Medium Box Recipes 0/08/2020
Join us at 6pm this Thursday (6th August) for a live UCOOK Along with the marvellous Maria of Cream of the Crop Butter.
Maria Van Zyl is the owner and co-founder of Cream of The Crop Butter, who we can thank for the delicious cultured butter in your box each week. This butter is unique because she sources the cream directly from a grass-fed jersey herd in Robertson. She then innoculates the fresh cream with a live lactic culture to give it a tangy rich flavour. She then lets it ferment until thick and creamy before she churns it by hand and adds some West Coast sea salt for that salty edge. How lucky are we, thanks to Maria.
Tune in at 6pm where Maria will be showing us LIVE how to make a simple and delicious Herb Butter Roast Chicken with charred leeks and labneh (which we will be making from scratch), and a burnt butter tomato sauce. For the vegetarians and vegans, you can simply replace your chicken with a whole head of cauli – see recipe below. Go on then, butter it up!
Maria’s Herb Butter Roast Chicken
Pasture—reared Son of a Butcher roast chicken with herb butter, served with roasted veggies, char-grilled Naturally Organic leeks with labneh, and topped with a burnt butter tomato sauce and a Wild Harvest sesame sprinkle.
Herb Butter Roast Chicken
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Mix half the butter (room temperature) and some fresh chopped herbs in a bowl until soft. Season with salt and pepper, set aside.
- Rinse and chop some veg of choice (we recommend some potato, sweet potato, carrot, and onion). Place in a roasting tray, toss with some olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Liberally season the chicken with salt inside and out. Rub the herb butter ALL over the chicken (even under the skin where possible). Quarter a minneola and stuff the chicken with the citrus.
- Nestle the chicken between the veg and score the chicken legs.
- Roast the chicken for 45-60 minutes until cooked through and golden. Remove it from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before carving.
Grilled Leeks with Labneh
- Place two cups of yogurt in a cheese cloth (any fine thread is fine, the yogurt must be able to drain), tie up into a loose ball and hang. Leave to hang until the yogurt is thick (leave inside the cloth until the chicken is resting after roasting).
- Cut the leeks lengthwise and rinse well. Coat in some oil and season.
- Heat a griddle pan (frying pan or cast iron) until smoking and place leeks inside . Do not move or turn until charred. Only then, flip and repeat on the other side.
- Remove from heat and set aside.
- Heat some butter in a saucepan over a medium heat, and stir occasionally with a spatula until the butter is brown.
- Before serving, place the labneh in a bowl and pour over the brown butter, saving some for the tomato sauce. Gently marble the butter into the Labneh, and season.
- Place the leeks on top of the labneh and brown butter, and sprinkle with the wild sesame salt.
Burnt Butter Tomato Sauce
- Chop up or coarsely grate some fresh tomato.
- Heat some oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the tomato and cook until soft and reduced, pressing them with your spatula to help them soften.
- Add some brown butter, and some roasted minneola juice to sweeten the sauce, and season well with salt.
Carve up your chicken before plating. Serve with some roasted veggies, and the grilled leeks & labneh. Top with some burnt butter tomato sauce, and a final sprinkle of wild sesame salt.
Honey Caramelised Banana Breakfast Bowl
Seed & Circus granola served with caramelised Naturally Organic bananas & Gay’s Dairy Yogurt.
- Peel and cut some bananas into bite-sized pieces.
- Place a pan over medium heat with a knob of butter, and 1-2 tbsp of either maple syrup/honey/sugar. Add your bananas and cook until caramelised. Remove the bananas from the pan when they are golden and delicious.
- Plate up the caramelised bananas and top with your crunchy Seed & Circus granola – and a dollop of creamy yoghurt, just ‘cause.
Bananas are high in potassium. 1 banana meets about 10% of your daily potassium needs. Potassium is necessary for normal nervous system function, normal muscle function and maintenance of stable blood pressure.
Cheesy Spinach Brunch Toastie
This spinach bread from Spinach King is perfect for a toastie. Layered with Mysthill young cheddar, a smear of Cooked’s butternut hummus , and a fried Farmer Angus’s free range egg - it just doesn’t get better.
