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Superfood makes Superheroes, Quick Fix Pasta & Home made Pesto

Pesto pasta is a regular 5pm meal fix in our house.  Especially when we get home at 4.30, after football, ballet or an afternoon at the park.  I usually grate a bowlful of cheese on the side and add a bowl of pitted green olives.   This week I found a bumper stock of reduced fresh coriander in the supermarket.  Needless to say, I nabbed it all… decided to make a coriander pesto and put the rest in the freezer for later… So here’s my coriander pesto recipe!  Of course if Basil is on offer ’round your way, nab that up instead!  And remember… all that green goodness is what we like to call superfood, and superfood makes superheroes don’t you know! Ingredients (fills a 14oz / 324ml Jam Jar): 80g Fresh Coriander 60g hard cheese, such as parmesan 60g olive oil 60g pine nuts pinch of pepper (taste before adding salt as the cheese is already salty) 2 cloves garlic Method: 1. Chop the coriander and add to a food processor (a small blade …

Thai Green Salad & Prawns

I love prawns, and I think prawns love chillies, garlic and ginger… This is a bit of a salad inspired by a Thai green curry (with prawns).  Really it’s me wanting another curry but thinking I ought to have a salad instead… You see I’d eat a curry in one form or another every day very happily!  So this is as far as as I can push a salad in the direction of a Thai curry!  Of course you could go so far as to serve a side of spring rolls with it… By the way, did you know avocado jokes were a thing?  The avocado link will take you to a few pictures which made me giggle! Ingredients (serves 2): 2 large handfuls baby leaf spinach 1 avocado 1/2 Red Pepper 150 King Prawns 60g Samphire 1 handful raw cashews 2 cloves garlic 1 red chilli 1/2 thumb grated ginger 2 tbsp coconut oil juice 1/2 lime salt & pepper Method: 1. Heat the coconut oil in a pan on the hob. Crush the …

Goats Cheese, Honey & Onion Tart

This is a great recipe for using up onions, or just to enjoy if you like onions!  And if you like onions, you’ll know when they’re cooked slowly they’re beautifully sweet, so with the addition of honey it’s more sweet and goats cheesy in flavour and delicious with a green salad.  The honey came from the school Christmas fete on Saturday and its made by the lovely bees on the school field!  So aside from honey toast in the mornings (Our little boy’s favourite breakfast) I’m looking to put it to good use!  And I’m quite pleased with how this tart turned out… Ingredients for the filling (serves 4): 150g goats cheese 200g natural greek yoghurt 2 eggs 4 small – medium onions 4 large cloves garlic 1 tbsp honey 2 sprigs fresh rosemary salt & pepper 20g butter Ingredients for the pastry: 250g plain flour 125g unsalted butter, cubed pinch salt & pepper 4 tbsp cold water Method: 1. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour with a little salt & pepper and …

Fish, Chips & Peas for the 5pm Dinner Crew… Plus the ‘Dirty Dozen’

I’ve said it before, but anything in breadcrumbs seems to please my 5pm dinner guests!  So with my newly regular sourdough making well under way, we’ve also got newly regular sourdough breadcrumbs and I’m newly able to liberally coat whatever the 5pm supper club requests!  So this evening was for Fish, Chips & Peas… Some lovely Trout (cheaper and milder in flavour than salmon but equally as nourishing), some organic potatoes, roasted in paprika & olive oil.  And peas.  It’s a simple kids supper and DIYing it means avoiding any uneccessary additives, processing or packaging and means we can mix it up with the fish.  These are made with trout, but could be made with salmon, cod or pollock. Ingredients (serves 2 hungry children): 2 trout fillets (approx 200g) 50g breadcrumbs 2 handfuls frozen peas 1 large baking potato* 1 egg Salt & pepper olive oil 1 serving homemade tomato ketchup Method: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. 2. line a baking tray with a sheet of baking parchment.  Place the two trout fillets on …

Spicy Red Lentil & Cannellini Bean Soup & Soda Bread

Rustic, warming, hearty and nourishing… this is a true peasant’s supper!  I had a hankering for soda bread earlier but don’t usually have buttermilk at home so this one was made with yoghurt instead.  In fact it could be made with sour milk too (so don’t ever throw it out if you have it, bring it round… or make soda bread!).  Soda bread is really rewarding, it takes about 5 minutes to combine the ingredients, and 50 minutes to cook, so as long as you’re home you’ll have a tasty loaf in under an hour which requires zero skill but looks pro!  The soup here came about after seeing a tasty looking ham hock soup on instagram.  Not being much of a ham hock soup fan, I appreciated the chunky look and thought yes!  A chunky soup and soda bread supper… Yum!  That’s what I though… and here it is! Ingredients for the soup (Serves 4): 1 red onion, finely chopped 2 celery sticks, finely chopped 1 carrot, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 …

