Saturday, 7 January 2012

Mix 'n Go Bread

Prices for a good wholemeal bread in a tourist town can be quite frightening, especially when there are many mouths to feed, so I've been experimenting and have come up with this recipe that I'm very happy with.  Although I think it's marginally better mixed and cooked on the same day, it's good to know that it is possible to mix the dough and place in a refrigerator overnight, ready for rising the next day - just in case you're racing out the door early in the morning.
Stays fresh for 2-3 days at least, and makes great toast, too.
I'd love some feedback .. .
Incidentally, FYI, it's very difficult to take an interesting and inviting photograph of a loaf of bread, especially when food styling is not your strong point.

(you can tell I only have one loaf tin available in our 'bach' - but I just made a loaf shape and it worked fine).


This Vogel – style bread does not require kneading, and is perfect when time is short. Delicious and versatile, it takes no time at all to prepare.
A great addition to the weekend or holiday repertoire, it is possible to mix it the night before, cover with cling wrap, place in the ‘frig overnight for its first rising, then transfer to prepared tins as outlined below. If refrigerated, allow two hours for the dough to rise, as it needs to return to room temperature. 
Makes two loaves.
Freezes well.

 4 cups strong (high grade) flour
1 cup wholemeal flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup sunflower seeds
4 tsp granulated yeast
1 Tbsp salt
1Tbsp pomegranate molasses*
3 & 1/4 cups lukewarm water
3 Tbsp oil
¼ cup pumpkin seeds (optional)

 Combine all the dry ingredients together in a large non-metallic bowl or basin.
Stir in the pomegranate molasses, water and oil to produce quite a wet dough.
Cover with a clean tea towel or cloth and leave to rise in a warm, draught free place for one hour or until doubled in size.
Spray or grease two loaf tins.
Scoop out dough and transfer to the two loaf tins. Use a spatula to fit the dough into the tins, as it can be quite sticky.
Evenly sprinkle the pumpkin seeds over the top of both loaves and leave to rise in a warm draught free place for a further hour or until doubled in size.
Pre heat the oven to 190 C.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the loaves sound hollow when tapped and have pulled away from the sides of the tins.
* If pomegranate molasses is not available, substitute liquid honey or warmed molasses.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Link to summer barbecue interview on radio nz, 4th Jan 2012 + recipes

I know, I know, the blog has been sadly neglected since our return to NZ late October - I will be posting again soon, but in the meantime, here is a link to the radio nz interview on summer barbecues, and two of the sauce recipes featured there (and in The Vegetarian Kitchen).

It's tent city outside as we entertain twenty to twenty five family and friends here in Wanaka - fortunately the weather has been stunning for the last two weeks! The next post will be a no-knead bread to mix then leave in the 'frig overnight, ready just to rise and cook in the morning. Vogel style, with a little pomegranate molasses . . .

                             ROAST CAPSICUM & ALMOND SAUCE

 This roasted capsicum/tomato/ almond sauce is a version of the Spanish Romescu sauce, and is a great complement to eggplant fritters, steamed green beans or asparagus. It’s also good as a dip, with some chopped fresh coriander.

Mellow but complex flavours in this sauce are captivating, and accentuated by roasting the capsicums and the tomatoes.
Freezes well. 

 4 large red capsicums
4 large tomatoes, preferably acid free
½ cup whole blanched almonds, roasted
3 cloves garlic, peeled
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp lemon juice
¼ tsp chilli powder
½ tsp salt
1/3 cup olive oil

 Heat the oven to 190 C.
Cut the capsicums in half, discarding the core and seeds. Cut the tomatoes in half.
Place both the capsicums and the tomatoes cut-side down on a baking tray or trays, in single layers, and roast for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and discard the skins when cool enough to handle.
While the tomatoes and capsicums are baking, toast the almonds on a separate tray for 7 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove and cool.
Transfer the toasted, cooled almonds to a food processor and grind finely but leave in the processor bowl.
Peel both the tomatoes and the capsicums, discarding some of the tomato seeds without making an issue of it. Transfer the tomatoes and capsicums to the processor, on top of the almonds. Add the garlic cloves, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, chilli, salt and olive oil and puree until smooth.
Transfer the sauce to a serving bowl or jug, cover and refrigerate until needed.
Bring to room temperature before serving

                                               SATAY SAUCE

This peanut sauce is quick to make and lovely as a sauce for Rice Paper Salad Rolls, shallow fried or baked tofu, or vegetarian kebabs (if using tofu for these, organic tofu is perfect, cut into 2cm cubes and marinated in hoi sin sauce with sesame oil and ginger)  - marinated tofu, onion, courgette, mushrooms, etc. Soak bamboo skewers first, and brush the veg. kebabs with oil before barbecuing. Serve with either of the sauces here, or mix your own using sweet chilli sauce, soy, fresh coriander and minced ginger.
Recipe is easily doubled.

¾ cup coconut cream plus 2 Tbsp extra
1 tsp red curry paste
1Tbsp kecap manis*
salt to taste
 2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 Tbsp tamarind concentrate**

Heat the coconut cream in a small, heavy based saucepan and bring to simmer point. Combine the curry paste with the extra 2 Tbsp coconut cream to make a slurry.
Whisk in the red curry paste slurry, followed by the remaining ingredients. Ensure that the sauce is whisked smooth and that there are no red curry paste or peanut butter lumps.
Simmer over a low heat stirring regularly for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce reaches the desired thickness.
*Kecap manis is a sweet soy sauce.
**Tamarind pulp is available in blocks from any Asian store and is preferable to the concentrate or pulp in jars. Break up and soak 125g block in 1 cup hot water for 10 minutes, then strain through a sieve into a bowl. Any extra can be frozen for adding to sauces, stews, lentils, etc or buy a good quality tamarind concentrate.