Creamy Baked Sweet Potato and Gratineed Sweet Potato

Ottolenghi has a beautiful Sweet Potato Gratin in his book Ottolenghi. The dish is beautiful, the sweet potato soft, so tender. The success of the dish is the arrangement of a lot of sweet potatoes, overlapping, in a baking dish. What Ottolenghi doesn’t say in the recipe is that it works for just 1 sweet potato as well. Using a small amount of sweet potato means that it is not gratineed, but it is beautiful, tender with a crispy crust.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

For all Sweet Potato recipes click here and here. Browse Ottolenghi recipes here, and all Baked recipes here and here. Find inspiration in our Autumn recipes here and here.

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Sticky Balsamic Sweet Potatoes with Orange Bitters

Some of Ottolenghi’s dishes are no-brainers. Just tossing some herbs and easy ingredients with some roasted vegetable or carefully steamed grain. In these it is the combination of the ingredients that make exceptional dishes. But others take time, effort and care. While I prefer the first, the arrival of flavours in the various processes of the second can be a matter of awe.

This dish is definitely of the second variety. It is a great dish. The glaze of a reduced, sticky balsamic with orange juice and bitters caramelises as it roasts. The sweet potatoes are left sticky and delicious. Add to the equation the roasted garlic and the sage and thyme leaves and this is a dish to impress.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

Try our other Sweet Potato recipes here and here. Or browse our Ottolenghi recipes here. Be inspired by our Autumn food here and here.

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How to Make Perfect Roast Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes, quite a delight in all weathers except the very hottest. Easy to make, and great if you get them right. Here’s how you do it.

Roasted Potatoes, quite a delight in all weathers except the very hottest. Easy to make, and great if you get them right. Here’s how you do it.

The potatoes are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. They are so delicious that I forgot to take photos. Oh well, next time.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

You might also like Easy Potatoes with Olive Oil, Grown Up Potato Salad, and Potatoes on the BBQ. Browse all of the Potato recipes here and here. Or explore our Roasted dishes here and here. Continue reading “How to Make Perfect Roast Potatoes”

Indian Style Slightly Sweet and Sour Pumpkin | Kaddu ki Sabzi | Pumpkin Subzi

A great use for left over pumpkin. Or cook from scratch.

The challenge of every xmas – and Thanksgiving, for that matter – is how to use the left over roasted pumpkin. I have found the solution.

Inspired by The Back Yard Lemon Tree, I took the Delhi Style Sweet and Sour Pumpkin and mixed it up a little to use up several different xmas leftovers. It was delicious. Do read the original recipe – it is from Madhur Jaffrey.

You might also like to try other Subzi recipes, or Pumpkin Curry, Pumpkin Soup or Pumpkin Risotto. Browse all of our Pumpkin recipes here and here.  Perhaps check out the Indian Vegetable Curries. Or explore all of our Indian recipes here.

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Kombu Baked Vegetables

Kombu adds a gentle but wonderful flavour to these vegetables.

Gratitude. Such an important ingredient of happiness. Gratitude is a state of mindfulness. The practice of writing down each day three things that you are grateful for brings about a different daily perspective. You catch yourself thinking – how wonderful that sound is, what a wonderful butterfly, how heavenly the sky looks today, the rain will feel so delicious on the skin.

I am grateful for kombu, that Japanese seaweed that adds such a gentle flavour to dishes.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

You might also like to try Japanese Baked Eggplant, and Gentle Autumn Vegetables. Our Japanese recipes are here and here. Or be inspired by our Autumn dishes here and here.

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An Indulgent Baked Layered Potato Cake

A Friday Night dish.

There is something very comforting about potatoes. A bit of Friday night easy indulgence after a hard week – throw this potato dish into the oven with some asparagus in foil with wine and butter.

Melt bocconcini  over the asparagus. Make a large herby green salad. Find a good TV program. Welcome in a long weekend.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

Browse all of our Potato recipes here and here, or all of the Baked recipes here and here. We like roast potatoes on the BBQ, and Sweet Potato Wedges. Explore our Winter recipes here and here.

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Surprise Tatin | Potato Tatin | Ottolenghi

Another Ottolenghi stunning dish.

The style of Ottolenghi’s vegetarian dishes is layered flavours created by layered elements. No other recipe shows that as much as this dish.

The recipe is form Ottolenghi’s book Plenty. It is an upside down potato tart. I have to admit that it is both tasty and visually amazing.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

You might like to browse our Potato recipes here and here. You might also like to try other Ottolenghi Recipes, such as Sweet Potato Vindaloo, Black Pepper Tofu, and Sweet Potato Wedges with Lemongrass Creme Fraiche. You will love our Winter recipes here and here.

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Spiced, Honey Roasted Carrots

These beauties can be placed into salads, on top of soups, eaten as a side dish, snacked on at mid afternoon.

Carrots have been featured at our place lately. Those crunchy orangey happy things go well in juices, in soups, vegetable braises and in salads. They love being boiled, steamed or stirfried, roasted, baked or blasted. Maybe even fried. Definitely dehydrated. They can stand on their own or be part of a flavour base. They can be spiced, glazed, covered in sauce, mashed, chopped fine, grated, sliced into rings. No matter what, they make magic happen.

Today, a recipe for honey roasted carrots. These beauties can be placed into salads, on top of soups, eaten as a side dish, snacked on at mid afternoon. You are going to love them.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

You might also like to browse our carrot recipes here and here, our salad recipes here and here, and our pre-cooked prep recipes. You will love our Autumn recipes here and here.

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Parsnip and Carrot Mash

A quick, wintery mash

Parsnips at this time of the year are beautiful, soft and tender (see the soup made yesterday). This is a great mash using both parsnips and carrots.

Parsnips cook quicker than the more dense carrots, so you can either add the parsnips a little time after the carrots, or, like me, love the texture of mashed parsnips with partly mashed carrots.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

You might also want to try Broad Bean and Butter Bean Mash. Browse our parsnip recipes here and here, and the  carrot recipes here and here. Be inspired by our Winter recipes here and here.

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Caramelised Roast Pumpkin

A particularly Winter-y dish

In Autumn, the pumpkins arrive and thoughts of beautiful Autumnal pumpkin salads, risottos, mashes, curries, soups, BBQ’d pumpkin, pasta and other dishes swim around in a cook’s mind.

In Australia, we are not familiar with the huge variety of pumpkins available in other countries, so everything yellow and round is a pumpkin to us. We only have a few varieties. Queensland Blue pumpkin, for example. Need to take an axe to that one. Butternut, my favourite. Sweet natured and thin skinned, easy to deal with and delicious in taste. Jap, a sweet beauty. Sometimes in markets I might find a red pumpkin.

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