09 November 2012

Three Course Garden Feast



Contemporary garden design specialist, Floral & Hardy, is interested in how British gardens can be used to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs, allowing the owners to save money on their weekly shop while enjoying their gardens. 

Now, I am not the best person to ask about this, as I am pretty rubbish when it comes to gardening. I like to fill my planters with flowers and herbs and nudge my husband to cut the grass and trim the bushes and trees. In fact we recently had a bit of purge of our garden and got rid of a lot of the bushes and put chips down, so we could spend more time playing with Cooper in the garden and less time gardening. 

I would like to grow more than herbs. Maybe next year will be the year. I already have a rhubarb crown to plant (I had to google that, I was about to write root), see I am useless!

Anyway, back to the task in hand and more familiar territory, my kitchen.

Floral & Hardy challenged me to use seasonal fruit and veg to create a 3 course feast. Now that I can do!





I picked:
  1. Cabbage
  2. Kale
  3. Mushrooms
  4. Swede (or turnip as we call it in Scotland)
  5. Apples

Here is what I made:


Starter

Kale & Cheddar Bubble and Squeak, topped with a Soft Poached Egg

Main Course

Rich Mushroom & Onion Pie topped with creamy Swede and Mashed Potato

Dessert

Caramel Apple Coopers (a sweet treat named after my sweet child)
 



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Kale & Cheddar Bubble & Squeak
You can use leftovers to make this bubble and squeak, but it is good enough to make from scratch
Ingredients
  • 150g white cabbage, sliced
  • 500g potatoes, peeled & halved
  • 30g kale, sliced
  • 80g sweetcorn
  • 25g butter
  • 50g mature cheddar
  • a good grinding of salt & black pepper
  • enough flour to dust the patties
  • a good slosh cold pressed rapeseed oil
  • 4 large eggs
Instructions
1. In one pot, steam or boil the potatoes until tender. In another, steam or boil the cabbage and kale until soft. Add the kale at the last minute as it won't take long to cook.2. Mash the potatoes with the butter and cheese, then add the cabbage, kale and sweetcorn and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.3. Once the mixture is cool, take balls of mix and squash into patties the size of a standard burger. coat in flour and set aside. You should get about 8 patties out of the mixture.4. Heat the rapeseed oil in a frying pan, then shallow fry the bubble and squeak patties for a few minutes until crisp and golden on both sides.5. Serve 2 patties topped with a soft poached egg.6. If you haven't poached an egg before, don't worry, it is easy. Just boil a pan of water and once it is simmering, gently break an egg into it. It will take 2 minutes to cook. Remove gently with a slotted spoon. It doesn't matter if it is the best poached egg you have ever seen, it will still taste delicious. Season the egg with a little salt before serving the dish.
Details
Total time:
Yield: 8 patties



I hope you enjoyed that. Look out for the next 2 courses and if your garden needs some TLC, then remember Floral & Hardy Garden Design

I think if I work with them again, I will be asking for help in the garden rather than ingredients!

I am entering my Bubble & Squeak into this month's Simple and in Season and Made with Love Mondays.


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Floral & Hardy covered the cost of my ingredients. I was not required to write a positive review and any comments are my own.
 

29 comments:

  1. Love them!!!
    They're so cute!
    Have a nice ween end ♥

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  2. I love the name "Bubble and Squeak" and they turned out looking so tasty! All three courses sound wonderful and you're so fortunate to have been able to pick the fresh ingredients... Thanks so much for sharing with Made with Love Mondays!

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    1. Thanks Mark, but they aren't from my garden, it isn't quite up to that yet :)

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  3. ahhh bubble and squeak... heavenly... and with that runny egg, simply divine!

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  4. That looks delicious and has made it into my meal plan for Monday.
    I suggest a big pot of carrots if you want to grow something else next year. We had baby carrots right through until now from one pot and the boys absolutely LOVED pulling the wee carrots. Very satisfying.

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    1. I am going to have to email for advice I think. Hope you enjoy your squeaks :)

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  5. This could also be a luxurious breakfast! I love all ingredients in this recipe: cabbage, kale, potatoes. Fabulous idea for a starter (or breakfast in my case)! Are you publishing recipes for the remaining 2 courses?

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    1. Yes, I have another two courses to publish with recipe. Hope you enjoy them as much Julia

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  6. That looks simply marvellous Jac. In fact the whole menu sounds rather good. Your poached egg is perfect. How do you do it? I never manage to get them just right.

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    1. Haha, the poached egg wasn't bonnie at all, but nice and soft. Two minutes in boiling water, just plopped in :)

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  7. A lovely 3 course star meal! I loved your entries! Gtreat & very interesting food & I laughed a lot reading this post! :) You can garden, woman! Ooy yes, you can! :) xxx

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  8. Your stack of Bubble & Squeak looks yummy indeed and I love the egg aloft! I could do with a visit from a gardener too as that hobby has taken a back seat since blogging!

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    1. Yes, it is hard to find time for everything Camilla. *sigh*

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  9. I love picking fresh herbs and produce from my garden :)

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    1. It certainly is handy. I really must make more effort next year.

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  10. I've never made bubble and squeak before but the ingredients sound delish and that soft poached egg on top looks perfect!

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    1. Thanks Jacqueline, they are rather yummy and you can make them from scratch or use leftover veg to make them.

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  11. hehe - your post has made me giggle ... I've only just said to Choclette that I seem to regularly kill mint and my thyme fairs even worse!!! Love the bubble and squeak though, I wish I could have some for my dinner in fact!

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    1. Well, I am glad it isn't just me Chele. If you were to come over, I would make you some :)

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  12. Oh delicious. I really must try poaching eggs, you've made it sound so easy and yours looks perfect.

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    1. The egg is the perfect softness, but a bit of a funny shape. I'm not too bothered about that though. You should give them a try Emma :)

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  13. Oh that "bubble and squeak" with the poached egg looks so decadent! I have to try it, just on the name alone! Is it a special term for fritters? I'm sure Pablo will love the name almost as much as the dish! :-)

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    1. It's the term for a fritter made with leftovers, usually cabbage & potato. Hope Pablo enjoys them :)

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  14. I saw these at JW's and just had to come take a look. I have never made bubble and squeak before, but always wanted to and I think I have to now because they look so good!

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  15. I love this garden feast! What an amazing menu and a fab business name Floral & Hardy! Thank you so much for sending this to Simple and in Season November. The round up is now live x

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  16. How did I miss this recipe? I love a good, hearty and cheeky breakfast at the weekend...your recipe has tempted into weekday indulgence...mmm...x

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x

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