Chef in my Kitchen











{May 8, 2009}   Broccoli Gratin

I rustled this up a couple of nights ago  – a recipe I found on the net, which is very simple to make, and tasted fantastic.   It turned out to very light and delicious and the kids wanted more.

BROCCOLI GRATIN
Simply in Season
by Mary Beth Lind, Cathleen Hockman-Wert

Serves 4-6

5-6 cups / 1.25-1.5 L (cut in chunks)
Steam broccoli just until crisp-tender, 6-8 minutes. Drain well and set aside.

1 onion (thinly sliced)
1 clove garlic (minced)
In small saucepan sauté in 2 tablespoons oil until fragrant and tender, about 5 minutes.

1/4 cup / 60 ml flour
Sprinkle on onions and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes without browning.

2 cups / 500 ml milk
Whisk in and bring to a boil.

1 teaspoon salt or more to taste
1/4 teaspoon pepper
pinch each ground nutmeg and ground red pepper
Add and cook 5 minutes.

1 cup / 250 ml cheddar cheese (shredded)
Stir in and remove from heat. Combine with broccoli. Transfer to a glass-baking pan.

1 cup / 250 ml bread crumbs
1 tablespoon butter (melted)
1/4 cup / 60 ml Parmesan cheese (grated)
1 tablespoon dried parsley (or 2 tablespoons fresh, chopped)
Combine and sprinkle on top of broccoli mixture.
Bake in preheated oven at 350F / 180C until thoroughly heated, 20 minutes.

I am sending this recipe to Sowmya, of  Creative Saga, who is hosting SWC – Cooking with Greens. I have seen this event on My Recipes & Events.

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{May 3, 2009}   Apple crumble

apple-crumble

One of my all time favourite desserts is this recipe which is one of my mother’s recipes and she loves it so much.  Although my mother doesn’t use craisins or cinnamon, I have added some in the filling as my husband and children love it this way.  We ate this with some soft vanilla ice cream, but custard or whipped cream or even crème fraîche would work well, too.

Ingredients

For the crumble:

• 35g rolled oats

• 35g wholemeal flour

• 20g  sugar

• 35g margarine or butter
For the filling:

• 400 g cooking apples, peeled, cored and quartered

• 70 g sugar, to sweeten

• 1 tablespoon water

• 2 T craisins

• 1 tsp cinammon

Instructions

serves 5
Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5. Peel and core the apples, quarter and cut in to chunks.

Put the apples in to a pan with the sugar and water. Cook over a low heat for 5 minutes and place in a small oven proof dish.  Mix in the craisins and cinnamon.

Place the flour and oats in a bowl and mix well. Cut the margarine or butter in to small cubes and add this to the oats and flour. Mix with your fingertips until it resembles an even crumb texture. Add the sugar and mix through.

Cover the fruit with the crumble mixture. Bake for approximately 20 minutes until the crumble is golden and the apple hot.

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This recipe goes to Ivy, of Kopiaste for her event Celebrating Mother’s Day.



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