Honey glazed goat cheese bruchettas-Hunajamarinoidut vuohenjuustoleivät

ImageThis recipe is inspired by the goat cheese bruchettas I had in a place called POLPO in Soho, London. Polpo is wonderful. I have not eaten a piece of food there that would not have been mind blowing and delicious. The flavours are unusual but so well put together that I do admire the chef in this restaurant.

I had my mummy night out with one of my dear friends. As expected when mummies go out without the babies they get excited. We started the night in Foxcroft&Ginger that I have mentioned you before. A small note though. The place is an amazing for brunch and coffee but it was not as good as a wine bar in the evening as I expected..but well at least we tried!. We did not care about it as we had so much to chat! Suddenly the time ran and we noticed it was 9pm and we hadn’t had any dinner. My friend drop the word Polpo and I was sold. I had been there with my husband at the autumn time. Wine selection there is fantastic and well the food..you just have to try, the words are not enough.

We ordered a tapas plate plus goat cheese bruchettas. We both decided we need to try to make them at home. Here you are, I tried them yesterday and the attempt was successful!

rocket salad

small block of soft French goat cheese (100-150g)

red grapes (two big handfuls)

1 1/2 tbsp Acasia honey

1-2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary

black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

8 slices of bread ( I used a bit darker seedy one but it is a free expression)

olive oil

honey

handful of pine nuts

1. Heat up the oven to 200 celsius degrees. First step is roasting the red grapes. Wash the grapes and mix them with 1 1/2 tbsp honey, 1-2 tsp rosemary, hint of black pepper and 1/2 tsp salt.  Roast them for 10-15 minutes until you see that the honey has started to caramelise and the grapes are a bit wrinkly. Let them cool before serving.

2. Pour 1 tsp olive oil and a drop of honey on each slice of the bread. Grill the bread ( I used grill 3 for 5 minutes). You can use either the grill or oven. Bread should be hard and honey a bit caramelised. Let the bread cool before serving.

3. Roast the pine nuts on a frying pan until they are golden.

4. Build the bruchettas: put rocket salad on the plate, set the bread slices on top, spread the goat cheese on each bread slice, then pour some caramelised grapes on top and finish with topping the bread with pine nuts.

5. Serve with red wine.

Honestly as unusual and exotic this sounds the combination is mind blowing…and what is the best these bruchettas actually come pretty quickly! Enjoy! ( I will soon add the Finnish version of the recipe.)

Goat cheese beetroot salad -Vuohenjuusto-punajuuri salaatti

WP_20131101_037I am sorry for not posting any recipes for a couple of days. I am going through a busy nanny hunting time! I am also starting to realise that I am going back to work and I am excited..and terrified.

Anyway..I have so many recipes to post. My pumpkin pie recipe and chicken soup and..many…they are  coming! I  have also some good news..my new oven should arrive this or next week -yay! Then the baking begins again!

This will be a quick post but the recipe is good, I promise! This goat cheese beetroot salad can be found also in Rachel Khoo’s book. I made it the other night and it was super tasty. Dill and beetroot seem to be match made in heaven  -yum! You should try this, it is quick and easy salad but very nutritious.

For two:

salad ( I had baby spinach, rucola, regular salad combination)

2 cooked beetroots ( I used pre-cooked)

1 big piece of goat cheese (depending how much you want on your plate :))

100ml of green lentils (when you cook them it will be approximately 200ml)

2-3 tbs dill

2-3 tbs olive oil

black pepper

1. Cook the lentils according to the instructions. If you don’t need to soak them I recommend to rinse them well, boil them for 10min, reduce the heat and cook for another 30min until soft.

2.  Cut the beetroots and goat cheese into cubes.

3. Set the salad on the plate, pour lentils on top and add beetroot and goat cheese cubes on the salad.

4. Either puree the dill and olive oil or just cut the dill into very small and mix it with olive oil. This will be the perfect dressing or should I say vinaigrette.

5. Serve the salad with some bread and  dry white wine.

So good and so healthy!

Pine Nuts hidden under the Goat Cheese

This salad is a sure appetizer if you don’t wanna serve anything too experimental.It is a little bit sweet because of balsamico syrup dressing, but goes well as an entrée before the main course.

4 servings

different kind of salads

1/2 cantaloupe melon

few big slices of goat cheese (300g) (cut into four slices)

70-100g pine nuts

Balsamico syrup:

1/2 red balsamico

1/2 sugar

Preheat the oven to 180° c degrees. Roast the pine nuts on a frying pan. Cook four goat cheese slices in the oven so that they melt a bit and turn brown. Cut the cantaloup into small cubes. Make dressing. Combine sugar and balsamico and heat it up and bring the mixture to boil and cook for few minutes, until it looks like a syrup. Place tha salad on plates, then the cubes of cantaloupe, then roasted pine nuts, then the cooked goat cheese. Pour the balsamicosyrup on top. Bon appétit!

For Cheeselovers: Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

(2-4 servings)

2-4 chicken fillets/boneless chicken breasts

100-150 goat cheese

1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves crushed/dried thyme

4-8 thin bacon slices

4-6 tomatos

3-5 garlic cloves (peeled)

1-2 onions (cut in half)

oilve oil

salt and blackpepper

Preheat the oven to 175 c degrees. Cut the tomatoes into thin slices and place them in the bottom of the baking dish. Cut onions in half. Peel the garlic cloves. Place garlic cloves and onions in the middle of the tomatos. Dizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle salt, pepper and thyme leaves/crushed thyme on them. Cut the goat cheese into slices. Make slits in the chicken fillets/breasts, open the slits and put some goat cheese in each of them. Fold the chicken so that the goat cheese is hidden inside of the chicken fillets and wrap each one in few slices of bacon. Put the chicken on the tomato base, sprinkle some salt and pepper on the chicken fillets as well. Cover the baking dish. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Serve with fresh French counrty bread, veggies or just simply with potatos.