Beet Carpaccio, Chipotle Cheese, Broccoli Goji Salad

 

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Beet Carpaccio
1 beet
salt

Wash and peel beets. Mandoline slice 3mm each. Sprinkle both sides of each slice liberally with salt. Set aside.

Simple Chipotle Cheese
1 cup soaked cashew
1/2 tsp salt
1 – 2 tsp brewer’s yeast
1 – 1.5 tsp powdered chipotle
1/2 cup filter water

Blend everything together on high speed until smooth. Check the flavour. You may want to add more salt or seasoning.

Broccoli Goji Salad
2 cups of broccoli florets (each big floret chopped in 4 pieces)
4 tbls walnuts
1/4 preserved lemon
2 – 3 tbls goji
1 clove garlic, sliced paper thin

Place the broccoli and goji in a bowl. Pour hot water over and let it sit as you finely slice the garlic and julienne the preserved lemon. Drain the broccoli and add the garlic, nuts, goji and lemon to it. Toss in dressing.

Dressing
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup carmellia oil (whatever oil you really fancy)
2 tbls olive oil

Whisk together and mix into salad. Don’t pour the whole thing in at once. It may be too overwhelming.

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Composition

Marinating the beets in salt softens them and releases the water. Pat each beet down with a kitchen towel to remove the water. Place three pieces of dry beet carpaccio, slightly overlapping on a plate. Scoop on some chipotle cheese. Dress with salad in one of the ways pictured in either of the pics above.

This dish has sour, spicy, sweet, earthy tones. Absolutely delicious.

 

Mushroom, Dill Cheese & Broccoli Blini

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Yesterday I showed you how to make sprouted buckwheat flour. Today, I will give you an idea of what to do with it.

The picture above is a mushroom, dill cheese & broccoli Blini, of which the base is made of buckwheat flour. I am delighted with the mouthfeel. It behaves like a conventional shortcrust pastry, which is divine.

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Blini Base
2 cups buckwheat flour
1/4 cup flax meal (no gooey mouthfeel, I promise)
2 tbls dried oregano
1 tsp smoked paprika salt
2 tbls olive oil
1/2 – 3/4 cup water (start with less and feel your way through)

Mix it all up and you should get a dough like this:

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Roll it out and use a blini mould, or bottle lid to cut out circles:

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Dehydrate for about 4 – 5 hours then remove. You don’t want them to crack and get all bendy and dry. You want a bit of moisture in the centre.

Next, the cheese. This is a simple cheese, no fermentation or culturing.

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Dill Cheese
1 cup soaked and rinsed cashew
1 tbls nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbls water
1 tbls dill

Blend till smooth. Set aside.

Broccoli
1 head organic broccoli
1 clove garlic
1.5 – 2 tbls red wine vinegar
2 tbls olive oil
salt and pepper

Slice the florets off the head, as close to the florets as possible. Wash in hot water and drain then blitz until it resembles crumbs as in the picture below.

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In a small blender, add the minced clove of garlic, red wine vinegar, water, salt and pepper and blend. Slowly add the oil in until the dressing is emulsified.Pour this dressing over the broccoli and set aside.

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Mushrooms
1 punnet oak mushrooms
2 tbls flax oil
2 tbls balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper

Wipe the mushrooms with a paper towel. Slice the stems off then slice the mushrooms into thin slices. In a separate bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together then add it to the mushrooms and mix well. Set Aside.

Assembly

Place two blini bases on a plate. Add a healthy dollop of dill cheese and make as level as possible but not flat. Add a mound of broccoli. Don’t press this layer flat, now you want height. Take three pieces of mushroom and lay them on top of the broccoli. Add some dried pomegranate seeds. Dress the plate in chopped, candied almonds, sprigs of rosemary, cracked black pepper and a few drops of olive oil on top of each blini.

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