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Polenta Cakes with a Winter Vegetable Topping

polenta cakes with winter vegetables

It was all rainy and grey this weekend and so I was longing for some good comfort food.

Last night we had one of my sisters over for some moules frites. I discovered a new place to buy fresh fish not too far away from our neighbourhood. I really do love seafood and having a good place like that around is something very precious. Especially when they offer fish from sustainable sources.

It was the first time I was having moules frites at home and I realized that it is not difficult to make at all. Some vegetables, parsley, a bit of fresh cream, white wine and some good quality mussles. Some white wine for the glass and then it’s time to eat with your hands.

I haven’t been posting a lot recently as it is dark when I come home from work and also I have been travelling back and forth between the city I work during the week and the city I live during the weekends. I will be back full time at home in the new year. I have been travelling by train quite a lot recently and I actually really like it. I am writing this from the train.


So today I made some golden brown polenta cakes topped with some seasonal vegetables. I am totally fascinated by the grotesque shape of some root vegetables. Ugly but beautiful at the same time.

Polenta is something I don’t frequently use in my kitchen, but it’s definitely something nice for the winter. Its creamy texture makes it a perfect comfort food for a warming winter dish. I used the polenta to make some sort of polenta patties with thyme. Polenta is also a good option for anybody on a gluten-free diet.

polenta cakes with winter vegetables

What you need for two people:

For the polenta cakes:

  • 250 g polenta
  • 400 ml milk
  • 100 ml water
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • A pinch of salt and pepper
  • For the topping:

  • 400g turnip and pumpkin, chopped into small cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 handful of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 handful of grated pecorino cheese
  • A pinch of salt and pepper
  • Olive oil

  • Steps:

  • In a pot, bring water and milk to a boil
  • Stir in the polenta, thyme, salt and pepper until the polenta thickens
  • Scoop it out like a dough on a baking tray about 2-3 cm thick and set aside
  • Stir-fry vegetables, garlic and pumpkin seeds in a pan until semi-soft
  • Add fresh parsley and the cheese, stir for one minute and then turn off the heat
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside
  • Take a cup, a glass or something else round to cut out round polenta patties
  • Fry the polenta cakes in olive oil on both sides until they are golden brown
  • Top the polenta cakes with the vegetables and serve hot
  • Pickled Pumpkin Sweet and Sour

    pickled pumpkin

    I want to share this simple pickled pumpkin recipe with you. I thought I didn’t like pickled pumpkin until I tried this recipe: pumpkin cooked with vinegar, sugar and ginger. My mum gave me this recipe and I modified it a little, adding my ginger.

    It is a nice little snack and great to serve with an aperitif.

    I am still keen to do everything with pumpkin, although the city starts to become Christmassy. The Christmas markets have started yesterday but I am not yet in the mood for that. It is still autumn, people!

    What you need for two small preserving jars:

  • 200g pumpkin, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • 100ml water
  • 75ml white wine vinegar
  • 100g cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • Lemon zest from 1/2 lemon

  • Steps:

  • Cover the pumpkin with the sugar and leave it for two hours to let the pumpkin absorb some of the sugar
  • Add the other ingredients and cook everything in a pot and then let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes
  • Fill into preserving jars
  • Spicy Pumpkin Quiche with Goat Cheese

    Spicy pumpkin quiche

    This weekend is all rainy. So I decided I want to try some new things in the kitchen. Pumpkin is kind of a new territory for me that needs to be discovered and the Hokkaido was waiting in the kitchen for more than a week now until this morning I decided to make a pumpkin Quiche. A spicy orange and yellow Quiche.

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