Latest Posts

Vegetable Tagine

 

Although tagines hail from the warm climate of Morocco, I find them perfect for the winter time, with their deep flavours and comforting aromas. Vegetable tagines are also really easy to cook, as there is very little hands on time, when you prepare them in the oven in a lidded dish. And fluffy couscous is also the quickest carb to prepare, ever!

This is a beautifully fragrant and delicious dish, full
of vegetables and aromatic spices, sure to warm you up and uplift your senses!

tagineServes 4


2 courgettes, roughly chopped
1 large beetroot, peeled and diced
1 large onion, roughly sliced
2 gloves garlic, minced
¼ butternut squash, peeled and diced
1 carrot, chopped
12 cherry tomatoes, sliced
5-6 dried apricots, halved 

1 ½ tbsp tomato puree
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
a large bunch of coriander
500ml vegetable stock
250g/9oz couscous
1 pack halloumi
extra virgin olive oil for the couscous and for drizzling 


 

Preheat oven to 190°C/ 170°C fan/ gas mark 5.

Place all the ingredients into a casserole dish with a lid. Stir to combine.

Bake for 40-45 minutes until the vegetables are tender and fragrant, but still hold their shape.

Meanwhile make the couscous by pouring it into a large pan or bowl. Drizzle over a tbsp of good olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Now pour enough boiling water over the grains, to just cover it, and no more. Pop a lid over the couscous, and let sit for 15 minutes. Once it’s ready, fluff it up with a fork.

Whilst the tagine cooks, heat a non-stick frying pan or griddle pan. Cut the halloumi into 6-8 slices and fry on each side for 2 mins until golden brown, and slightly crispy on the edges.

Serve the vegetables on top of the couscous, topped with the halloumi and extra coriander. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy!

Advertisements

Warm Sicilian Cauliflower Salad

Sicilian Cauliflower Salad

Happy New Year! With a new baby in the household, we didn’t stay up for the bells last night. However we were beautifully rewarded with plenty of energy this morning, as we awoke to perfect blue skies and winter sunshine.

cauliflower-chickpea-bowl

I don’t feel like I sinned very much over the festive period, hardly a drop to drink, and only a few Christmas treats passed my lips. I just don’t have the time to pig out with a new baby! I didn’t even manage to do any holiday baking, like I usually do – such as this yummy Christmas Spiced Beer Cake. But I did succeed in hosting Christmas dinner for 9 (crazy crazy with a new baba!)…but my new 8 ring cooker came in very handy! Bring on industrial sized cooking equipment, yeah!

But, never the less, I thought I’d share a delicious and healthy vegan recipe for Sicilian Cauliflower Salad, which is easy to make, after you’ve just had enough of cooking…

kg-cauliflowerSalads aren’t just for summer, you can get very creative experimenting with your winter veg too. This warm fragrant salad of cauliflower takes its inspiration from Sicily, and is lovely served for lunch or as a side dish.


Serves 4

Preptime: 15 minutes
cooking time: 1 hour 30 minutes

1 medium cauliflower
1 tin chickpeas, drained 

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for roasting and frying
25g/1oz golden raisins
1 small onion, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp capers, rinsed
30g/1oz flaked almonds
1 tbsp roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 lemon, juice of or 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar


Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.
Remove all the leaves from the cauliflower and cut out some of the core (this will cut down on the cooking time)

Put into a small roasting-tin and brush the cauliflower with a little olive oil. Add just enough water to surround the very base of the cauliflower. Roast for 1 hour – 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until tender.

Meanwhile, cover the raisins with boiling water in a small bowl. Leave to soak until the cauliflower is roasted. Then drain, and add to a bowl together with the capers, parsley, lemon juice or balsamic and 2 tbsp of olive oil. Mix well.

Cook the onions and chickpeas in a little oil over a medium heat until golden, then add the garlic and paprika and cook for two minutes over a gentle heat.

