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Caramelised Peach and Balsamic Roasted Beetroot Vegan Salad

31 Aug

I love fruit in salad and I wanted to have a warm salad for lunch, so I decided to caramelise the peaches!

You will need:
1-2 ripe peaches
½ avocado
½ cucumber, sliced
3-4 radishes, sliced
50-100g of wild rocket / mixed salad leaves
1 packet of cooked beetroot
50ml olive oil
2-3 tsp white wine vinegar
60ml balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
2-3 tsp sugar

Method:
Preheat oven 220°C / 200°C Fan.
Pit the peaches to remove the stones. Cut the fruit into wedges and do the same with the beetroot.
Place the beetroot on a baking tray with some oil and the balsamic vinegar and bake in the oven for about 7-10 minutes until they’ve browned and the vinegar has cooked off. It may look a bit ‘burned’ but don’t be alarmed, this is the effect you’re looking for.
Next, heat a frying pan with a little oil. Add the peaches and brown on both sides, add the sugar and allow to gently caramelise. Leave them to the side.
Now it’s time to arrange the salad.
Place the cucumber slices into a circle on the plate (see pic).
Space out 5-6 pieces of beetroot on the plate as well.
In a bowl mix the salad leaves, peaches, avocado and radishes. Add some oil and white wine vinegar to taste and a little salt if you wish.

Place the salad on the plate and enjoy, Eoin 🙂

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Hot Spiced Apple Cider

4 Dec Mulled Apple Cider

Apple cider is another fab Christmas drink! Sweet and perfumed with festive spices, it’s like a cup of Christmas! Very simple to make, it stores really well in the fridge and can be easily reheated.

You will need:
10-15 apples for juice or 1 litre of cloudy apple juice
1 clementine, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
3 cardamom pods
1 inch of ginger, sliced
3 whole cloves
1-2 star anise

Method:
Juice your apple (Pink Lady’s are really nice at the moment or Granny Smith’s) or use a good quality shop bought one.
If you’re juicing your own, allow it to stand for a few minutes until it goes brown. Then place in a pot and with all the spices and orange slices and bring to the boil. Allow it to simmer for 30 minutes and place a lid on to reduce evaporation.
Serve from a snazzy pot or punch bowl.
It can be made in advance and stored in the fridge to be heated up later.

Top Tip:
Local farmers markets are a great place to source apples.
You can mix and match you apple varieties to the sweetness you like.
You may also add a little sugar if you wish.
If it’s too strong for your taste, try diluting it with water or another juice or exclude any spices you don’t want.

Mulled Apple Cider

Mulled Apple Cider

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