Quinoa and Wild Garlic Cakes with Salbitxada Sauce (+ a Plenty More giveaway)

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If you only buy one new book this year, Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty More should be it. Because if you thought that it wouldn’t be possilbe to eat better food after making your way through PlentyOttolenghi, and Jeruselam,  you were wrong. Ottolenghi just one-upped himself with this book, a feat that didn’t even seem possible. A reflection of Yotam’s travels around the world, his heritage, and his acclaimed London restaurants, Plenty More is fresh, inspiring, and bursting with innovative flavour and textural combinations, vibrant cooking techniques, and brilliant ideas (e.g., halva in cake). The book is divided up by cooking technique: tossed, steamed, blanched, simmered, grilled, baked, sweetened, etc. It’s an approach that really highlights how beautifully ingredients can be transformed into something vastly different depending on how they’re cooked. 

My chef crush for Yotam has grown. For those of us who spend our days thinking about food, I am in awe of how deep his creative well runs. The dishes, the photos, and the voice in this book are decidedly inspiring. Within 2 weeks of owning it, I’d already made 8 dishes. Given that I have a book in which there are already pages of dishes that I want to try, to create, or to finish testing, it is no small feat that Yotam’s dishes jumped the cue. In two weeks I made the tomato and pomegranate salad, the sprout salad: part 2 (yes, that’s its name), the brussels sprout risotto (which, incidentally, I made with steel cut oats–delish), the alphonzo mango and curried chickpea salad, the carrot and mung bean salad, the Thai red lentil soup with aromatic chile oil, this walnut and halva cake, and now these quinoa and wild garlic cakes.  (All with blissful success, I might add.) I have the ingredients for the eggplant kadaifi nests (you have to see the picture for these–genius!), the roasted brussels sprouts with pomelo and star anise, and the crushed carrots with harissa and pistachios. I’ve also marked off at least 20 more dishes that I want to make in the very near future. Trust me when I say that those first 20 are just a starting point. I will, most certainly, cook my way through this book, Julie & Julia style. If you’re an aspiring chef, passionate home cook, or simply a person who loves to eat really good food, you should own a copy of this book. It’s a game-changer; and I try not to make those recommendations lightly.

Luckily for one of you (and thanks to my friends at Random House), it could be yours.  I’m giving away a copy of the book, and to enter all you have to do is comment below telling me about the best vegetarian dish you’ve ever eaten. (Sorry, but it’s only open to people with a Canadian mailing address.) I’d love to be able to give all of you a copy, but since there can only be one winner, I highly suggest the rest of you consider picking up a copy or putting it on your x-mas list. :) Game. Changer. {Thanks for participating, everyone! And congratulations to Anna N. who is the proud new owner of this baller book!

[For the record, if you don’t know how to pronounce salbitxada sauce, you can rest assured that I didn’t either. According to this site, it’s “hard to pronounce, but fantastic to eat” which is to say that don’t need to worry your pretty little head about it. But if you’re curious, like I was, a quick google search will tell you that it’s pronounced “sahl-bee-cha-dah”.  Now you’re in the know.

Lastly, a reminder: if you’re in the Toronto area and are interested in doing some cool things with fall vegetables, there’s still room in the class I’m teaching at Marni Wasserman’s Food Studio this Thursday. On the menu: Pickled kabocha squash and lentil salad, creamy pumpkin pasta, roasted parsnip mash with caramelized onions and sage roasted mushrooms, homemade pumpkin spice latte syrup, and chocolate beet cupcakes with date frosting. You can sign up here.

Until next time, eat well, friends! xo

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Quinoa and Wild Garlic Cakes with Salbitxada Sauce
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Serves: 16 cakes
 
