Tracy Foulkes – the chef behind the ideas at NOMU Foods, has a knack of getting maximum looks, aroma and flavour in her foods. She knows about wine too, being a girl from Robertson. Her food has enough flavour, as shown in this recipe, to match up to the fullest flavours Cabernet Sauvignon has to offer.
Griddled Polenta with Mushrooms & Porcini Salt
30ml NoMU Vegetable Fond, stirred into 1 litre of boiling water
1 cup polenta
Pinch of NoMU Sea Salt
10ml canola oil
8 mushrooms (preferably porcinis)
A splash of sherry
2 tbsp Maldon salt
1 tsp dried porcini mushrooms
Place the prepared NoMU stock in a saucepan and add the polenta in a steady stream whisking all the time. Add a pinch of NoMU Just Salt and reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, whisking continuously until the polenta pulls away from the sides of the pan.
Pour the polenta into a non-stick baking tray lined with plastic wrap. Place the tray in the fridge and allow to cool and set for about 30 minutes. Cut the set polenta into wedges. Brush both sides of the polenta with canola oil and preheat a griddle pan until very hot. Grill the polenta wedge on each side for 2 minutes until golden and crisp.
Halve or slice the mushrooms and sauté in the butter until golden brown heat and season to taste. Set aside until polenta is ready. To create the porcini salt, place the salt and the dried porcini mushrooms into a blender and blend until fine. Top the grilled polenta with sautéed mushrooms, parmesan shavings and a sprinkle of porcini salt.
Michael’s wine recommendation – CLICK HERE
Tracy Foulkes is the heart and soul behind NOMU. Her passion for flavour inspired her to start the company in December 2000 in a very small, front room of her home in central Cape Town. Her love of spices and the stylish, uncomplicated way she loves to cook is very much evident in the NOMU range of products where the emphasis is always very clearly on Quality, Consistency and Innovation with an authentic and unusually personal story attached!
Tracy has become a well-respected South African food personality and businesswoman while NOMU’s story as an entrepreneurial case-study and branding success story has also seen the brand earn critical acclaim and attention in a variety of food related television programs, featured editorials and events. The NOMU Brand Story is presented in a variety of public speaking events throughout the year by Tracy’s partner and NOMU Co-Creator, Paul Raphaely.
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