Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Panko Crusted Beetroot Croquettes

I don't know why I don't make potato croquettes more often.  Not only do they harp back to my teenage days; as a couple we seem to devour them in no time at all.  

I do however like to enhance them further though with the addition of different herbs and/or vegetables. Sometimes with cauliflower, sometimes broccoli, other times carrots or shredded kale, but this time round it was with beetroot.
I actually made these Panko crusted Beetroot Croquettes last month.  The recipe is based on my Beetroot Croquettes.  I like to mix the vegetables with my bare hands so it is proper combined, no white potato bits, but if the beetroot dying your hands bothers you, then please do use a wooden spoon. These croquettes can easily be reheated in the oven or microwave (though the crisp crumbed exterior will soften), and take away some of the pleasure of eating. 
Serve hot or warm, when the coating is still crispy and crunchy, and the beetroot filling warm.  

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

May In My Kitchen

I thought I would not have much to share with In My Kitchen series this month, but then yesterday I found a few jars in my kitchen cupboards not yet shared on my blog. 
But first to start of I have replenished my spice jars with these Indian Spices from Suma Wholefoods.   Although these are dubbed as Indian Spices, I think they are pretty versatile in other worldwide cuisines.  For a start I like to use the Garam Masala and Madras Curry Powder in my Quinoa Burgers.  
I've never used Coconut Sugar before, so this is truly a new ingredient in my kitchen.  In my head I had thought the sugar would be white, but it was more like demerara sugar, just softer and finer. It tastes much lighter than other sugars I've tried.  I have yet to use it in baking.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Last of the Chard

I took advantage of the dry weather today and spend most of the day in the garden, digging and weeding.   It is half dug, the other half will be done next weekend, weather permitting. D was out in the garden too, he worked on the greenhouse, the patio area where the pergola once stood and he temporarily fixed the neighbours fence that had fallen on our side early in the year due to high winds, without him doing this I was unable to dig the weeds in the ground.  

The purple sprouting broccoli that we have been enjoying the past few weeks has come to an end.  I've dug half of them out of the ground, and left the other half as they were covered with the buzzing bees attracted to the yellow flowers.  Whilst weeding, I re-discovered the strawberry plants, many had flowers, so I was keen to remove the weeds around them and allow them. I was however, a little disappointed that I did not come across as many worms as I did in the last two years, but I did come across a lot of butterfly cocoons. Rightly or wrongly, I left them in the ground - what would you advise?! 
There is quite a lot growing in the garden, raspberry canes are flourishing, the rhubarb seems to be stretching it stems, the strawberry white flower petals blooming.  The herbs like mint, thyme, rosemary and chives are thriving, but the only vegetable that I have harvested (weeded), is the last of my Swiss chard in many colours - silver, yellow, red and the traditional green.  I am sharing this small harvest with Daphne's Dandelions who hosts Harvest Mondays.