Mushroom & Green Bean Tart

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Mushroom & Green Bean Tart
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tarts
Ingredients
  • 1 sheet of thawed puff pastry
  • 1 large egg
  • 350 g thin green beans trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons Butter divided
  • 250 g button or cup mushrooms sliced thin
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 shallots peeled and sliced thin
  • 60 g crumbled blue cheese
  • salt and pepper
Servings
tarts
Ingredients
  • 1 sheet of thawed puff pastry
  • 1 large egg
  • 350 g thin green beans trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons Butter divided
  • 250 g button or cup mushrooms sliced thin
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 shallots peeled and sliced thin
  • 60 g crumbled blue cheese
  • salt and pepper
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200c. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and set aside.
  2. Blanch the green beans in boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Drain and place in cold water to cool. Then set on a paper towel to dry.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and the thyme and saute for 3-5 minutes. Then add the garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Saute another 2-3 minutes and remove from pan and pull out the thyme sprigs.
  4. Add the remaining butter to the pan with the sliced shallots. Saute until golden-brown and crispy, 5-8 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the puff pastry down the middle and place both pieces 3-4 inches apart on the baking tray. Whisk the egg with a tablespoon of water, and brush the pastry sheets with egg. Neatly layer green beans down the length of each puff pastry rectangle.
  5. On both puff pastry sheets, top the green beans with mushrooms, crumbled blue cheese, and crispy onions. Salt and Pepper lightly.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the edges are golden. Serve warm or room temperature.
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Crispy Avocado Fries & Chipotle Dipping Sauce

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Crispy Avocado Fries & Chipotle Dipping Sauce
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Course Entree, Platter
Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 large avocados
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 2 egg
  • 2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons oil
Chipotle dipping sauce
  • 1 in chipotle chileadobo sauce plus 1 tsp. sauce canned
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup chopped corinader
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. dried dill
  • Sea salt flakes
Course Entree, Platter
Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 large avocados
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 2 egg
  • 2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons oil
Chipotle dipping sauce
  • 1 in chipotle chileadobo sauce plus 1 tsp. sauce canned
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup chopped corinader
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. dried dill
  • Sea salt flakes
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Instructions
  1. Make the dipping sauce by placing all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth about 2-3 minutes or until the mixture is nice and creamy. Pour into a jar or small bowl and refrigerate.
Pre-heat oven to 190 Degrees C. Pour 1 tablespoon oil in sheet tray or baking dish; set aside.
  1. Squeeze fresh lime juice on avocado slices to preserve their color while baking (this step is optional).
  2. Season with salt, pepper. Dredge in flour then dip in egg and coat in panko breadcrumbs. Be sure the avocado slices are coated very well in the panko.
  3. Place in a single layer on the greased sheet pan. Drizzle with the remaining oil or spray with cooking spray. This will help the avocado slices crisp in the oven.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the avocados are golden and crispy. If desired, more oil can be drizzle while they are baking for additional crispness.
  5. Serve with chipotle dipping sauce
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Butternut Pumpkin Laksa

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Butternut Pumpkin Laksa
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings
Ingredients
For the Spice Blend
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
For the Laksa
  • vegetable oil neutral tasting
  • 1 onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger
  • 1 lemongrass stalk
  • 3 small red chilis or one bigger adjust amount to taste
  • 3 dried kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 1/2 cups of vegetable stock divided in half
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 10 20 gram pieces of tofu
  • 3/4 cups full-fat coconut milk
  • Rice noodles/rice vermicelli
For Garnishing
  • Chili slices
  • fresh coriander torn
  • Shallot sliced spring inion
  • red onion sliced thin half moons to
  • Lime wedges
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings
Ingredients
For the Spice Blend
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
For the Laksa
  • vegetable oil neutral tasting
  • 1 onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger
  • 1 lemongrass stalk
  • 3 small red chilis or one bigger adjust amount to taste
  • 3 dried kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 1/2 cups of vegetable stock divided in half
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 10 20 gram pieces of tofu
  • 3/4 cups full-fat coconut milk
  • Rice noodles/rice vermicelli
For Garnishing
  • Chili slices
  • fresh coriander torn
  • Shallot sliced spring inion
  • red onion sliced thin half moons to
  • Lime wedges
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Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 180°c. Peel, de-seed, and cube the pumpkin. Set the pumpkin cubes is a baking tray, drizzle with some oil, and roast for 20 minutes, or until soft.
  2. Peel and dice the onion. Mince ginger and garlic. Slice chilis. Mince the white part of the lemongrass and save the greenish stalk.
  3. Heat a heavy-bottomed saucepan without oil. Toast coriander, cumin, and fennel seeds are dry pan until fragrant. Transfer toasted spices to mortar and grind them to coarse powder. Add cayenne pepper, turmeric, and pepper, and mix spices together.
  4. Heat some oil in the saucepan. Add onions and fry until sautéed. Add garlic, ginger, half of the chili slices, minced lemongrass, and dry spice mixture. Fry for a couple of minutes. Add half of the vegetable broth, reserved lemongrass stalk and kaffir lime leaves. Simmer the broth for 10 minutes or until butternut pumpkin is done.
  5. Take the saucepan off from the stove. Remove lemongrass stalk from the broth. Add about one-third of the roasted butternut pumpkin cubes to saucepan. Puree soup with an immersion blender. Set the saucepan back to heat and add rest of the broth, lime juice, tamarind paste, soy sauce, brown sugar, and coconut milk. Adjust the taste. Add rest of the chili slices if desired. Add more broth if the soup seems too thick. Cube the tofu and add it, along with the remaining pumpkin, to the soup.
  6. Slice the red onion to thin half moons, chop the scallions, slice the chili, and cut the lime to wedges. Prepare rice noodles according to package instructions. Divide noodles to soup bowls and ladle some soup over them. Garnish with scallion, red onion, chili slices, and lots of fresh coriander. Serve with lime wedges.
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