When the cauliflower is cooked, remove from the oven and gently break it into florets, add it to the bowl with the oil and raisins, mix well to coat.

Transfer the cauliflower to a serving dish, and layer on the onion mixture and top with almonds.

Amerikanske Blåbærpandekager med Kærnemælk og Blåbærsirup

Amerikanske Blåbærpandekager med Kærnemælk og Blåbærsirup til Urtekram

For this recipe in English, go here!

Når min mand skal forkæle mig, så laver han gerne en portion Amerikanske Pandekager. Det kan han fordi de er meget nemme at lave, og fordi jeg har lært ham hvordan! Vi guffer gerne en portion om søndagen, hvor vi serverer dem med smør og ahornsirup. Men jeg har været ivrig efter at afprøve Utekrams Blåbærsirup til denne opskrift, og jeg kan sige jer det er lækkert.

Nyd de små tykke amerikanske pandekager til brunch eller server dem som dessert.

 

urtekram blueberry pankaces


10 stk

Ingredienser
275g øko hvedemel
½ liter øko kærnemælk
3 spsk friske øko blåbær
2 øko æg
2 spsk øko rørsukker
1 knivspids salt
1½ tsk bagepulver
50g smeltet øko smør
Tilbehør
smør
blåbærsirup


urtekram blueberry pankacesPisk mel, bagepulver, smeltet smør, salt, sukker og kærnemælk sammen. Pisk æggene for sig, og tilsæt dem tilsidst.
Vend blåbærene i dejen.
Hæld en lille smule dej ud på en varm pande og steg pandekagerne gyldne på begge sider i lidt smør. Vær tålmodig før du vender pandekagerne, så de har tid til at hæve.

Hold pandekagerne varme i ovnen mens du steger resten.

Server pandekagerne med smør og blåbærsirup.

Rhubarb Jam for Urtekram

I have just started to blog for Danish health food producers Urtekram. They make high quality organic food and beauty products, which are for sale in Denmark as well as here in the UK. If you can read danish (!) then I’ll be blogging from here a couple of times a month. I’ll be highlighting some of their fantastic products in my recipes, which I’m sure will tempt you – such as Low-Fat Organic Cocoa and Organic Coconut Sugar.

 

Let me share my fist blog post from Urtekram here with you, in English!

Delicious and sweet homemade rhubarb jam, made with my own freshly picked rhubarb.

rhubarb

 


Rhubarb Jam

Makes 2-3 large jars

Ingredients

500g rhubarb, cut into chunks
500g organic sugar
1 vanilla pod, halved lengthways
1/2 organic lemon


Put a small plate in the freezer. Put the rhubarb into a large saucepan and heat until the rhubarb begins to go soft.

Next add the sugar and halved vanilla pods. Continue to heat gently, stirring, until all the sugar has dissolved, then squeeze in the lemon juice and increase the heat.

Boil for about 10 mins, skimming off the scum as you go.

Test for setting point by spooning a little onto your chilled plate. After 1-2 mins, push your finger through the jam – if the surface wrinkles it is ready, if not, keep cooking for 2-min intervals, testing in between. (alternatively use a sugar thermometer, and let the jam reach 105C)

Once the jam is ready, let it cool for about 15 mins before ladling into warm sterilised jars and sealing. Will keep for 6 months in a cool, dark place.

 

rabarber skål

 

 

rabarber sylt copy

Homemade Red Onion Marmalade

red onion marmalade-1

As a vegetarian, I eat a very varied diet. Not only is that a good thing, ensuring I get all the nutrients needed, but it also makes me happy. I couldn’t eat the same thing every day. But having a few preserves on hand to brighten up a sandwich, pop into a tart recipe, or add to other dishes, really does make a lot of difference in the flavour department.

As I work from home most of the time, that means I eat from home most of the time. So I like to have a fridge full of ingredients that I can whip up fast into something tasty for lunch, without having to drive into town to pick things up.

