This is a proper little winter warmer dish. While away in our Xmas holiday cottage it was a chilly -3 with frost on the ground, while we were feeling cosy in our warm cottage we wanted something filling and warm in our bellies, so using up some of my store cupboard ingredients this little dish was perfect. (p.s. don’t forget the glass of chardonnay…..perfect match, I think…..lol!)
Makes 2 servings
1 tsp olive oil
1 large leek, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
150g pearl barley
2 carrots, cubed
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
500ml Chicken Stock
2 Chicken Breasts – chopped to bite size pieces
150g savoy cabbage, finely shredded
100g smoked bacon, chopped
Black pepper and salt for seasoning
- Heat the oil in a large pan and gently fry the leeks, bacon, chicken and garlic until browned.
- Add the pearl barley, carrots and mustard, then pour over the chicken stock. Season with plenty of ground black pepper and simmer for 20 mins, stirring occasionally.
- Add the cabbage and cook for 5-10 mins until cabbage is wilted and tender.
- Serve. Yummy!
I love this time of the year, autumn colours outside, crisp fresh air, long walks, cosy comfort clothes, roaring fires, candles on, a good book and a really good one pot hearty warming meal. You really can’t go wrong with this little stew, filling, warm, comforting and easy to do. Oh and one pot…..yes we do like very little washing up in our house.
Makes for 2-4 (depends on how hungry you are…lol)
6 x good quality sausages
15cm approx length chorizo – (good quality like a picante)
1 tin of 400g baked beans (branston are our fav)
1 red onion
1 red pepper
2 garlic cloves
2 tsp hot smoked paprika
2 tsp tomato paste or puree
Salt & pepper
Coriander to garnish
- Heat up a little oil in a fry pan
- Firstly cook the sausages until browned and cooked, remove from pan
- Gently cook the garlic, slice the chorizo, pepper and onion then add to the pan and cook until the red pepper is slightly soft (about 5-10 mins)
- Cut the sausages in half and add back to the pan with the baked beans, paprika and tomato paste/puree, mix and gently simmer for about 5 minutes. Season with Salt & pepper.
- Garnish with coriander and serve with either some crusty bread, crispy potatoes or rice, its entirely up to you. Oh and not forgetting a wee glass of red.
Having some left over Masala Paste from the other nights curry, I wanted to try something different and a bit more healthier but filling, which means only 1 thing to me Lentils!
Lentils are so healthy and include all these beneficial nutrients like fibre, protein, minerals and vitamins, they are still low in calories and contain virtually no fat. One cup of cooked lentils only contains about 230 calories, but still leaves you feeling full and satisfied.
Makes for 2 large portions or 4 smaller portions if having with an accompaniment.
3 tbsp Masala Paste
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion – finely chopped
1 garlic glove – chopped
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tin of coconut milk – I use the lighter option to make it healthier
160g Red lentils, in my house it has to be Great Scot!
1 bag of fresh spinach (about 300g)
100ml vegetable stock
- Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for a few minutes.
- Add in the masala paste and cook for another minute
- Add in the tomatoes and coconut milk then bring to the boil
- Pour in the lentils and reduce heat to a simmer, cook for about 25 mins until lentils are soft.
- Add in the stock, mix through then add in the spinach and allow to wilt for a minute.
- Remove and Serve…Yum!
After coming down with the cold over the holidays, I was on a mission not only to eat healthier but to use food as a natural healer, so that means more antioxidants and vegetables. Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 onion – chopped
salt & pepper to season
1 pint of vegetable broth
1/2 can of coconut milk
2 tbsp fresh chopped coriander
- Pre-heat you oven to 230 deg C.
- Chop up the cauliflower into small florets/cubes, add in the chopped garlic and oil into a bowl and mix through until all combined.
- Place the cauliflower onto a baking tray and bake for about 25 mins.
- Heat a tbsp oil in a pan and gently fry the onion, add the veg stock and bring to the boil, add in the cauliflower then cover and simmer for about 15 mins.
- Add in the coconut milk and stir through, using a hand blender, blend until smooth.
- Cook your rice separately then once ready add to the soup and mix through.
- Serve in a bowl and garnish with coriander.
This was really tasty and so healthy and filling.
I have to say this is the first time I’ve tried Mutton, I picked it up at the Glasgow Food Assembly from Harris Meat Farm, https://harrisfarmmeats.scot/ , https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/7907 , went with a spiced Indian flavour and some yellow lentils and oh my……absolutely loved it, rich, spicy, fragrant and so delicate, I slow cooked the meat and it just flaked on my plate…..absolute taste sensation!
