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Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower and Rice Soup

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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.

Serves 2

1 Cauliflower

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

 

  1. Pre-heat you oven to 230 deg C.
  2. Chop up the cauliflower into small florets/cubes, add in the chopped garlic and oil into a bowl and mix through until all combined.
  3. Place the cauliflower onto a baking tray and bake for about 25 mins.

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  4. 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.
  5. Add in the coconut milk and stir through, using a hand blender, blend until smooth. 20170110_151259
  6. Cook your rice separately then once ready add to the soup and mix through.
  7. Serve in a bowl and garnish with coriander.

This was really tasty and so healthy and filling.

 

 

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Chicken and Lentil Curry

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Yet again I amaze myself with an absolutely delicious curry, another one for my favourites list. So healthy too and filling.

 

Serves 2

2 Chicken Breasts

1 tsp curry powder

1 tsp gram masala

1 tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp turmeric

2 cloves

1 tsp salt

1 chopped onion

1 chopped chilli

2 tsp ginger

1 yellow and 1 red pepper – diced

1 tsp garlic powder or 1 fresh clove

250ml beef stock

1 cup lentils

200ml coconut milk

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salt & pepper

 

  1. Put spices into a tub, turmeric, gram masala, cumin, salt, pepper, cloves and garlic. Dice the chicken and rub in the spice mix to coat.                                                                                         20161119_161617
  2. Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan and add the chicken to brown.                        20161119_162523
  3. Add in the chilli, onion and peppers and cook for a few minutes.
  4. Pour in the beef stock and lentils bring to boil then simmer and cook for about 1.5 hrs.
  5. Pour in the coconut milk and simmer further for another 1.5 hrs. If too watery, remove lid and simmer uncovered until sauce has thickened (about 15 mins).
  6. Serve and top with some fresh parsley. Yum!

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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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Cauliflower Rice with Tuna, Tomato and Sweetcorn.

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Always wondered what the cauliflower rice would be like and as I’m trying to eat healthier, I said why not give it a go. I have to say it is quite bland on its own, so I jazzed it up a bit.

Makes 2 servings

1 packet of Cauliflower Rice

1/2 tin of tomatoes

1 tin of tuna in spring water (or any you like)

1/2 cup of sweetcorn

1 tbsp soya sauce

1 tsp turmeric powder (classed as a superfood)

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp chilli powder

chopped parsley to serve

  1. Heat some spray oil in a large wok. Add in the cauli rice then flavour with the turmeric, cumin, chilli and soya sauce, stir to combine.
  2. Then add in the tuna, sweetcorn and tin tomatoes, stir to combine through and gently heat for about 4 mins.
  3. Serve with some fresh parsley. Yummy! and Healthy!

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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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Moghul Style Roast Goat (Indian Inspired)

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After collecting my Goat Joint from the amazing Harris Farm Meats https://harrisfarmmeats.scot/ at the Glasgow Food Assembly https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/7907 this week I then had to decided what I was going to do with it, I came across this amazing recipe and totally fell in love with the ingredients, so here is my creation which deliveries the most amazing flavours in your mouth.

Goat is a new taste for me and my partner and I would thoroughly recommend it.

 

1 x Goat Joint (this was 1.1kg) was enough for about 4 people.

2 x onions – red or white (I used 1 of each)

2 cloves of garlic or 1 tbsp granules

1″ ginger root or 1 tbsp ginger paste or granules

1 tbsp ground cumin

1 tbsp ground coriander

1 tbsp turmeric

1 tbsp gram masala

Juice of 1/2 lemon

2 Green Chillies

Salt & pepper to taste

1 tbsp ground almonds (optional)

4 -6 cloves

 

  1. Put all ingredients (apart from cloves and goat joint) into a food processor and blend into a paste.20160514_143830
  2. Preheat oven to 160 deg.
  3. Remove any fat from the Goat Meat. Use a sharp knife and make deep pockets above the bone at each side and then small cuts all over the meat.
  4. Push the cloves into some of the pockets and also push some of the spice mixture into the rest then cover the meat with remaining mixture.                                                                       20160514_144938
  5. Place into a lightly oiled baking tin and cover with tin foil loosely.
  6. Bake for approx 3-4 hours and remove foil 10 minutes before end to brown. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Oh so Yummy!                                                                                      20160514_184320
  7. I served with some vegetable couscous which went perfectly. Oh…and a wee glass of Pinot Noir! Delicious.

 

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Goat Mince curry

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I bought some Goat Mince from Harris Meat Farm at the Glasgow Food Assembly this week, dying to try something different. I got a curry recipe from my mother in law and gave it a go. A definite meat on my shopping list going forward, the flavour was intense and went really well with his recipe. A must if you haven’t tried Goat yet. I think I will try the bigger chunks of meat or even a leg and slow cook next time.

Serves 3-4

400g Goat Mince

75g fat-free natural yogurt

2 tsp mild chilli powder

2 tsp ground coriander

2 tsp ground cumin

4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

2 tsp peeled and finely grated ginger

½ tsp tumeric

1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped

2 tbsp tomato purée

Salt

Low calorie cooking spray

4 green cardamom pods, lightly crushed

5cm cinnamon stick

4 cloves

½ tsp grated nutmeg

2 tbsp freshly chopped mint leaves

4 tbsp freshly chopped coriander leaves

1.    Place the yogurt, chilli, ground coriander, cumin, garlic, ginger and tumeric in a small bowl and mix.

2.    Brown mince in some olive oil in a large pan, then fry the onions, place over a medium heat and stir until the mixture begins to sizzle. Add the yoghurt mixture, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the goat releases its juices.

3.    Increase the heat to medium and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sauce has reduced to a paste-like consistency. Add the tomato purée and 350ml of boiling water, season with salt, cover and leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes.

4.    Spray a small frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a low heat. Add the bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves and allow to sizzle for 40-45 seconds. Pour the contents of this pan over the meat along with the nutmeg, stir to mix, cover tightly and cook gently for another 12-15 minutes or until the meat is tender. Remove from the heat and stir in the fresh mint and coriander before serving.

Yummy!

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