
  • Soup spoon
  • Tea towel
  • Serving bowls for salsa
  • Serving plates

 

Ingredients:

Salsa

  • 1 small red onion
  • A small handful coriander
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Corn fritters

  • 2 large corn cobs
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 eggs
  • A small handful of coriander
  • 1¼ cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • Rice Bran oil for frying

What to do:

The salsa:

  1. Peel and finely chop the onion. Roll the lime on the table to soften, then cut in half and juice. Wash the coriander and spin it dry, then finely chop, reserving some leaves for garnish.
  2. Cut the avocadoes in half lengthwise, then neatly take the stone out. Using a large metal tablespoon, scoop out the flesh from half an avocado in one scoop. Place the flesh on a chopping board and slice into cubes.
  3. Place the avocado cubes in a glass bowl, spoon over 2 tablespoons lime juice & then add oil, onion and half of the coriander. Season with salt & pepper & toss gently to combine. Divide into serving bowls and reserve.

  The fritters:

  1. Strip the silks from the corn cobs and wash the cobs. Turn the cobs on one end and carefully slice the kernels from the stalk.
  2. Peel and finely chop the red onion.
  3. Toss about ½ of the corn kernels, and all of the onion, eggs, the other half of prepared coriander, flour, baking powder and spices into a food processor and whiz together until they are a thick, yellow, gloopy paste.
  4. Scrape out into a large bowl and add the rest of the corn kernels. Stir to combine.
  5. Heat up a non-stick frying pan and put about a tablespoon or two of Rice Bran oil in it. Heat it until it shimmers then dollop three mounds, each about the size of a heaped soupspoon worth of corn fritter batter into the pan.
  6. Fry them for about a minute on each side, checking that they are nicely browned before flipping. Repeat with the remaining batter, keeping the fritters warm on a plate under a tea towel. You should get about 16 fritters.
  7. Divide among serving plates and spoon on the salsa. Garnish with reserved coriander leaves and serve.

 Notes: Where does this salsa originate? What is a dollop?

 

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Magic bean stew

Why magic? Have you heard the story of Jack and the Beanstalk? These could be the same beans… anyway this stew certainly warms you up magically, and is great wrapped in a flour tortilla, burrito-style – or simply served with a slice of crusty bruschetta on the side.

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From the garden: garlic, onion, celery, carrots, coriander
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes

Equipment:
  • Large glass bowl
  • Scales
  • Measures: tablespoon, teaspoon
  • Colander
  • A medium saucepan & a large heavy-based saucepan
  • Chopping boards & knives
  • Potato peelers
  • Salad spinner
  • Garlic press
  • Wooden spoon
  • Ladle
  • Serving bowls

Ingredients:

  • 100g dried cannellini beans
  • 100g dried borlotti beans
  • 100g black eyed beans
  • 100g dried chickpeas
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 red onion
  • Olive oil
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 bunch coriander
  • Flaked salt & black pepper

What to do:

  • The night before, place your dried beans in the glass bowl and fill the bowl with cold water and the bicarb.
  • The next day, rinse and drain the beans, then put them into the medium saucepan with lots of fresh cold water to cover. Add 3 garlic cloves & grind of pepper. Set on a medium heat and simmer until beans are soft – should be around 20-30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, peel and finely chop the onions.Wash and shake the celery dry then slice down the stalks, then chop the thin strips and leaves into small dice.
  • Wash and peel the carrots, slice into lengths then chop the lengths into small pieces.
  • Wash and spin dry the coriander and chop finely, keeping the stalks separate from the leaves.
  • Peel and squeeze the remaining garlic cloves through the press.
  • Heat a couple of tablespoons of oil in the large saucepan and fry the onion gently for 2 minutes, then add in the garlic, celery, carrot and chopped coriander stalks (not leaves, keep thewm for later) for about 5 minutes until the flavours combine.
  • Add the tomatoes and continue to cook on a gentle heat for a further 5 minutes, and then scoop out the beans and in to the tomato with a little liquid to moisten. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Add a grind of pepper and a sprinkle of salt and taste to check seasoning.
  • Ladle into serving bowls, sprinkle with chopped coriander leaves and eat!

Notes: Why do we soak the beans overnight? What is another name for stew? What is coriander also known as?

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Bush tucker: Pigface and mushroom omelettes

Pigface is also called karkalla or bush bananas & grows everywhere along the Eastern seaboard. Have a look next time you’re down at the beach!

