Showing posts with label beetroot. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beetroot. Show all posts

Friday, March 23, 2012

Mixed Roast Veggies, Greens and Gravy

Mixed Roast Veggies, Greens and Gravy
Don't be frightened to be a little unconventional with this dish... I slow roast anything and everything. You most likely think anyone can roast veggies however this is my cook book, to be a reference that my children can use when I don't answer the phone... here goes... my version of the best roast spuds. 
  • I like to partly boil my quartered beetroot for two reasons. Firstly I want them to be ready at the same time as the others. Secondly because the water from them is used in my baking process for extra flavour and to stop the possibility of any drying during cooking.
  • Finely dice a half dozen mushrooms and lots of fresh herbs. I have used rosemary, parsley and basil and these will add to the flavour of the gravy as I am not using meat today.
  • Add these to the baking dish and next cut veggies similarly sized ... anything you fancy putting  the heavier root veggies in first to give them a little extra time, I have used but am not limited to the following ...
  • Potato 
  • sweet potato 
  • swede 
  • parsnip 
  • turnip
  • beetroot 
  • pumpkin
  • carrot 
  • Season with a little salt and cracked black pepper and toss with a little olive oil and a splosh of balsamic vinegar. Stir to coat everything and then add half of the beetroot water. Bake in a 160 oven quite slowly and when they are about half cooked give them another toss and add the remainder lighter veggies along with the remaining beetroot water to finish all at the same time. 
  • baby zucchini
  • whole mushrooms 
  • tomato  
  • pear 
  • While these are are finishing baking steam some green veggies for a healthy balance and use the water from these to make your gravy.
Gravy is then made by frying a sliced onion in the residue oil and grabbing up all of the herb and diced bits of flavour (add a little oil if necessary) when the onions are softened fry off a couple of fork fulls of a commercial gravy mix into the pan and then gradually add your steamed veggie water until the correct thickness is achieved... This gravy is the best it has lots of flavour without any meat juices...
  • All of this process can be turned into a meat meal by adding a whole chicken right in the middle of the baking dish or chicken thigh pieces throughout...turn the chicken at the break when adding the last of the veggies and all of the herbs and flavours will enhance its flavour.
Delish Delish Delish... 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Watermelon & Beetroot Soup ...who'd of thunk it?

My local produce providers stall is currently offering watermelons from $1 each so why wouldn't I use this opportunity to utilise them in tonight's tea. I also sourced beetroot at 3 for $1. It's all about keeping an eye out for a bargain and then making tonight's tea from the available produce. 
Watermelon & Beetroot Soup
This is a simple soup to prepare but does take just under an hour to cook it and cooling for a few hours or overnight is the recommended method to serve. Very tasty and well worth the waiting times....Yum watermelon and beetroot what a combination.

  • Soft fry a sweet onion in a little oil until translucent.
  • Add 3-4  small roughly diced beetroot and cook on low heat for about 40 mins until soft stirring often.
  • Add 4 cups of vegetable stock cover and cook for about 15mins longer. Strain and reserve the liquid.
  • Add solids and 3 cups of diced seed free watermelon to a blender or similar and purée until smooth.
  • Combine again with the reserved liquid and cool for as long as desired. It is delicious warm as well as cold. Present with fresh chopped mint if desired.