- Heat some butter or oil in a nonstick pan over a medium heat.
- Spread one side of each spinach bread slice with some butter.
- Crack the eggs into the pan and cook for 1 minute. Lightly pierce the yolk of each egg with the corner of a spatula. Cook for another minute. Carefully flip the eggs (it’s ok if they fold over). Cook for another minute, or according to how you like your eggs cooked.
- Place the spinach bread in the pan, buttered side down, smear on some hummus, top with egg and some cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Place the other slice of spinach bread on top of each sandwich, with the buttered side facing out. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown and the cheese is melty. Remove from the pan and serve immediately.
The butternut hummus provides great flavour to the toastie, but a smear of apricot jam would also work super well.
Cheddar Omelette with Butternut Hummus
Mysthill young cheddar cheese, Cooked’s homemade butternut hummus, and Georgiev Farm’s eggcellent free range eggs make this protein-packed brekkie utterly delicious.
- Whisk together 3 eggs, a glug of milk (approximately 25ml), some salt and pepper, some chopped parsley until combined well.
- Place a medium, nonstick pan over a medium—high heat, along with a drizzle of olive oil and knob of butter. Once the butter is melted, pour the egg mixture into the pan and swirl it around to evenly spread over the pan. Allow to cook for a minute before adding some grated cheddar (and even some Parmesan – more cheese is never a bad idea).
- Allow the cheese to melt and the egg to puff up as it cooks. Carefully ease the edges of the omelette away from the sides of the pan, with a spatula. Start to slide the omelette out of the pan onto a plate, and in the process, fold one side over the other to make a half moon — cute, isn’t it?
- Finish off with a sprinkle of cheese over the top of your golden half moon, and some fresh herbs to garnish.
- Lightly toast some bread slices until they are all golden and irresistibly delicious—looking.
- Smear your toast with butternut hummus and then load it up with your cheesy omelette.
Eggs are not only a good source of protein, but also of vitamin D, a micronutrient vital for immune function and maintaining a healthy body.
Let’s Go Romanesco Salad
A nutritious and warming Winter salad filled with roasted goodness, and hero’ing the beautiful Romanesco from Simply Fresh. Sprinkled with some of Seed & Circus’s delicious granola, this salad is packed with nourishment and flavour!Tick Tick
- Preheat your oven to 200°C.
- Rinse and dice up some sweet potato leaving the skins on. Slice up the romanesco broccoli. Deseed and roughly dice some pepper. Spread the veggies out evenly on a roasting tray, coat with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20-25 minutes — until cooked but still crunchy.
- While your veg is in the oven, wash and dry some salad leaves (baby spinach). Place into your favourite (large) salad bowl.
- Create your favourite salad dressing — we recommend some olive oil, dijon mustard, a sweetener of choice, some citrus or vinegar, and some salt and pepper. Whisk up and season to taste.
- Finely slice up some onion, and add it to the dressing. Toss to coat.
- Rinse and roughly chop some parsley — add some to the dressing, and leave some for garnish.
- Let the roasted veg cool for 5—10 minutes before assembling. Finally, combine everything, massaging the dressing through the salad to ensure an even coating.
- Finish off with some Seed & Circus granola, and a final sprinkle of parsley.
Drying your salad leaves after washing them maximises the amount of dressing they soak up, enhancing flavour —crucial!
Charred Cauliflower Head with Cheesy Bechamel Sauce
Delicious soft roasted Umthunzi Cauliflower head with a creamy cheesy bechamel sauce. Come to mamma!
- Preheat the oven to 190°C.
- Rub the head of cauli with oil (lucky cauli), place it on a baking tray, and bake in the hot oven until cooked through and starting to blacken, about 45-60 minutes. Cover with tinfoil if it’s colouring too quickly.
- Make a béchamel cheese sauce by melting a knob of butter in a pot. Then, add enough flour to form a paste. Cook it for 2 minutes until it smells biscuity. Whisk in some milk slowly, until you have a decent amount of sauce. Add some grated cheese, a little mustard to enhance the cheese flavour, and season to taste.
