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Medium Box Recipes 02/09/2020

Welcome in the newness of spring with fresh, earthy, seasonal goodness found in this week’s box themed – Spring Harvest Table. Your produce for the week is sure to add a burst of colour to your fridge and pantry with bright springtime fruits, beautiful veggies, and wonderfully fragrant sauces and dips. Not to mention a basketful of new recipes below that are bound to bring your bountiful, flavoursome ingredients to life. Let’s feast. 

Strawberry Smoothie Bowl 

Kick-start your day with this deliciously fresh Mysthill strawberry smoothie bowl.

  • Place a handful of strawberries in a food processor with a couple of spoonfuls of Gay’s yoghurt and a few ice cubes. Blend until smooth. 
  • Pour into a bowl and garnish with chopped banana, chopped pear and extra chopped strawberry. 
  • Finally, garnish with some Seed and Circus granola and dig in. 

NUTRITIONAL BENEFIT:

Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese – they also contain decent amounts of folate (vitamin B9) and potassium. Strawberries are very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, which may have benefits for heart health and blood sugar control.


Cheesy Breakfast Toastie with Truffle

These crispy and cheesy sandwiches are sure to become a morning favourite! SCHOON country loaf layered with a fried free-range egg, some of Aioli’s truffle aioli and Kleinrivier colby cheese. Yes please! 

  • Heat some butter/oil in a nonstick pan over a medium heat. 
  • Spread one side of each bread slice with some butter.
  • Slice up some tomato and season the slices with some salt. 
  • Crack your 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 bread in the pan, buttered side down, smear on some of Aioli’s truffle aioli – top that off with your egg, some sliced tomato and some cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Place the other slice of bread on top of each sandwich, with the buttered side facing out. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown. Remove from the pan and serve immediately.

CHEF’S TIP:

The truffle aioli provides a luxurious creamy layer to this delectable toastie. Add a smear of Aioli’s green chilli for that hit of heat. 

 

Go-Green Shakshuka 

This healthy green take on Shakshuka will impress at any brunch. Packed with all the best greens – Field Fresh Tuvu mangetout, Naturally Organic spring onion, broccoli and kale. 

  • Remove the tops ‘n tails from the mange tout with a knife. In a pan with a knob of butter, fry all the mangetout and a grated clove of garlic until soft but still vibrant green. Place 3/4 of the mange tout into a food processor and blend. Dilute a little vegetable stock in hot water. Gradually pour in the stock, a little at a time while blending, until you reach a smooth slightly thick consistency. Season to taste. Set aside.
  • Remove the remaining mangetout from the pan and set them aside. 
  • Return the pan to the heat, with a drizzle of oil, fry some sliced spring onion and chopped up broccoli florets for 4-5 minutes. Add torn bite-sized pieces of kale (stalk and veins removed) and cook for 1-2 minutes until wilted.
  • Add your mangetout puree, and cooked mangetout, back to the pan and heat through for a minute. Season to taste. 
  • Using the back of a spoon or ladle, make 4 egg-sized wells in your green veg base and crack some eggs into them. 
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid, and cook until the eggs are cooked to your liking. 
  • Garnish with some chopped mint and serve with some toasted buttered up country loaf.

CHEF’S TIP: 

Shakshuka is the Queen of all brunch dishes – why not have a Mimosa or Bloody Mary to marry it all together. 

 

Veggie Frittata Egg Cups

A light-yet-filling brekkie – free-range egg cups filled with leftover veggies and some grated Kleinrivier colby cheese. Yum!

  • Dice up your veggies of choice – baby potatoes, cauliflower, onion – all work well. Sauté in a hot pan with some oil over medium heat, until they start to soften. Add some chopped herbs of choice – thyme or rosemary will work well here. 
  • In a bowl, whisk the eggs and season well.
  • Combine the sautéed veggies with the eggs, and sprinkle in some grated colby cheese (we always suggest a heavy hand when adding cheese). 
  • Grease a muffin tin, or small pan, with some butter.
  • Pour in the mixture and bake in a hot oven for 10-15 minutes until cooked through and golden. Now go ahead and dig in!

