Sunday, 16 August 2015

Polenta Cakes with Tomato & Asparagus

Polenta is such a strange thing, you can make mash out of it, bake it, serve it cold, grill it - and I certainly need more experience cooking with it, which is why I decided to make this colourful dish!

Polenta Cakes with Tomato & Asparagus
(Serves 2)

1 cup milk (I used coconut)
1/2 cup polenta
1/3 cup parmesan, grated
1 courgette/zucchini, sliced or chopped
1 small or 2 baby aubergines/eggplants, sliced or chopped
2 tomatoes, choped
4 asparagus pieces
1 tsp oil

- Start by making the polenta, heat up the milk on low in a small casserole and add the polenta. Cook on low heat for 5-10 minutes, adding a little water if it gets too dry. Take it off of the heat and stir in the parmesan. Press down into an oiled baking tray so it's about 1cm thick. Place in the fridge until it is firm, 10-15 minutes.

- In the mean time, Heat a bil of oil in a pan and add the courgette, aubergine and a little bit of salt, cover with a lid and cook until tender, 5-10 minutes. Then, add the tomatoes.

- Place the grill on medium high, and cover the asparagus tips with oil and a sprinkle of salt, place in the oven and grill for about 5 minutes.

- Once the polenta is firm, cut out rounds with cookie cutters or a glass, and fry in a bit of oil for a few minutes on each side until golden.

- Time to serve up! Place the vegetable mix on a plate, followed by the asparagus and polenta, et voila!

I hope you enjoy it! What is your favourite thing to make with polenta?

Life has been pretty busy here.... I have tried to keep myself as busy as possible outside work and sort of kept away from the world of the internet. Not because I don't enjoy it - because I love catching up on the blogs I am following and with friends and family far away, but then there was that reggae party until the early hours, and the fact that I have started to play (or attempt...rather) to play the djembe drum at a drop in session - with a bunch of amazing people. I am pretty sure I played the rhythm "Belly Dance with Me" about two hours last Wednesday! Practice makes perfect right?

I was at a party the other night, where there was dinner upon arrival and a set breakfast in the morning - which I thought was an awesome touch! Yesterday it was my turn to host a little tapas night for my lovely ladies in Glasgow, and it was great! Sadly the camera had dies before I could take photos from the evening, but I am sure you can imagine - nine girls, too much food and wine aplenty! I hope you have had a lovely weekend and are ready to face another week. Did you get up to much? Today was pretty much sunshine, strawberries in the park, ice cream, coffee and leftover savouries from last night - I can't complain! *smiles*

Original source:
Low-Fat Meals in Minutes, p. 58

- Jules


  1. Ah, jentekveld høres herlig ut :D Høres ut som du har nok å gjøre for tida ihvertfall. Her har det vært skolestart og fadderuke. Herregud, jeg er ikke vant med å feste flere dager på rad. Så jeg har blitt hun gamle som går hjem når alle de andre går ut etter vors, hahaha :P

    1. Haha prøver og holde meg bissi i hverdagen og helger utenom jobb :) Det er jo så mye og gjøre på!
      Skolestart og fadderuke da gitt, jøsses! Er sikkert på at det er mye gøyt som skjer da gitt! Kjenner meg igjen i mer en festing en kveld...uff... :P Kom meg gjennom to kvelder denne uken, men det var såvidt! x

  2. Ny oppskrift ♡ Ser SÅ godt ut!!
    Helgen hørtes så fin ut. Tapaskveld med gode venninner og vin kan jo ikke bli feil. Synd vi ikke får se all den gode maten :)
    God uke til deg!

    1. Er sikker på at en kunne veganifisert denne :) Med næringsgjær istedenfor parmesan og ekstra krydderier? Glad du godkjenner iallefall kjære du! <3 Håper du har hatt en nydelig start på uken også! x

  3. Jules, it sounds like you're living life to the fullest! I need to rip out a page from your playbook ;) I think it's so cool you've started playing the drum! Also, hosting a dinner for your girlfriends is such a neat thing to do. I wouldn't even know 9 girls in my area haha! You're lucky to have so many friendly people in your life.
    Believe it or not, I have never cooked with polenta before. (Partially because I try to stay grain free as much as I can) but I know plenty of folks who love it! I love how colorful this dish is and your polenta cakes are perfectly round!! Good work :)

    1. Hey you! Thank you so much! Maybe you could invite your neighbours 'round for a get-to-know-each-other kind of tapas? :) After all the house work of course, cause I know you have a lot on your cards at the moment!
      Polenta is quite different, but really nice to serve up, thing is to just add some spices or stock when you cook it so it soaks up those flavours :)
      I hope you are well and enjoying your weekend m'dear :) xx