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Vegetable platter

in Small bites, Taste -

My favourite vegetable platter features lots of crunchy veggies, toasted sourdough, mozzarella balls & my favourite, smooth, green, sour & sweet dip. 

Vegetable platter

One of the things that makes me happiest is having friends over and feeding them. I always prefer preparing the food myself (be it small bites or an actual meal) and not relying on store-bought options- so when guests do arrive, I’ve been through a bizarre state of mild stress and almost absolute bliss. And they can both be attributed to cooking, which stresses and relaxes me in almost equal measures. My biggest joy is to prepare a platter, abundant in some of my favourite things. These most often belong in the dairy family (there’s few things I love more than a good cheese platter), but as of late, I have been experimenting with including more freshness, crunchiness and colours.

Vegetable platter

Enter vegetables, my trusted cooking ally, the ones I always rely on for inspiration, texture, variation and goodness. They are humble and mighty all at once, filling without ever becoming heavy; I often prefer them raw, simply dressed in fresh lemon zest, perhaps a drizzle of good, light olive oil and a sprinkle of salt flakes. Here, they are sitting pretty, next to big chunks of toasted sourdough, mozzarella cherries and wrinkly, herby sun-dried tomatoes, keeping company to my new favourite green:

Vegetable platter

a smooth, acidic dip, inspired by a Caesar dressing; there’s fresh kale, anchovies, parsley, mustard, honey and yogurt in there, along with a good Grana Padano, lemon juice and vinegar. It’s strong and velvety at the same time, truly the perfect partner in crime for our beautiful raw vegetables.

Vegetable platter

Vegetable platter

WHAT

for the dip:

6 anchovies (from a jar)

1 1/2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard

3 teaspoons honey

juice for 1/2-1 lemon

1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

4 tablespoons finely grated Grana Padano

3 tablespoons full fat Greek yogurt

2 cups kale, washed, hard chunks removed

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, roughly chopped

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

for the platter:

1 lettuce, washed and torn in large chunks

15 radishes, washed 

1 fennel bulb, washed, hard leaved removed

1 red bell pepper, deseeded and cut in wedges

8 spring onions, washed

6 sliced sourdough bread, toasted or grilled and cut in thick chunks

150 gr mozzarella cherries (or one big piece, torn in chunks)

about 20 sun-dried tomatoes

HOW

  1. Make the dip by combining all the ingredients, except the olive oil, in a blender. Start blending while simultaneously adding the olive oil in a constant flow. Taste, adjust the acidity to taste and season with salt (if needed) and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Arrange the cut vegetables in a large platter, tray or platter, along with the bread, cheese and tomatoes. Serve with the dip at room temperature.

 

 

 

Egg, cress & radish sandwich

in Small bites, Taste -

This humble egg, cress & radish sandwich is as simple and unassuming as it sounds and as delicious as each one of its parts. Make a lot, they definitely won’t go to waste.

Egg, cress & radish sandwich

I love a good sandwich; one that’s made with a fine, not too complex, not too artisan-y and whatnot, bread and a filling which excites without becoming overwhelming. I’m always drawn to dishes which embrace and celebrate few ingredients- and sandwiches are one of the best ways to do a lot with very little. [READ MORE]

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in Savoury, Taste -

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in Breakfast, Taste -

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But Monday comes, always, and with it the promise of a new week and the possibility to make it as pretty and exciting as you please. It is Monday and it is a new week, and it is up to us to make them count, right? And it all starts with a good breakfast. [READ MORE]