NUTRITIONAL BENEFIT:: 

Eggs mean protein and abundant nutrients, veggies mean antioxidants for days – everything you need to keep your immune system in good shape! 

 

Kale Caesar Salad by Chef Amerae
Use Naturally Organic kale, a simply delicious homemade dressing, and Aioli’s truffle aioli to create a caesar salad of dreams. 

  • Prep the kale by ripping the leaves off from the stems and discarding the stems (or using them in tomorrow’s smoothie). Rinse with water and pat dry. Place the kale leaves in a bowl and chop with a scissor to create finer pieces. 
  • Start with the dressing – use a jar with a lid and add 2 tbsp honey or sweetener of choice, ¼ cup olive oil, 1 stp salt, ½ tsp mustard, ½ tsp black pepper, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar. Pop the lid on and give it a good shake until the ingredients are well combined – season further to taste. 
  • Add the dressing to the kale and mix with a tong or fork to ensure the dressing is well absorbed by the kale. Set aside. Not into raw kale? Fry the kale for 2 minutes in a hot pan with some oil, before adding the dressing. 
  • Optional step: take some left over roast chicken, and shred it into finer pieces with 2 forks. Add the 1 tbsp of the truffle aioli, ¼ cup of yogurt and season with salt and pepper. Mix well and stir in 2 tbsp of chopped parsley. Set aside. 
  • Optional step to load up on more greens: place a pan over medium heat with some oil. Quickly fry the mange tout peas until bright and slightly softened. Season with salt. Half lengthwise (optional) then set aside to cool down. 
  • Plate up the kale and chicken and top with some grated Kleinrivier colby cheese, a bit of citrus zest, and a sprinkle of some Seed & Circus granola (or any nut or seed of choice for some crunch). 
  • Toast up some country loaf from Schoon, and serve alongside – smeared with your truffle aioli of course. 

    CHEF’S TIP: 

    Food that loves you back. Sounds like every foodie's dream right? This is what Amerae Vercueil decided to call her business during the lockdown, as she noticed that general awareness of the importance of good health and nourishment became heightened during the pandemic – and what better way to do that than by eating foods that love you back. Amerae just launched her first recipe book and is following with healthy food products that love your body back – find everything you need to know at foodthatlovesyouback.co.za  

     

    Kale Salad with Warm Tomato Dressing by Chef Amerae 
    This warm salad is a great introduction to your bouquet of Naturally Organic kale. It can also be served as a side with grilled protein. 

    Prepare the kale:

    • Rinse thoroughly – then cut or tear the leaves from the thick stalks, discarding the stalks. Place the leaves in a large bowl and use a pair of scissors to cut them into bite-sized pieces.

    Tomato Dressing:

    • Start by frying ½ diced onion, about 2-3 cloves of crushed garlic, and some chopped herbs in a pan with some oil over medium heat for 3 minutes If you have some bacon, add in some chopped bacon at this stage for added flavour. Once cooked and golden, add 1 cup of diced tomato and fry over high heat for 2 minutes, until charred.
    • Add a tin of chopped tomatoes and fry for 2 minutes. Add a sweetener of your choice, about a tablespoon each of apple cider vinegar and mustard seeds. Season well with salt and pepper. Allow the mixture to simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. 
    • Stir in 2 heaped tablespoons of Gay’s yoghurt.
    • Season to taste. 

     Serving:

    • Drizzle the warm dressing over the kale, mix and allow to stand for 5 minutes before munching. 

    CHEF’S TIP:

    Not into raw kale? Fry the kale for 2 minutes in a hot pan with some oil, before adding the dressing. Or if you don’t like kale at all, substitute with baby spinach, grated zucchini or chopped cabbage.