This Red Onion Marmalade is up there with the best preserves I’ve made, sweet sticky and perfect with a ploughman’s lunch, a slice of quiche or topped on crisp bread.


 

Red Onion Marmalade

Makes 4-5 x 370g jars

2kg red onions  
4 garlic cloves, minced 
150g butter 
160g golden caster sugar 
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaf 
 375ml red wine 
450ml red wine vinegar 
400ml water


 

1. Start by sterilising the jars and their lids in the oven for 15 minutes at 140C/275F/gas mark 1.

2. Very thinly slice the onions.

3. Melt the butter in a large, heavy-based saucepan over a medium heat. Tip in the onions and stir to coat in butter. Cook gently for 7-10 minutes.

4. Sprinkle over the sugar, and mix in. Cook uncovered for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are very soft and sticky.

5. Pour in the wine, water, vinegar, garlic and thyme and simmer over high heat for 20-25 minutes, stirring every so often to ensure the mixture doesn’t burn.

6. Cook until the liquid has reduced by about two-thirds.

7. The marmalade is ready when you can draw a wooden spoon across the base of the pan so that it leaves a channel behind it that does not immediately fill with liquid. If not, bring to a rolling, boil for a further 5 minutes, or until thick.

8. Scoop into sterilised jars and seal.

9. Keep refrigerated for up to 3 months unopened. Once opened use within 2 weeks.

Orange and Almond Cake

 

Wherever you call home, you don’t have to stick to the traditional Christmas pudding or desserts, you can branch out! How about bringing a little Spanish flair to your Christmas table this year with my vibrant Orange and Almond Cake.

Its delightful sticky and syrupy texture means a little goes a long way…but you will return for more, I can guarantee it!

Orange and Almond Cake

Orange and Almond Cake

 

Making this cake will fill your kitchen with the fragrant scent of oranges and sweet almonds. It always puts me in a good mood whilst baking this glistening and sweet cake.


Orange and Almond Cake

Serves 8

 

200g/7oz butter

380g/13oz caster sugar

2 oranges, zest and juice of

280g/10oz ground almonds

5 medium organic eggs

100g/3.5oz plain flour, sifted

long strips of orange zest to garnish (use the zest from the syrup oranges) 

 

For the syrup 

2 oranges, juice of 

80g/3oz caster sugar 


 

1. Preheat oven to 170ºC/fan 160ºC/Gas 5 and grease and lightly flour a 24cm spring form cake tin.

2. Beat the butter, caster sugar and zest in a mixer on a low speed until well combined. Add half of the ground almonds and mix through.

3. With the mixer still running, add in the eggs one at a time, stopping every now and then to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.

4. Add in the remaining ground almonds and sifted flour, then mix briefly until smooth. Spread the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave in tin to cool.

5. Meanwhile place the syrup ingredients in a small pan and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and allow the mixture to reduce and thicken, approx. 10 minutes.

6. Whilst the cake is still a little warm, brush the top of the cake with the hot syrup.

7. Leave the cake to cool completely in the tin before removing it. Then garnish with the strips of zest.

 

orange cake -1

 

Beer and Honey Roasted Winter Carrots

As we are getting closer to Christmas, I thought I would share another great recipe for you to adorn your winter table with i.e.. Roasted carrots done in beer and honey!

The carrots go really tender using this roasting method. And the sweetness of the root vegetable is really enhanced. They are buttery, slightly beery and very delicious!

Beer Roasted Carrots

Beer Roasted Carrots

We still have carrots in the garden, and you can tell these are homegrown by the little kinks and bends, which I find cute, rather than off putting.

They won’t be growing anymore in the cold earth, but they are safe to stay in the ground and overwinter, unless we get a very hard bout of frost.

beer carrots (2 of 2) I like to leave a little top on my carrots, its purely aesthetic, but it does look good!

