Saffron polenta, chipotle & tomato, black bean and Tenderstem bake

1 Apr

Saffron polenta, chipotle & tomato, black bean and Tenderstem bake

I know that it’s meant to be spring but I am cold and rather weary. Days are drowsy but hectic and nights aren’t quite long enough.  My nose still feels icy and my mind is clouded, though at least the rays of sun out there are promising. I am even considering reacquainting myself with the hot water bottle.

It’s on days like this that I need a bold, reviving and soothing dish and something to awaken the senses.  Something plentiful and bright, something smooth and definitely present, here and lingering. But with low effort required.

So with my cosy socks on and my trusty, thick knitted cardigan with tassels and plentiful buttons, I decided to layer pillows of saffron polenta, succulent and spiced tomatoes with deep black beans and a crunchy layer of Tenderstem. And of course, most things in life taste better with a layer of cheese on top.

So with my cosy socks on and my trusty, thick knitted cardigan with tassels and plentiful buttons, I decided to layer pillows of saffron polenta, succulent and spiced tomatoes with deep black beans and a crunchy layer of Tenderstem. And of course, most things in life taste better with a layer of cheese on top.

For the full recipe head over to great british chefs

12 Responses to “Saffron polenta, chipotle & tomato, black bean and Tenderstem bake”

  1. Deb April 1, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    Your photo is gorgeous! It is rainy and cold here as well and a steaming bowl of comfort is what we crave!

    • Deena Kakaya April 1, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

      Hi Deb, thank you, it certainly tasted gorgeous. Polenta tastes best when it is steaming and hot all the way through doesn’t it x

  2. Katie @ Whole Nourishment April 2, 2014 at 6:31 am #

    I like the chipotle, black beans, and broccoli combo here. It’s kind of like a tamali pie. Hope it warm up there soon!!

    • Deena Kakaya April 2, 2014 at 7:32 am #

      Thanks Katie, I hadn’t thought of it like a tamale pie, but oh yes! The pillows of polenta are a joy when hot. Love the stuff xx

  3. themuffinmyth April 2, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    Yum! I don’t use polenta nearly enough, and this is a good reminder. You’re so right about everything being better with a layer of cheese. Definitely bookmarking this one for a weekend coming soon!

    • Deena Kakaya April 2, 2014 at 8:31 am #

      Hi Katie,

      I really like polenta when it’s really hot and soft all the way through, hope you’ll tell me how it went at the weekend xx

  4. Emily @amummytoo April 2, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    Oh wow! 🙂

  5. jadeandsunday April 11, 2014 at 4:08 am #

    This looks absolutely divine Deena!

    • Deena Kakaya April 11, 2014 at 7:05 am #

      Thank you Jade, I appreciate you stopping by. X

  6. Torsten April 18, 2014 at 4:11 am #

    This looks and sounds amazing!

    Added you on Twitter so I can read more – hopefully see you there sometime!

    • Deena Kakaya April 23, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

      Thank you Torsten, great to connect with you.

Let me know what you think about this recipe

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