     

    Spring Chicken with Truffle Aioli Baked Potato
    A classic herby, buttery, garlicky roast chicken (pasture-reared from Son of a Butcher) with a nourishing baked potato topped with a spoon of Aioli’s creamy truffle aioli. A match made in heaven. 

    • Preheat the oven to 180°C. In a bowl, combine a generous amount of malleable butter, chopped herbs of your choice, grated garlic, citrus juice, salt and pepper. Using a small spatula, beat it all together until well combined.
    • Stuff the chicken skin (on the breast side) with some of the butter mixture – then use the rest of the mixture to get that chicken glistening with butter and further deliciousness. 
    • Roast in the hot oven for about an hour until the skin is crispy. At the halfway mark – remove the tray from the oven and baste the chicken with the pan juices. Return it to the oven for the remaining cooking time. On completion, allow to rest for a few minutes before carving. 
    • While the chicken is roasting, use a fork to poke a few holes into the potatoes (still whole) so they don’t blow. Place on a lined baking sheet, rub with olive oil, and sprinkle liberally with sea salt all over. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork-tender and the skin is crisp.
    • Slice open each potato. Assemble with a dollop of truffle aioli, and a sprinkle of chopped parsley. 
    • Carve up your spring chicken and serve with the creamy baked potato on the side, and a simple green salad of leaves, sliced mangetout peas, Camelot feta and sprinkled with Olief’s colourful edible flowers. 

    CHEF’S TIP:

    Use the bones and carcass to make a delicious, nutritious chicken stock. 


    Dorado Pasta al Pomodoro 
    Chilli, garlic, tomato, olives, fresh herbs, and Greenfish dorado – simple, authentic Italian food at its best.

    • Boil the kettle. Place a pot for the pasta over a high heat. Fill with boiling water, add a pinch of salt, a drizzle of oil and bring back up to the boil. Add some spaghetti pasta to the pot and cook for 8-10 minutes until al dente. Drain on completion.
    • Pat the dorado fillets dry with some paper towel. Cut into bite-size cubes and place in a bowl. Add a drizzle of oil, some citrus juice and seasoning to taste. Toss to coat and set aside to marinate.
    • When the pasta is almost ready, place a large, nonstick pan over a medium heat with a generous amount of olive oil. When heated slightly, add in some halved, pitted olives, drained capers, grated garlic, diced tomato, and some of Aioli’s green chilli (to taste). Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the tomatoes are slightly softened. 
    • Add the dorado, some chopped parsley, and the cooked, drained pasta to the pan and toss through for 2-3 minutes. On completion, season to taste and remove the pan from the heat. 
    • Dish up the delectable dorado pasta and garnish with the fresh, sliced herbs. Bellissimo, Chef!

    CHEF’S TIP:

    If you prefer your dorado well-done, add just the dorado pieces to the pan and sear for 2-3 minutes, before adding the chopped parsley and cooked pasta.  


    Spring Green Salad
    Shaved Naturally Organic fennel, garlic sauteed mangetout and broccoli, Umthunzi mint and Camelot feta. 

    • Using a mandolin, peeler or a knife – finely shred your fennel. Place into a bowl of ice water (this lets the fennel curl and ripple to create a beautiful salad base). 
    • In a pan over a medium heat, add your broccoli florets with a splash of water and lid. Steam for 2 minutes. Remove the lid and once the water has evaporated, add a knob of butter or drizzle of oil, a grated clove of garlic and some mangetout. Saute the mangetout and broccoli for 4-5 minutes until cooked through but still crunchy. 
    • Drain your curly fennel and place into a large bowl. Toss with olive oil, and generous squeeze of lemon or orange juice. Season to taste. Add the sautéed garlicky greens. 
    • Top with some sliced spring onion and crumble over some creamy feta. Garnish with some shredded mint leaves, fennel fronds and Olief edible flowers. 

    Chefs Tip:

    Heat Knead’s Epi bread in the oven at 180°C until warmed through and golden. Tear off branches from the epi bread, top with some butter, and serve alongside your salad. 