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Foraged bush tucker food: pigface/ karkalla
Recipe source: Melissa
Makes: 4 omelettes

Equipment:

  • Paper towel
  • Chopping boards and knives
  • 1 large, 1 medium & 4 small mixing bowls
  • Garlic press
  • Colander
  • Fork, butter knife
  • A large wok
  • A non-stick frying pan
  • Wooden spoon with straight end
  • Egg slice
  • Serving plates
Ingredients:

  • A large handful of mushrooms
  • A clove of garlic
  • A large handful pigface
  • 8 eggs
  • Flaked salt & black pepper
  • 50g butter
  • Olive oil

What to do:

  • Trim the mushrooms of any dirt and wipe clean with a damp piece of paper towel. Chop into thin slices and reserve in a large bowl.
  • Peel the garlic clove and squeeze through the garlic press into the mushrooms.
  • Wash the pigface in a large bowl of cold water and drain. Pick through and discard any damaged ends and reserve the rest. Chop any large pieces into smaller slices.
  • Break 2 of the eggs at a time into each small bowl, season with salt and pepper and whisk lightly with a fork.
  • Heat a small knob of butter and a tablespoon of olive oil in the wok over medium heat until foaming. Add in the mushrooms and garlic and carefully toss a few times to cover in the butter mixture. Sprinkle in a few pinches of salt, a grind of pepper, and then sauté for 2 minutes until slippery.
  • Add the pigface to the wok and toss for another minute.
  • Add another small knob of butter to the frying pan and then when foaming, pour in one of the bowls of whisked egg mixture and gently tilt the pan to distribute. Cook for 20 seconds or so on a low heat, until it begins to bubble, then draw the egg into the centre with the wooden spoon and rotate the pan again to redistribute the uncooked egg.
  • The omelette is cooked when the base is set, but is still slightly runny in the middle.
  • Slide a quarter of the mushroom and pigface onto one half of one omelette, fold the other half over with the egg slice to form a half-moon and slice out on to one of the serving plates.
  • Repeat with the remaining omelettes and the rest of the mushroom mixture, and serve!

Notes: What does pigface look like and where does it grow?

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Bush tucker: Broccolini and lemon myrtle risotto

This lovely risotto is textural and beautifully herby, and very easy once you get past all the stirring! Serve just before eating while it’s still soupy.

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Foraged bush tucker food: lemon myrtle leaves
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes

 

Equipment:

  • Saucepan
  • Measures: scales, jug, cup, ¼ cup, tablespoon
  • Salad spinner
  • Garlic press
  • Mixing bowls
  • Chopping boards & knives
  • Grater & microplane zester
  • Ladle
  • Wooden spoon with a straight end
  • Heavy based stockpot
  • 4 soup plates or bowls to serve

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 litres water with 2 tablespoons bouillon (or 2 litres stock)
  • 1 brown onion
  • 3 fresh lemon myrtle leaves
  • A small handful marjoram
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 handful broccolini & leaves
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 20g butter
  • 400g Arborio rice
  • 50g parmesan
  • Flaked salt & black pepper

What to do:

  • Pour the water and bouillon into a saucepan, and bring it to a boil. When boiling, turn down to bare simmer and add the lemon myrtle leaves.
  • Peel and finely chop the onion. Squeeze the garlic cloves through the press into a small bowl.
  • Wash the broccolini & shake dry. Chop the stems into ½ cm pieces and add stems to the stock, reserving the florets. Wash the leaves, strip from the stalks and finely slice the leaves.
  • Heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat in the stockpot. Add the chopped onion and cook gently for about three minutes until translucent but not brown. Add the garlic and cook gently for another few seconds.
  • Stir in the rice until the grains separate and begin to crackle.
  • Begin adding the simmering stock, a ladle at a time, and stir in. The stock should just cover the rice and bubble. Stir every minute or so for about 15 minutes.
  • After about 10 minutes, add the broccoli florets & sliced leaves to the rice and keep stirring for about another 5 minutes. When the rice is just tender all the way through but still slightly firm, usually in about 20 minutes all up, it is done.
  • Meanwhile, weigh and cut the parmesan & grate it. Wash and spin dry the marjoram, strip and discard the stems.
  • Add the last ladleful of stock and the rest of the broccolini in to the rice. Stir in the marjoram and parmesan, and remove from the heat. Taste now and check the seasoning. The mixture should be creamy and lose.
  • Serve into the bowls and eat right away!

Notes: What sort of rice is Arborio? Why do we use this sort of rice? Why do we fry the rice off first? What does ‘yield’ mean? What do lemon myrtle leaves smell like?

