Fried Aubergines and Tomato

fried aubergines and tomatoI invented this recipe for fried aubergines and tomato the other day and it doesn’t really have a name – it’s really just fried aubergines and tomatoes with a bit of salt – a bit like a simpler version of ratatouille but without the other ingredients. The aubergines are starting to ripen at the moment and it won’t be long before we have plenty of them so I’m trying out different ways of cooking them in preparation.

One of the problems with frying aubergines is that they absorb a lot of the oil. So, in this recipe I dry fry them for ten minutes in a frying pan or so before adding any oil, giving the aubergine pieces enough time to take on a lovely golden brown colour.

 

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Fried Aubergines and Tomato

This recipe is quick to prepare and is best served warm.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 medium-sized aubergines, halved lengthways and then cut into 1cm slices
  • 2 large tomatoes, coarsely grated
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt

METHOD

  1. Heat a frying pan on a high heat.
  2. When hot, add the aubergine slices, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Turn them over and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  4. Drizzle over some extra virgin olive oil and season with salt.
  5. Keep turning the aubergines every so often until they have got some good colour.
  6. Add the tomatoes and fry on a high heat for another couple of minutes
  7. Turn the heat down low and cook for another 5 minutes or so.
  8. Leave the lid on and leave in the pan until you need to serve them.

Stir-fried Cauliflower

stir-fried cauliflower

STIR-FRIED CAULIFLOWER

We’ve been having cauliflowers every now and again throughout the year. The ones growing at the moment are now big enough to eat so I’m looking for new recipes and ways of preparing them.

Stir-fried Cauliflower

This recipe is quick to prepare and tastes delicious.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • Cauliflower florets
  • 4 cloves garlic, micro-planed
  • 1 inch ginger, micro-planed
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sesame seeds
  • soy sauce
  • salt

METHOD

  1. Heat a frying pan with some extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Add the cauliflower florets, season with salt, cover and cook on a high heat for about 5 minutes so that they take on a nutty brown colour.
  3. Add a couple of tablespoons of water to the pan and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  4. Drain the cauliflower in a colander and transfer to a bowl.
  5. Add some extra virgin olive oil to the pan.
  6. Fry the garlic and the ginger for a couple of minutes before sprinkling over some soy sauce.
  7. Return the cauliflower to the pan and mix thoroughly.
  8. Put the cauliflower back in the bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  9. Serve.

Gazpacho

gazpacho tomatoes

GAZPACHO

This is my second recipe for gazpacho. My first recipe (Andalusian gazpacho) is the more traditional recipe that uses onion, cucumber, garlic, green pepper and garlic, but today I wanted to make a more tomato-based, thinner version like the one they serve in glasses in bars in towns around Andalucía, and Sevilla where I have fond memories of it from.

You must use ripe tomatoes with plenty of flavour for this recipe. Our tomatoes are generally ready at the beginning of August, so if I fancy making this before then, I will use plum tomatoes which tend to have more flavour than other early varieties.

This recipes serves two but it can be easily adapted.

Gazpacho

It only takes a few minutes to prepare this refreshing, cold tomato soup which is perfect for hot, summer days.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • cider vinegar
  • 2 capfuls balsamic vinegar
  • cider vinegar
  • 50g stale bread
  • ½ cup water
  • salt

METHOD

  1. Core and roughly chop the tomatoes and add to a food blender with the garlic.
  2. Blend for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add the balsamic vinegar, a good glug of extra virgin olive oil, a splash of cider vinegar and a teaspoon of salt, and blend well.
  4. Roughly chop the stale bread and add to the blender with a teaspoon of home-made mayonnaise.
  5. Add the water and continue to blend.
  6. Chill thoroughly before serving.

Vegetarian Tofu Burgers

 

vegetarian tofu burgersVEGETARIAN TOFU BURGERS

These vegetarian burgers are made from tofu and are flavoured with marmite and soy sauce. They hold together well and can be fried in a frying pan or cooked on the barbeque.

vegetarian tofu burgers

Vegetarian Tofu Burgers

These burgers can quickly be whipped up in advance and fried or cooked on the BBQ the next day.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 200g block of firm tofu, cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 large cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons Marmite
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 slices of cheddar or Havarti cheese

METHOD

  1. Heat some extra virgin olive oil in a frying pan.
  2. Add the chopped onion, season with salt and pepper, and fry gently until soft slightly caramelised.
  3. Remove from the heat after another couple of minutes.
  4. Add the tofu, garlic, Marmite, soy sauce to the food processor and blitz until smooth.
  5. Transfer to a bowl and add the rolled oats, fried onion and salt.
  6. Mix well and leave for at last 30 minutes or overnight to allow flavours to develop and the oats to soften.
  7. Divide the mixture into 8 balls of about 80g each.
  8. Keep a bowl of cold water handy and wetting your hands constantly, shape the balls into round patties about 3cm thick.
  9. Put on a plate and keep in the fridge until you are ready to fry them.
  10. Heat some extra virgin olive oil in a frying pan.
  11. Fry the burgers for about 5 minutes on each side, turning once so that they get a nice colour.
  12. Put a slice of cheese on each burger, turn off the heat and cover the pan to melt the cheese.

Chinese-style Red Cabbage

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CHINESE-STYLE RED CABBAGE

This is a basic recipe for preparing red cabbage. It is also possible to add some chopped ginger and garlic to the sesame oil before adding the cabbage and then sprinkling some sesame seeds over before serving.

chinese-style red cabbage

Chinese-style Red Cabbage

This is a quick and easy recipe for preparing red cabbage.
 

INGREDIENTS

  • Red cabbage, finely shredded
  • sesame oil
  • soy sauce
  • salt

METHOD

  1. Heat the sesame oil in a sauté pan.
  2. Add the cabbage, season with salt and toss well
  3. Add a splash of water and cover the pan with a lid.
  4. Cook on a high heat for 5 minutes.
  5. If you like your cabbage slightly crunchy, remove from the heat but if you like it softer, lower the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.