     

    Spiced Beef mince Flatbreads with Green Chilli Yoghurt Dressing 
    Easy-peasy homemade yoghurt flatbread, with quick spiced Frankie Fenner pasture reared beef mince and Aioli green chilli yoghurt drizzle. 

    • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of self raising flour, ½ tsp of salt and 1 ⅔ cups of Gay’s yoghurt (415ml). Mix all of the ingredients together to form a sticky dough. There is no need to knead this dough, that’ll make the dough too tough.
    • Divide into 6 equal sized balls on a well floured surface, roll each dough ball out into a thin, 25cm wide circle.
    • Place a pan over a high heat. Once the pan is very hot, dry fry the flatbread for about a minute until the bottom browns and bubble appear. Flip and cook on the other side for another minute. Remove from the pan and repeat the step with the remaining dough. 
    • In a pan over a medium heat with a drizzle of oil, fry 1 chopped onion until soft. Add 1-2 cloves of grated garlic and any spices you desire (we like ground coriander, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne) and cook for a further 2 minutes. 
    • Turn the heat up and add the beef mince. Fry for 4-5 minutes, breaking up the mince with a spoon and stirring frequently, until browned all over.
    • Mix some of Aioli’s green chilli sauce with a couple spoonfuls of yoghurt, and season to taste. 
    • Top the flatbread with the spiced mince and dollop over the green chilli yoghurt.
    • Garnish with fresh mint and Olief’s edible flowers. 

      CHEF’S TIP:

      If you only have cake flour at home you can convert it into self-rising flour by adding 3 ½ teaspoons of baking powder to 2 cups of cake flour.


      Beef Koftas with Truffle Aioli and Mint
      Herby and spiced Frankie Fenner pasture-reared beef koftas with truffle Aioli and fresh mint. 

      • In a bowl, combine your beef mince with a handful of finely chopped rosemary or thyme, 1-2 cloves of grated garlic and any spices you desire (we like ground coriander, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne) – season well and mix until combined.
      • Roll into small balls or the traditional kofta small sausage shape. Place onto a tray and leave in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up. 
      • Place a pan over a medium/high heat with a drizzle of oil. When hot, fry the koftas on each side until browned and cooked through. 
      • Remove from the heat, and place onto a serving plate.
      • Garnish with mint leaves and serve the truffle aioli on the side for dipping. 

        CHEF’S TIP:

        Heat Knead’s Epi bread in the oven at 180°C until warmed through and golden. Tear off bits from the epi bread and scoop up the kofta and truffle aioli for a sandwich like mouthful. Naughty but sooo good. 


        Dorado Ceviche
        Nadorcott orange citrus marinated Greenfish dorado ceviche with Naturally Organic spring onion, pineapple and mint. 

        • Remove any pin bones from the dorado. Cut into very small cubes. 
        • In a bowl, combine the juice from 1-2 Nadorcotts (orange citrus) and the juice from 1-2 lemons or limes with a small squeeze of honey. 
        • Add to the citrus juice bowl: very finely chopped pineapple, spring onion and a grated clove of garlic and season well. 
        • Add the fish cubes to the bowl and leave in the fridge to marinate for 30 minutes - 1 hour depending on your preference on how you like the fish cooked. 
        • Just before serving, add finely chopped mint.
        • We like to serve our ceviche with tortilla chips for that extra crunch – but it’s also amazing eaten as is for a starter. 

          CHEF’S TIP:

          Ceviche is raw fresh fish that is cooked without heat in citrus juices. The acid in the citrus actually cooks the fish.


          Kale 101

          Three simple ways to enjoy your kale bouquet from Naturally Organic: raw, roasted or pan fried.

