Om Waleed’s Batata Harra
We could certainly do with a little bit of cheering up at the moment and some hearty spicy food really fits the bill. During the lockdown period in April, Om Waleed prepared lots of her favourite dishes and we shared the recipes online – you can still see some of them in our Recipes highlight on our Instagram profile – scroll through, there are lots of other lovely treats to try too.
Batata Harra is an Arabic phrase which
literally translates to spicy potatoes. Here’s Om Waleed’s take on this classic middle-eastern dish.
Ingredients (prepare in advance)
Potatoes (peeled and diced)
5 x Garlic cloves (crushed)
Red Pepper (de-seeded)
2 chillis (finely chopped)
Bunch of coriander (washed and chopped)
Sweet paprika 1 x tbsp
Lemon (freshly squeezed)
1 – Peel, clean and dice your potatoes fry until golden and cooked. Put to one side.
2 – Heat some oil in a pan, add the garlic and gently fry. Stir in the red pepper gently and then add the chillis and gently fry.
3 – Add in the cooked potatoes. Stir in the tablespoon of paprika, season well with salt and pepper.
4. Dress with a glug of good quality olive oil, Stir in a good handful of coriander and the juice of a lemon.
5. Sprinkle liberally with pomegranate seeds and then finish with a good dollop of top quality Greek Yogurt.
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Om Waleed’s Wild Mushroom Carbonara
Extra virgin olive oil
250g Wild mushrooms
Salt and pepper
Heat olive oil, add 4 cloves of sliced garlic.
Heat a large saucepan of water with a glug of olive oil and a big pinch of salt. Add enough pasta for four people.
Add sliced wild mushrooms, stir until cooked. Add salt, pepper and oregano and combine together. Add 200 ml of single cream and cook together for 8 mins. Grate a good handful of parmesan, and stir in. Switch off the heat. Add a couple of large spoon-fulls of water to the sauce which gives a great flavour and helps to thicken it.
Drain the pasta in to cold water to stop the cooking process. Then add to the sauce, combine well – check seasoning and extra pepper if needed. Add fresh herbs and serve.
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This recipe draws from Yvonne’s German heritage, a really hearty, comforting take on the the burger, that’s bursting with flavour. It’s a classic family treat that will please everyone including fussier youngsters. Great for a big family party and perfect for lazy summer days, eating al fresco in the garden.
500g organic lamb mince
500g organic beef mince
1 large onion (grated)
1 x free-range egg
Boiled new season baby potatoes, dressed with plenty of salt pepper, fresh herbs and a bit knob of butter.
In a large bowl combine the meat with the onion, egg, 2 tablespoons of marjoram, 2 tablespoons of mustard, plenty of salt and pepper. Stir the mixture really well, massaging the contents together.
Next, shape the mixture – the size of a large handful – into a round ball and then flatten into a rounded burger.
Pour the breadcrumbs into a separate bowl and dip the burgers into the breadcrumbs.
Heat a knob of butter with olive oil, in a heavy based frying pan. Cook the burgers on both sides until no longer pink in the middle (up to 5 minutes on each side).
3 kilo lamb shoulder on the bone
2 x large Spanish onions
5 cups basmati rice
6 cloves of garlic (peeled)
Middle Eastern 7 spice mix
Salt and pepper
2 x bay leaves
Sprinkle liberally with almonds
Wedges of lemons
Place the lamb in a large casserole and boil in water, with 5 cardamon seeds, bay leaves, salt and pepper and whole onion roughly cut. Boil until meat is tender (around an hour a quarter). In the meantime, slice aubergine thickly (one inch / 3 cms thick), with skin on, fry in a little oil just enough to caramelise and brown on both sides. Take the lamb out of the liquid and leave the liquor to one side for use later.
Slice the remaining onion. In a large cooking pot / casserole, lay out a bed of sliced onion, lay the lamb joint on top of the onion bed, lay the fried aubergine on top of the lamb. Then add the 6 cups of basmati rice on top of the aubergine, sprinkle the garlic and turmeric, season well with salt and pepper and finally add enough of the cooked lamb water to cover the rice plus 3 cms more. Cover with cling-film and then cover with the pot lid and simmer on the hob on for an hour and a half.
Turn the pot onto a big beautiful serving place and slowly turn the contents out upside down. I recommend garnishing with almonds and parsley, wedges of lemon. Serve with Greek yoghurt and cucumber.
200g unsalted butter
3 banana shallots, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
3 thyme sprigs
500g chicken livers (see tip, below left, for how to prepare)
100ml double cream
3 medium eggs
Brioche or bread, toasted
3 sheets leaf gelatine
50g golden caster sugar
a few thyme leaves (optional)
Melt butter in large frying pan, add shallots, herbs and season, cook gently until soft (10 mins).
Decant the cooked shallots to food processor – discard the herbs – pour the melted butter into a jug, leaving 1 tablespoon’s worth in the frying pan.
Turn up the heat in the pan and add the livers. Season and fry for 30 secs on each side or until just browned all over. They will still be fairly raw inside. Take out of the pan and put in the processor. Splash the Sauternes into the hot pan and reduce by half, scraping up any tasty bits as it bubbles. Tip onto the liver and shallots.
Blitz the livers in the processor until totally smooth. With the motor running, slowly pour in the cream and add the eggs, one by one, then the warm butter. Season with 2 tsp sea salt and some pepper, but don’t taste the mixture as it’s still raw. Pass through a sieve, using a spatula to help.
Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3 and boil a full kettle. Put 6 heatproof glass tumblers, small Kilner jars or large ramekins into a roasting tin. Pour the parfait into each one. Pour hot water around the parfaits, letting it come as far up the sides as is safe for you to carry. Bake for 45 mins until the parfaits have set without a wobble and risen a little in the middle. Cool at room temperature (I make this more speedy by filling the pan with cold water and letting the whole thing stand on a wire rack), then chill.
To make the jelly, soak the gelatine in cold water until it is totally floppy. Heat the wine and sugar until it dissolves, then remove from the heat. Squeeze out as much water from the gelatine as possible, then stir into the wine until totally dissolved. Set aside. When cooled but still liquid, pour this over the top of the parfaits, adding a few thyme leaves here and there. Leave to set in the fridge for at least 30 mins. Can be made up to 2 days ahead. Serve with toast and cornichons.
Ingredients for the sponge
175g/6oz unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
175g/6oz caster sugar
3 large free-range eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
175g/6oz self-raising flour
300ml/10½fl oz double cream
Icing sugar, for dusting
Fresh raspberries or strawberries
140g/5oz butter, softened
280g/10oz icing sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
few drops food colouring
Preheat the oven to 190C(170C fan)/375F/Gas 5.
Lightly grease the tins with butter.
To make the cakes, cream the butter and caster sugar together until the mixture is pale and light. Gradually add the beaten eggs, mixing well between each addition. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine.
Sift the flour into the bowl and fold in carefully.
Divide the mixture between the mini sandwich tin cups and level with a teaspoon.
Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for about 15 minutes until golden-brown and springy to the touch.
Leave the cakes to cool in the tin for two minutes and then ease onto a wire cooling rack and leave to cool completely.
Whip the cream to soft peaks and spoon into a piping bag fitted with a small plain nozzle.
Cut each cake in half horizontally with a bread knife.
To make the icing, beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
Add the remaining icing sugar and one tablespoon of the milk and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth. Beat in the milk, if necessary, to loosen the mixture. Stir in the food colouring until well combined.
Pipe the icing into the middle of each cake base, place the sponge tops on and lightly sift icing sugar over the cakes. Adorn with a fresh rasperry or strawberry.
Valentine’s Day! Love it or loathe it, what better excuse to eat cake.
We’ve pulled together a couple of little recipes to top and tail your evening’s meal. Just add a sprinkle of happiness, stir in a pinch of joy and remember to strain out as much cynicism as you can.
Chicken liver paté with a Sauternes jelly
Mini Victoria Sponge cakes
Wimbledon has been and gone but there’s no excuse to not revel in glorious strawberries and cream – and why not combine them with cake for a completely splendid afternoon tea feast! Here’s a relatively simple recipe that looks great and doesn’t take very long to create.
225g – softened butter
225g – caster sugar
4 large – eggs
225g – self-raising flour
1 ½ tsp – baking powder
1 tsp – good quality vanilla extract
50ml – double cream (or much more depending on how decadent you’re felling)
1/2 tsp – vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan. Line and grease three 6″ sandwich tins.
Use your mixer to beat the sugar and butter until smooth. Gradually add the eggs – add a little of the flour if the mixture is beginning to curdle. Add the flour and baking powder until thoroughly blended. Divide the mixture evenly between the tins and level out.
Bake for about 15 minutes or until well risen and the tops of the cakes spring back when lightly pressed with a finger. Leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes then turn out, peel off the parchment and finish cooling on a wire rack.
Whisk together the cream, icing sugar and vanilla extract and continue until stiff peaks form.
Once the cakes are cool. Place a third of the cream on top of one of the cake layers add come chopped strawberries then repeat until all the two layers are completed.
Oh the joys of seasonal eating! We’re now entering into prime seasonal-scoffing territory; asparagus, broccoli, jersey royal new potatoes, lettuce & salad leaves, new potatoes, purple sprouting broccoli, radishes, rocket, samphire, spinach, spring onions, watercress, wild nettles – they’re all ready to go at the moment and it gets better, the strawberries are coming in June.
Believe it or not, despite the hideous recent onslaught of rain and hail, May marks the start of the asparagus season. Here are a few facts for you to chew on:
- Asparagus is a member of the lily family.
- Asparagus first came to Britain with the Romans.
- Asparagus also comes in shades of purple and red, which turn green only when cooked.
- Sizes range from slender, young ‘sprue’ to the thicker-stemmed, jumbo-sized ‘kitchen’ grades.
- It takes about three years for asparagus plants to become established, and even longer to reach a fully productive state.
- In the UK, asparagus is traditionally grown in the Vale of Evesham in Worcestershire, and East Anglia.
- Try accompanying asparagus with butter, hollandaise, vinaigrettte, a poached egg, bacon or pancetta.
- White asparagus is grown by creating mounds of soil around the growing spears, hiding them from the light and resulting in their blanched, pale look. It is particularly labour-intensive to harvest, as experienced eyes are needed to spot the spear tips in the soil.
- The ancient Egyptians were the first to record a love of asparagus. Pharaoh Ikhnaton and his queen Nefertiti called asparagus a food of the gods.
When buying, look for firm but tender stalks with good colour and closed tips. Smaller, thinner stalks are not necessarily more tender.
Once picked, asparagus rapidly loses flavour and tenderness, so it really is worth eating it on the day you buy it. Wash in cold water and snap off the bottom ends. Boil or steam quickly until just tender, around 4 to 7 minutes depending on thickness.
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