500g Diced Mutton
1 onion – chopped
50g Yellow Split peas
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tbsp Oil
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp garlic
1 Green Chilli – finely chopped
1 can chopped tomatoes 400g
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp Coriander
1 tsp Gram Masala
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Curry Powder
Handful of Kalette Leaves or Spinach
- Firstly you want to marinade the mutton for around 1 hour, so in a bowl add 1/2 tsp Turmeric, 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder, 1/2 tsp Coriander, 1 tsp Gram Masala, 1 tsp Cumin, 1 tsp Curry Powder, add the mutton and rub through.
- Meanwhile, Bring the 250ml water to the boil and add 1/2 tsp Turmeric then add in the yellow split peas, boil for about 10 mins then simmer for a further 15 mins or until the water is all soaked up. Spoon out onto a side plate for now.
- In the same pan heat through the oil, gently fry the garlic, ginger, onion and green chillies for a few mins until onion has cooked through (slighty brown).
- Then add in the mutton to the pan and brown all over.
- Empty in the Tin Tomatoes, about 100ml water, put the yellow peas back into pan and sprinkle 1/2 tsp coriander in, bring to the boil, reduce to a very slow simmer and slow cook on hob covered for about 2.5hrs or until meat is tender.
- A couple of minutes before serving, steam some Kalette leaves or Spinach and serve. Yummy!
I found that a Tempranillo based wine went really well, due to it’s Spicy, Herbal and Cherry flavour combinations. This however is up to your individual taste palates.
On my travels back from Inverness this week, I stopped at the House of Bruar near Blair Atholl, they have an amazing Food Hall with everything Scottish and some. I picked up some lovely venison from Highland Game, Purveyors of fine foods in Dundee. With some Chorizo left over I decided this recipe, which was absolutely delicious and rich in flavour.
300g Diced Venison
75g Chorizo – sliced/diced
1 onion chopped
1 crushed garlic
1 tbsp smoked paprika
salt & pepper
250ml beef stock
100ml red wine (I used Merlot, perfect with venison)
1 Bay leaf
1 carrot sliced or you could use butternut squash
1 tbsp flour
- Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan, light coat the venison with flour and add to pan to brown all over. Season.
- Add the Chorizo, garlic and onion and stir through for few mins until golden.
- Sprinkle in the paprika and add the carrots, pour in the beef stock and red wine, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 2-3 hours.
- I served with some wild rice but it is also lovely with boiled potatoes and green veg.
It was snowing outside and got down to -2 deg here at home in central Scotland and I was desperate for some warm home cooked Sunday Food (by Sunday food, I mean Hearty). I had sausages, winter veg and some harissa paste I needed to use, so this was my Sunday Meal and it didn’t half warm me up too. Happy Sunday!
The thing I loved about this was, it is a 1 pot wonder, chuck everything in 1 pot and cook, not only is it easier but it saves my boyfriend on the washing up…lol! We have a nice little agreement, I cook, he cleans……think I got the better deal! lol!
5 Scottish Beef Sausages (I used Beef, but you could use pork also if preferred)
1/2 White onion – sliced into wedges
1/2 Red onion – sliced into wedges
1 Parsnip – peeled and halved lengthways, then halved again (about 10cm length)
2 Carrots – peeled and halved lengthways, then halved again (about 10cm length)
1 Medium Sweet Potato – peeled and cut into cubes about 2cm sq.
1 Clove Garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp harissa paste
3/4 pint hot vegetable stock
250g Tin of Chickpeas
250g Tin Tomatoes
Black pepper to season
Fresh Coriander to serve
- Firstly prepare your vegetables.
- Heat oil in a pan and brown the sausages then place to the side.
- In the remaining oil fry the onions until browned and soft.
- Add in the garlic, tomato puree and harissa paste and cook for about 1 min.
- Add in the sweet potatoes, parsnip, carrots and sausages, pour over the stock and season. Bring to the boil then cover and simmer for about 30 minutes until vegetables are tender.
- Add in tin tomatoes and chickpeas and warm through for about 5 minutes
- Remove from heat and plate up, sprinkling some chopped coriander on top.
Sausage and Root Veg one pot delight
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Amount Per Serving
- Total Fat: 25.9 g
- Saturated Fat: 5.6 g
- Trans Fat: 0.6 g
- Cholesterol: 19.9 mg
- Sodium: 1217.4 mg
- Total Carbs: 123.3 g
- Dietary Fiber: 31.3 g
- Sugars: 31.8 g
- Protein: 32.6 g