          Raw: 
          • Rinse and dry the kale. Roughly shred (set aside the thick stalks for that pot of home-made stock you’ve got going). Place the shredded leaves in a bowl with a drizzle of oil/lemon juice, and seasoning. Using your hands, massage the kale until soft and coated.
          Roasted: 
          • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Rinse, dry and tear the kale. Place it on a roasting tray with a drizzle of oil and seasoning. Using your hands, massage the kale until evenly coated. Spread out and roast in the hot oven for 10-12 minutes until crispy, shifting halfway.
          Panfried: 
          • Place the shredded kale in a bowl with a drizzle of oil and some seasoning to taste. Use your hands to gently massage the kale until softened and coated in oil. Place a nonstick pan over a medium heat. When hot, sauté the kale for 2-3 minutes until wilted

          NUTRITIONAL BENEFIT: 

          Kale is high in Vitamin A and calcium – which work synergistically. The Vitamin C increases intestinal calcium absorption, and calcium makes Vitamin C easier for your body to absorb.


          Stuffed Mexi-Gems

          An old school South African veggie classic, but now new and improved. Mexican style, pasture reared Frankie Fenner beef – stuffed into soft buttery gem squash.

          • Preheat the oven to 200°C on the grill setting. 
          • Place the gem squash in a pot and cover with water. Bring to the boil and cook for 20-25 minutes until it can easily be pierced through with a knife. 
          • Boil the kettle and dilute the beef or veg stock with 1 cup of boiling water.  
          • Thinly slice some onion or spring onion. 
          • Place a pan over a medium-high heat with a drizzle of oil. When the pan is hot, fry the onion and some grated garlic for 1-2 minutes until soft. Add the beef mince and work quickly to break it up as it cooks. Allow to caramelise for 4-5 minutes until browned, stirring occasionally. Add some of Aioli’s green chilli (to taste), your spices of choice (we like paprika, cumin and coriander). Cook for 2 minutes more before adding the stock and a can of cooked tomato. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Season with salt, pepper, and a sweetener of choice.  
          • When the gem squash is cooked, cut it in half. Scoop out the seeds and discard them. Fill the halves with the mince mixture. Sprinkle over some grated cheese.
          • Place the filled gem squash halves on a baking tray and pop under the grill under the cheese, melts slightly and starts to brown. 
          • Serve with a sprinkling of some roughly chopped parsley. 

            NUTRITIONAL BENEFIT:

            Gem Squash has a surprisingly good source of vitamin A (stand aside Mr Carrot). Vitamin A is essential to the diet for fighting free radicals and for supporting the immune system, as well as keeping the eyes and skin healthy.  


            Nut Crusted Fennel
            These crusty Naturally Organic fennel wedges can be served as a tasty side dish or just as a naughty afternoon snack. Recipe from Umthunzi Farming Community. 

            • Trim and cut the fennel into wedges. Toss with some olive oil until well coated, and some salt and pepper. 
            • To make the crumb, combine ½ cup panko breadcrumbs, 1 tsp citrus zest, ¼ cup ground nuts of choice, 1 tsp chopped herbs – thyme or rosemary are great options, and some salt and pepper. If you would like to add some spice, we recommend a pinch of sumac. 
            • Toss the fennel wedges in the panko mixture until well coated. 
            • Place the panko-coated fennel pieces on a baking-paper lined oven tray. 
            • Roast for 20-25 minutes until the fennel is soft and golden brown on the outside. Voila!

            NUTRITIONAL BENEFIT 

            Fennel enhances bone health and is great for lowering blood pressure, due to it's good levels of potassium. Fennel is also used in Ayurveda for its cooling effects on the body, and to calm nerves and promote mental clarity. 


            Pickled Rainbow Carrots 
            Get yourself into a good pickle with this easy, 4 ingredient pickling method! 

            • Add some small rainbow carrots (or cut them into strips if using larger carrots) to a large jar or glass container. The smaller the size, the quicker the pickle. Set aside.
            • To a small saucepan add ⅔ cup white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, ⅓ cup water, ½ tsp salt, and 1 tbsp sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and stir to fully dissolve salt and sugar. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more salt or sugar to taste.
            • Pour the brine over the carrots, ensuring they are fully submerged. If needed, add more vinegar or a little water to cover.
            • Seal well and shake to combine. Then refrigerate for at least 1 hour. The flavors will deepen and intensify the longer it marinates. Best flavor is achieved after 24 hours.
            • Will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks (sometimes longer). Not freezer friendly.

