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A winter treat

This is comfort eating at its healthiest, but I challenge you not to want second helpings. It’s a vegetarian take on lasagne, layers of veggies and tomato sauce, but without pasta. Though if you are feeding a hungry horde it would work with a couple of layers of pasta sheets. Unlike lasagne, you don’t have to make a cheese sauce; instead there is a creamy sauce whizzed up in the blender. dishing upThe recipe is by Anna Jones, a chef who first worked at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant. This background explains why her recipes all have an Italian-feel.

Serves 6
For the bake:-
4 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1cm rounds
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced
rosemary leaves, picked from a couple of sprigs
2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
2 red onions, peeled and roughly sliced
a small bunch of fresh thyme
400g spinach, washed
200g ricotta
100g Parmesan
For the creamy sauce:-
1 x 400g tin butter beans
grated zest and juice of a lemon
3 tbsp olive oil

Preheat the oven to 240° C/ fan 220° C/ gas 9. parmesan, gratingLightly grease two baking trays. Arrange the sweet potato discs in one layer on the trays, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes, until just cooked and browning around the edges. sweet potatoes - ready to go into the ovenWhile the potatoes are cooking, make the tomato sauce. Fry the sliced garlic in a little olive oil, over a medium heat, until it begins to brown around the edges. Add the rosemary, stir. Add the tinned tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and leave for 10 minutes, simmering lightly, until the sauce becomes thicker and sweeter. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside. tomato sauce in the panIn a separate frying pan, soften the onions in a little olive oil with the thyme, over a medium heat, until soft and sweet. This will take about 10 minutes. spinach, added to the onionsspinach, wiltedThen add the spinach, a little at a time, and let it wilt. sweet potatoes - just out of the ovenWhen the sweet potatoes are ready, take them out of the oven. Turn the oven down to 220° C/ fan 200° C/ gas 7.

Now make the butter bean sauce. Put the tinned butter beans and the liquid from the tin into a blender, add the lemon juice, zest, olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. butter bean sauce, in processorBlitz it so the sauce is smooth and loose enough to spread . If it is too thick, add a couple of tablespoons of water and blitz again.

Once the separate elements are ready, you can begin layering in a large ovenproof dish. Put a layer of tomato sauce on the bottom, then a layer of spinach, then dot over half the ricotta and a thick layer of grated parmesan. If you are using pasta, add a layer of lasagne sheets here. Next, add a layer of sweet potatoes, then some of the butter bean sauce. Keep layering, finishing with a layer of butter bean sauce. Grate Parmesan over the top, plus a drizzle of olive oil and a few more thyme leaves. ready to go into ovenBake in the oven for 30 minutes until golden brown on top. platefulDon’t worry if you cook too many sweet potatoes. We did, so the leftovers were thrown into a potato mash mixture with cooked sprouts and fried onions, and made into potato cakes. We eat these for breakfast with a fried egg on top.

5 to remember
una horda hambrienta – a hungry horde
las alubias grande – the butter beans
los elementos separados – the separate elements
una capa – a layer
no se preocupe – don’t worry

Still hungry? Try these puddings:-
Not just your everyday pudding… pain au chocolat bread-and-butter pudding
Rice pudding with almonds
The best-ever plum clafoutis?

a modern way to eat by anna jones 8-6-15

This recipe is from Anna Jones’ book, A Modern Way to Eat. Find more of her recipes at her website.

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A Gift of Leeks

Today we drive to Rafael’s nursery to buy 120 elfas [oleanders] for the hillside below the swimming pool. Lunch is decided when Rafael gives us four enormous leeks as a regalito. Punchy Leeks on Toast is one of our winter favourites which we picked up from the Cooking Outside the Box cookbook by the UK veggie box people Abel & Cole. We always use leeks for this but often vary the cheese depending on what’s in the fridge. Fresh thyme is an essential addition though. punchy leeks on toast11 tbsp olive oil
2 or 3 leeks, washed and finely shredded
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced
1 tsp cayenne pepper
½ tbsp wholegrain mustard
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
A packet of soft goats’ cheese or cream cheese such as Philadelphia or Mercadona’s own
A sprig of fresh thyme, leaves stripped from the stalk
4 slices of thick toast, sourdough or wholemeal, lightly toasted
punchy leeks on toast2
Heat the oil in a saucepan or lidded frying pan and add the leeks, garlic and cayenne pepper. Put on the lid and leave to sweat on a low heat for 15 minutes, stir occasionally.
When the leeks are soft, add the mustard and cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted, season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, make the toast.
Pile the cheese mixture on top of the toast and put under the grill for a couple of minutes until the top is golden and bubbling.
5 to remember
el queso – the cheese
la receta – the recipe
compramos – we buy
el puerro – the leek
la tostada – the toast

‘Cooking Outside the Box’ by Keith Abel [UK: Collins]

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