- Once the cauliflower is soft and starting to blacken, pour over the bechamel sauce and bake until golden.
- Serve with a simple side salad and crusty bread.
Cauliflower is high in fiber (for digestive health), Antioxidants (for cell health), Choline (essential for learning and memory) and B—Vitamins (for overall cell function)
Roast Spatchcock Chicken with Good Ol’ Roast Tatoes
Spatchocking your pasture-reared Son of a Butcher chicken is a great idea: you get much more golden crispy skin, and you’ll reduce the cooking time.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Place the chicken on a board, breast-side down, and grab a pair of kitchen scissors. Locate the chicken spine, and cut down one side of the spine and then the other, removing the spine of the chicken (reserve it for some chicken stock, if you like). Gently open up the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Flip the chicken, and gently press on it to break the breast bone so that it lies flat. Pop onto a roasting tray.
- Smother the chicken with melted butter or some oil until well covered. Then rub it with your seasoning of choice- we recommend some grated garlic, some chopped thyme and rosemary, and lots of salt and pepper.
- Roast the spatchcock chicken for 40—50 minutes until the skin is crispy and the chicken is cooked through.
Good ‘Ol Roast Potatoes:
- Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil.
- Add the potatoes and cook until just tender. Drain, halve or slightly crush the potatoes, roughening the outside of the potatoes using a fork.
- Place some cooking oil in a large roasting pan and heat in the oven for 10 minutes until hot. Carefully add the potatoes to the roasting dish, and toss to coat in the oil. Roast for 1 hour, turning every 20 minutes. They should be completely crisp on the outside and fluffy inside.
- Season well with salt, and serve with your delicious spatchcock chicken, and a simple green salad.
Another (less oil-heavy) option for the potatoes is to place them on a roasting tray once boiled and drained, and gently press down on each with the back of a fork until they are crushed open. Drizzle with olive oil, and season well. Roast until golden and crispy.
Creamy Roast Chicken Toastie with Butternut Hummus, Tomato & Baby Spinach
Leftover roast Son of a Butcher chicken with Cooked’s butternut hummus, some salty Simply Fresh tomato, and Terra Madre baby spinach. Glorious.
- Shred up some left over roast chicken, place it in a bowl with some butternut hummus, a dollop of mayo or yogurt, some chopped parsley, and some seasoning. Stir to combine and season further to taste.
- Slice some tomato, and season well with salt. Rinse some baby spinach and shred.
- Slice up some bread for your toastie.
- Return the pan to a medium-high heat. Butter the bread on both sides (because, butter is life). Layer with some baby spinach, creamy chicken & hummus, and tomato. Close up the sarmie and toast on the pan for about 2—3 minutes per side, until the bread is crunchy and golden and heated through. Slice it in half and admire its good looks — for however many seconds you can stand to wait before tucking in.
Serve with a simple side salad, or some roasted sweet potato wedges, or both :-)
Pan—Seared Herb Butter Swordfish with Parmesan Roasted Leeks
Greenfish’s swordfish pan fried in a herb butter sauce, and served with some soft roasted Naturally Organic leeks with melty Parmesan from Gay’s dairy.
- Preheat the oven to 190°C.
- Bring some butter to room temperature in a bowl. Mix in some grated garlic, chopped parsley, and seasoning.
- Trim and slice the leeks in half lengthways. Rinse well. Place on a roasting tray, cut side up, with some thyme leaves. Coat in some oil and season.
- Roast the leeks for about 30 minutes until soft and golden.
- In the final 5—10 minutes, sprinkle over some grated Parmesan, and continue roasting until golden.
- Just before plating, pan sear the swordfish for 2—3 minutes per side in the flavoured butter in a pan over medium—high heat until golden and cooked to your preference.
- Dish up the roasted Parmesan leeks, top with the golden herb butter swordfish, and garnish with a sprinkle of wild sesame salt.
Leeks are a good source of Vitamin A, C and K — supporting your eye health, boosting your immune system and assisting with adequate blood clotting and wound healing.