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Turnip tops, kale, herbs and ricotta tart

Yotam says, “It is possible to use a wide range of wild, cultivated or supermarket greens in this recipe. Consider nettles, beetroot tops, turnip tops, spinach or watercress, in combination.”

We say, ” This is DELICIOUS!”

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Fresh from the garden: onion, celery, turnip tops, kale, silverbeet, herbs, lemon
Recipe source: adapted from a recipe by Yotam Ottolenghi
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes

Equipment:
  • Chopping boards and knives
  • Large and smaller frying pans
  • Measures: tablespoon
  • Scales
  • Grater & microplane
  • Mixing bowls
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking paper
  • Large oven tray
  • Pastry brush
  • Fork
  • Serving plates

Ingredients:

  • ½ a small red onion
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 8 large turnip leaves & silverbeet
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • A small branch mint
  • A small bunch of parsley
  • A small branch of sage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 50g pecorino
  • 75g feta
  • 15g pine nuts
  • 1 lemon
  • 350g all-butter puff pastry (we use Careme)
  • 100g ricotta
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and black pepper

What to do:

  • Peel and thinly slice the onion. Wash and thinly slice the celery stalks and leaves. Wash the turnip tops and shake dry then finely chop, discarding any tough stalks. Peel and finely slice the garlic. Wash and spin dry the herbs then pick off the leaves, tearing the mint leaves and finely chopping the parsley and sage.
  • Place a large frying pan on medium-high heat and sauté the onion, celery, chard, garlic, mint, parsley and sage in the olive oil. Cook, stirring continuously, for 10 minutes or until the greens are wilted and the celery has softened completely.
  • Meanwhile weigh the pecorino and grate it. Weigh the feta and crumble it. Weigh the pine nuts and lightly dry toast in the smaller frying pan. Wash and wipe the lemon and finely zest using the microplane grater.
  • Remove the greens from the heat and stir through the feta, pecorino, pine nuts, lemon zest, ¼ teaspoon of salt and a hearty grind of black pepper. Leave aside to cool for a moment.
  • Preheat the oven to 200C.
  • Roll the pastry so it is 5cm bigger than your baking tray on all sides, and then cut the extra off in strips. Place the large pastry sheet on an oven tray lined with baking paper and lay the border strips on top of the edges of the pastry sheet. Spread the filling out on the pastry inside the borders and dot the filling with large chunks of ricotta. Lightly beat the egg, then brush the pastry borders with egg.
  • Bake the tart in the oven for 30 minutes until the pastry is golden and cooked on the base.
  • Remove from the oven and brush with a little olive oil. Divide onto serving plates and serve warm or at room temperature.
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Penne pesto

For a spicy alternative, rocket leaves can be added to the basil and pounded together or you could try a parsley combination… cooked chickpeas can be used in place of pine nuts in case of nut allergy, and gluten free pasta works fantastically!

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Fresh from the garden: basil, garlic
Recipe source: pesto adapted from a recipe by Alice Waters in The Art of Simple Food
Serves: 4 or 24 tastes

Equipment:

  • Large saucepan or stockpot
  • Mixing bowls – 4 mixed sizes
  • Scales
  • Salad spinner
  • Cheese grater
  • Medium frying pan
  • Mortar & pestle
  • Tea towel
  • Measuring jug
  • Spatula
  • Tablespoon
  • Serving bowls
Ingredients:

  • 250g dried penne
  • 1 big bunch basil, to yield about 100g
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • Salt
  • 80g pine nuts
  • 50g parmesan cheese – grana padano or parmigiano
  • 200ml extra virgin olive oil

 

What to do:

  • Fill the large saucepan or stockpot with water and set it to boil.
  • Weigh the pasta and add it to the pot when boiling with a tablespoon of salt – cook for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, pick the basil leaves from the stalks and weigh before you wash them! Then wash in several changes of water and thoroughly spin-dry the basil.
  • Heat the frying pan on a medium heat and lightly dry-toast the pine nuts, shaking regularly so that they don’t stick.
  • Peel the garlic clove and place in the mortar and pestle with a good pinch of salt. Pound these to a paste.
  • Grate the parmesan cheese.
  • Add the pine nuts to the mortar & pestle and continue to pound. Once smooth-ish, transfer to the bowl and stir in the parmesan.
  • Tear the basil leaves and put them into the mortar with a sprinkle of flaked salt. Pound the leaves to a paste. Return the pine nut mixture to the mortar and, pounding it all together, gradually pour in all the olive oil.
  • Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary, then using the spatula, scrape out the pesto into a clean big mixing bowl.
  • When the pasta is cooked, scoop out into the pesto bowl with a small amount of cooking water to moisten. Divide among bowls and serve!

