Kitchen Garden Recipes
A great number of my recipes have been inspired by Graeme and his fantastic gardening team at Belmont House, hidden in the North Downs near my hometown of Faversham. There is so much variety throughout the seasons and here are a few of the delights that I have had the pleasure of cooking during my workshops there.
Roasted Squash and Pepper soup
This is one of my personal favourites and I've had several requests to put this recipe down on the website. Please try it and enjoy!
Ingredients (serves 10)
1 squash (800g)
3 red peppers
2 celery sticks sliced
400g potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 garlic clove (crushed)
2tbs of mixed garden herbs
(sage, thyme - whatever is available)
A good twist of salt and pepper
Start by peeling and cutting the squash into sizable chunks (2-3cm). Place these into a preheated roasting pan with one tablespoon of oil, herbs, salt and pepper then roast for about 25-30 mins at 180c.
Meanwhile slice in half and grill the peppers until soft, if cooking outside this can be down simply by putting the peppers whole onto the hot embers and turning, to ensure the whole thing is charred.
Once the peppers have cooled, slice them into smaller lengths and set aside.
Heat a large stock pot or Dutch oven and add the rest of the oil, the sliced onions and celery. Stir and cook for about 8 minutes until softened.
Add the peppers, crush garlic and paprika before cooking for another minute or so, stirring continuously.
Next add the roasted squash, herbs and potatoes to the pot and mix.
Now add enough water to cover the veg and then simmer for about 25 minutes until all the vegetables are soft.
Remove from the heat and blend to a smooth consistency before serving.
Easy Chinese Stir Fry
1 Pack of dried noodles
For the sauce
Juice of 1 lemon
1 white cabbage
5-6 spring onions
2 garlic cloves
100g green beans
150g mushrooms (oyster or shiitake work well)
1 packet of beanshoots
This is the first of three recipes, I was asked to cook at a local primary school with their younger children- some as young as four! I wanted them to do as much of the work possible, and then to enjoy eating it. This is essentially a simple vegetable stir-fry using vegetables and flavours that the children should recognise and can be done in less than 30 minutes, depending on how fast your children work!
Please note this can be made with a whole host of vegetables depending on what is available!
1.First boil some water to re-hydrate the noodles, tend to do this over the fire as it heats up the dutch oven, otherwise a kettle will do! Place the noodles in a suitable bowl or pan then pour the boiling water over so it just covers them. Leave.
2. Now make the sauce.
In small bowl or jug, squirt/ squeeze an equal amount of honey and ketchup, followed by a couple of generous splashes of Soy Sauce, add the lemon juice before whisking this all together to make your stir-fry sauce!
3.Grate the carrots and cabbage, crush the garlic, slice the mushrooms (if large), and cut the onions and beans into 1 cm long pieces (scissors work really well for little hands doing this!
4. Check on the noodles, they should now be fully re-hydrated and taken up a lot of the water.
Drain and put to one side.
5. Heat the oil in the Dutch oven if outside, otherwise a deep frying pan or wok will do.
6. Once the oil is hot, fry the chopped vegetables and bean shoots, stirring for no more than 2-3 minutes.
7. Add the sauce and stir for another minute covering the veg.
8. Finally add the noodles into the pan again stirring to soak up the sauce and flavour.
Pour straight into bowls and enjoy!