Roasted Beet Salad & some Spicy Kumura Fries
Everything still feels a little surreal here in NZ, every day the enormity of the situation in Christchurch sinks in a little more. It feels quite strange to be able to go about one's daily life as normal when only a few hours away peoples lives have been turned upside down...loved ones lost, homes destroyed and no end in sight to what will be a very long journey to a return to some sort of normality.
It feels somewhat inadequate to be writing about a weekend BBQ, but that is what I love about food...it is for sharing and bringing people together, it does provide a little comfort, and given recent events coming together and providing a little comfort is more important than ever.
Summer officially comes to an end today here in NZ, however the weather seems to have other ideas and it still feels like the height of Summer.I want to make the most of these balmy evenings and brought a few friends together over the weekend for a BBQ. I was on the look out for something different on the side. In my veggie box red and gold beets and some kumura...sweet potato for you non Kiwis.
but leave a little room in the tinfoil parcel. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour until the beets are tender. Remove from the oven and allow to cool until they are cool enough to be handled.
For the flavoured salt place everything and a food processor and whizz together. It will be like wet sand at this point. Spread the sand like mixture on a baking tray and bake in the over for 5-10 minutes until it has dried out to a more salt like texture.
Place the kumura fries on to a baking tray and toss with the olive oil. Bake until golden and crisp, about 45 minutes. As soon as the fries come out of the sprinkle over the chilli lime and coriander salt. Serve immediately with some garlic mayo.
The pork steaks went down a treat and I am fairly sure I have converted a few more people to the wonders of brining. The pork was tender, juicy and just full of so much flavour. The brining just ensures the meat is seasoned perfectly. The beets provided a little sweetness and I think a little crumbled feta would elevate this little salad from good to great, the soft, salty feta playing against the sweet, earthy beets.
The roasting brought out the sweetness of the kumura and the chilli lime coriander salt added a sharp chilli kick. I really do love the sweet combined with a little heat. Dipped in to some garlic mayo...no other words other than delicious and terribly moreish will really suffice.
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