Roasted new potato salad

Roasted new potato salad

I’ve spoken about my disdain for new potatoes being used to make sad ‘mayonnaisey’ potato salads – or as I like to call it, ‘bowl of mushy white swill’. But it doesn’t have to be this way folks. Roast the little blighters and toss them in a deliciously light salad with crunchy radishes and a zesty hummus dressing. You’ll be queen of the barbecue and the envy of all – apart from the person who made the three tier pavlova. No one can top that.

I actually make this recipe a lot and use whatever ‘salady’ bits we have in the fridge so feel free to freestyle. I tend to make the dressing in a scraped out hummus pot as it saves washing up and disappoint when you realise there ins’t enough hummus to top a single crisp. Devastating.


Roasted new potato salad with hummus dressing
Serves 2 or 4 as a side / Hands on time 20 mins / Total time 1 hr 15 mins / V Gf Df*
350-400g new potatoes
1 tsp sea salt flakes
1 tsp rapeseed oil
½ cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
4 radishes, sliced
Handful pumpkin seeds
Handful pitted black olives, roughly chopped
½ deseeded bell pepper, finely chopped
¼ small red onion, sliced thinly
2 handfuls salad leaves to serve
100g feta, crumbled (optional)

Dressing
1 tbs hummus
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar (or balsamic)
½ tsp dijon mustard
½ tsp honey


TIP: This recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled if making as a side for a barbecue.


Dairy free? Leave out the feta – I often make this recipe without it and it is just as delicious.


Method
1. Preheat an oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400F/gas mark 6.
2. Cut in half the larger new potatoes leaving the smaller one’s whole. Give them a quick wash before patting them dry with a tea towel or kitchen roll. Pour the potatoes into a large mixing bowl and add the oil and the salt.
3.Mix well making sure the potatoes are well coated. Tip out onto a lined baking tray, making sure to space the potatoes apart. (No need to wash up the mixing bowl, save it to make your salad in later).
4. Roast in the oven for 15 mins before giving them a little shake. Continue to roast for a further 10 mins. Give them a final shake, turn off the heat but leave them in the oven while you prepare the salad.


TIP: I often roast the potatoes in the morning and leave them in the oven to rest (sometimes for hours) until I’m ready for the salad. This salad can be enjoyed warm or cold.


5. Start to assemble the salad by adding the chopped cucumber, red pepper, red onion, radishes and pitted black olives to the large mixing bowl you used earlier (the smaller your dice your salad the better to give an even distribution per portion. Sprinkle over the pumpkin seeds and season with salt and pepper. Give it a good mix.
6. Make the dressing either in the hummus pot (if you have about a tbs left) or in a small bowl. Combine all the ingredients together and give it a good stir until combined.
7. Finally remove the potatoes from the oven and tip into the salad along with the crumbled feta (if using). Give it a stir before adding all of the dressing and mix well. Serve on a bed of salad leaves and with an extra drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a good crack of black pepper.

Roasted new potato salad

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V– Vegetarian.    GF – Gluten Free     DF – Dairy free: Leave out the feta



Roasted miso aubergine salad

Roasted Miso Aubergine Salad

Oh look, a recipe! Sorry for the lack of recipe blogs in recent weeks chums, but like everyone, I’ve had to cut back and tighten my belt. So instead of choosing a recipe to create, I let the recipe choose me and before I knew it, this little blighter jumped up and kissed me full on the mouth – figuratively speaking.

Armed with two aubergines and a giant bag of salad, I raided my fridge and small jar of miso gave me a suggestive wink and a wave. Blushing (and feeling slightly delusional), I emerged with this rather delightful salad recipe… Has anyone else found themselves flirting with inanimate objects/condiments? Yeah me neither… I need a lie down.


