Easy peasy pudding and pie. In fact rather too easy to eat too much of all that at Christmas....but here's something else easy: steamed broccoli, with that instant umami taste sensation, light miso and walnuts.
Serves 4 or maybe just 1
500g of broccoli
A few drops of pumpkin seed oil
1 large tablespoon of light miso paste (available from most Asian shops)
300g of shelled walnuts
Optional: 250g buckwheat soba noodles (I like to use pink ones, coloured by plum extract, to contrast with the green of the broccoli)
A few chopped spring onions
Wash the broccoli and steam in salted water for 15 minutes or until just tender. Put in a bowl, sprinkling a few drops of good cold pressed oil such as pumpkin seed oil, dark and a rich olive colour, a present from one of my guests from
Mix the walnuts and the miso in the food processor until well blended. Sprinkle over the warm broccoli.
If you want a more substantial meal, boil some soba noodles in salted water until al dente, or whatever the Japanese expression is for that, roughly drain (a little water melts the miso into the dish) and place the broccoli, then the miso mix, then the spring onions, on top.