 


 

Beer and Honey Glazed Carrots

Serves 4

 

500g/17oz carrots with tops

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3 tbsp butter

4 sprigs thyme

70ml/2.4 fl oz beer

3 tbsp honey

salt and freshly ground black pepper


 

1. Preheat the oven to 220C/fan 200 /gas mark 6.

2. Chop off the leafy carrot tops and scrub well, paying attention to the tops, so you remove any dirt and sand.

3. Toss the carrots in the olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place the carrots on a rimmed baking tray together with the sprigs of fresh thyme and knobs of butter. Bake for 15 minutes.

4. Meanwhile prepare the glaze by mixing the beer with the honey.

5. Remove the carrots from the oven and drizzle on the glaze. Toss to coat and place the carrots back into the oven for 10-12 more minutes.

6. Serve.

Beer and Honey Roasted Carrots

Beer and Honey Roasted Carrots

Chocolate Winter Berry Pavlova

Over the last few months I have put Camera & Clementine on the back burner, but it has not been out of sight out of mind. I have been extra busy with weddings during late autumn and early winter. Plus I have had a load of recipe deadlines to finish before Christmas for Kitchen Garden Magazine and Amateur Magazine. They are now almost completed, just in time for me to share some of my favourite Yuletide recipes!

Chocolate Berry Pavlova

Chocolate Berry Pavlova

First up is this fabulous Chocolate Winter Berry Pavlova! It looks so majestic on the Christmas table, yet it is in fact quite quick to assemble – making you look like a domestic god/goddess without breaking a sweat.

chocolate pavlova recipe

chocolate pavlova recipe

Pavlovas are an Australian favourite at any time of the year, but when topped with a vibrant selection of winter berries and cranberry coulis, it just screams Christmas! (or ‘The Holidays’ if you are state-side)

You can choose to decorate and flavour this indulgent pavlova with many types of fruit, use whatever you have available, it will be delicious regardless.

 


 

Winter Berry Pavlova

Serves 10-12

 

For the meringue: 

6 organic eggs, separated 

300g/7oz caster sugar 

1 tbsp coco powder 

 

For the filling: 

400ml double cream, whipped 

300g/7oz mixed berries (we used cherry, cranberries, raspberries and brambles) 

50g/2oz dark chocolate, chopped 

 

For the coulis 

200g/7oz cranberries 

100g/3.5oz raspberries 

100g/3.5oz golden caster sugar 


 

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/Fan 140°C/gas 2.
  2. Place the egg whites in a large clean bowl, then whisk at high speed until they start to form firm peaks. With your mixer still running, gradually add the sugar, a little bit at a time. Continue to whisk for 5-7 minutes more until the meringue is glossy and smooth. Sift the coco powder into the mixture, and gently mix in. (you can leave it streaky for a nice effect) Line two baking trays with baking paper. Divide the meringue mixture evenly between them and shape each dollop into a circle about 20cm in diameter.
  3. Put both trays into the oven and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes until the meringue edges are slightly cracked. Turn the oven off and leave the meringues to cool completely inside the oven.
  4. Meanwhile make the coulis. Place the cranberries and raspberries into a saucepan with the sugar. Set over a medium heat, mashing a little with a spoon until the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Heat for 5 minutes, then strain through a sieve, discarding the seeds. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. Once the meringue has cooled, place one disc on a cake stand and spoon a big spoonful of the whipped cream on top, spreading it out to the edges. Scatter a handful of berries onto the cream, then place the second meringue disc on top. Top it with the remaining cream and decorate with more berries and the chopped chocolate. Drizzle over the coulis and serve.

 

pavlova -2

Gluten Free Courgette Cake with Lemon Poppyseed Icing

Gluten Free Courgette (and Stripy Beetroot) Cake with Lemon Poppyseed Icing 

This is a gorgeous recipe I have been meaning to share with you for quite some time now! Its been sat in my drafts folder, but now is the time to share. So if your home-grown courgettes and zucchini’s need a suitable recipe to be incorporated into, look no further.

