Patatas a lo Pobre or Patatas Panaderas in the Oven

 

PATATAS A LO POBRE

This popular Spanish dish slowly cooks sliced potatoes in olive oil with onions, green peppers and garlic. It is often served in restaurants, particularly in Southern Spain. Patatas panaderas is a similar version where the potatoes are cooked in the oven.

Rather than frying the sliced potatoes on the hob in a frying pan with lots of olive oil, I decided to cook them in the oven. They worked really well but I thought the times and temperatures suggested in the recipe I followed could be changed to cook them for slower and longer. Rather than using a glass dish covered with foil, next time I would use an iron lidded casserole. This recipe has the new times and temperatures.

Patatas a lo pobre


 

INGREDIENTS

  • 150g potato per person, peeled and cut into 4mm slices
  • 1 large onion, cut into thin slices
  • 1 green pepper, cut into thin slices
  • 5 (or as many as you like) cloves garlic, peeled
  • a splash white wine
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

METHOD

  1. Put the potato, onion, pepper and garlic into a casserole.
  2. Drizzle over some olive oil.
  3. Pour over the wine and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Put the lid on the casserole and place in the oven.
  5. Turn on the oven and heat to 180ºC.
  6. When it has reached its temperature, cook for 1 hour.
  7. Remove the lid and toss the potatoes.
  8. Turn up the heat to 200ºC and cook for another 30 minutes when it has reached the temperature.

Roasted Red Peppers

 

ROASTED RED PEPPERS

We’ve just been given the most amazing red peppers by some friends who grow vegetables over in. They are massive and full of flavour so I’ve been experimenting with different methods for roasting them.

Roasting Red Peppers in the Air Fryer

METHOD

  1. Cut the peppers into 1cm thick strips.
  2. Put the strips directly in the air fryer basket and AIR FRY at 200ºC for 20 minutes.
  3. Open the drawer every 10 minutes and drain off the liquid. You can use this in other dishes and is good added to soup.
  4. At the end of the cooking time, drain off any remaining liquid and toss in some oil in a bowl.
  5. Put back in the air fryer and AIR FRY for a further 20 minutes at 200ºC.
  6. After 10 minutes, open the drawer and put the pepper slices back in the bowl with the oil from the drawer. Toss well before returning to the drawer for the rest of the cooking time.
  7. Season with salt and pepper and leave in air fryer with the drawer closed until needed.

 

Vegetable Samosas

VEGETABLE SAMOSAS

These vegetables samosas use shop-bought empanadilla pastry that you can buy in Spain. They are filled with potatoes, peas and onion and flavoured with Indian spices.

Vegetable Samosas

The samosas are a bit fiddly to make but once you’ve got the hang of them, you can prepare them quite quickly.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 packet of Buitoni (16 obleas de masa para empanadillas)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 500 g potatoes, diced
  • 50 g frozen peas
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground fenugreek
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala

METHOD

  1. Bring the diced potato to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain.
  2. Heat some olive oil in a frying pan and fry the chopped onion until soft.
  3. Sprinkle over the spices and fry for 30 seconds or so.
  4. Add the frozen peas and stir well, heating through for another couple of minutes.
  5. Spoon in the cooked potato and salt and mix well, breaking down the potatoes with the back of the wooden spoon.
  6. It might be necessary to add a couple of tablespoons of water so that the mixture is not too dry.
  7. Open up the packet of empanadillas and arrange them on a tray. It’s a good idea not to remove them from the waxed paper. You can remove them from the paper just before cooking.
  8. Put a small spoon of potato mix onto each half of the empanadillas.
  9. Fold the empanadilla in half, rolling it between your fingers to spread out the filling. Imagine you are rolling a cigarette so use your fingers to press the filling towards to middle of the empanadillas and leave a space around the edge.
  10. Use the paper to foll each one in half.
  11. Gently peel back the waxed paper and use the tips of your three middle fingers to press the edges together.
  12. Use the prongs of a fork to gently press down and seal the edges .
  13. Brush each samosa with olive oil.
  14. Cook the samosas in the air fryer on 200ºC for 8 minutes, turning over half way through.

Veggie Cottage Pie

 

VEGGIE COTTAGE PIE

This recipe for vegetarian cottage pie is adapted from Tom Kerridge’s version. I substituted normal potatoes for the sweet potato topping. This was the first time I had made it and it was absolutely delicious and I will definitely be cooking this again.

Veggie Cottage Pie

This is a vegetarian version of the classic shepherd’s pie.

 

INGREDIENTS

    • potatoes or sweet potatoes, cut into chunks and cooked until soft
    • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
    • 2 large onions, roughly chopped
    • 3 celery sticks, roughly chopped
    • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
    • 100ml red wine
    • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
    • 2 tbsp tomato puree
    • 200g baby mushrooms
    • 200g frozen peas
    • 1 cup of dried puy lentils (approximately 800g cooked), soaked and cooked until tender
    • 1 tsp English mustard
    • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
    • 100g cheddar
    • 1 tsp smoked paprika
    • 1 tablespoon flour
    • 1/2 – 1 cup water
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • extra virgin olive oil
    • salt and pepper
    • 1 vegetable stock cube
    • large knob of butter

METHOD

    1. Heat some olive oil in a large, deep pan.
    2. Meanwhile, pulse the onion, carrots and celery in a Magimix or food processor until finely chopped.
    3. Add the vegetables to the pan and fry gently until soft before adding the garlic.
    4. Add the oregano and thyme, tomato puree and red wine and stir well.
    5. Add the tinned tomatoes,vegetable stock and stir in the cooked lentils, seasoning with salt and pepper.
    6. Next add the tinned tomatoes and stock cube.
    7. Bring to the boil and then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer.
    8. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
    9. Sprinkle over the flour and pour in the water.
    10. Heat through to thicken, adding more water if necessary. The idea is to get a fairly loose consistency.
    11. Transfer the mixture to an oven-proof casserole dish.
    12. Mash the potato along with the butter, both mustards and a splash of milk.
    13. Spoon the mashed potato onto the cottage mixture.
    14. Use a spatula to spread and smooth out the potato and then a fork to make some swirling patterns.
    15. Sprinkle over the grated cheese, the smoked paprika and drizzle over some olive oil.
    16. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180ºC for 45 minutes.

Spinach Falafel

 

SPINACH FALAFEL

I don’t normally use spinach when I make falafels but as we have got plenty of perpetual spinach at the moment, I thought it would be a good to add some to my normal falafel recipe. We tried them today and they worked well.

Spinach Falafel

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup dried chickpeas, soaked in water overnight and then drained
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • 30 large perpetual spinach leaves (or equivalent)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons gram flour
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

METHOD

    1. Blend the chickpeas in a food processor.
    2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again to form a dough.
    3. Heat some oil in a frying pan.
    4. Form the falafel mixture into small falafels and fry for a couple of minutes on each side before turning.