Organic Salad with Roasted Vegetables, Salad Leaves and Cheese

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This makes a perfect lunch with some crusty bread.

 Serves 4

Preparation time: 30 mins 

Ingredients

  • 1-2 aubergines
  • 8 unpeeled garlic cloves
  • 3 tablesp.olive oil
  • 2 red peppers, halved and deseeded
  • 2 tablesp. balsamic vinegar
  • 4 scallions, finely sliced
  • 8-10 black olives
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Salad leaves, generous handful per person
  • 200g cheese

To Cook

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 180°C (350°F). Slice the aubergines lengthwise and mix with 6 of the garlic cloves and 1-2 tablespoons of the oil. Spread out on a baking sheet. Season well. Roast until tender – this will take approximately 20 minutes.

Grill the peppers until well blackened. Cover with a tea towel and leave to cool. Then remove the skins and cut into strips.

Whisk the vinegar with the remaining oil in a large bowl, peel and chop the remaining garlic and add to the bowl. Mix in the aubergines and peppers, scallions and olives. Taste for seasoning. Tear up the salad leaves, arrange on a large platter, top with aubergine mixture and sprinkle with cheese.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with crusty bread.

 

Crispy Potato Cakes with fresh chives

crispy-potato-cakes

 A fresh and crispy potato change with your main meal!

 Serves 4 

Cooking time: 10 Minutes

Preparation time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 large new potatoes (225g/8 oz each)
  • A bunch of chives, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp. of olive or sunflower oil

To Cook

Peel and grate the potatoes into a bowl. (If you have a food processor use the grater attachment to prepare the potatoes. It’s quicker and saves on grating your knuckles!). Add the chives and mix well.

Heat the butter and olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Quickly shape round patties from the potato mixture (about 2 inches in diameter and ½ inch thick) and put onto the hot pan. Using a spatula, press down the cakes to keep them flat and even.

Fry for 4–5 minutes until crisp and golden. Then turn over and cook on the other side until golden. Remove and drain on kitchen paper. Keep warm in the oven until ready to serve.

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Protein: 2.5  

Carbohydrates: 24.1  

Fat: 14.7 

Fibre: 1.95 

Energy: 233.7 

Avonmore Tomato & Basil Soup

avonmore tomato & basil soup

Quick, easy, warming – home warming and delicious

Ingredients

  • 25g Avonmore butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ¼ clove garlic finely chopped
  • ½ tbsp tomato puree
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 900g/2lb fresh vine ripened tomatoes cut in quarters
  • ½ organic chicken stock cube, dissolved in 100ml hot water
  • 85ml Avonmore cooking cream
  • ½ tsp freshly chopped basil
  • Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Melt the butter in a large heavy saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and stir for 4 minutes over a medium heat without adding colour.

Stir in the tomato puree & the tomato quarters. Add the sugar & stock, cover with a lid, increase the heat and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes.

Remove from the heat and puree the soup with a stick blender or alternatively in a food processor until it is completely smooth. Pass the soup through a sieve.

Return the pureed soup to the saucepan, stir in the Avonmore cooking cream and reheat. Season the soup to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Ladle into warm serving bowls and sprinkle with the freshly chopped basil.

Warm Pancakes with Berries and Syrup

Bord B warm pancakes

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 150g plain flour
  • 1 teasp. baking powder
  • 2 tablesp. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablesp. Greek style yoghurt
  • Milk
  • Butter for cooking

To Cook

Place the flour, baking powder and sugar in the food processor. Whiz to mix well. Add the eggs, yoghurt and enough milk to make a thick, but not too thick batter. Heat a knob of butter on a non-stick pan. Take spoonfuls of the batter and cook on the hot pan for 3-4 minutes on each side until nicely browned. Keep warm.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with berries sprinkled with caster sugar and maple syrup. A spoonful of Greek style yoghurt would also be very good served with them.
 http://www.bordbia.ie/consumer/recipes/desserts/pages/warmpancakeswithberries.aspx

Mary Flahavan’s Fruit Oat Smoothie

fruit oat smoothie

Fruit Oat Smoothie
Makes approximately 500ml (1 pint)
Ingredients
150g (6oz) fruit (e.g. ripe bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwis or  stewed apple)
100g (4oz) yogurt
40g (1½ oz) or 2 scoops of Flahavan’s Quick Oats
200 ml (7 fl oz) milk
Honey to sweeten
Method
  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for about 1 minute until smooth.
  2. Add more milk to adjust consistency.
  3. Pour into two tall glasses and serve.

http://www.flahavans.ie/recipes/fruit-oat-smoothie/410

Irish Farmhouse Cheese and Oat Soda Bread

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 Serves 1 Loaf

Ingredients

  • 275g plain flour, plus extra for kneading
  • 1 teasp. salt
  • 1 rounded teasp. bicarbonate of soda
  • 250g stoneground wholemeal flour
  • 25g porridge oats, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 125g Farmhouse cheese, coarsely grated
  • Approximately 500ml buttermilk

To Cook

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 8, 230ºC (450ºF). Sift the plain flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and stir in the wholemeal flour, 25g of the oats and 75g of the grated cheese. Make a well in the centre, add 450ml of the buttermilk and mix together to make a soft but not too sticky dough. Add a little more buttermilk or milk if the mixture seems a little dry.

Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and knead very lightly and briefly into a round. Flip the dough over and gently flatten it into a disc about 4cm thick.

Lightly dust a baking sheet with flour and place the dough on it and sprinkle over the remaining cheese and a few more oats. Then using a large, sharp knife, cut a large cross into the top of the loaf, almost all the way through the dough.

Bake the loaf on the middle shelf of the oven for 15 minutes. Then lower the oven temperature to Gas Mark 6, 200ºC (400ºF).and bake for a further 20-25 minutes, until it sounds hollow when you tap the base. Leave to cool before serving.

http://www.bordbia.ie/consumer/recipes

Traditional Irish Brown Soda Bread

brown soda bread

 This is a delicious, easy and very healthy bread.

Ingredients

  • 250g wholemeal flour
  • 200g plain white flour
  • 1 teasp. bread soda, sieved
  • 1 teasp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 350ml buttermilk, approx.
  • 1 teasp. Honey

Optional Topping:

  • 1 tablesp. sesame seeds or pinhead porridge oats

To Cook

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6, 200°C (400°F).

Mix the flour, bread soda and salt together in a bowl.  Combine the egg with the buttermilk and honey then mix into the flour.  Add a little more buttermilk if the mixture is dry – it should be a soft dough.  Then pour the lot into a lightly oiled loaf tin.  Sprinkle the sesame seeds or porridge oats over the top of the loaf if using.

Bake for 45-50 minutes.  To know when it is cooked simply tap the bottom of the loaf – it will sound hollow when it is fully cooked. Remove from the tin and wrap in a clean tea towel while cooling.  This will keep the crust soft.