Vegetable Rolls

Vegetable Rolls 4 (800 x 601)This week I originally had another idea for the recipe; I wanted to make a bread gratin. I did do it but I find it turned out to be bland and the consistency I was not really fond of. Continue reading

So I went through my cookbooks and stopped where I had previously put tags (about every two pages). I wanted to bake and make something with either bread or any kind of dough and found this recipe for rolls. The recipe is one among the many vintage cookbooks my mother used to own. As she didn’t literally give them to me and that is why now I try not to remind her of them so she doesn’t ask them back. It’s easy and one thing I particularly liked is the dough. I will surely remake this ad I works well for a party or as a snack. On the day I went to see how dried meat is made, I came back late at night and not having had dinner yet I had a couple of these babies.  Soon I will make this recipe again and I would actually like to try a sweet version, maybe with pears…for our Wednesday’s ladies’ night it would probably go down well.

Vegetable Rolls 1 (800 x 601)

Vegetable Rolls

 

Ingredients:

For the dough:

500 g flour (white or semi-white)

1 tsp salt

30 g fresh yeast

3 dl milk ( I used half-fat)

60 g butter melted and cooled

 

For the filling:

1-2 tbsp butter

6 large onions

4 carrots (not too small)

2 garlic cloves crushed

Salt and pepper

A handful chopped parsley

2 handfuls roasted walnuts

Nutmeg (optional)

 

 

In a bowl mix the flour and the salt. Place the yeast in the milk and dilute. Incorporate the milk and the butter to the flour and knead the dough until soft and elastic. Cover and leave to until it has risen double of its size, about 30-40 minutes.

Meanwhile cut the carrots into thin strips. Cut the onions in half and slice them a little thicker than the carrots.

Heat the butter in a pan and add the carrots and the onions. Add the crushed garlic cloves and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until soft, about 20 minutes, and stir regularly. Once done set aside to cool.

On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough in a rectangular shape (about 40 x 60 cm).

Chop the walnuts.

Now spread the vegetables and sprinkle the walnuts and the parsley (eventually the nutmeg) on the dough leaving a 3 cm margin on one of the longer sides. Roll the dough tight and use the uncovered part of the dough to seal it.

Heat the oven at 200°C.

Cut the rolled dough into slices of about 3-4 cm. Place them in a baking tray lined with parchment paper and leave them for 15 minutes to set.

Place the baking tray on the lower side of the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.

Ideally these should be served tepid but either hot or cooled is fine too.

Aubergine rolls with a grilled onion vinaigrette

Aubergine rolls with a grilled onion vinaigrette - 1 (600 x 448)

Lately my home has been a coming and going of people which is something I am really enjoying; especially if I can cook for/with them. I always say that for me there are not enough meals in a day to quench my cooking passion (…well almost). Apart from my friends visiting I have been able to meet up with my mother for my weekly lunch and I felt that these aubergine rolls would be a nice idea for the summer which is gently giving room to the autumn light and warm colours. Continue reading

About the aubergine:

It is believed that India is the land of origin of the aubergine/eggplant; yet the earliest accounts of the vegetable are found in China and they come from around the 5th century . Even when it comes to the date of cultivation of the eggplant there is some confusion in the Chinese references. Li-Hui-Lin writes in his Vegetables of Ancient China that records indicate China was growing eggplant in vegetable gardens from 500 BCE; however, they may not have considered it an edible until the second century BCE. Southwest Asia is also taken into consideration when speaking about its origins and this is mainly relevant to the different varieties that can be found there (although there is no proof about this).Besides the origin of the eggplant, what I found interesting is the fact that the aubergine was first used as an ornamental item with its varieties of colours and shapes instead of being consumed (source: http://www.vegparadise.com/highestperch67.html )

Aubergine rolls with a grilled onion vinaigrette - 2 (600 x 400)

Aubergine rolls with a grilled onion vinaigrette

 

Recipe for 2

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 15-20 min

 

Ingredients :

1 aubergine

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

100g fresh goat cheese

1 tsp fresh thyme

2 heaped tsp dry roasted pine nuts

 

For the dressing :

3 tbsp olive oil

1 ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper

1 medium onion

 

Recipe :

Take the aubergine and cut it lengthwise. Slice off the rounded ends and then evenly cut the aubergine into four  strips. On each slice brush one side with olive oil and add salt and pepper. Heat a griddle pan (if you don’t have one a normal one is fine too) and add the aubergine on the oiled side to cook. Once the aubergine is well coloured brush and season the second side and flip the slices and leave to brown. Once they are ready set aside.

Take the onion and cut slices of about 0.5 cm. Brush each side with olive oil and repeat the same operation as with the aubergine.  If you have enough room you can do both operations at the same time.

Soften the goat cheese with a fork until it’s creamy ; add the thyme leaves, the pine nuts, salt, pepper (eventually a drizzle of olive oil) and mix together.

On the wider sides of the aubergine slices evenly distribute the goat cheese mix ad roll them up.

For the vinaigrette mix the olive oil, the balsamic vinegar salt and pepper. Chop the grilled onios and add them to the sauce.

To serve place a handful of soft salad leaves and about 50g halved cherry tomatoes in each plate ; place the aubergine rolls on top and add the vinaigrette on top.