Last week, Food52 published their pick of the 50 best recipes. Always one for a list, here’s my (shorter) version. I hadn’t realised quite how fervently I follow certain chefs, but when you find someone who’s palate and prose inspire you, it’s hard to stop.
- Nigel Slater’s roast new potatoes with broccoli and goat’s cheese. I’ve eaten this recipe weekly since I discovered it. It’s just as yummy if you swap out the potato for kumara / sweet potato.
- Yottam Ottolenghi’s cucumber salad with smashed garlic and ginger. The perfect accompaniment to just about anything spicy. Or anything rich. Or just eaten with a spoon.
- Ottolenghi’s hummus. This recipe is Internet famous. The innovation is adding baking soda to the cooking water, making the chickpeas extra soft.
- Grilled miso-glazed eggplant. Sweet, salty and amazing.
- Salad of crushed olives. I adapt this recipe slightly by adding a cup of toasted, chopped walnuts. Perfect with fish.
- Tempura eggplant tacos. This recipe was a revelation and makes for perfect party food. Juicy, succulent eggplant inside a crispy case. Don’t skimp on the chipotle mayonnaise.
- My Mum’s Jerusalem artichoke casserole. This recipe, clipped from a newspaper, lived on our fridge when I was growing up and it’s one of my family’s favourite winter treats.
1 onion, peeled and sliced
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
1 stick of rosemary
5 field mushrooms, washed and sliced
2 large handfuls of jerusalem artichokes, peeled and chunked
1 glass of wine
1 can of crushed tomatoes
1 potato, thinly sliced (use a mandolin if you have one)
Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F
Saute the onion, garlic and rosemary in a little olive oil. When soft, add the mushrooms and artichokes and cook for about five minutes. Add the wine and tomatoes, bring to a simmer, and cook for another five minutes. Transfer to a casserole dish and top with the sliced potato.
Bake the casserole for about 45 minutes – until the potato is crispy on top and cooked through.
- Nigel Slater’s chocolate brownie. A delicious brownie on its own, but also a great vehicle for fruit and nuts. My favourite addition is poached quinces, sliced and nestled into the brownie before baking.
- River cottage wholemeal carrot cake. Skip the cream cheese frosting so you can savor the taste of honey.
- The perfect Singapore Sling. There is no other cocktail for me (except maybe all those others). The Wikipedia recipe adds pineapple juice which I’m not so keen on ….