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Aargh.. Pizzaaa

Posted on August 26, 2015 by Jenny Huxley | 0 comments

When every member of your household has a particular taste to cater for it’s very easy to get stuck in a food ‘rut' for the sake of convenience and keeping the peace! I too succumb to the demands of my special people despite the best of my intentions. Thankfully my Petite Produce Box provides me with enough variety to keep reinventing some of the old favourites in my house.

As well as the usual cries for curry, ‘some kind of’ lasagne, pesto, meatballs, green eggs and sweet treats, I rarely make it to the end of the week without a plea for pizza. I actually don’t mind as thanks to my box of delights I am always spoilt for choice for beautiful toppings and I can almost guarantee I will have some fresh leaves and salad ingredients to accompany my non junky pizza. I need no further encouragement to prepare something that sits so comfortably alongside my 'congratulations you made it to the end of the week' beer.

I have a quick ‘go to’ pizza dough recipe that is simple and can be prepared a day ahead of time and will also freeze well. You can even sub the flour for an ‘all purpose’ GF flour or you could try buckwheat or Spelt (Spelt is not GF but it is wholesome and delicious!)

Easy Pizza Dough

(Makes 4 x 9 inch Pizzas-definitely worth freezing some of this!)

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 cups of standard flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, plus more for oiling bowl

Mix the water and honey together and when dissolved sprinkle in the yeast. When its foamy (after about 5 mins), sieve in the flour, add the salt and olive oil and either with a wooden spoon or your hand bring together until you have a sticky ball. With a little flour on your kitchen bench turn out your dough and knead until smooth and slightly elasticy…about 5 mins. Pop your dough in a clean oiled bowl that is large enough to allow it to rise and cover it with clingfilm. Put it in a draft free area and let it double in size. (You can also put it in the fridge and forget about it and use it tomorrow if you like!) When the dough has risen, turn it out and ‘knock it back’ (give it a good punch) and then cut the dough into 4.You can either freeze some of the dough balls or have a pizza party. 

Lots of delicious combinations…Zoe’s Garden Butternut Pumpkin and Te Manaia Kale Pesto with Kingsmeade Feta; Zoe’s garden field spinach with Whitestone Windsor Blue, roasted mushrooms and Zucchini or you could try...

Te Manaia Purple sprouting broccoli, anchovy and Parmesan Pizza

  • 250g of crème fraîche
  • 100g of grated Parmesan
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 200g of purple sprouting broccoli, roughly chopped
  • A pinch of dried chilli
  • Olive oil
  • 8 anchovy fillets
  • A handful of pitted black olives

Combine the crème fraîche with 75g Parmesan and the egg yolk and mix well. Place the chopped broccoli in a bowl, add the chilli and a little salt and add a couple of tablespoons of oil; mix well to coat. Get the rest of the pizza ingredients ready to use.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a round or rectangle and spread the cheese mixture onto the pizza evenly. Scatter over the broccoli and olives and sprinkle with remaining parmesan and drape over the anchovies.Transfer the pizza onto a stone or baking tray and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil and cook until crispy. About 8-10 minutes in a hot oven.

 

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Mousakka with Cavolo Nero, Kumara and Cauliflower Bechamel

Posted on August 19, 2015 by Jenny Huxley | 0 comments

This week our Petite Produce Box is overflowing with vitality; we have packed in a little extra love in the Vitamin C department to combat the dreaded cold that is making its unwelcome way into so many homes this Winter!

As always, lots of options, but I’m going for maximum comfort, convenience and an opportunity to slip in as many vegetables as possible!

‘Moussaka’ with cavolo nero, kumara and cauliflower 'bechamel'

So ‘technically’ speaking this may not be the most traditional of moussakas, but it is definitely a tasty and nutritious variation!

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 500 g of Harringtons Beef Mince
  • 2 cans of Ceres Organic Tomatoes (chopped)
  • 3 carrots, grated
  • 2 Kumara cut into fine-medium discs..about 5mm
  • Te Manaia organic Cavolo Nero
  • 1 Zoes Garden cauliflower
  • ½ cup of vegetable stock
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 25 g of butter
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 150 g Parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat the oven to 190ºC.Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan on medium-high heat; add the onion and sauté until tender, then the garlic and sauté for another minute. Add the mince and stir to brown all over. Add the tomatoes and the carrots and turn the heat down to medium-low for about an hour.

