Tag: pomegranate

Beetroot and Apple Carpaccio with Pomegranate

Red Carpaccio

A quick carpaccio in bright red with cooked beetroot, apple and pomegranate to welcome a special guest! My mother will be at my home (and in my kitchen) over the next few days. I’m sure we’ll be out a lot but I really hope we’ll find some time to cook together which I enjoy a lot!

I’m a big fan of vegetarian carpaccio. It allows you to combine different flavours in a very pure, quick to make and beautiful way. All you have to do is slice a vegetable or fruit very thinly, arrange it and top with a simple dressing. My red carpaccio is based on the strong, earthy-sweet taste of cooked beetroot which combines perfectly with the sweetness of the apple and pomegranate. I cooked the roots in a bigger batch – as I do every week – in salty water with two bay leaves for 50 minutes (depending on their size they might need shorter but mine were big). For my carpaccio for 2 I need 1 root cut thinly with a slicer, 1 sweet apple prepared in the same way and the seeds of 1/3 of a pomegranate. I drizzle my current favourite lunchtime dressing on top, 3 tablespoons of olive oil mixed with 2 tablespoons of white Balasamico and season it with salt and pepper. It’s a great lunch, as pretty as it is tasty!

Red Carpaccio

 

Red Carpaccio

 

Red Carpaccio

Sandwich Wednesday with Camembert and Juicy Pomegranate

Camembert + Pomegranate Sandwich

It felt like a lot of people enjoyed my Stilton and Pear Sandwich a couple weeks ago as much as I did. I received quite a few messages from people who tried it and loved it which made me think about further possible cheese and fruit combinations. There are a million variations but I particularly love a mix of sweet and aromatic flavours. When it comes to cheese, I’m the kind of person who eats what others might consider to be beyond the expiry date, to me a cheese can’t be too ripe. There is a wonderful cheese section in my favourite department store which has – as you can imagine – a very distinct smell in the air. So when I go there with friends you can be sure that when the others are already on the run, I’m still standing there fascinated by the variety. When it comes to cheese, I feel no pain!

At the moment I buy a lot of pomegranate, they are sweet and juicy (and full of antioxidants which isn’t bad either). So the fruit is set. My cheese of choice is an an aged Camembert, so stinky that I have to wrap it twice and put into a box to keep the rest of my fridge safe, but it tastes delicious! I bought a loaf of Ciabatta, my current favourite for sandwiches when I don’t bake my own bread, which I cut in half and cover with thick slices of my creamy Camembert (for 2 people I needed around 90g of this cheese). I baked it in the oven under the grill for just 20 seconds, any longer and there wouldn’t be any cheese left. This one melts really quick! I kept a baking dish under it to collect the cheese running down the sides of the bread. When it was golden brown, I took it out and sprinkled my sandwiches with the seeds of 1/3 of a pomegranate and crushed black pepper.

Camembert + Pomegranate Sandwich

 

Camembert + Pomegranate Sandwich

 

Camembert + Pomegranate Sandwich