Warm and crispy beetroot fritters pair perfectly with cold cream and delicate, raw salmon. A tasty starter or a light lunch that's rich in omega-3
- 3 tbsp groundnut oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 225g Maris Piper potatoes
- 550g beetroot
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 450g salmon fillet, skin removed
- 2 shallots, very finely chopped
- 2 tbsp very finely chopped dill
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (a fruity one, not a grassy Tuscan one)
- 300ml pot soured cream
MethodGently fry the onion until soft but not coloured. Add the garlic, cook for 1 min, then set aside. Peel and grate the potatoes and beets. Put the grated flesh of each into some muslin or a brand-new J-cloth (or a tea towel if you don’t mind it getting stained) and squeeze out as much water as possible. Put the gratings into a bowl and add the cooked onions, the eggs and a good amount of seasoning.
- vegetable oil, for frying
- 250g fine asparagus, cut into 3cm pieces
- 2 large courgettes, cut into matchsticks
- 140g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp chilli flakes
- 1 large egg
- 100ml sparkling water
- 50ml white wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp golden caster sugar
- thumb-sized piece ginger, finely chopped
- 4 large ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
- Heat enough oil to come 2.5cm up the side of a large, deep frying pan. Put the asparagus and courgettes in a large bowl. Whisk the remaining ingredients together to make a batter. Pour it over the vegetables with some seasoning, then mix.
- Use a large spoon to drop bhaji-sized spoonfuls of the mixture into the hot oil – you’ll have to do this in batches. Cook for 3 mins, until golden brown, then flip over and cook for another 2 mins. Drain on kitchen paper. Leave to cool before packing into containers.
- To make the chutney, pour the vinegar and sugar into a saucepan and put over a medium heat to dissolve the sugar. Add the ginger and tomatoes, then turn up the heat and boil for 10 mins until thickened. Cool completely before storing in a tub.
- 4 large eggs
- 225g golden caster sugar, plus extra for dusting
- 175g butter, melted and cooled
- 200g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
- 85g pistachio, ground
- 50g blueberry
- 100g butter, softened
- 200g icing sugar
- seeds from 6 cardamom pod, ground
- 200ml double cream
- 85g pistachio, roughly chopped
- 200g blueberry
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Lightly grease and line the base of 2 x 20cm sandwich tins with baking parchment. Grease the tins again, dust with a little caster sugar and a little flour, then tap out any excess.
- Put the eggs and sugar in a heatproof bowl and, using an electric whisk, mix briefly to combine. Place the bowl over a pan of steaming water and continue to whisk until the mixture is pale and thick – when the whisk is lifted, the mixture should leave a trail on the surface lasting about 5 secs. Remove the bowl from the pan and continue beating for 2 mins.
- Continue to whisk the mixture while trickling the melted butter around the edge of the bowl. Sift in the flour and ground pistachios, very gently give the mixture 2-3 folds, then add the blueberries and fold again, being careful not to knock out all the air. Divide the mixture between the tins and bake for 25-30 mins, until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- To make the filling, beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the cardamom, then drizzle in the cream. Continue to beat until light and airy.
- Cool cakes in their tins for 10 mins, then turn out onto a wire rack. Remove lining paper when completely cooled. Sandwich the cakes together with the cardamom cream, top with some more, then decorate with pistachios and blueberries.
- 500g pack gnocchi
- 1 garlic clove, sliced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 100ml double cream
- freshly grated nutmeg
- 130g pack smoked pancetta cubes
- 100g spinach
- zest ½ lemon
- 25g Parmesan, grated, plus extra for serving
- 25g toasted pine nut
- Cook the gnocchi following pack instructions, then drain. Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp of the oil in a small pan and fry the garlic, then add the cream and a good grating of nutmeg. Put to one side.
- Heat 2 tsp of the remaining oil in a frying pan and cook the pancetta until crisp. Add the gnocchi and fry until it starts to turn golden, adding a little more oil if it begins to stick. Stir in the spinach, lemon zest and seasoning.
- Stir the Parmesan into the cream sauce. Spoon the gnocchi onto plates, drizzle over the sauce and scatter with pine nuts. Serve with extra Parmesan.