  • Meanwhile, brush the kumara with a a little oil and bake in the oven for about 7-10 minutes or until they are soft and start to brown. Remove and set aside and turn the oven down to 180 deg
  • Sauté or steam the cavolo nero and set aside
  • To make the béchamel, cut the cauli into small florets and cook in a large pot of boiling water until tender. Remove the cauli and add to a blender with the milk and the stock and blend until smooth.
  • Lightly sauté the garlic and butter and add the cauliflower and heat through for a minute or two
  • In a lasagne dish, layer the ingredients starting with the mince, then a sprinkle of parmesan, then some kumara, cavolo nero and cauli béchamel and continue until you have reached the top! Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes until the parmesan has melted and browned.

Serve with a fresh cos lettuce and avocado salad or some wilted Winter Greens.

(If you love cauliflower so much that you are not willing to sacrifice it for a sauce then how about a cauliflower and broccolini gratin or a roasted cauliflower, sautéed cavolo nero, roasted tomato and feta stuffed kumara?)

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Asian flavours

Posted on August 04, 2015 by Jenny Huxley | 0 comments

In all honesty, it doesn’t matter what The Petite Produce Fairies put in my box; I’m always delighted by the variety and the care that has gone into the compilation. Occasionally the contents favour a certain cuisine, which makes planning even easier.

This week with all the greens, ginger, lime and coriander I can’t help but lean towards a few Asian style dishes.

Before I arrange my vegetables, which is never the difficult part, I’ll have to organise some meaty numbers. I know I can whip up a yummy Teriyaki inspired marinade which will go with fish/chicken/pork/lamb/beef/mushrooms/eggplant..you name it! It’s a simple one that will last a good few days in the fridge and unlike the traditional sticky Teriyaki sauce, it’s lighter in texture but still brings lots of flavour, especially if the protein is left to marinade overnight.

Ingredients

(Makes 1 cup for 4 Servings)

  • ½ cup of soy sauce or tamari
  • ¼ cup of mirin (or Sake if you’re feeling flash!)
  • 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced or finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of finely grated fresh ginger

Put all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk until the sugar has dissolved. You can literally pop this into a ziplock bag along with the protein of your choice and forget about until the next day when it’s ready to grill or bake!

To go with my Teriyaki meal I’m going to go with a soba noodle chow mein using a good few of my organic greens and ginger. Click here for the recipe! Te Manaia Organic green kale, carrot, ginger soba noodle Chow Mein.

I'm still left with lots of choices..
Zoe's Garden Asian Broccoli Salad, Honey and sesame roasted Carrots and Parsnips, Asian Slaw, Zoe's Garden Spiced silverbeet and Potatoes.

 

And when it comes to mid week and I'm a bit over it all I'll most likely braise my zucchinis in a tomato sauce with some white beans, olives topped and finish off with some chunky Kingsmeade Feta and a bit too much olive oil!

 

 


 

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Te Manaia Kale and Carrot Soba Noodle Chow Mein

Posted on August 04, 2015 by Jenny Huxley | 0 comments

This tasty dish can be enjoyed with or without meat. Feel free to mix and match your veg!

Ingredients

  • 1 pack of Soba Noodles
  • *2 tspoons of arrowroot powder
  • 1 tbspoons of sesame oil
  • 1 tbspoon of veg oil
  • 2tspoons of tamari
  • ½ cup of chicken/veg stock
  • Te Manaia Organic green Kale, shredded
  • 2 Carrots, peeled into ribbons
  • ½ Green cabbage, shredded
  • ½ Bag of Te Manaia mung beans
  • Small thumb of ginger ,grated finely
  • 1 large clove of garlic, sliced finely
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 tbspoon of toasted sesame seeds
  • A few sprigs of fresh coriander

Serves 4

Method

Cook the soba noodles as per packet instructions, drain well and set aside. Toss lightly with a little sesame oil to prevent them from sticking.

In a small bowl, whisk together the stock, arrowroot powder, tamari and sesame oil and set aside.

