INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND GET INTO THE KITCHEN
The Food Revolution is underway! As you know, this month we’re partnering with Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day to do our part to fix the food system. You’ve been showing us your #FoodRevolution posts on the Foodstand app, but there’s power in numbers—so why not bring some friends?!
Invite 3 friends to join the Revolution on Foodstand! Each friend you bring to Foodstand enters you to win $100 at Brooklyn Kitchen. Help your friends take charge in their homes and kitchens, and inspire them to cook a meal to fight back—have them join today to get a starter pack of recipes and tips from Jamie and Foodstanders.
A big congratulations to last week’s Brooklyn Kitchen prizewinner @MelissaSteward for inviting a friend to Foodstand, and the winner of Jamie’s new book, @carpe_deli, for her Tropical Maracuja Ice Cubes #FoodRevolution post! Keep up the good work, and stay tuned for next week’s winners!
EAT & DRINK
MINESTRONE SOUP by Jamie Oliver
1 clove of garlic
1 red onion
2 stalks of celery
1 small leek
1 large potato
1 x 15-ounce can of cannellini beans
2 slices of higher-welfare smoked bacon
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 fresh bay leaf
2 x 14-ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes
4 cups organic vegetable broth
1 large handful of seasonal greens, such as savoy cabbage, curly kale, chard
4 ounces whole wheat pasta
optional: ¼ of a bunch of fresh basil
Peel and finely chop the garlic and onion. Trim and roughly chop the carrots, celery and zucchini, then add the vegetables to a large bowl. Cut the ends off the leek, quarter it lengthways, wash it under running water, then cut into ½ inch slices. Add to the bowl.
Scrub and dice the potato. Drain the cannellini beans, then set aside. Thinly slice the bacon.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the bacon and fry gently for 2 minutes, or until golden. Add the garlic, onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, leek, oregano and bay and cook slowly for about 15 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened, stirring occasionally. Add the potato, cannellini beans and canned tomatoes, then pour in the vegetable broth.
Stir well, breaking up the tomatoes with the back of a spoon. Cover with a lid and bring everything slowly to a boil, then simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the potato is cooked through. Meanwhile…
Remove and discard any tough stalks bits from the greens, then roughly chop. Using a rolling pin, bash the pasta into pieces while it’s still in the package or wrap in a clean tea towel.
To check the potato is cooked, pierce a chunk of it with a sharp knife – if it pierces easily, it’s done. Add the greens and pasta to the pan, and cook for a further 10 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente. This translates as ‘to the tooth’ and means that it should be soft enough to eat, but still have a bit of a bite and firmness to it. Try some just before the time is up to make sure you cook it perfectly.
Add a splash more broth or water to loosen, if needed. Pick over the basil leaves (if using) and stir through. Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper, then serve with a grating of Parmesan and a slice of whole wheat bread, if you like.
Serves 8; Ready in 1 hour 20 minutes
ROASTED ASPARAGUS WITH LEMON, CHORIZO AND FETA CHEESE by gingerandchorizo
600g (21 ounces) asparagus, snap off the woody ends (save for stock if you like) and peel the end of the stems (optional)
1 un-waxed lemon, thinly sliced
8-10 slices of chorizo
50g (just under 2 ounces) feta cheese
A handful of whole raw almonds
Salt and pepper
Fresh mint leaves (optional)
on its own
on top of grains like quinoa or millet
filling for baked sweet potato (or potato)
with mixed leafy salad
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius (390 F).
Arrange the asparagus (in one layer) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Give a good few twists of pepper. Lay the lemon slices on the asparagus and then drizzle a good glug of olive oil. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes (depends on the size of your asparagus—if they are thin ones, minus 5 minutes roasting time) then add the chorizo slices. Bake in the oven for another 5 to 8 minutes or until the sausage turns crispy.
While the asparagus is roasting, toast the almonds in a dry frying pan on low heat until they are lightly toasted and aromatic, about 5 minutes. Transfer the nuts to a cutting board and roughly chop.
When the chorizo is nice and crispy, remove the tray from the oven. If you are serving it straight from the tray then crumble feta cheese on top and sprinkle over the chopped almond. Season with salt if needed. Alternatively, transfer the asparagus, lemon and chorizo to a serving platter (or individual plate) before adding the cheese and nuts. Serve immediately.