About a week ago, I made a really good stew with fennel & chard from my good friend, Mangocheeks, who lives near Glasgow, Scotland.
She has a beautiful blog called Allotment 2 kitchen. Just click onto the link & you will see her beautiful blog. She is a real vegetarian who loves cooking and baking with vegetables, herbs & fruits from her former allotment. I think a year ago, someone burned down her allotment. Now, she grows veggies, fruits and herbs in her kitchen garden & in several pots.
She inspires me all the time because her cooking is so versatile and unique too. She makes the best dishes and she cooks dishes that are in season.
I made her lovely dish, when fennel met chard but changed a few things to make it Sophie’s way! You will find the original recipe:here!
This is a really festive dish!
So, if you are a vegetarian or not, but someone who loves to cook with fruits and veggies that are in season, you should check out her lovely blog!
Recipe: For 3 persons, with a bit of seconds
2 large fennel bulbs, the hard center and the 4 harder tubes above, removed & cut into 0.5 cm thinner slices, keep the greener fennel fronds
a good fruity EVOO
1 large red onion, peeled & finely chopped up
3 fat cloves of fresh garlic, peeled & finely diced
1 x can of whole cherry tomatoes in their juice, I used the brand Cirio
1/2 empty tomato can filled with hot water
1/ teaspoon of coriander seeds, NOT crushed!
300 of a good vegetable stock
1/2 tin of brown beans, well rinsed and well leaked out in a colander / Use 1 tin of beans, if you don’t use meat
about 250 gr of chard, well cleaned, well washed and spun dry, cut into larger pieces
Maldon sea salt
grinds of black pepper
fennel fronds, kept to scatter over the top of the stew, just before serving.
1. Take a stew pot with fitting lid like le Creuset and heat up on medium heat. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the fruity EVOO to the pot. Swirl the oil all around the surface of the pot. Heat up. When hot and sizzling, add the garlic and onion. Fry for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly. I place the fitting lid on for 3/4. Put the heat a bit higher and add the fennel pieces. Fry for about 5 to 8 minutes or until the fennel is soft and coloured. Stir from time to time to prevent burning. Adjust the heat if necessary.
2. Now, add the coriander seeds & fry for about 1 minute or 2, to give it a nice fragrance.
3. Add the cherry tomatoes in their juice, fill 1/2 of the emptied tomato can with hot water and add it to the stew, add the veggie stock and the beans. Stir well. With the lid a bit on, cook the stew until a lot reduced & thicker, but not too thick. Then, add the chopped chard and let it wilt & get warmed through for about 5 minutes. Taste! It has to taste fab, if not add some Maldon sea salt & some grinds of black pepper! Taste again!
4. Now, add the fennel fronds, scattered over the top of the stew, just before serving.
5. Plate up with some cooked Thai rice mixed with some finely chopped coriander leaves and with chicken sausages.
Best enjoyed with a loved one! Now, for something completely different/ I have been tagged by my good friend, Carolyn who has the beautiful blog: All day I dream about food! Just click onto the link & you will see her lovely blog!
She is a stay at home mom of three children, cooks and bakes with low calories and a lot of her food is gluten-free. All of her recipes rock!
Now, which questions, did she ask me?
1. What is your go-to recipe when you just can’t figure out what else to make for dinner?
2. What is your “guilty pleasure” food (i.e. junk food that you don’t like to admit to)?
3. If you could use only one kitchen gadget for the rest of your life, what would it be?
4. What’s your favourite recipe “short-cut” to make things easier and faster?
5. Are you a coffee person, a tea person or a hot chocolate person? Or none of the above?
6. What song, when it comes on the radio or stereo, do you just HAVE to get up and shake your twang to? (Not food related, but hey, it’s important!)
7. What’s the last “specialty” ingredient you bought for a recipe?
8. Out of all your recipes that you’ve made in the last three months, what’s your favourite?
I don’t really have that problem because I always know what to make for dinner, 4 days in a row. My head is filled with new ideas, new combo flavours etc. I get up in the morning & I think what I will be making tomorrow, the day after that, etc. My brain never stops working!
But if I don’t feel like cooking much, I make an easy recipe from my own blog like a quick pasta recipe. or I look what’s in my fridge & add some herbs etc. I like cooking from my fridge and pantry.
I love all kinds of good milk chocolate. MMM,..What’s not to love? Sometimes, crisps: Lays Salt & Pepper,… yummy!
I think my food processor on my Kenwood Major Chef. I use it to make fresh pastry, pasta dough, to finely cut up veggies, herbs, etc. It is so easy to use. I also make my own burgers with it or make herb crusts, etc. It is so easy.
I love to marinate fish, chicken, pork, haloumi cheese or tofu in a mix of herbs & oils or make my own marinades & let them marinate for 2 to 3 hours. Add cooked noodles, freshly steamed veggies and you will have a nice dish. With marinades, your meat will be tender and well-flavoured too. Sometimes, I use bought red pesto to add to a pasta dish, some peas from the freezer and some fresh bell peppers, onion & garlic. Sauté them. I like to add some fried smoked bacon pieces to it. I add some freshly cut up parsley. Serve it with freshly grated Parmesan cheese & you will have a tasty meal,…easy & fast! The recipe is on my blog under pasta.
Before, I was a café Latte person, Lait Russe. Now, I don’t drink coffee anymore but I am a tea person now. I prefer Green tea with fresh ginger and lime or Twinings, orange and cinnamon,…flavoured black tea!! Or tea infusions or fresh mint tea from my mini garden.
I love all kinds of music. I love good old jazz, new jazz like Jamie Cullum, rock, pop like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, reggae like Damian Marley with the rapper Nas, Jay – Z & metal, like Within Temptation, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, etc. I also love rap, hip hop & R & B. I love all kinds of music. I shake on them all! I always put on music when cooking & baking. I need that!
Coconut blossom sugar. I recently made my gluten-free & sugar-free festive almond butter & banana cake with dark chocolate chips with it. Just click onto the link above & you will find the recipe with all of the info on coconut blossom sugar!
2. Why did you started blogging?
3. What is your favourite restaurant, where & why?
4. Which are your 3 most favourite chefs in the world and why?
5. What is your favourite recipe on your own blog and why?
6. To which music do you listen to when you cook and bake & why?
7. What is the strangest food that you have ever eaten and did you like it or not?
8. What is your most lovely food destination in the world & why?
9. What is your most favourite food shop in the world & why?
10. Which kitchen gadget do you love the most & why? Now, I want to tag the following bloggers with these 10 questions. They are in no particular order:
1. Mangocheeks @ Allotement 2 kitchen.
2. Maria @ ScandiFoodie
3. Sommer @ A Spicy perspective
4. Celia @ Fig Lime & Cordial
5. OysterCulture @ Oyster Food & Culture
6. Valérie @ The chocolate bunny
7. Simone @ Junglefrogcooking
8. Koko @ Koko’s Kitchen
9. Cheryl @ Cooking Dunkin Style
10. Claudia @Journey of an Italian Cook
11. Paz @ the cooking adventures of chef Paz
12. Rebecca @ Chow & Chatter
13. Pierre @ Le blog de Pierre
14. Kim @ Ordinary recipes made gourmet
15. Tom @ Tall Clover Farm
16. Heavenly Housewife @ Donuts & delirium
17. Nic @ Cherrapeno
18. Kerstin @ Cake, batter & bowl
19. Ina @ Gluten Free delightfully delicious
20. Stephanie @Dairy Free Diva who is also gluten-free So, that’s it for now, dear readers, enjoy the dish & the tags!!