Notes: With what else can you use pesto? What also goes with well with basil? Why do we toast the pine nuts? Can you name any other pasta sauces?

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Roasted turnips and pears with rosemary honey drizzle

The colder weather brings us turnips, parsnips and swedes but they’re a tricky bunch to convince kids to eat… Unless they’re swaddled in buttery honeyed goodness! Serve this with roast pork.

Fresh from the garden: turnips, pears, rosemary
Recipe source: adapted from a recipe by Susie Middleton in Fast, Fresh & Green (seen on marthastewart.com)
Serves: 4 as a side dish or 24 tastes

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Equipment:

  • Large rimmed baking tray
  • Baking paper
  • Paper towel
  • Chopping boards and knives
  • Mixing bowls
  • Spatula
  • Mezzaluna
  • Scales
  • Measures: ¼ cup, tablespoon, teaspoon
  • Small saucepan
  • Serving bowls
Ingredients:

  • 4 medium purple-topped turnips
  • 2 firm ripe Bosc pears
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons coarse salt
  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary

 

What to do:

  • Preheat oven to 220C. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with baking paper and set aside.
  • Scrub the turnips under running water and wipe dry. Without peeling, chop them into 2cm cubes by cutting into slices first, then rods, then cubes.
  • Wash and dry the pears and prepare in the same way as the turnips, discarding the cores.
  • In a large bowl, toss together turnips and pears with oil and salt until well combined. Place in an even layer on prepared baking sheet.
  • Transfer to oven and roast, turning with a spatula once or twice during cooking, until browned and turnips are easily pierced with a paring knife, 25 to 30 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking.
  • Meanwhile, wash the rosemary sprig and wipe dry with paper towel. Strip the needles from the stalk and finely chop using the mezzaluna. We will need about a tablespoon’s worth.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add honey and rosemary; let simmer for a few seconds and remove from heat.
  • Transfer turnips and pears to serving bowls and drizzle with butter mixture. Toss to combine and serve.

Notes: What other classic fruit and vegetable combinations can you think of? What does a turnip smell like?

 

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Cheese and spring onion souffles

This classic comfort food recipe has appeared on this blog in a slightly different version of two cheeses souffle – but this version with spring onions has gone down a treat, even if we do say so ourselves…

Fresh from the garden: eggs, spring onion
Recipe source: adapted from a recipe on bbcgoodfood.com
Serves: 5 at home or 25 tastes

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Equipment:

  • 5 x 250ml ramekins or soufflé dishes
  • Baking paper & string
  • Scissors
  • Baking tray
  • Scales
  • Paper towel, pot holders
  • Bowls – 1 large, 5 small
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring jug
  • Stand mixer and bowl
  • Metal spoon
  • 4 under-plates to serve
Ingredients:

  • 25g butter plus extra to grease the ramekins
  • 100g feta cheese
  • 100g parmesan
  • 2 or 3 spring onions
  • 5 eggs
  • 25g flour
  • 250ml milk
  • Flaked salt & black pepper

What to do:

  • Heat the oven to 200C. Butter the ramekins.
  • Make a collar for each ramekin by tearing a 40cm length of baking paper, folding it into thirds, and buttering one side. Then roll it around the ramekin, buttered side in, and tying with string to secure. Place them on the baking tray when done.
  • Measure the parmesan, then grate it. Crumble the feta cheese.
  • Wash the spring onions and pat dry with paper towel. Strip off the tough outer layer and trim the roots and tops. Finely chop them into thin discs to yield about 2 tablespoons.
  • Carefully separate each of the eggs, putting the whites into the very clean and dry bowl of the stand mixer, and reserving the yolks in a small bowl.
  • Melt 25g butter in the saucepan, stir in the flour and gently cook on a low heat for a minute or so. Slowly add the milk, stirring all the time to make a thick sauce. Cook for a couple of minutes to cook out the flour.
  • Stir in the cheeses and spring onions then add 4 of the egg yolks, season generously and mix well.
  • Whisk the egg whites until they are stiff and form soft peaks.
  • Using a metal spoon, start folding the egg whites into the cheese mixture carefully – begin by using about 1/3 of the whites first and then adding the rest once combined – and pour into the buttered soufflé dishes.
  • Cook for 12–15 minutes until the soufflés are risen and golden.
  • Using pot holders, carefully place a soufflé on to an lined underplate and serve TOUT SUITE!