Inspired by Heidi Swanson's revolutionary quinoa cakes, Yotam makes this version with Salbitxada Sauce (pronounced sahl-bee-cha-dah). He recommends making more than you need and storing it in the fridge for up to a week to have ready to serve alongside any rice-based dish or grilled vegetables, meat, or fish.
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups quinoa
  • 16 wild garlic leaves OR 6 green onions, white and green parts thinly slices (2/3 cup)
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced (~ 1 cup)
  • 2-3 eggs, lightly whisked*
  • 2 green chiles, seeded and finely diced
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup coarsely grated aged Cheddar (I used Grana Padano and it was great)
  • ½ + 1 tbsp dried bread crumbs or ground flax seeds for a gluten-free version
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 large lemon, cut into wedges, optional
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Salbitxada Sauce
  • 1 med red pepper
  • 2 red chiles
  • 5 cloves garlic, skin on
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 4 tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped (I use method #1 to make quick work of it.)
  • 2 tsp sherry vinegar
  • 7 tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. First make the sauce. Place the red pepper, chiles, and garlic cloves on a baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes. Remove the chiles and garlic, turn the red pepper, and continue cooking for another 20 minutes. Once the skin is blistered and the pepper roasted, remove it and place in a bowl covered with plastic wrap. When cool, peel and seed the pepper. Do the same with the chiles and also peel the garlic.
  3. Lower the oven temperature to 400ºF/200ºC.
  4. Place the almonds in the bowl of a small food processor or high speed blender and grind to a coarse powder. Add the pepper, chile, garlic, and tomatoes and continue to process to a paste. Add the sherry vinegar and ¼ teaspoon salt and then slowly pour in the oil until you have a thick sauce.
  5. Throw the quinoa into a saucepan with plenty of boiling water and simmer for 9 minutes, until tender but still with a bite. Drain in a fine sieve, refresh under cold water, and set aside until completely dry.
  6. Place the garlic leaves, red onions, eggs, green chiles, cottage cheese, Cheddar, bread crumbs, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and a good grind of pepper in a large bowl. Add the quinoa, stir well, and form the mixture into 2-oz/60-g patties each about 2½ inches/6 cm wide and ¾ inch/2cm thick.
  7. *I found that the cakes didn't come together that easily, but it could be because I used gluten-free bread crumbs--not flaxseed--and they could have been too dry. I added another whisked egg and this seemed to help. I also used a biscuit cutter (AKA ring mold) to help the cakes retain their shape.
  8. Place a nonstick pan over medium heat and add half the oil. Fry the patties in batches for 3 minutes on each side, until golden, adding oil as needed. Transfer to a baking sheet and finish off in the oven for about 8 minutes. Serve hot with a squeeze of lemon juice, or with the sauce spooned on top or alongside.

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60 Comments

  • Reply October 22, 2014

    Laura

    Hi hi hi! No need to enter me for the giveaway (because you KNOW I already have this one lined up for xmas, duh). Just wanted to say how amazing these look and that I love when a sauce is hard to pronounce but delicious to eat :) :)

    • Reply October 23, 2014

      Kris

      Oh haaaiii, girl! Hilarious, right? You HAVE to get your hands on this book.

  • Reply October 22, 2014

    Caroline

    I can’t tell you how in love I am with Yotam, too! I love this recipe just as much! I can’t wait to taste that sauce…it sounds incredible. Pinning right now!

    • Reply October 23, 2014

      Kris

      I know, right!! Yotam is the real deal.

  • Reply October 22, 2014

    aida mollenkamp

    I’m with you when it comes to crushing on Yotam’s cooking! This recipe sounds phenom!

    • Reply October 23, 2014

      Kris

      Thanks for stopping by, Aida. And just wait until you try the others! Seriously mind-blowing!

  • Reply October 22, 2014

    Julie

    Love your site – such amazing recipes and gorgeous pictures! One of my favourite vegetarian dishes is veggie (or vegan) pizza. I love how easy it is and that you can use a variety of different toppings. :)

    • Reply October 23, 2014

      Kris

      Thanks, Julie. :) I agree. Pizza is a favourite food in this house, too!

  • Reply October 23, 2014

    Ivy

    Being vegetarian, I have had so many amazing meals that it would be impossible to pick a favorite. Right now I am crushing on roasted winter squash, massaged kale, and tahini dressing, so I guess whatever is in season is my favorite!

    • Reply October 23, 2014

      Kris

      The sounds delicious, Ivy! Thanks for stopping by.

  • This is such a tasty and wonderful post. The Ottolenghi books keep getting better and even more inspiring and you’ve done such an amazing job with these little cakes.

    • Reply October 23, 2014

      Kris

      Thanks, Nik! I couldn’t agree more. Just when you think he’s outdone himself, he outdoes himself again!

  • Reply October 23, 2014

    Ceecee

    I love homemade hummous and veggies – simple and filling!