Roast Garlic & Potato Salad… A Hearty Winter Warmer…

This is a really warming, salty, hearty salad, the kind of salad that winter evenings call for…  We spent the morning hiking around Box Hill, about 6 miles in all up and down, a bit of a mash up of the stepping stones walk, box hill hike, juniper top trail and happy valley trail… It was windy, cold and beautiful.  The views are stunning, the countryside is pristine and we were absolutely (almost literally) swept away.  Daphne the dog, still slightly caked in mud, is asleep still… So this evening, although we both wanted something hearty to eat, we also wanted something healthy.  So here’s a warming tasty salad, full of earthy goodness, perfect for a winter’s evening… Ingredients (serves 2): 2 large handfuls spinach 1 pointed beetroot (or small beetroot) 2 carrots 1 thick end of bread (stale is good, cut in to 1″ cubes) 1 large potato (cut in to 1″ cubes) 4 large cloves or 6 medium cloves of garlic 1/2 red onion 1 large handful pumpkin seeds 1/2 thumb ginger 1 …

Broccoli, Stilton & Walnut Soup

Going back to the fairy garden visuals of yesterday’s brussels sprouts post, if the brussels sprouts are the cabbages, then the broccoli would be the trees.  But I’d give them little super hero capes because broccoli is super…Especially sprouting broccoli.  Perhaps this is a project for a rainy day…?!  Or perhaps I have too much time on my hands… Either way, this soup is a little bit delicious.  The only ingredients here are the broccoli, Stilton & walnuts, and that’s because I’ve used a bone broth to soup them up… and there’s so much flavour and seasoning already there that no more is needed.  If you’re without a bone broth though, I’ll list a vegetable base alternative. Ingredients: 1 head broccoli 100g stilton 2 handfuls chopped walnuts Covered with chicken bone broth (about 600ml) or topped up with vegetable stock. If you don’t have any chicken bone broth then you can make a vegetable stock base from the following ingredients: 2 tbsps olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 carrot, chopped into small cubes 1 stick …

An Open Letter to Brussels Sprouts & Maple Roast Sprouts with Walnuts & Beetroot

Dear Brussels Sprouts, I think you should know how much I appreciate you.  Firstly you look like a cabbage, grown by a fairy, which makes me want to make a teeny tiny jar of Saurkraut out of you, or put you in the garden of my daughter’s doll’s house. I love that you chose to take all that wonderful brassica goodness and package it in really convenient, almost perfectly human bite sized portions.  I believe you really want us to eat you… I learned today that you contain isothiocyanates and that isothiocyanates promote the elimination of potential carcinogens from the body, and may also lower the risk of heart attack! Thank you so much for those wonderful health giving properties. Thank you too for being a vegetable who endures the cold to give us a winter crop.  You brave and selfless little brussels sprout.  It can’t be easy.  I’m sure sometimes you must envy peas and beans and those summer crops who get so much attention and summer warmth. But brussels sprouts, you provide such …

A Vegan Curry Feast (for hearty meal lovers)… Mushroom Pasanda, Bombay Potatoes & Masala Roast Chickpeas…

Curry is usually Tim’s domain, because he makes a good one!  But I think I might have trumped him (yes I am competitive!)  The Mushroom Pasanda is definitely inspired by our good friends over at Able & Cole but there are a few tweaks here, mainly based on what was in the cupboard or fridge and also because I had some beautiful black cherry tomatoes in my veg box, which I thought would make a good substitute for the tomato puree in the Able & Cole recipe.  They did go beautifully and my mouth is watering now I’m thinking about this dish.  It hits all the right spots and stands alone, without the extras.  We always get a bit indulgent on weekends though which is why I cooked up a storm last night, and why I wont need to eat for several days now!! (ahem…) Ingredients for the Mushroom Pasanda (serves 2): 1/2 large onion 4 cloves garlic 1/2 thumb ginger 1 red chilli (de-seeded) 1/2 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp each of ground cinnamon, …

Moroccan Chicken Casserole & Giant Cous Cous

This is a warming, spicy dinner of good nourishment.  Great for a cold evening.  It’s hearty and fills the house with a sweet spicy smell…   Ingredients (serves 4): 4 Chicken Thighs 3 preserved lemons (or 1 unwaxed fresh lemon) 3 small red onions (or 1 large red onion) 4 cloves garlic 25 olives 12 organic dried apricots bunch of fresh coriander 2 tins plum tomatoes 2 cinnamon sticks Olive oil For the spice mix: 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground black pepper 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp mace 2 cinnamon sticks 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp ground cumin For the cous cous: around 75g cous cous per person Method: 1. Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in an oven proof dish on the hob. Pre-heat the oven to 180C 2. Place the chicken thighs in the pan and brown all over for around 10 minutes.  Remove from the pan. 3. Chop the onion, crush the garlic and add to the pan that the chicken was in, adding a little more oil if …