            CHEF’S TIP: 

            You can use an artificial sweetener like Stevia if you do not want to add sugar to your pickling liquid. 


            Strawberry-Yoghurt Eton Mess

            Beautiful crumbly meringue with dollops of vanilla yogurt and perfect fresh Mysthill strawberries. 

            • Preheat the oven to 130°C/120°C. 
            • In a large clean bowl beat 3 egg whites with a whisk until they are foamy. Add a pinch of cream of tartar – continue beating until the meringue forms stiff peaks. Gradually beat in 180g sugar and continue beating until the mixture is stiff. 
            • Line a baking tray with foil or greaseproof paper. Shape into individual meringues and place shapes onto the tray.
            • Pop into the oven and turn down the heat to 120°C/110°C. After 10 minutes, reduce to 100°C/90°C and leave to dry out for 3-6 hours.
            • In a bowl, mix some of Gay’s yoghurt with a drop of vanilla essence. 
            • Crumble the meringues into a bowl and add a dollop of your vanilla yoghurt – top with freshly chopped strawberries. Garnish with a sprig of Umthunzi mint and Olief edible flowers. Spring has sprung!

            CHEF'S TIP:

            Meringues can be left in the oven overnight if you turn down the oven to 80°C/70°C after the first initial 10 minutes baking at 120/110°C (Recipe sourced from the Silwood School of Cooking).

             

            Rustic Pear Crumble

            A simple and delicious Terra Madre pear crumble that’s ready in just 50 minutes.

            • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cut the pears into chunks and chuck the core into the compost. Toss through some citrus juice, a pinch of cinnamon, and sugar of your choice (coconut sugar/castor sugar/brown sugar).
            • For the crumble, combine oats with some butter. Add some chopped nuts of your choice. Use your fingers to evenly coat the oats and nuts in the butter. Add a pinch of salt, a tablespoon of sugar and further pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg and mixed spice. 
            • Place your pear on a baking tray, and bake in the oven for 15-25 minutes until soft. Remove from the oven and evenly top with the crumble. Return to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes until the crumble is golden. If it needs to brown a little longer, that will just mean that it tastes better, so go for it.
            • Enjoy for brekkie or dessert! Works as a main course too (nobody’s judging).

            NUTRITIONAL BENEFIT:

            Oats and apples are packed with so much fibre – whoever thought they could taste this good too?  

             

            Fried Bananas with Homemade Dulce Leche Sauce

            A.K.A. Deconstructed Banoffee Pie: fried bananas, boiled condensed milk in a can (which turns to dulce leche) – served with ice cream or yoghurt, and some crumbled biscuit. 

            • Remove the label from your condensed milk can. 
            • Place the can on its side in a large pot. Fill the pot with room-temperature water, making sure the water level is at least 5 cm above the can. 
            • Set the pot over high heat and allow it to come to a simmer. Reduce the heat, and simmer for 2 hours for a lighter caramel – and up to 3 hours for a darker caramel (check the pot every 30 minutes to ensure the water level stays above the can, adding boiling water as necessary to top it up).
            • Using a pair of tongs, remove the can from the water and set on a wire rack to cool to room temperature (do not attempt to open the can while still hot – ouch).
            • Once cool, open with a can opener.
            • Peel the banana and cut in half lengthways. Fry in a pan with a knob of butter until golden and warm. 
            • Serve your fried bananas in a bowl with a spoonful of dulce de leche, and a dollop of yoghurt or vanilla ice cream. Garnish with some crumbled biscuits. 

              CHEF’S TIP:

              Unopened cans of dulce de leche can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 months. Or, your dulce de leche can be transferred to an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.