I feel a bit dirty saying this, but this dish was inspired by…. Jamie Oliver.
Sometimes we watch mindless drivel on 4od just like everyone else.
This time around it was “Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feasts” – or whatever it’s called. Jamie Oliver was there, with his big rubbery lips, tearing up a variety of game birds and throwing the grease around everywhere, before slopping it onto a huge pile of polenta.
Oddly, this made me wonder what it’d be like to do a similar dish with some of my favourite veggies.
Polenta’s one of those things i’d been wary of for years. I’d first tried to cook it many many years ago and it turned out grainy and horrible. This time around, I got it right. The trick is to keep it moving, and sieve in the cornmeal to avoid the lumps. I added some Violife vegan cheese to this one, and it really enriched it.
On the veggie front – fennel, asparagus, red onion, red kale – griddled, roasted, crispy and delicious.
Then a simple red wine, veg stock and garlic reduction poured over the top.
Add even more red wine – party on a plate!