Although no trip to Belgium and no big family dinner, I’m so grateful to spend a cosy time in our own house with Iris and our pets.
Mirco, the fishmonger, still had, exceptionally, 7 oysters left which are perfect as appetizer, so simple and pure.
A traditional grandma’s tomato soup (A super easy tomato soup) is a superb in between dish.
A colorful main dish with squid, grilled polenta, blood oranges and beetroot could become a new tradition 😋.
Start the day before with the polenta. For 2p prepare 80-100 grams of polenta following the instructions. Season with salt, pepper and dried thyme. Spread in a rectangular dish covered with cling film. Cool down and store in the fridge.
Wash 4 small sized beetroot ( approximately 400-500 grams). Put them in strong aluminium foil, together with 4 unpeeled garlic cloves, a few stems of fresh thyme and a drizzle of olive oil. Close. Bake in the oven at 200 ° for almost 1h ( while baking something else). Cool down. Remove the skin of the beetroot and slice. Put the garlic puree in a mortar. Press. Add 1 table spoon of balsamic vinegar, 1 table spoon of olive oil and 1 table spoon of lemon juice. Add pepper and salt. Remove the skin of 3 tarocco bloodoranges. Slice. Cover a baking tray with baking paper. Brush some oil on the paper. Spread the orange and beetroot slices on the tray. Season with pepper and salt. Heat the oven at 220°. Cut the polenta in cubes of approximately 3 cm. Spread on oiled baking paper on another oven tray. Spread some extra olive oil. Put the 2 trays at the same time in the oven for approximately 20 min. Turn all slices halfway.
Clean 400 grams of calamari. Slice and dry carefully. Heat a large pan with a drizzle of olive oil. Add 1 chopped chili pepper and bake. Add the squid. Bake and stir until crispy and tender. Season with pepper, salt and a little drizzle of lemon juice.
Spread the beetroot and oranges on a large plate. Put the squid on top. Finish with dressing and fresh coriander Spread the polenta on another plate. Serve and enjoy.
As dessert? I prepared an easy moelleux with a mix of the chocolate brand Lindt and forgot to take a picture😄.
Merry Christmas. Keep it safe. We are almost there. 🍀