Welcome to our February blog, where we're all about embracing the continuation of those January health kicks and turning them into long-lasting habits. This month, we're not only celebrating self-love but also the joy of shared moments with friends, or 'Palentines.' For me, being with a friend, your beloved pet, a partner, or having a night to yourself carries equal weight on St. Valentine’s Day.
We have created a couple of ideas for such an evening, celebrating winter’s veg (sweetheart cabbage & forced rhubarb) to create a seasonal dish and a non-alcoholic cocktail (made with love).
Rhubarb and Orange Blossom Syrup
500g Forced Rhubarb
2 tsp orange blossom water
Finely chop 500g of fresh rhubarb and cover it with 500ml of water in a saucepan.
Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer on low/medium heat for 20 minutes until the rhubarb breaks down.
Strain the liquid into a separate pan, taking care not to squash the rhubarb if you desire a clear liquid.
Bring the strained liquid to a boil again, adding sugar to taste.
Let it simmer for an additional 20 minutes until it reduces to a thick, syrupy consistency.
Add two teaspoons of orange blossom water.
Allow the syrup to cool completely before bottling, and store it in the fridge.
1 400g tin of chickpeas
1 small beetroot
2 tbsp Tahini
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 Garlic clove
1 tbsp Extra virgin Olive oil
Salt & Pepper
Boil beetroot for 30 mins until soft, then cool, peel, and add to the blender.
Drain chickpeas, reserving 2 tbsp of aquafaba, and add both to the blender.
Add tahini, peeled garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil.
Blend and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Basil & Pistachio Pesto
50g Shelled Pistachios
50g Parmesan (or vegan substitute)
100ml Extra virgin Olive oil
1 garlic clove
Salt & Pepper
Add all pesto ingredients to the blender and blitz until it reaches your desired consistency. Leaving it slightly chunky allows you to taste the pistachios.
Layer the pink hummus on the base of your plate.
Carefully place the caramelised cabbage halves on top.
Drizzle with the basil & pistachio pesto and a touch of your favourite chilli oil.
Enjoy with a glass of Sparkling English Blush.
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