What to Cook in January

Sometimes we all need a little help with some cooking inspiration when its cold and miserable outside.  The new year starts with good intentions of cooking healthyish, flavourful food but it can be hard to keep the ideas coming after the first week or two.  Planning and painting are my prioritise through January, neither or which are my forte  and both of which create in me a longing to grab a cookery book, light the fire and shut the world out; but if I’m honest, its fresh flavours and bright colours that appeal.  I keep the slow cooker for making bone broths and the over night cooking of shoulder joints that end up as pulled meat in a zingy salad, often scattered with Pomegranate seeds.
Salads are not just for summer days!  I eat just as many through the winter months as through the summer. the deli counter at Relish will usually boast at least 5 salads on any one day.  Fennel Bulbs grilled, brussel sprouts sliced to within an inch of their lives, root vegetables roasted, brassicas steamed.  To eat a rainbow of colours is still possible through these grey months; we just have to use our imagination!

Enter stage left the wonderful world of Ottolenghi, Sabrina Ghayour & Anna Jones.   Ottolenghi recipes often read like an essay and can turn take a very long time to create but it’s a great excuse to explore some unusual ingredients whilst dreaming of hotter climes.  Sabrina Ghayour is the newest member of my “Yorkshire Women that should be Gods” Group.  Having been to stay at Tommy Banks pub, The Black Swan, at Oldstead, she decided to leave London and move up here, buying a house near Easingwold.  Her Instagram account is now equally full of gorgeous views in Yorkshire and produce that she has come across up here as it is the Persian Feasts she is famous for around the world.  Anna Jones writes for the Observer Food Monthly, in my opinion the only reason worth buying a Sunday Newspaper.  She worked for Jamie Oliver for many years, starting out as a chef then joining his Creative Team, before striking out as a Food Stylist, and with two best selling cook books, this in one veggie girl who we should all be paying attention to.  Her recipes are simple and delicate, often using fresh herbs which I absolutely adore, always vegetarian and often very quick, letting the quality and freshness of the vegetables do all the work.

Brussel Sprouts with Burnt Butter and Black Garlic, by Ottolenghi

450g Brussel Sprouts, trimmed and halved
1 tbs Olive Oil
1 tsp Caraway Seeds
20g Black Garlic (available from Relish!)
2 tbs fresh thyme leaves
30g Unsalted Butter
30g Pumpkins Seeds
1.5 tsp Lemon Juice
1 tbs tahini
Salt

Black Garlic has a highly concentrated taste: liquorice meets balsamic meets the absolute essence of garlic. It’s a quick way to inject a huge amount of flavour into a dish. Best to get everything chopped and ready so you can eat the sprouts fresh from the pan.

1.Preheat the oven to 220C

2. Mix the sprouts with the olive oil and a grind of salt. Spread on parchment and bake in the Oven for 10 mins until golden brown but still crunchy.

3. Meanwhile in a pestle and mortar, lightly crush the caraway seeds. Add the black garlic and thyme and crush to form a rough paste.

4. Put the butter in a large pan and cook on a medium heat for 3 mins until melted and dark brown. Add the crushed garlic paste, sprouts, pumpkin seeds and another grind of salt. Stir for a few seconds and then remove from the heat, stir in then lemon juice and drizzle with tahini. Serve up immediately.


July Fish Night & Supper Club

July Fish Night, Friday 12th

Cured Salmon with beetroot and Horseradish Cream

Fillet of Cod with Puy Lentils, Pickled Lemons & Tomatoes

Carpaccio of Tuna with Grape & Lime Salsa

Barbequed Salmon with Chilli Roast Aubergine,
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Black Olive Relish

Fig Halloumi & Pistachio Tart

 

 

July Supper Club, Wednesday 24th

Tomato & Spring Onion Shortcakes with whipped Goats Curd

Iceburg Lettuce stacked with Blue Cheese & Radishes

Spiced Lamb Pastries with grilled Aubergine Salad

Roast Chicken with Roasted Pepper Cous Cous Salad

Tahini, Chocolate and Pistachio Cheesecake

March Supper Club

Wednesdays 13th and 27th 7.30pm start £26.50 per person

Theme : EARTHY

Pan fried Chicken Livers with Cumin Butter Masala

Braised Celery with Pecans and Goats Cheese

Oyster Mushrooms with Crispy Bacon and Quails Eggs

Gammon, Celeriac and Parsley Pie with Beetroot Gratin & Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Rhubarb and Ricotta Bread and Butter Pudding

February

Wednesdays 13th and 27th   7.30pm Start  £26.50 per person

Theme: Cheesy

 

Burrata and Burnt Oranges with Pistachio, Mint and Pomegranate

Beetroot, Caerphilly and Rosemary Rarebit

Swede, Gruyere & Bacon Tarts with Avocado, Grapefruit and Cashew Salad

Eastern Prawn Linguine with Aubergine Rolls stuffed with Goats Curd, Herbs and Walnuts

Cherry, Dark Chocolate and Mint Parfait

 

 

 

February Friday Night Supper Club

7.30pm  2nd February

 

Scallop & Prawn Roulade with Caviar & cauliflower Puree

Seared Tuna with Pistachio Crust & Papaya Salsa

Roasted Halibut with buttered Leeks and Langoustine Bisque

Smoked Haddock with Poached Eggs and crushed Potatoes

Fig Tart with Cinnamon Ice Cream

 

Bookings & pre payment essential
Please pop into the deli;
Call us on 01653 699389 or
Email us at info@maltonrelish.co.uk

 

February Supper Club

7.30pm  14th & 28th February

 

Beetroot & Carrot Terrine with fennel fronds and grated horseradish

Ricotta Tarts with Pea and Mint

Roast haunch of Venison with grilled Pears & Rosemary and Dauphonise Potatoes

Braised Red cabbage with burnt Aubergine Babaganoush

Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Coffee Ice cream Sandwiches

 

Bookings & pre payment essential
Please pop into the deli;
Call us on 01653 699389 or
Email us at info@maltonrelish.co.uk