Pumpkin tart on a millet pesto base

Pumpkin and onion tart on a pesto millet base

¾ C Millet
2 ½ C water
2 Tb ground flaxseed, in 4 Tb warm water (egg substitute)
2 onions, sliced ( red or white)
600 gm pumpkin, deseeded, peeled & diced 1cm cube
Sea salt & pepper
1 bunch basil
1/4 C almonds
1 clove garlic, peeled
Olive oil
1 Tb water
¼ C pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

For the base.
Pre heat oven to 180°
Toast millet dry in a medium saucepan for 2 min, toasting gives a nuttier flavor.
Add water, good pinch of salt and simmer on low heat with lid on for 20 min, stirring half way.
Mix flaxseed with warm water to make paste.
Turn heat off and stir flaxseed paste into millet and mix well to make a creamy consistency.
Spread mix evenly into tart tin (any shape tin works approx. 30cm, spray with olive oil if not non-stick). Use the back of a wet spoon if mix is too sticky. Place in freezer to cool for 10 min then bake at 200° for 15 min, allow to cool before topping.

Filling
Heat 1tb olive oil in a fry pan and cook onions on a low heat for 10 min, add a little water if they are sticking. Add pumpkin, pinch salt, pepper, drizzle of olive oil and fry on medium heat for 10 min.

Pesto
Blitz basil (reserve some leaves for garnish), almonds, 2Tb olive oil, water, garlic and good pinch of salt in food processor until combined. Add dash more water if required.

Assembly
Spread pesto over millet base. Top with onion, pumpkin mix and sprinkle pepitas over. Bake in oven at 200° for 30 min. Allow to cool for 10min before removing from tin. Garnish with basil leaves and salt & pepper to serve.

FACT
Millet is a small round ancient seed. It is very nutritious, particularly high in protein, magnesium and fibre. The method of cooking allows it to be creamy like polenta or fluffy like cous cous.

Fennel slaw with avocado & mint mayonnaise

Fennel slaw

I love this substitute mayonnaise!
It’s also great with other salads or as a dipping sauce.

1 fennel bulb, trim ends and discard any tough outer layer, keep top leaves for garnish
¼ red cabbage
1 granny smith apple
1 avocado, remove stone and scoop flesh out
Handful mint leaves, reserve some for garnish
3 Tb lemon juice
1.5 Tb olive oil
3 Tb water
good pinch of sea salt

Cut fennel in half to remove core. Slice fennel, cabbage and apple finely.
A mandolin works well.
Coat apple with 1Tb lemon juice and combine ingredients in a bowl.

For the mayonnaise place avocado, mint, remaining lemon juice, olive oil, salt and water in food processor/mixer. Blitz until combined; add extra water if consistency is too thick.

Coat salad well with mayonnaise and top with herb leaves to serve.

FACT
Avocados only ripen once picked, so they are hard when fresh.
Once the stem comes out easily they are ready to eat.

Parsnip & carrot fritters with tahini sauce

1 Tb flaxseed, ground
3 Tb warm water
1 large parsnip, grated
1 carrot, grated
2 spring onions, finely sliced
Sea salt, white pepper
¾ C almond meal
3 Tb tahini
1 clove garlic, crushed
½ lemon, juiced
3 Tb warm water
1 cucumber, peeled into ribbons
4 radish, sliced
1 avacado, sliced
Nori, cut into small strips (scissors work well)
Sesame or olive oil for frying

Stir flaxseed into 3Tb warm water, sit for 5 min to make gel (This replaces an egg to bind mix).
Mix parsnip, carrot, spring onion and a pinch of salt and pepper, add gel and combine well.
Stir through almond meal. Form fritters about 10cm in diameter, pressing together firmly.
Refrigerate while other prep is done.

For sauce mix tahini with lemon juice, garlic and a pinch of salt. Add warm water for desired consistency.
Fry fritters in hot oil until golden. Transfer to paper towel.
To serve, top fritters with tahini, cucumber, radish, nori and avocado.

FACT
Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds. You can buy hulled or unhulled, both work for this recipe.
Unhulled has a higher nutrient content though hulled has a less bitter taste.