Latest jewish Chronicle recipes, some vegetables to be good, and a cake to be naughty!

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Braised vegetables in rainbow colours

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1.5 l of chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 courgettes
  • 4 fresh beetroot
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 turnips
  • 2 parsnips
  • 2 red large onions
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

Method

  • Pour the stock into large pan large enough to hold all the vegetables.
  • Preheat your oven to 160C.
  • Peel the carrots and cut off the ends; peel the beetroots and the turnips.
  • Cut both ends of the courgettes, leaving the skin on and peel the onion, leaving it whole.
  • Bring the stock to a boil, add the vegetables and then precook them at medium heat for 15 minutes.
  • Drain the vegetables but keep the stock.
  • Put your vegetables on a large roasting tin and brush them with olive oil on both sides.
  • Roast the vegetables for approximately 90 minutes at 160C adding some vegetable/chicken stock over it every 20 minutes, until they become tender.
  • Remove them from the oven and transfer them to a serving plate or platter.
  • Add, salt and black pepper on top, and halve the vegetables before serving

 

Pumpkin cake with lemon cream cheese frosting

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photo Ryan Bartley

Serves 8

Ingredients

• 200g plain flour
• 2 ½ tsp baking powder
• ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
• 2 tsp ground cinnamon
• 5 eggs
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• 200g brown Muscovado sugar
• 100g granulated sugar
• 300ml sunflower oil
• 125g walnuts; 65g grounded and 60g whole
• 80g raisins
• 500g pumpkin, grated

For the cream cheese frosting

• 300g of cream cheese kept at room temperature
• 1 lemon, zest and juice
• 175g icing sugar
• Orange food colouring (optional)

METHOD

• Grease and line a 25cm spring form cake tin
• Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon
• Whisk the eggs and combine them with the vanilla, sugars and oil in a large bowl
• Fold in the flour mixture
• Fold in the ground walnuts, the raisins, and the grated pumpkin
• Bake for 45 minutes at 180C (fan oven)
• For the frosting, beat the cream cheese, lemon juice and zest with the icing sugar and a bit of orange food colouring if using.
• When the cake is cool, top with the frosting and decorate with a few whole walnuts

 

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