Sunday, 23 November 2014

More Courgette & Carrot Recipes

Courgette, Potato & Cheddar Soup
I've recently been posting about all of the meals that I make with carrots and courgettes but as much as I like them I'm always looking for new ways to cook to cook and so I was very happy to see this Courgette, Potato & Cheddar Soup recipe. The quantities for the recipe are quite high, and I don't like to make a bulk load until I've tested a recipe, so I will reduce these but I think it looks like a winner.

Spiced Carrot & Lentil Soup
I have made this Spiced Carrot & Lentil soup before but had completely forgotten about until stumbling apon it again and will defiantly be making it soon. The cumin seeds are very aromatic making it a perfect warmer for autumn and winter.

Veggie Shepard's Pie
A more substantial meal is this Veggie Shepard's Pie made from carrots, canned tomatoes, green lentils and sweet potato. It also asks for some grated cheddar cheese on top so would be good to have in the same week as the Courgette, Potato & Chedder soup.

Lentil Ragu
I think I love my Chicken Livers Ragu to much to stray but if you don't fancy livers or are veggie then this Lentil Ragu looks perfect. Having said I that it is also a good store-cuboard recipe as it only requires fresh carrots, onions, celery, garlic, some of which could be omitted or swapped with something else.

Tasty White Fish Fillets

Coley Korma with Fluffy Rice
Many supermarkets do big bags of white fish fillets which are quite cheap or packs of coley or pollack fillets which are also very good value. One of my favourite ways of using these is Jamie Oliver's Coley Curry with Fluffy Rice although I use creamed coconut as one bar is the equivalent of four cans of coconut milk.

Steamed Fish with Lemon, Ginger & Chilli
I also like to steam white fish fillets as its very quick and you cook rice in the bottom tier of the steamer, veg in the middle and then your fish on top. I like to steam mine with garlic, chilli and spring onion but this Steamed fish with lemon, ginger & chilli looks really good too.

One-Pot Cabbage & Beans with White Fish
A dish I haven't tried is One-pot cabbage & beans with white fish, cabbage and beans are not my favourite foods but this looks like an easy and tasty way of eating them.

Liver and Onion Yorkshire Pudding

Liver and Onion Yorkshire Pudding (think Toad in the Hole, but with liver)

This recipe feeds four (so just halve the ingredients and use a loaf tin - that's what I do)

225g liver
1 large onion (just use a medium one for two)
Oil (the recipe says lard - but hey)

110g plain flour
1 large egg (use a small one for two)
150ml milk mixed with 150ml of water
1/4 teaspoon chopped thyme

Preheat oven to 220c (424f - gas mark 7)

1. Heat the oil (leave a teaspoon to one side) in the oven.
2. Whilst the oil heat, prep the batter.
3. Cut the liver into thin strips.
4. Fry the onion in the teaspoon of oil till soft.
5. Add the liver to the onion on a high heat.
6. Cook the liver.
7. Remove the tin form the oven and place the liver/onion into the tin and pour over the batter.
8. Cook for 35-40 mins.

Stream a variety of veg. 


Friday, 20 April 2012

Perfect Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup
Last night I made the most delicious and simple Red Lentil Soup from 101 Cookbooks. I say perfect because the quantities the recipe gives are perfect, no I need to add a bit more of that, and so simple just onion, red lentils, brown rice, water or stock and 30 minutes on the hob.

I'm pretty sure the addition of a little brown rice is what makes it magic, instead of just being sludge as some lentils soups can be, it has texture. I topped mine with feta which gives a divine contrast with its sharp creaminess and homemade garlic croutons.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Black Eyed Peas in a Spicy Goan Curry

Black Eyed Peas in a Spicy Goan Curry
I think I've done it and finally found the perfect black-eyed peas recipe. While browsing Smitten Kitchen I found this post which has a really tasty looking recipe for Black Eyed Peas in a Spicy Goan Curry alongside Everyday Yellow Dahl and Tangy Shredded Cabbage Salad which she serves together with yoghurt.
Served with Everyday Yellow Dahl & Tangy Shredded Cabbage Salad

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Orecchiette with Chilli & Sprouting Broccoli

Orecchiette with Chilli & Sprouting Broccoli
I love how many different types of pasta are available now but have yet to come across Orecchiette which Angela Hartnett uses in this recipe Orecchiette with Chilli & Sprouting Broccoli, interestingly its made without eggs and so is potentially vegan friendly. She also uses Ricotta Salata, an ewe's milk curd that is dried and can be grated, for this dish but I wonder if grated cashew nuts could be used instead for the same effect.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Black-Eyed Peas

Hoppin John Salad
Since watching Forks over Knifes I've been looking at having a more plant based diet, or plant strong as Rip calls it. Although the film calls for a completely low-fat vegan diet I'm not completely comfortable with that and more in favor of making positive improvements to your diet.

Rice & Peas
We already eat split red lentils, chickpeas and black beans but want to explore some other pulses and D recommended trying black-eyed peas which are used in a lot of traditional West Indian dishes the most common being Rice & Peas. I found it very difficult to find a simple recipe for this as many add other things or use kidney beans but I think this is the simplest and most authentic out there.

Rice with Black-Eyed Peas
I also found on Wholefoods a nice looking salad Hoppin John Salad with Spicy Sriracha Vinaigrette and a stir-fry Rice with Black-Eyed Peas with mushrooms, onion, pepper and sunflower seeds.