This rustic country courgette cake, can be made with either gluten free or regular flour, perfect for baking for yourself, or for a friend with intolerances. 

courgette beetroot cake-7

courgette beetroot cake-13

I baked this cake with a fellow photographer friend of mine after having a glut of courgettes in the garden (she took the shots of me baking – rather handy!)

courgete cake with poppy seeds

courgette beetroot cake-3

When I bake, this is the typical kind of cake I bake – quick, rustic but full of flavour. I grow most of the vegetables for me and my husband, so courgette or beetroot cakes are a regular delight.

Adding courgette to a cake ensures it is moist, and you can therefore do without some of the butter. I also added a few pink stripy beets to the batter, as they are so gorgeous! But the best thing about this bake is the icing. It’s intently lemony, adding some delicious sharpness to the subtle flavours of the cake.

courgette beetroot cake porryseed icing

This is a super zesty, moist and delicious courgette cake, so one slice might not be enough…just a heads up.

Check out my other Courgette Cake recipe here. 


Gluten Free Courgette and Stripy Beetroot Cake with Lemon Poppyseed Icing 

Serves 8

~

2 lemons, zest of

75ml milk, or soya milk

250g butter, plus a little extra for greasing the tin

250g light brown soft sugar

4 eggs, yolks & whites separated

200g gluten-free self-raising flour

75g ground almonds

200g courgettes, grated

50g sunflower seeds

50g stripy beetroot, grated 

for the icing:

300g icing sugar

1 lemon, juice and zest of

30g salted butter, melted

2 tbsp poppy seeds

Method 

  • Pre-heat oven to 180/fan 160/gas mark 4

  • Lightly grease a 23cm springform cake tin and line with baking parchment. (lining is optional, I don’t often bother, but if you have sticky pans, its worth it)

  • Whisk the egg whites in a separate clean bowl to stiff peaks, set aside.

  • Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale, then beat in the egg yolks, one at a time.

  • Fold the flour and ground almonds into the mixture, followed by the courgettes, beetroot, sunflower seeds, lemon zest and milk.

  • Gently fold in the egg whites into the cake batter, then pour into the prepared tin.
  • Bake for approx 50-55 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the icing, sift the icing sugar into a large bowl.
  • Add the lemon juice, zest, and melted butter and stir together quickly, until you have a spreadable icing. Add the poppy seeds, and mix in.
  • Using a pallet knife spread the icing over the cake.
  • Enjoy!

Bramble Bomb Cocktail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bramble bomb cocktail-2

Bramble Bomb Cocktail

There is a cocktail for every season – and for September I give you the Bramble Bomb. A delicious mix of fresh bramble berries, gin and syrup.

Here at Camera and Clementine I work with the seasons, even with regards to cocktails! There is always a twinge of sadness when we realise summer is coming to an end, but nature gives us gifts with every season, and for September the top seasonal gift has to be Brambles! Sweet, juicy and just beautiful to look at, they are amongst my top fruits.

I foraged for these brambles just down the lane from my cottage, adding to my love of brambles (they’re free!). Every year I collect enough for a large batch of homemade bramble jam, and found I had a little left over for a cocktail or two..perfect!

Bramble bomb cocktail-1


 

Bramble Bomb Cocktail

Serves 1

40ml/ 1 ½ oz gin
a squeeze of lime juice
15ml/ ½ oz monin syrup (sugar syrup)
20ml crème de mûre
brambles for garnish
sparkling water to top it up
crushed ice for one glass

  • Crush the ice, and place in a wide tumbler.
  • In a separate glass, mix the gin, lime juice and the sugar syrup together, then pour over the ice filled tumbler.
  • Next drizzle the crème de mûre over, then top it up with sparkling water.
  • Garnish with brambles.
  • Serve immediately.