Grilled Rosemary Lamb Sausages with Roasted Goodness
Frankie Fenner pasture—reared rosemary lamb sausage, served with golden roasted sweet potato wedges, some caramelised herby onions, and a fresh side salad. Come on…
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Clean and cut the sweet potatoes into wedges, leaving the skin on for extra crispy tastiness. Spread out on a tray. Place in the hot oven for 20 minutes, just to par—roast.
- In a bowl, combine some oil with some grated garlic, some chopped herbs, salt and pepper.
- Remove the potatoes from the oven after 20 minutes, drizzle over the herb oil and toss to coat. Return to the oven for 30 minutes or until crispy and golden.
- Slice up some onion into thin half-moons. Place a pan over a medium heat with a drizzle of oil. Add your onions and a few sprigs of thyme. Cook the onion for about 15 minutes, stirring regularly, until the onions become caramelised, browned and soft — add 1 tsp of sweetener of your choice to help with the caramelizing.
- In the last few minutes, add a knob of butter and seasoning . Stir it in until everything is caramel—y. Remove the thyme sprigs.
- Place a pan over medium heat, and pan fry the sausages for 5—7 minutes until golden all over and cooked through, turning them as they colour. Remove them from the pan, and let them rest for 2 minutes before serving.
- Roughly chop some tomato, place it in a bowl with some salt, a drizzle of oil, and a squeeze of citrus. Rinse and shred some baby spinach, throw this through the tomato. Season further to taste.
- You know what to do…
When caramelising onion, add a splash of water to prevent things from sticking to the base of the pan while it cooks, then simply let the water cook away.
Tuscan—style Salsiccia Pasta
This dreamy pasta dish is just unbeatable. Frankie Fenner pasture-reared rosemary lamb mince in a classic tomato sauce, home-made and family—style at its best! .
- Place a pan over medium—high heat. Remove the lamb mince from the sausage casing, and place the mince in the pan. Cook until golden, breaking it up with your cooking utensil as it cooks.
- Then add some diced carrot, diced onion, grated garlic, and some chopped herbs. Cook until the veggies have softened, stirring occasionally.
- Bring a pot of water to boil, and cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and toss through some olive oil to prevent sticking.
- To the sauce, add a tin of cooked tomato, a dash of balsamic vinegar and some stock. Simmer until thickened, seasoning as you go.
- Tip the pasta into the pan of sauce and give it a gentle stir. Scatter over some grated Parmesan, and get that fork twirling!
For a more silky texture, reserve some pasta water, and add it to the sauce towards the end.
Holy Guacamole with DIY Breadsticks
Smashed avo, tomato, onion, and parsley — with homemade breadsticks, of course.
- In a bowl, smush up some avocado with a fork until smooth.
- Add in lots of chopped fresh parsley and some citrus juice — for that authentic Mexican flare.
- Mix in some finely chopped tomato and finely diced onion. Add some salt, and a drizzle of olive oil. Season further to taste.
- Slice some leftover bread and pop into the toaster until super crispy and golden. Cut your slices into 2cm wide strips and get dippin’!
Most of the calories in Avos are from fat, but it's all of the good fats. Avos are high in omega-3 fatty acids, in the form of alpha linoleic acid. These unsaturated fats have proven to lower cholesterol and can contribute to improved heart health.
Crispy Jerusalem Artichokes
Naturally Organic Jerusalem artichokes roasted simply with garlic and herbs — as they should be.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Soak the artichokes in cold water for 20 minutes to loosen any dirt, then scrub them clean. Slice into evenly sized pieces, place on a roasting tray with some sliced garlic, freshly chopped herbs, olive oil, and seasoning. Toss to coat those ginger/potato doppelgängers.
- Roast for 45—50 minutes until soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.
Serve as a nutritious snack, a hearty side, or tossed through some fresh leaves to bulk up a salad.
Maria’s Quick Carrot Smash
Naturally Organic carrot purée served on thick slices of Knead’s Turkish Loaf.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C. Peel and slice about 3 carrots into 2cm thick rounds. Toss the carrots with the olive oil, 2 cloves of garlic, some sea salt and black pepper. Cover with foil and roast for 45 minutes till soft.
