Vegetarian Cookery Class with Nena Foster

Today on the third of march i went to a fabulous cookery class held by Nena Foster and it was great.

It was held in Northcross Road in East Dulwich, we cooked vegetarian food with seasonal veg provided by Locals Greens. Nena told us all about all the veg that is in season at the moment and we used them in the recipes as they are super tasty when they are in season.

We made a three course meal. On the menu there was a Celeriac and Apple Remoulade. It’s a bit like coleslaw but way more interesting.

Here is the recipe:
apple
celeriac
1 lemon
4 tbsp of plain greek yoghurt
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 handful of parsley
pinch of sea salt ,
25g of blanched hazelnuts,
2 tsp of honey.

We had our own kitchen bench to prep the food and Nena said I kept my work space really tidy.

The main was a lovely leek, mushroom and cheddar crostata. It’s a lot of pastry with veg inside and it’s folded over and you go all around the side and do the same. After it comes out of the oven it will be nice and crispy and cheesy inside. The best combination with the nice crostata are toasted pumpkin seeds and nuts, they add a beautiful crunch.

The last fascinating creation was a brilliant fudgy vegan chocolate, parsnip cake with vanilla and coconut cream to make it vegan instead of using normal cream. It has dehydrated pear crisps as a garnish.

Also Nena showed us a great way on how to make the frosting. This is how you do it: so you leave the coconut cream in the freezer for a couple of hours and then you scoop it out and then whisk it and it goes all frothy.

If you would like to try making some of these delicious recipes then get in touch with Nena: https://nenafosterfood.com/. You can order a weekly veg bag from Local Greens.

 

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Carrot & Parsnip Christmas Chutney

Is it too early for a Christmas recipe? Well, maybe, but the Inter Schools Advertiser very kindly agreed to feature me on their upcoming Christmas-themed recipes page, so here’s my festive offering!

This recipe is really easy to make and tastes delicious with cheese on crackers, or with Christmas ham. Make sure you start saving up lots of jars and make sure you wash and sterilise them. I made 14 jars of assorted sizes with this recipe below. They make the perfect homemade Christmas gift!


Ingredients 

2 kilos carrots, peeled and grated
500g parsnips, peeled and grated
8 dried Kashmiri red chillies
4 heads of garlic, peeled
4 star anise
6 sticks of cinnamon
1 kg sugar
50g salt
2 tbsp coriander seeds, roughly crushed
500ml water
Mix all ingredients in a very large pan except for the sugar. Bring to the boil. Once boiling, add in the sugar and boil ferociously for an hour! When it’s ready, it’ll be nice and sticky.
Decant into sterilised jars and seal tightly. Don’t worry if there seems like there is a lot of liquid, this goes all gooey and lovely when you put it into the jars. When cooled, give a wipe with a wet tea towel to remove any sticky residue. Then you can get creative with your labels for the jars!

Chutney Sterilised Jars

Supergreens Spinach & Oatmeal Cookie

My favourite snack is this super simple to make Spinach & Oatmeal cookie recipe. It’s healthy, quick and easy to make and unbelievably tasty. When I was sent some Bioglan Supergreen Cacao Boost powder to try out, I added this in to my cookie mix to supercharge it. One 10g serving is equivalent to 14 portions of fruit and vegetables!!

You simply blitz all these ingredients pictured below in a food processor, shape into cookies on a baking tray lined in paper and pop in the oven for about 25 minutes at 180C. Let them cool then eat them all up with lots of delicious chutney!

Here’s a video of the recipe when I made it for the first time with my friend Gita Joshi last year:

Wild Garlic Pesto

I went foraging with my friend Adele Nozedar from Brecon Beacons Foraging during the Easter break and we picked lots and lots of wild garlic to make a delicious pesto. The season for wild garlic is usually March to June. The leaves grow in woodlands and often on the side of roads. Just be careful not to pick any Lords and Ladies that have a distinctive arrow shape at the base of the leaf as these are poisonous! Wild garlic has a long, leafy shape and you should pick from the stem one by one to make sure you only pick the garlic leaves. To make the pesto, I chopped them roughly with a mezzaluna, added in some chives, mint and tulip leaves from Adele’s garden and served with a glug of olive oil and salt. You can also make a traditional pesto with toasted pine nuts and parmesan.

Adele runs lots of fantastic foraging courses throughout the year and you can also stay in her beautiful Bookhouse accommodation in Llanfrynach in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons.

We also used the wild garlic pesto in a Tonkotsu Ramen that I cooked with Liam Fitzpatrick.

Healthy recipe for school: spinach & oatmeal cookies

Here is a recipe that I included in our school’s recent healthy eating campaign. You only need four ingredients and it’s super quick to make. I love to snack on these after my swimming class!

You will need some washed spinach, banana, oatmeal and vanilla essence. Put the spinach and chopped banana into a food processor and blitz till all gooey. Then fold in the oats (I use oat bran but normal porridge oats are fine). Shape into patties and put onto greaseproof paper. Bake until they are dry and have a slight baked look to the surface. Serve with some yummy jalapeño jam! Recipe from GrimGrains

Spinach