ALL · Bread · Snacks and nibbles

Homemade Chapti’s

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I do amaze myself sometimes, first try at chapti’s and they turned out perfect first time! Again as I have said in a previous post this year, I’m going to try all those things I said I would and didn’t in 2016 and this is one of them.

Makes 6

300g plain flour (plus extra for dusting)

1 tsp salt

50g butter melted

180ml milk

oil for cooking

  1. First melt the butter with the milk either in a pan on a hob or in a microwave for about 1 minute
  2. Sift flour into a bowl add salt then add the milk and butter, mix until you get a soft smooth dough, if its too sticky just add more flour.
  3. Roll into a ball and wrap in cling film for about 1 hour at room temperature.20170111_155547
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  5. Flour your work surface and roll out each ball into a circle or best you can circle shape about 2-3mm thick.
  6. Preheat some oil in a fry pan to a medium to high heat then drop in the bread.
  7. Cook on each side for about 1 minute, you shouldn’t need more than that if you have the right temperature.

    Remove and allow to cool slightly before serving.

If you want more of a wrap just turn the temperature down so it cooks slowly and softly, same time on each side.

So much more healthier than shop bought ones or ones from your local take out and I personally think tastier too. Was definitely a hit with my partner.

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ALL · Healthy Eating Ideas · lunch/ light bites · Salads · Snacks and nibbles · superfoods

Indian Spiced Russian Kale served in Courgette Boats

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Picking up my goodie bag again from the Glasgow Food Assembly on Monday, I got some lovely fresh Courgettes (Zucchinni to those of you that are from America) and some Red Russian Kale, with thanks to  Locavore in Glasgow,  the RR Kale is more tender and has a sweater flavour than the more traditional varieties. So what to do with it all…..well here goes, a nice wee spicy treat.

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Makes 2 Boats

2 x Courgettes – Sliced in half longways

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 chilli – chopped (red or green)

1 small piece of ginger – finely chopped or grated

1/2 tsp turmeric

about 8 strands of kale

small handful of peas and sweetcorn (I used frozen)

Juice of 1 Lemon

1/2 tsp corinader

1 tbsp coconut (dessicated or fresh chopped)

1 tbsp sesame seeds

 

  1. Firstly preheat oven to 200 deg.
  2. Lightly brush the courgettes with olive oil and place in a baking tin or tray, season with salt & pepper. 20160823_131707
  3. Oven bake for approx 30 mins or until turning slightly browned. Once roasted remove with a spoon the seeds. This of course could be done before hand, but I plan on mixing it with my kale mixture.
  4. Meanwhile, heat some olive oil in a fry pan.
  5. Sizzle the cumin and mustard seeds for approx 1-2 mins.
  6. Then add in the chilli, ginger and turmeric fry for another 2 mins.
  7. Add in the kale, peas and sweetcorn with a tbsp of water, Cover the pan and cook for 4-5 mins or until the kale has wilted.                                                                                                           20160823_134417
  8. Squeeze in the lemon juice, coriander, sesame seeds and coconut, toss everything together and heat through for another minute.
  9. If mixing the courgette seeds add in now and then serve the mixture into the courgette halves.

A Yummy side dish with a little spice, nice and healthy or even a small lunch.

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ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · lamb · Meat Dishes · One Pot Wonders · Scottish Cuisine · Soups and Stews

Mutton Spied Curry

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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!

Serves 2

500g Diced Mutton

1 onion – chopped

50g Yellow Split peas

350ml water

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

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Then add in the mutton to the pan and brown all over.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas

Curried Cabbage with Salmon

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Looking in Fridge I had to use the cabbage up but wondered how I could jazz it up! Looked in my spice rack and this is what I put together. Tasty absolutely sensational. This could also work with Cod and Chicken. It is also low in calories and fat….Result!

Serves 1

1/2 Savoy Cabbage – sliced
1 portion Salmon Fillet approx (150g)
1 clove Garlic – crushed
1 tsp Cumin
1/2 white onion – sliced
2 tbsp desiccated coconut
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp Gram Masala
30g Lentil Sprouts (optional) I had these left over so I just put them in.

  1. Mix the Gram Masala and Curry Powder together and rub into Salmon
  2. Heat up a griddle pan with spray oil and place Salmon on to cook through (approx 10 mins)
  3. Meanwhile, heat a wok to a high heat and cook the garlic and cumin with onion until soft (approx 2 mins)
  4. Add to the wok the cabbage and coconut, stir through for about 5 mins. If adding the Lentil Sprouts put in 1 min before ready and mix just to heat through.
  5. Plate the cabbage mix and place the salmon on top. Yum!

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Nutrition Facts
Curried Cabbage with Salmon

Servings Per Recipe: 1

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 226

  • Total Fat: 2.4 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 106.5 mg
  • Sodium: 229.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 14 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 4.1 g
  •     Sugars: 4.5 g
  • Protein: 36.9 g
ALL · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Soups and Stews

Lentil Dhal and Masala Potato Curry

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I cheated a bit with the dahl and bought ready cooked lentils, if using from scratch it can take 2-3 hours of cooking.