Notes: What is a ramekin? Why do we separate the egg yolks and whites? Why do we need to cook out the flour? Where does the word soufflé come from?

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Zucchini, mint and feta salad with pangrattato

If you have a spiraliser gadget then this dish is easy and looks fantastic! If not, then julienne your zucchini by slicing or peeling them into as thin strips as possible.

Fresh from the garden: zucchini, lemon, sage, mint
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes

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Equipment:

  • Food processor
  • Measures – cup, ½ cup, tablespoon, teaspoon
  • Microplane zester
  • Paper towel
  • Large frying pan
  • Spiraliser
  • Scissors
  • Citrus juicer
  • Serving bowls and smaller bowls for pangrattato

 

 

Ingredients:For the pangrattato:

  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Half a small loaf of sourdough bread
  • 1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 sage leaves

For the salad:

  • 3 zucchini
  • A small branch of mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 200g Danish feta
  • Flaked salt

What to do:

For pangrattato:

  • Break or tear the sourdough into small chunks and then blend up in the food processor until they resemble breadcrumbs. You’ll need about a heaped cup worth.
  • Wash and wipe the lemon dry, then zest the lemon, taking only the thin layer of skin off and leaving the white pith on. Wash the sage leaves and gently press dry with a piece of paper towel. With scissors, snip into thin strips.
  • Heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the frying pan. Add the rest of the pangrattato ingredients and toss until golden and crunchy (this takes about 5 minutes). Taste and add more seasoning if needed. Set aside to cool and crisp up.

For zucchini salad:

  • Wash the zucchini and wipe dry, then spiralise or julienne them into thin strips. Wash the mint, press dry with a piece of paper towel and using the scissors, snip them into thin strips. You should have about 2 tablespoons worth.
  • Cut the zested lemon in half and juice one half.

To finish:

  • Place zucchini in a dish, top with mint leaves, oil and the lemon juice and season with a grind of pepper. Check the seasoning and add a sprinkle of salt if needed. Unwrap the feta and crumble it into the zucchini. Toss to combine and divide out into your serving bowls.
  • To serve, top salad with a little of the pangrattato and serve the rest in little bowls on the side for each person to help themselves to, just before eating.

Notes: What does a heaped cup mean? What does a spiraliser do? What is pith?

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Green herb soup

You can use any herbs here depending on what you have fresh – we use a combination of mint, sage, tarragon, thyme, rosemary, basil and marjoram. Herbilicious!

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Fresh from the garden: potatoes, spring onions, lettuce, lemon, herbs
Recipe source: adapted from a recipe by Delia Smith
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes

Equipment:

  • Kettle
  • Scales
  • Chopping boards and knives
  • Scissors, colander
  • Bowls – big, small
  • Large stockpot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Salad spinner
  • Citrus juicer
  • Measures – jug, tablespoon
  • Stick blender
  • Soup bowls or cups
Ingredients:

  • 1 litre boiling water and tablespoon of bouillon or 1 litre light stock
  • 350g potatoes
  • 10 spring onions
  • 300g lettuce leaves
  • 50g butter
  • A large handful of fresh herbs
  • A lemon
  • 150ml cream
  • Flaked salt and fresh black pepper

 

What to do:

  • Fill the kettle and set it to boil.
  • Scrub the potatoes until they are absolutely clean and then cut into thick slices and then cubes.
  • Snip the very end of the spring onions so that there are no roots remaining. Wash under cold water and then thinly slice the whole onion, green ends too.
  • Melt the butter in the stockpot, and stir in the thinly sliced spring onions and the cubed potatoes. Stir and cook over a gentle heat so the vegetables soften gently without browning.
    Meanwhile wash the lettuce leaves in several changes of water and shake dry. Roll up a handful of lettuce leaves at a time and then cut into thin ribbons. This is called shredding.
  • Wash the herbs and spin them dry. Pick off the leaves and chop any coarse leaves into small pieces. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the halves.
  • Now stir in the shredded lettuce. Get it all nicely coated with butter. Then add the stock or hot water and bouillon, bring to simmering point, cover and cook gently for about 10 minutes or just long enough for the potatoes to soften.
  • Carefully remove the pot from the heat, add the chopped fresh herbs and cream and blend it all together with the stick blender until smooth.
  • Add lemon juice to taste, a little at a time, and checking seasoning as you go.
  • Ladle into soup cups or bowls and serve!

Notes: What are coarse leaves? How do you shred lettuce? Where is the bouillon stored?

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