Roasted miso aubergine salad
Serves 2 / Hands on time 15 mins / Total time 45 mins / Df V Vn 
50g bulgur wheat
125ml cold water
½ vegetable stock pot/cube
1 medium aubergine, sliced into 4 quarters lengthways
Dressing
1 tbs miso paste
1 tbs maple syrup
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 garlic clove, peeled, grated or chopped
Salad
2 large handfuls salad leaves
2 spring onions, finely sliced lengthways
1 medium red chill, deseeded and sliced (optional)
Handful cashews, whole or roughly chopped
Toasted sesame oil for drizzle


Method
1. Preheat an oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400F/gas mark 6. Line a baking tray with baking paper and put to one side.
2. Measure out the bulgur wheat and pour into a small saucepan along with 125ml of cold water and half a vegetable stock pot/cube. Place over a medium to high heat until boiling before turning down and simmering for 4 mins. Once the water has absorbed, remove from the heat, give it a quick stir and cover with a lid. Put to one side.
3. Slice the aubergine lengthways into 4 quarters and criss cross the flesh. In a small bowl, make the miso glaze by combining the miso, maple syrup, soy sauce, sesame oil and crushed garlic together (if the miso paste you’re using is quite firm, add a small dash of boiling water to it first to help it loosen).
4. Brush the aubergines generously with all of the marinade, all over. Place skin side down, before covering the tray loosely with foil. Roast for 20 mins.
5. Meanwhile, finely slice the chilli and the spring onions. After 20 mins, remove the foil from the aubergines, give them a turn and roast uncovered for a further 5 mins. Turn the aubergines one final time and add the cashews (I like to add mine whole but you can chop them if you wish). Continue to roast for 3 mins.
6. Turn the oven off but leave the aubergines inside while you assemble the salad. Dress the leaves lightly in sesame oil and season with salt and pepper. Divide the leaves between 2 plates and top with the bulgur wheat, spring onion and chilli. Remove the aubergines and cashews from the oven and top the salad, along with any remaining sticky miso residue from the baking tray.

Roasted Miso Aubergine Salad

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Crunchy garlic & herb chickpeas

Crunchy garlic & herb chickpeas

This week, me and my garlic and herb chickpeas went on live radio! I know, right? Me and my pal Alun from Pomora drove to deepest darkest Essex in his rather flashy sports car. I say flashy, because his hazard lights were stuck on and flashed all the way up the M25. Anyway, Alun was invited on Phoenix Fm to talk all things olive oil and I was invited to well… actually, I wasn’t really sure why I was there. I just thought I was bringing the refreshments, but turns out, the show’s host Karin actually wanted to talk to me about my little old blog. So, that’s what I did – as well as down olive oil like sambuca and constantly correct Karin every time she called me Corrine – which happened more than once… So, if you fancy a laugh and want to hear what my voice sounds like (it’s much more baritone and Fearne Cotton than I realised) then click on my giant face below or here – my interview is about 43 minutes in.
Oh, and here’s the recipe for the crunchy garlic and herb chickpeas I made for the occasion along with my banana breadsmoky bean wraps and pea and mint pesto. Annoyingly crunchy for radio but perfect for watching a boxset with, these deliciously salty chickpeas make the perfect healthy snack.

Also, if you’d like to get your hand on some of Alun’s delicious Pomora olive oils, click here for a special discount.


Crunchy garlic & herb chickpeas
Serves 2 as a snack / hands on time 10 mins / total time 45 mins + 2 hours drying time /
V Vn Gf Df
You’ll need:
Kitchen roll, baking paper, 1-2 non-stick baking trays
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil (I like to use flavoured oils so for this recipe I used Pomora rosemary flavoured oil
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp dried Parsley
½ sea salt flakes


TIP: This recipe is easily doubled up but you will require 2 baking trays.


  1. Preheat an oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400F/gas mark 6 and put the baking tray/trays in the oven to warm up. Rinse the chickpeas thoroughly before draining and patting dry with kitchen roll.
  2. Carefully remove the hot trays from the oven, line with baking paper and evenly scatter the chickpeas onto the trays. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes before giving them their first shake. Return to the oven for a further 10 minutes, Meanwhile, mix up your flavour ingredients in a small bowl and prepare a larger bowl for the chickpeas.
  3. Remove from the oven (keep the oven on) and pour into the larger bowl along with the oil. Give them a good stir to ensure the chickpeas are well coated before adding the seasoning. Mix well before returning to the baking tray/trays and roasting for a further 10 minutes.
  4. Give the chickpeas another shake and roast for a final 10 minutes before turning the oven off but leaving the chickpeas in. Leave the chickpeas to dry out in the cooling oven for a couple of hours – this will give your chickpeas an extra crunchy texture. Once cool, store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Crunchy garlic & herb chickpeas

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