Monday, December 8, 2008

Celeriac, parsnip and Bramley apple mash

Celeriac is a difficult vegetable to mash. Not because its intricate root system traps soil particles, making it difficult to clean, but because it looks like an Ood off Doctor Who, and who could harm one of those little fellows?

However, this is easy, tasty and really quick. Goes well with sweetcorn, sweet potato and polenta fritters (below).

You will need:

1 medium celeriac
2 parsnips
2 bramley apples

Peel and chop the celeriac and parsnips and add to a pan of boiling, lightly salted water. Once they begin to soften, add the peeled and chopped bramley apple. Simmer a little longer, drain and mash. I prefer to mash them very coarsely and prefer not to use margarine or oil as they celeriac has enough character to carry it off without. So does an Ood.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

sweetcorn, sweet potato and polenta fritters

This one goes well with a salad, or with mashed celeriac.

You will need

*1 tin sweetcorn
*1 small sweet potato
*2 spring onions
*75g polenta
*25g wholewheat flour
*1teaspoon baking powder
*1 tablespoon sage
*1 tablespoon parsley

First, peel and chop the sweet potato and boil in half an inch of water. While it's bubbling away, mix the polenta, flour, baking powder and herbs in a large bowl.

When the sweet potato is soft, mash in its water. Drain the sweetcorn and add to the bowl together with the watery, mashed sweet potato.

Mix well and leave to stand while you heat 1cm of oil in a frying pan. Shape the batter into fritters and fry until golden brown.