    • Reply October 24, 2014

      Kris

      You’re right, Ceecee! You can’t go wrong with homemade hummous.

  • Reply October 23, 2014

    Sondi

    I love Yotam. I flip through his books on the regular – they’re not only inspiring, but his stories and the photos have a stress-relieving impact on me.

    It’s hard to choose the best vegetarian dish I’ve ever eaten, since I’ve enjoyed so many! There is a famed restaurant here in Vancouver called the Naam, and they make a dish called the ‘Naam Dragon Bowl’ that is my fave. It’s not fancy, but it’s pure comfort, and reminds me of my student days.

    Plenty More is on my ever-growing list of cookbooks to buy!

    • Reply October 24, 2014

      Kris

      I know the Naam, Sondi! I did my undergrad at UBC and used to go there for the Naam fries. :) I wonder if they’re still as famous now. And yes, I know what you mean about Yotam. His books take you to a magical place.

  • Reply October 23, 2014

    Julie Dyer

    My best vegetarian meal: pecan-stuffed portobello mushrooms. To die for! :)

    • Reply October 24, 2014

      Kris

      Ooh yum. That sounds great, Julie!

  • Reply October 23, 2014

    Julia @ Swirls and Spice

    It’s not easy to hit a home run with quinoa, but these quinoa cakes look magnificent. I have the Jerusalem cookbook, but I would love to get this latest offering.

    • Reply October 24, 2014

      Kris

      Thanks, Julia. The quinoa cakes really are the bomb.

  • Reply October 24, 2014

    Anna (Hidden Ponies)

    I had a veggie pizza that I always remember – all the veggies were barbecued before being added to the pizza, and that extra char flavour made it incredible!

    • Reply October 24, 2014

      Kris

      Ooh yeah, I can see why you’d remember that, Anna. Grilled veggies are so incredibly tasty.

  • Reply October 24, 2014

    Leah M

    I’m absolutely in love with all of these photos! So gorgeous. I’m not sure what I’d say the best vegetarian meal I’ve had would be, I’ve been veggie for a while and have eaten a lot! Probably something from my favourite veggie restaurant!

    • Reply October 24, 2014

      Kris

      Thanks for your sweet comments, Leah.

  • Reply October 24, 2014

    Laureen Fox

    Wow, it’s almost midnight and I’m sitting here almost drooling over those quinoa cakes. This cookbook sounds like a must-have!
    The best vegetarian dish I can think of is a Wild Mushroom & Herb Pate that I get from a local farmers market. Yum…I better quit now and head for bed :)

    • Reply October 24, 2014

      Kris

      Excellent suggestion, Laureen. I love mushroom pate. And yes, this book is definitely a must have.

  • Reply October 24, 2014

    Rebecca

    All the recipes sound so creative and so delicious! Speaking of vegetarian recipes, I’m a sucker for a bowl of heavily spiced veggie chili, preferably with sweet potatoes.

    • Reply October 24, 2014

      Kris

      Rebecca, that sounds great. Sweet potatoes and spices are A+!

  • Kris! I found your blog through FBC and our shared love for Ottolenghi! Not only do I a) love this post but b) your blog is absolutely stunning! Your photography is gorgeous too. I love connecting with fellow T.O. bloggers.

    I have a weakness for Fresh Restaurant’s Vegetarian Buddha Bowl. I know I could easily make it at home but somehow I always find a way to justify spending $16 on it and doing take-out haha.

    • Reply October 24, 2014

      Kris

      Thanks for your sweet words, Davida! And I know what you mean about certain things you just want to eat out. There’s a comfort in that, too. Have a super weekend!

  • Reply October 24, 2014

    Kathy

    SO much love for Yotam. If there was any on to make folks go crazy over vegetables, it’s this guy!

    Incredible shots by the way.

    • Reply October 24, 2014

      Kris

      And thank you for the kind words! :)

  • Reply October 24, 2014

    Kathy

    Oh, and of course I missed the best part….
    I used to be vegetarian many moons ago plus cooked for vegetarians for years tree planting so I’ve had my fair share of incredible vegetarian dishes. Some of my favourites are my man’s zucchini cheddar burgers, shakshuka (or the many variations I make on the regular), the amazing veg pate my girl Georgia whipped up tree planting, and my roasted squash lasagna.I could go on and on actually! All the vegetables!