- Allow to cool slightly before whizzing in a blender, or pushing through a sieve.
- Season with the caraway seeds, some fresh thyme and a good glug of olive oil.
- Serve with thick slices of Turkish loaf.
You could add a squeeze of minneola juice to give it a citrus kick.
The Ultimate Bloody Mary
Use your own stash of vodka — this is the perfect excuse to bring it out (if you have any left) — a Virgin Mary is also superb. Homemade tomato juice is what takes this recipe to gourmet level.
- Preheat the oven to 160°C. Dice up some tomatoes, and place them onto a baking tray. Coat in some oil, salt, and a sweetener of choice.
- Roast until soft and blistered. Blend, and season.
- Build your Virgin Mary (Bloody, if you’re one of the lucky ones) as you wish — go wild with the seasoning. Garnish with a and a crack of black pepper. Saluti!
Preheat the oven to 160°C. Dice up some tomatoes, and place them onto a baking tray. Coat in some oil, salt, and a sweetener of choice.
Roast until soft and blistered. Blend, and season.
Build your Virgin Mary (Bloody, if you’re one of the lucky ones) as you wish — go wild with the seasoning. Garnish with a and a crack of black pepper. Saluti!
Papaya Panna Cotta
Vibrant, fruity and creamy Simply Fresh papaya panna cotta
- Peel and deseed the papaya. Place into a food processor and blend until smooth. Pass through a sieve to remove any lumps. You will need 1 cup of papaya purée.
- Place 1¼ cup of whipping or double cream, 1 cup of milk, and 5 tbsp sugar in a saucepan over a medium heat — cook until sugar is fully dissolved, about 3 minutes. Then, turn heat to high and bring to a boil, about 1 minute.
- Dissolve 2 tbsp gelatine powder in 2 tablespoons water. Leave to bloom for about 5 minutes.
- Add 1 cup of papaya purée and gelatine to the cream mixture. Mix thoroughly and strain through a fine sieve into a jug.
- Pour into individual glasses or ramekins and chill for 4—6 hours in the fridge.
Panna cotta is an Italian dessert of sweetened cream thickened with gelatin and molded.
Sweet Citrus Cake
Made with Bergsoom’s Minneolas to make the afternoon slump not so slumpy.
- For this recipe you will need: 2 cups flour, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 cup sugar, ½ cup milk, ½ cup freshly squeezed mineola juice and zest from 1 mineola, ¼ cup neutral oil, ¼ cup melted butter, 3 eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla essence.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a cake tin or a bread tin.
- In a bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.
- In another bowl, beat together the butter, oil and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat until light and fluffy.
- Slowly add the milk, citrus juice, zest and vanilla, mix until combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, and gently fold in — try not to over-beat the poor things.
- Pour the batter in the prepared tin. Bake in the oven for about 40-45 minutes. Pierce with a knife or skewer — if it comes out clear, it's ready. On completion, allow to cool. Then, dust with some icing sugar if you like. Delish!
Fresh and easy afternoon tea delight, with a vitamin C boost for a healthier immune system.
Caramelized Guava Crumble
Taking the classic apple crumble to another level! Made with Magic Herb’s guavas.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Peel and cut 2—3 guavas in half. Remove the seeds from the halves using the back of a metal spoon. Then, dice the halves into smaller, bite—sized cubes.
- In a medium baking dish, add in your guavas and stir in 4 tbsp sugar, the zest and juice of 1 mineola, 1 tsp cinnamon, some grated ginger, some raisins (optional) and 80ml water. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, stir 1½ cup of rolled oats, ½ a cup of flour, ½ a cup of sugar, ½ a cup of coconut oil, and ½ tsp salt. Use your hands to crumble the topping ingredients together, until evenly combined.
- Pour your crumble mixture over the guava — filling in an even layer.
- Place the tray into the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- Serve immediately — with an optional (but recommended) scoop of ice cream or yogurt..