Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Buckwheat Soba Satay with Chilli Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Small head of broccoli
Small head of cauliflower
Chilli powder
Olive Oil
1 packet of buckwheat soba noodles
Satay sauce:
Crunchy peanut butter (half a cup to a cup worth)
2 small hot red chillies, finely chopped
1 small brown onion, finely chopped
Lots of garlic, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
Generous pour of soy sauce
Several tablespoons of brown sugar
Spring onions

Cut the broccoli and cauliflower into small florets, and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle liberally with chilli powder and olive oil and toss until all florets are coated. Place in hot oven to roast until getting brown and cripsy (25-35 minutes).

Prepare the soba according the the instructions on the packet (ie boil in water, and drain).

To make satay, in a medium sized saucepan brown onions in olive oil, add chillies and garlic. Then add peanut butter and lower heat. Once peanut butter is runny, add soy and lemon juice and stir through. If getting too thick add some water. Add brown sugar. Taste (this is the best bit). Adjust to your liking by adding more sugar, lemon juice, soy, or peanut butter as required.

Place roasted vegies on noodles, and dole the satay over the lot, and stir through (gently so as not to break the noodles too much). Sprinkle with finely chopped spring onions.

NB This satay sauce is fantastically delicious, and can be used for many other purposes, including marinade for shish kebabs, and as a dipping sauce for rice paper rolls. Yum.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pink and Green Salad


Fresh Mint (lots)

Cook the peas and allow to cool (soak them in iced water if you need to speed this process up). Roughly chop the mint and fetta, and peel and grate the raw beetroot. Throw all the ingredients in a large bowl, and toss. The beetroot will stain the fetta a hot pink colour almost immediately.

Dress with raspberry vinaigrette and olive oil.

NB Peas can be substituted for other lovely green vegies such as green beans, or broad beans. All other ingredients remain absolutely essential.