Recipes for spring, keeping well and keeping warm
Community Food Volunteer Lesley Main suggests: ” I’ve been trying since New year to have a healthy smoothie everyday. These are my favourites….”
- Green smoothie – a handful each of spinach and blueberries, half a banana, a few walnuts, a tablespoon of oats, a pinch of cinnamon whizzed up with whatever type of milk you prefer.
- With a handful of spinach blend a small pot of pineapple in juice, half a banana, some mango, a small piece of fresh ginger and some fruit juice or coconut water.
“A warming supper for a cold a day”
Gnocchi alla Romana
- 40g butter
- half litre of milk
- 125g semolina
- 50g grated parmesan
- 1 egg yolk
- 20g grated cheddar
- salt and pepper
- Heat the milk with the butter, salt, and pepper. When simmering remove and whisk in the semolina, parmesan, and the egg (you can add a pinch of nutmeg too if wished).
- Return to the heat and stir until thick and coming away from the side of the pan. Cool for 15mins.
- Lay out a large piece of cling film and roll the mixture into a large sausage 4cm diameter. Put it in the fridge till ready to cook.
- Heat oven to 180c, cut the cooled mixture into 2cm slices, and arrange slightly overlapping in a shallow oven dish. Sprinkle with cheddar and bake for 15mins.
This is lovely served with warm tomato and spinach. You can make this by heating a spoon of oil, add 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds, 1 clove of garlic, then a tin of chopped tomatoes, a couple of spring onions, and a few handfuls of spinach. Cook until the spinach has wilted, then add the zest and juice of a 1 lime, and a little mint. Wash everything down with a glass of red wine! Buon appetito.
Duncan and Cameron McKendricks tablet is legendary down at Ravenscraig Walled Garden. Here is their recipe for Scottish Tablet. You’ll need:
- 1 heavy pot
- 1 large baking tray
- 1 wooden spoon
- 1 electric hand mixer
- 1 kg white sugar
- 2 oz butter
- 1 tin condensed milk
- 1 tin whole milk*
- Put all the ingredients in the pot. *Use the condensed milk to add the amount of milk you need.
- Heat the ingredients very slowly. Keep stirring all the time for about 25 minutes.
- Once all the sugar is dissolved continue to heat and stir until the mixture starts to boil.
- Turn the heat down and continue to stir until mixture turns the colour of strong tea with milk.
- Remove from the heat to a heatproofed worktop or a heatproof mat. Beat with a mixer for 3 minutes, then for another 3-4 minutes.
- Beat with a wooden spoon until the mixture starts to thicken, then pour onto a buttered baking tray
- Put the tray somewhere cool and mark into squares after about 10 minutes
- Once completely cool break into squares and put in a tin or a box. Enjoy!