    • Reply October 24, 2014

      Kris

      Hey girl! Thanks for stopping by. I would LOVE the recipe for your man’s zucchini cheddar burgers and your roasted squash lasagna. They both sound amazing. And who doesn’t love a good shakshuka, right?!

  • Reply October 24, 2014

    Jennifer Andrews

    I too love/am obsessed with Ottolenghi! I eat a lot of vegetarian food, but one of my favourite dishes is Thai red curry with tofu. Or a very spicy Indian curry with chickpeas and cauliflower (yogurt and naan on the side).

    • Reply October 24, 2014

      Kris

      Yum! Those both sound delicious, Jennifer. And yes, it’s easy to be obsessed. :)

  • I think this might be my favorite post of yours to date. This photos are incredible, so moody, so beautiful — LOVE. Oh and I’m so ready for my game to be changed, I need this book!!
    xo sherrie

    • Reply October 24, 2014

      Kris

      Thanks, Sherrie! You are going to LOVE this book. I just know it. It’s right up your alley. xo

  • Reply October 24, 2014

    Ayngelina

    I live with a chef and while we’re not vegetarian we rarely eat meat at home, it’s just easier to eat vegetables. It’s tough to pick my favourite dish but if I must choose it would be butternut squash pasta with kale a la plancha, truffled tomato sauce.

    • Reply October 24, 2014

      Kris

      Wow! That sounds amazing. I’d love to have dinner at your place. :)

  • Reply October 24, 2014

    Teresa

    I love the look of those quinoa cakes. My partner has celiac disease, so I’m always on the lookout for more gluten-free variety.

    We eat a lot of vegetarian/vegan meals, so it’s hard to choose. Ottolenghi’s Plenty is one of my favourite cookbooks and his eggplant with buttermilk sauce has become a potluck staple. I also made a fantastic veggie chili from River Cottage Veg recently. And anything with French green lentils (or true Puy lentils, when I can get my hands on them) is a hit at our house.

    • Reply October 24, 2014

      Kris

      Teresa, Thanks for the recommendations. I’ve not made the eggplant with buttermilk yet, but I will soon!

  • Reply October 25, 2014

    Lillian

    I love all of the photos in his books as they are so pretty. The best vegetarian dish I made were these eggplant ‘raviolis’. Slices of eggplant served as the wrapper and I stuffed it with a ricotta lemon pepper filling. Delish!

    • Reply October 25, 2014

      Kris

      Those raviolis sound fantastic, Lillian!

  • Reply October 26, 2014

    Claire M

    So impossible to pick a favourite vegetarian dish, but I’m going to go with really hearty, wintery soups like bean stew, split pea soup or potato leek soup. At least that’s what I’m craving right now..

    Love this recipe! I’m definitely going to try out the salbitxada!

    • Reply October 26, 2014

      Kris

      Oh I hear you about the wintery soups, Claire! Split pea is on of my favourite!

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  • Reply October 27, 2014

    Bridget Oland

    I have admired his books, drooled over them really. It would be quite a treat to win one…

    • Reply October 27, 2014

      Kris

      If you don’t happen to win this time, Bridget, I highly recommend picking up a copy, if only from your local library. Soooo good.

  • Reply October 27, 2014

    karen

    My favorite vegetarian dish is homemade eggplant parmesan, with a fresh tomato sauce.

    • Reply October 27, 2014

      Kris

      That sounds lovely, Karen.

  • Reply October 29, 2014

    Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Love the looks of these — and the sauce? Wow!

    • Reply October 29, 2014

      Kris

      Thanks, Patricia! :)

  • Reply October 29, 2014

    Erin W

    My fav Vegetarian dish is veggie primavera on spaghetti squash!

    • Reply October 29, 2014

      Kris

      Yeah, Erin! Spaghetti squash is the new spaghetti. :)

  • Reply October 29, 2014

    Isabelle @ Crumb

    First off, I have major cookbook envy. I so need this book in my life. Second, I am totally blown away by your photos. You just keep getting better and better. Seriously. Love it.

    • Reply October 29, 2014

      Kris

      Oh my gosh, Isabelle! You are so kind. Thank you so much for saying that. You totally made my day!! :) And yes, you DO need this book in your life.

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