Peel the beetroot and cut it into small pieces, cut the leek and onion in the same size, set aside separately. Drain and rinse the sweetcorn, set aside. Peel and grate the potato length ways to obtain the longest possible “straws”.
Squeeze out the extra water coming out of the potato, lightly dust with salt and pepper mix well, set aside. You will need a frying pan and a wok to cook this meal. A large sauce pan could be used instead of the wok.
In the wok, heat 2 tablespoons of oil, and brown the chopped onions with a pinch or two of thyme. This should take about two minutes. Now, add the leek and celery then stir for 3 minutes. Time to add the beetroot, corn, a bit of garlic granules, a bit of ginger and salt. Stir all to mix well. Adjust seasoning. Now add 3 to 4 tablespoons of water then, stir continuously for 4 to 5 minutes the time for the water to dry out and for the beetroots to absorb the other ingredients. Once this part is done, remove the wok from the hob, cover and leave aside.
Now onto the potatoes rostis, also called “pomme pallaisson” in French. These are simply small potatoes pancakes and with a big baking potato for example, you can easily obtain 4 small pancakes.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil and make sure the surface of the frying pan is covered. When the pan is hot enough, divide the potatoes straws in 4 little mounts and place them on the pan.
Gently flatten each one and fry each side for 2 to 2.30 minutes. Only use a thin spatula or a large bread knife to turn the rostis over. Serve as suggested below.
In a deep pan, heat 3 tablespoons of rapeseed oil. Fry together thyme, onion and celery for 2 minutes, then add all the potatoes and brown for 5 minutes.
Now add 700ml of stock, cover and leave to simmer for 20 minutes until the potatoes soften. Now add the contents of the casserole tin over the potatoes, adjust the seasoning and cover for another 10 to 15 minutes on high heat. Check that the potatoes are firm, but, starting to dissolve. If not, leave for another 5 minutes but, stir to make sure that the bottom of the pot isn’t burning.
The casserole is ready.
Generally there aren’t many pieces of meat in tinned casseroles. So, if you’ve got some bacon in the house, feel free to add them from the beginning of the cooking process with the onion and celery.
Peel the potato and cut it very finely. Cut the leek, onion and garlic too, set aside.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a saucepan, fry chopped onion and potato until brown, then, add the leek and 3 chopped garlic to wilt, stirring continuously for 1 minute.
Now pour in the tomatoes and add the scotch bonnet. Also add in 200ml of water and cover for 20 minutes. What we are looking for here is for the potatoes pieces to be completely soft. After that, blend the content of the pan while it is still hot.
For the bread, preheat the oven at 180C.
Cut the bread into wedges, mash the remaining garlic and rub it on the wedges. Place the bread on a baking dish and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle on some dried basil and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
Done. Serve. Enjoy.
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After hollowing the aubergines, set the skins aside and grate its flesh.
Cut the onion in half, chop one half for the peanut sauce and grate the other half for the stuffing.
In a bowl, mix together the grated aubergine flesh, and everything that has been grated. Add in the garlic, salt, pepper and two tablespoons of oil. Taste and adjust the seasoning before scooping the mix into the aubergine skins. Place the stuffed aubergines into a Pyrex dish, then into the oven for 1 hour at 180C.
Peel the plantain and cut it in 4. Place in a baking tin, drizzle with oil, salt and put it in the oven with the aubergines for 25 minutes (preferably in the last 25 minutes).
In the meantime, prepare the sauce. Simply fry the chopped onion in one tablespoon of oil for 2 minutes, then, scoop in 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Stir to dilute for 1 minute then pour in 400ml of water. Leave to gently simmer and reduce for 7 to 10 minutes.
Serve as suggested with the peanut sauce on the side or bottom as it may overpower the taste of the aubergine. Enjoy.