Celery Salt

So, I love my eggs.  This has been said many, many times before.  No surprise then that when a neighbour suggested the following recipe to me as I bought a big, leafy bunch of celery from the monthly local market, hard boiled eggs immediately came to mind.  A lovely condiment to have around.

Celery Salt

(adjust quantities depending on how big a pile of celery leaves you have)

3 cups of celery leave

1/2 cup sea salt flakes (Maldon is perfect)

  • Chop the celery leaves roughly and scatter across a baking tray. ¬†Bake at 75 oC for 2-3 hours until dried out and crispy.
  • Add celery leaves to a blender removing any bits of stalk. ¬†The leaves will have shrivelled to approx. one cup. ¬† Add half that amount of sea salt and whizz in a blender until combined and fine. ¬†At this point you could mix in a couple of teaspoons of ground pepper for a more complete seasoning.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Smoked Cheddar and Leek Mash

Comfort food of the highest order.  Just what one needs on a Sunday evening after a fabulous but frantic Saturday night.

Smoked Cheddar and Leek Mash

(for 2)

2 large floury potatoes, peeled and chopped into golf ball sized pieces

Salt and pepper

1 large leek, trimmed and chopped

30ml hot milk

Handful grated smoked cheddar

1 small egg, beaten 

  • Boil potatoes in salted water.¬†
  • Meanwhile, saut√© chopped leeks in a little olive oil until silky and soft.¬†
  • Once potatoes are soft, drain and mash with a little hot milk.¬† Stir in the leek and some grated smoked cheddar.¬† Season.
  • Add to a shallow baking dish, brush with egg and grill until crispy on top.

Blog Suggestions…

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