Serves 2

For the Lentil Dahl

1 x packet of Green lentils (250g)

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1 tsp ginger

1tsp garlic

1tsp olive oil

1 tbsp chilli

200g chopped tomatoes

1 tbsp unsalted butter

1 tbsp Tamarind paste (or you could use Kasoori methi)

 

  1. Pour oil into a pan and heat, add in ginger, garlic and cook for 1 min.
  2. Add in the butter and let melt, add in the tamarind paste and chilli and mix through, then add in the lentils and chopped tomatoes. Mix through and heat for 4-5 mins. Ready to serve.

 

For the Masala Potato Curry

300 salad potatoes

1 tbsp olive oil

200 g chopped tomatoes

1 red chilli chopped

1tsp ground coriander

1 tbsp cumin

1 medium onion chopped

2 tbsp fresh coriander for garnish

 

  1. Wash and chop potatoes into 2cm cubes.
  2. heat oil in a pan, add in cumin. coriander and onion, cook for 5 mins.
  3. Add in the chilli and potatoes and season with salt and pepper
  4. Add 200ml of water, cover and cook for 8 mins
  5. add the chopped tomatoes and cook uncovered for 7 mins or until tender
  6. Ready to serve, then garnish with fresh coriander

If you don’t like it too spicy, use 1/2 chilli and 1tsp cumin instead.

 

Serve both with some Chapati….YUMMY!

ALL · Black pudding/ Haggis · chicken · Meat Dishes · Scottish Cuisine · Snacks and nibbles

Homemade Haggis and Chicken Pakora with sauce

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Serves 2-4

Pakora Batter

150g flour

200ml water

1/2 tsp chilli

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp gram masala

1/2 tsp Turmeric

2 cloves garlic or 2 tsp ground garlic

small handful coriander (chopped finely)

Pinch salt

1. Put all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together, make a well in the middle and gently add water little at a time while stirring, continue to add water until you get a smooth batter, it shouldn’t be too thick or too runny. Set aside.

Haggis Pakora

1 x 500g McSween’s Haggis, but Grants and Halls are also good. (500g serves about 3)

1. Cook as per package instructions and let cool. Make into small balls and dip into batter.

2. Gently drop into hot oil and fry for about 4-5 mins. Drain and pat excess oil off with kitchen paper.

Chicken Pakora

1 x Chicken Breast

1. Cut chicken breast into small chunks and lightly fry in a pan to brown.

2. Add some tomato paste to the left over batter mix and stir through until it turns pink, dip chicken chunks into batter and then drop gently into the oil and fry for about 3-4 mins. Drain and pat excess oil off with kitchen paper.

Pakora sauce for Chicken pakora

50g tomato ketchup

2g Mint leaves (finely chopped)

100g Natural Yoghurt

Pinch salt and chilli

50ml milk

1. Mix all the ingredients together, slowly adding the milk to produce a thin sauce. Pour into dish and set aside until ready.

Chilli sauce for Haggis Pakora

1/2 tin chopped tomatoes

Generous squirt of tomato sauce

1 tsp pepper

2 tsp paprika

1 tsp hot chilli sauce

Squeeze of lemon juice

1 beef oxo cube

1. Mix all ingredients into a pan and simmer until the oxo cube has fully dissolved. Remove and allow to cool before serving.

 

 

 

ALL · chicken · dinners · Healthy Eating Ideas · Meat Dishes · One Pot Wonders

Low Calorie Chicken Tikka Masala

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Makes 2 – 302 calories per serving (add 120 calories for 50g wholegrain rice)

2 chicken breast

1 tsp frying oil

MARINADE:

2 tbsp curry powder

1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp sea salt

10g chunk fresh ginger, grated

1 garlic clove, crushed

4 tbsp plain fat free yoghurt

SAUCE:

1 tbsp oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

10 g chunk ginger, grated

1 tbsp curry powder

2 tbsp tomato puree

2 tsp caster sugar

1 tsp sea salt

250ml cold water

2 tbsp single cream

 

1. make the marinade:- mix curry powder, paprika and salt in a bowl, add ginger, garlic and yoghurt and mix well.

2. Cut chicken breast into chunks and add to marinade, mix well and leave for 1 hour in fridge at least or up to 12 hours.

3. To make the sauce: heat the oil in pan, tip in the onions and ginger and cook for 10 mins, cover. add the curry powder and cook for another 2 mins, add the tomato puree, caster sugar and salt and stir constantly for another 30 secs.

4. Pour water and simmer for 4 mins. Remove the pan from heat and blitz with hand blender until smooth.

5. Heat oil in pan, add marinated chicken and fry over medium heat or No. 7 on Induction Hob for about 5 mins until browned.

6. Pour into the chicken the masala sauce and add the cream, cook for 4 mins. Serve with some rice.