Sunday, 14 December 2008

Sunday Dinner - Day 6

I took a break from cooking over the weekend. Boone likes to have vegan pies (which we buy from a vegan bakery) and cereal for breakfast on weekends. On Saturday we went out to dinner so there was no need to cook either.

Today I went back to the kitchen with a vengeance.

On Friday night whilst poring over the menus of several restaurants, (trying to find one to dine out on Saturday night) I read the description of a salad that had my taste buds calling out. It was a rocket, white peach salad with a balsamic reduction. We didn't end up going to that restaurant for dinner, we went to Kobe Jones, and the food was spectacular.

Still couldn't forget about the salad. I wasn't able to buy rocket or white peaches, ;) So I improvised with other ingredients.

Here is tonight's dinner feast :)

Stuffed Zucchinis

5 medium sized zucchinis cut in half (About 560gms)
1/2 a large onion chopped finely
1 Tbs olive oil
120gms grated pumpkin
1 small (90gms) red capsicum chopped finely
150gms cooked chickpeas
1 medium (80gms) grated carrot
Freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup soy milk (you can use regular milk or cream if you like)
cracked pepper


  1. Using a melon baller or a spoon scoop put the flesh from the zucchinis. Put flesh aside, as it will be used for the soup.
  2. Lay them on a tray lined with baking paper, and season with cracked salt & pepper
  3. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  4. Heat oil in a non stick pan and sautee onions and capsicum
  5. Add carrots and pumpkin and cook for a few minutes.
  6. Add chickpeas and mash them roughly into the other ingredients
  7. Add soy and cook until the mixture is thick
  8. Add grated nutmeg and salt to taste
  9. Spoon filling into zucchinis and bake for 20-30 minutes until zucchinis are tender
  10. Serve with rice and salad
Zucchini, Onion & Corn Soup

270gms zucchini flesh (use the flesh leftover from the above recipe)
1/2 large onion chopped finely
1 Tbs (20mls) olive oil
1.5 cups of water
120gms fresh corn kernels
1 Massel Beef stock cube (these stock cubes are vegan)

  1. Heat oil in a pot, and sautee onion
  2. Add zucchini, and 2/3s of the corn kernels
  3. Add stock cube and water and simmer for 15 minutes until zucchini is tender.
  4. Process in a blender, and place back into the pot.
  5. Add the remaining corn kernels, and cook for a further 5 minutes
  6. Add freshly grated nutmeg, salt & pepper to taste
Spinach & Nectarine Salad

80gms of baby spinach leaves
1 small nectarine (washed and sliced)
1/4 of a small onion, sliced very finely
40gms flaked almonds
4 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs olive oil
  1. Place balsamic vinegar in a non stick pan and heat until it is reduced to a thick sauce, about 1/2 of it's original volume.
  2. Place spinach in a bowl, followed by nectarine, onion and almonds
  3. Dress with cracked salt, balsamic reduction and olive oil

This was the salad inspired by the peach and rocket salad at Markov.
I will have to try the one at that restaurant one day, but the version I've come up with is delicious!!! I will be making this one for the family at Christmas :)

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