All posts tagged: clean living

Mighty Minestrone & Other Winter Warmers

In the thick of this cold snap, bundled up in chunky knitwear and just as I was gloating that I haven’t been ill since I can’t remember, it hit me.  The worst cold virus I’ve had since I can’t remember… hot & cold, aching all over, 3 days on the sofa and counting and most distressing (for me not my family), I’ve lost my voice, totally.  No sound, just whispers.  Actually I think my family are probably quietly relieved!!  So this is a recipe I meant to post a good few days ago, spurred on by Nigel over at The Hersham Hub and his request for winter warmer recipes…   Ingredients: 1 red onion 2 cloves crushed garlic 2 small leafy celery stalks 2 green chillis 1 courgette 1 pointed red pepper 1 sprig rosemary 2 tsp paprika 1 tsp mixed herbs 1 tsp vegetable bouillon 1/2 glass red wine 25g fresh basil 2 tins plum tomatoes 1 tin mixed beans 1/2 cup orzo (pasta) 20g butter 2 tbsp olive oil Method:   1. Heat …

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 …

Fridge Raider Green Curry and Rice aka c.1999 on a Thai Beach

This was a fridge raiding meal the day before the shopping arrived, so strictly speaking it’s not a ‘green curry’ proper… but for me it has enough of the elements to make it as good as!  And if you close your eyes and put on Moby’s ‘Play’ album then you’re in Thailand c.1999! (Scroll down for a quick blast of ‘porcelain’ from that album) Ahhh, the memories… (Take a moment) OK, back to business!  It’s very quick to make, hearty as it is, but could be beefed up for the weekend if you add chicken, prawns or a side of spring rolls… Ingredients: 1 onion 4 cloves garlic 1 thumb ginger (grated) 1 green birdseye chilli 1 stick fresh lemongrass 2 tsp ground turmeric 1 tsp ground coriander 1 tin chickpeas (drained) 1 small butternut squash 1 can coconut milk 1 bunch fresh coriander salt & pepper 1 cup wholegrain basmati rice 2 tbsp coconut oil Method: 1. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan on the hob 2. Finely chop the onion, crush …

Roast Caramelised Autumn Veg Salad aka A Beetroot Affair to Remember

This is a beautifully warm, earthy salad… rich in flavour and texture.  I’ve got an abundance of gem squash at the moment thanks Jude, my allotment neighbour and still plenty of beetroot… Oh beetroot… In the words of Tom Robbins; ‘The beet is the most intense of vegetables…the murderer returned to the scene of the crime…The beet is what happens when the cherry finishes with the carrot…Rasputin’s favourite vegetable, you could see it in his eyes”… Phew. Ok. So if we’re all back in the room I shall continue…!! Ingredients for 2: 2 purple carrots 4 small beetroots 2 slices gem squash (Chopped) Sprig of Thyme 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tsp maple syrup pinch sea salt 2 large handfuls baby spinach 100g Shaved raw red cabbage 2 handfuls pine nuts Method: 1. Chop the carrot (length-ways and half), beetroot (into 4) and gem squash in to bite sized chunks. 2. spread the veg out in a baking tray and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and throw in the thyme. Give …

Cheap as Chips with Bestival Sauce

This is a great side or snack… The kids love it and I love picking on it when they have it! Using olive oil, and cutting out any dehydrated potato or additional starch or flavour that can be found in commercial potato products, these take 25 minutes in the oven.  As quick as most frozen oven chips, and cheap too! Ingredients: 1 medium potato per person cut in to 6 1 tbsp olive oil pinch of sea salt sprinkling of paprika (added by my lovely neighbour Louise) Method: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C 2. Cut the potatoes in to eight and spread out on a baking tray. 3. drizzle the olive oil and pinch of sea salt over the potatoes and give them a shimmy. 4. bake for 25 mins (or until the flesh is browning and they’re cooked through) The sauce here comes from our Chilli Chicken Bestival Kebabs recipe… Which was inspired by Tim’s weekend jolly (sorry work trip) to Bestival a few weeks ago! If you fancy chicken with the chips …

Sourdough, the World’s Slowest Bread aka ‘The Rise & Rise of Lupa the Immortal’ aka My Soapbox…

I’ve been inspired by the Real Bread campaign recently, and #sourdoughseptember… Those of you who know me, know I have a real ‘bee in my bonnet’ about bread.  It’s a staple, and it’s massively exploited for that reason.  Unfortunately the bread we buy from the supermarket shelf really can’t call itself bread.  Yes it’s derived mostly from wheat, but after that it’s packed with preservatives, stabilizers, sugar… anything to give it a longer shelf life.  It’s a convenience food. So what can call itself bread?  It’s four ingredients:  Flour, Water, Yeast, Salt.  That’s it… Now go and read the list of ingredients on your supermarket loaf and decide what you have?  Is it a chemical concoction?  Or a nutritionally valuable food?  And what is it for?  To nourish or to ‘fill a hole’? The whole point of this blog is to share a passion for whole food.  That’s three times a day nourishing the body, after air and water, its the most important thing we do for ourselves, and what we eat builds who we …

Sweet Potato, Cavalo Nero & Chickpea Curry…

Love on a plate… It’s been one of those days… torrential rain, followed by torrential tears (mine and the kids)… I ate at least two portions of this and I have no regrets… tomorrow is another day! Ingredients (for 2 portions, or 1 ‘I feel sorry for myself’ portion): 1 large onion 3 cloves garlic 1 hot red chilli 1 large sweet potato 100g cavalo nero 1 tin chickpeas 1 tin chopped tomatoes 1 sachet instant brown rice miso soup paste dissolved in 600mls warm water 1/2 cup brown basmati rice tamari about 8 grinds of black pepper Method: 1. add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to a deep pan. 2. chop the onion, garlic & chilli and add to the pan. soften on a gentle heat for around 10 minutes. 3. chop the sweet potato in to bite sized chunks and add to the pan 4. add the drained chickpeas, canned tomatoes & miso and bring to the boil 5. add the rice to the pan 6. chop the cavalo nero and …