In a pan or a wok heat the vegetable oil over a medium heat and fry the garlic, ginger and onion until the onion is translucent, add the mung beans and the shredded kale, cabbage and carrot ribbons and continue cooking for two minutes, add the ‘broth’ and cook for a further two minutes until the kale has wilted and the sauce has thickened. Quickly add the noodles and give a good (but gentle!) toss on the heat so they are thoroughly coated in the sauce and then serve immediately. Maybe slice some of your fish, chicken or pork and serve on top with a wedge of lime and a few coriander leaves and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds or peanuts.

*Arrowroot is a thickening agent which has a slightly lighter appearance and texture to cornflour. If you don’t have any you can sub in cornflour, but you may wish to add in an extra tbspoon of water and take care of the lumps…or you could miss it out and have a runnier sauce!

 

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Cavolo Nero and Feta Meatballs

Posted on July 29, 2015 by Jenny Huxley | 0 comments

Often when I see the contents of my Petite Produce Box I do a quick ‘sweep’ of the good stuff and roughly assign the fate of the beloved fruit and vegetables. In a small house of ‘near toddler' chaos this is my one opportunity of the week to seize control and independence, even if it is just putting away the groceries :)

I know immediately when I see the Mushrooms that I’ll make stuffed mushrooms, Baby Spinach will either be a fresh salad or thrown into a spiced Cauliflower and lentil soup. I’ll use the other half of the Zoe’s Garden Cauliflower to make Gratin, Red onions, I will use everywhere because I love them. Zoe’s Winter Greens will most likely get sautéed and tossed through some fried brown rice. The Te Manaia Cavolo Nero and Zoe’s Garden Butternut throw me into a quick tail spin though. Such a winning combo; with these two together, options are plentiful. Cavolo Nero and pumpkin pizza? Pumpkin and white bean mash? Beef Lasagne with Cavolo Nero and roasted pumpkin? I make a decision and commit to it. Cavolo Nero and Feta meatballs with some roasted pumpkin, roasted red onion and sautéed winter greens with brown rice. Requires a bit more than one pot, but I think it’s my turn to have someone clear up after me!

Cavolo Nero and Feta Meatballs with special fried Brown Rice

        

Serves 4 (with rice left over for stuffing mushrooms!!)

For the meatballs

  • 500g Harringtons Minced Beef
  • Te Manaia Cavolo Nero
  • 2 tablespoons of tamari
  • 1 pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 good pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 150g Kingsmeade Feta cut into little cubes (about 5g)

For the rice

  • ½ Zoe’s Garden Butternut Pumpkin
  • Zoe’s Garden Winter Greens
  • 2 Zoe’s Garden Red onions
  • 1 ¼ cup of Ceres Organic Brown Basmati
  • The juice of one lemon

For the sauce

1 Bongusto Arrabiata Pasta Sauce

Don’t be put off by the list of ingredients. Once the vegetables are prepared it’s simple. Just make sure you have an empty dishwasher and a willing extra pair of hands.

  • Remove and discard the stalks from the Cavolo Nero, shred the leaves finely and saute for a few minutes to soften.
  • Cook the brown rice as per instructions and set aside once cooked.
  • Chop half the pumpkin into chunks and pop on a baking tray along with the quartered red onions, some salt, pepper and olive oil and roast on a high heat for about 30 mins. Set aside when cooked.
  • Remove and discard stalks from the winter greens and chop leaves finely.
  • To make the meatballs simply put all of the ingredients except the feta into a bowl and squish together with your hands making sure the seasoning and cavolo nero are distributed evenly. I don’t add eggs or breadcrumbs to my meatballs or burgers. With good quality mince, you just don’t need to.
  • Roll the meatballs into about the size of a button mushroom, this mix will yield about 20-25
  • Once rolled, use your finger to make an indentation in the middle big enough for a piece of cubed feta, pop in the feta and smooth the top over.
  • Gently brown on both sides in a large pan, or in two batches. When they’re cooked heat the sauce in the dish or pan you will finish cooking the meatballs in. When the sauce is up to temperature place meatballs in the sauce and cover, either with a lid or foil. Place in the oven and cook for about 30mins on medium heat.
  • Take your winter greens and sauté with olive oil and lemon juice, add the brown rice, pumpkin and onion and toss through until thoroughly combined.
  • Spoon the rice into bowls and plop some saucy meatballs on top. Definitely worth the effort and a well deserved glass of Pinot Noir :)

 

 

 

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