Chickpea and Feta Salad
- Chop 2 red onions.
- Chop 2 chillies and 4 fat cloves of garlic and fry together in 80ml olive oil until glossy.
- Add 1x410g tins drained chickpeas to the pan.
- Allow to cool down.
- Spoon onto a platter and add three wheels crumbed feta, 2 bunches chopped spring onions and 250ml each chopped coriander leaves and Italian parsley.
- Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
Tips form the Chef:
Coriander is also known as Chinese parsley, Dhania or Cilantro. In its fresh form it’s a herb, while dried seeds, which have a completely different flavour, are classified as a spice.
Salmon and Fennel Fishcakes
- Beat together 4 eggs, 300ml milk, 30ml mustard, salt and pepper to taste.
- Drain 1 large tin of salmon and add to the egg mixture along with 1 finely chopped onion.
- Add 50ml chopped fennel and 300ml grated cheese.
- Spoon into the hollows of a buttered muffin tray.
- Sprinkle more grated cheese over and garnish with a fennel frond.
- Bake for 30 minutes in an 180°C oven and serve at room temperature.
Tips from the Chef:
Don’t plant fennel anywhere near dill or coriander as these herbs don’t like each other and will cross-pollinate.
Herb and Ricotta balls
- Gently mix together 500g Ricotta cheese, 50ml chopped parsley,
- 30ml oregano, salt and pepper to taste.
- Add 15ml olive oil.
- Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls.
- Roll the balls in one of the following: chopped herbs, toasted chopped almonds, toasted sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dukkah or ground pink peppercorns.
Tips from the Chef:
Use the Herb and Ricotta balls in a salad with crispy lettuce from your garden, fresh figs and cashew nuts for a nice crunch.
Pasta with Cherry Tomato, Garlic, Feta and Rocket
- Halve 15 cloves of garlic and gently fry in 150ml olive oil until golden brown and soft.
- Add 500g cherry tomatoes to the pan and stir until the tomato skins start to burst.
- Remove from the heat, season to taste and add 250ml rocket leaves, and 200g crumbed feta cheese.
- Stir through warm pasta and serve.
Did you know?
The ancient Romans ate rocket leaves for good luck.