Friday, August 22, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
You could say that I have a bit of a foodie crush on Sneh Roy. Much like her, her food is gorgeous, warm and inviting. I don't adore social media except for the opportunities it creates to cross paths with the likes of Sneh. We are twitter friends, if there is such a thing. And I believe I may have met my match when it comes to obsessing over cookbooks and feeding people from the heart.
After cooking from her book, Sneh is, as I had always suspected, a bloody genius. Cripes it's tasty. I've had a rough time on the home front of late and wanted simple, soul fortifying fresh and tasty food. Sneh delivered. So I suggest you allow her to do the same for you. But if I can't convince you - the roasted milo granola (yes I did just say milo granola) most certainly will.
Sneh Roy probably needs no introduction here. She is the food blogging force behind Cook Republic - easily one of the most prolific food blogs out there. She also writes for Elle magazine and her work generally seems to pop up all over the place. Normally I have stayed away from bloggers, focusing here on cookbooks from chefs but Sneh really holds her own and this is a book I feel needs to be celebrated.
|Sneh Roy Granola made then photographed by me before it was eaten in five seconds flat|
Sneh's Roasted Milo and Choc Chip Granola
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup rice bubbles (I used puffed rice from the local healthfood store)
1/2 cup milo (plus the one or two teaspoons you know you'll eat while preparing it)
1/2 cup raw shelled peanuts (I used raw cashews because that's all I had)
1/4 cup maple syrup
40g butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used a mix of white, milk and 75% dark)
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Place all the ingredients except the chocolate chunks in a bowl and toss to combine. Place the mixture onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and cool to just warm. Toss the chocolate through the mixture and cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. Although it won't last that long I promise.here or Sneh also lists suppliers for you to go to. So helpful.
Failing that the usual online suppliers will bring the book to your door.
Because this is one of those books that you know you'll go back to again and again to cook from. Simple, tasty and different enough to keep you excited, super excited in fact. I tend to find the best cookbooks are those that are lustworthy - that you want to curl up on the couch with while sipping a fantastically oversized glass of red - or totally kitchen stained - go to kind that you leaf through again and again when dinner choices have you beaten. My copy is already stained with the toils of my dinner and the book wears my stains gloriously. Its a perfect gift for the keen cook and time poor alike. I highly recommend it.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
How did that happen. Somehow 3 weeks have passed between the last blog post and today. Sorry. Life intrusively (and inconveniently) got in the way. But I'm hoping you'll forgive me. I come with gifts, specifically gifts of the brownie variety. Surely, surely that means you'll let it pass this time.
I like to think of this as a safe place. One where I can openly admit to liking peppermint slice, aero or the odd sneaky peppermint cream. There is something intoxicating about mint and chocolate. Add brownie into the mix and well, that seems self-explanatory.
People divide – some like brownie dense and fudge like, some prefer it to be more like cake with a flaky crust. This version seems to sit happily across the two. Its middle gives way while the crust and flaked top gives some resistance. And it’s fresh despite being rich thanks to the addition of a good quality dash of peppermint oil. Make sure you add the oil slowly and it is worth the extra dollar or so to use an oil rather than the peppermint essence which is mouth cloyingly sweet. I like to add it at the very end, depending on the bitterness of the chocolate, it can dull the peppermint so taste, taste, taste. There you go, I just provided the ultimate excuse to eat brownie batter. Enjoy. It’s a party in your mouth. A very minty, chocolatey and amazing party.
280g butter, softened
500g caster sugar
30g dark brown sugar
125g good quality unsweetened cocoa powder
185g dark chocolate, chopped
185g plain flour, sifted
1-2 drops good quality peppermint oil
Icing sugar, sifted to dust
Chocolate mint leaves to serve
Preheat the oven to 150C. Grease and line a 30cm x 23cm x 4cm baking tin with baking paper.
Cream the butter and caster sugar together until light and pale. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, then mix in the brown sugar. Sift the flour and cocoa together and fold into the mixture. Stir through the chocolate and carefully add the peppermint oil stirring until well incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 50 minutes. Allow to cool in the tin.
To serve cut the brownies into large squares, dust with icing sugar and scatter over the chocolate mint. Best served at room temperature.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Meatballs. Fontina. Brioche. I’ll
Why? Because its cold and I really really felt like meatballs. And when do you ever need a reason for meatballs? Or fontina. Or brioche? Thought as much....
This number begs to be part of your Sunday night ritual. You. This meatbally, cheesey brioche and a pinot. Most undoubtedly more than one (that applies to both the meatballs and the pinot). Easy to make, this is big fisted stuff, the enemy of prissiness but definitely a friend to epic flavour and without doubt the best possible, start to your week ahead.`
Meatballs (this makes more meatballs than you need*)
400g pork and veal mince
1 heaped tsp fennel seeds, lightly toasted until fragrant
1 pinch chilli flakes
salt and pepper to season
3 tbsp sourdough bread crumbs
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 x 400g tin cherry tomatoes
1 onion, peeled, chopped
½ cup chicken stock
½ cup red wine
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
330g (2 ¼ cups) plain flour
30g panella sugar
1 sachet (7g) dried yeast
100ml warm milk
1 egg and 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten together, at room temperature
200g butter, softened, chopped
Sea salt flakes and pepper to season
Flat leaf parsley stalks, coarsely torn
Fontina cheese, shaved
To make the brioche combine flour, sugar, yeast, and a hefty pinch of salt in an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook and mix well. Whisk milk, egg and yolk in a separate bowl then, with mixer on low-medium speed, add egg mixture and mix to combine, there will still be some flour muck at the base of your bowl. On medium speed, gradually add butter, mixing to form dough, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until dough is smooth and glossy (4-5 minutes). It will be quite tacky to the touch. Transfer to a buttered bowl, turn to coat and cover with plastic wrap. Stand in a warm place until doubled in size (1½-2 hours).
Preheat oven to 200C. Meanwhile combine the mince, spices, garlic, egg and sourdough crumbs in a bowl. Using your hands mix until the ingredients are well incorporated. Roll into golf ball sized balls and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Place in the oven and cook for ten minutes or until the balls are just starting to colour.
In a large frying pan, fry the onion in a little olive oil until starting to colour. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for fifteen minutes or until the mixture is starting to reduce. Add the meatballs, turn the heat to low and simmer for a further fifteen minutes until the sauce has reduced again, turning the meatballs often to coat them in the sauce.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface then roll out to a 28cm-diameter round and line the base and sides of a buttered 24cm-diameter fluted tart tin. Cook for ten minutes in the oven until a crust is just starting to form. Remove and smear over some of the tomato sauce and meatballs to just cover, leaving an approximate 3cm edge for the brioche to rise slightly and act as border protection for the sauce and meatballs. Season and return to the oven for another 15 minutes to finish cooking the brioche. Remove, sprinkle over shaved fontina and parsley and serve immediately.
*Leftover meatballs are great with fresh pasta, on fresh baguette.