Fabulous Fish Curry

Fabulous Fish Curry

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I didn’t really know what to call this as I did not want to niche it! This white fish curry would appeal to those watching what they eat (clean/healthy eaters) as much as those who just love a really tasty curry.
The key here is the wondrous paste, fresh and bursting with flavour!
Serves 2 (double up if you want and use for lunch the next day!!)
300g Cod Loin

25g Unsweetened Desiccated Coconut

2 Garlic Cloves, Chopped

1 Large Onion, peeled and chopped

1/4 tbsp Coriander Seeds, crushed in a pestle and mortar

1 tsp Turmeric

1 tsp Cumin powder

1 Fresh Red Chilli, finely Chopped

Fresh Red Chilli and Coriander leaves to serve
Serve with cooked brown rice.
Place the garlic, onion, Coriander seeds, Turmeric, Cumin and Chilli in a food processor and blend to a super fine, smooth paste.
Add the mixture to a heated frying pan. Cook for a couple of minutes.
Add around 225ml water and bring to the boil.
Add the fish and if necessary too up with a splash more water to ensure that the fish is covered.
Give it a bit of a stir and be very careful not to break up the fish.
Cook until fish is cooked through and serve with brown rice.
You could throw in some spinach or cauliflower..whatever you fancy towards the end of the cooking.
Enjoy your guilt free loveliness 😇

 

Tuscan White Beans

TUSCAN WHITE BEANS


I totally adore beans (except for baked beans!!😂) they are so versatile and can be made super tasty in minutes! Full of protein too (roughly 11g per serving!!)they make the perfect accompaniment to many meals.

I had mine with a fillet steak and my little birdies had theirs with sausages!!
2 Garlic Cloves, crushed

Pinch Chilli Flakes

1 Plum Tomato, chopped

1 Sprig Fresh Rosemary

2 Cans Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed

1 Handful Parmesan Cheese

1 tbsp Chopped Fresh Parsley

50ml Water

Olive Oil

Malden Sea Salt and Black Pepper
Begin by heating a dash of olive oil in a frying pan.
Add the garlic and chilli flakes, gently fry for a minute, taking care not to burn the garlic.
Add the chopped plum tomato and rosemary and cook gently for a couple of mins.
Add the cannellini beans and cook for around 5 mins, crush them up a little as you cook them.
Remove the rosemary, add the water and Parmesan and thoroughly combine.
It should be nice and creamy and not too dry. If too dry, add a dash of water. If too wet, keep cooking for another few mins.
Stir through the parsley and serve! Yumsters 😋

#beans #tuscan #protein

Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Bacon Croutons and Truffle Oil

img_0038CREAM OF CAULIFLOWER SOUP WITH BACON CROUTONS AND TRUFFLE OIL
This is a very versatile soup. It can be as healthy or as decadent as you choose. I made it on Saturday and instead of 500ml milk, I added 250ml milk and 250ml double cream! 👌🏻

Cauliflower is a low carb vegetable which combines wonderfully with the bacon and truffle oil.

Amazingly my kids hate cauliflower but loved this soup! So even if you are not a fan of cauliflower, don’t let that put you off!!
Serves 6-8
2 Medium Sized Heads of Cauliflower broken into florets

Light Olive Oil

Tbsp Butter

2 Garlic Cloves, crushed

2 Leeks, trimmed and finely chopped

1 litre Stock (chicken or vegetable)

500ml Milk (preferably full cream but semi skimmed will do!)

Malden Sea Salt and Black Pepper
To serve

Bacon Lardons fried until crispy

Good Quality Truffle Oil to drizzle
In a pot large enough to hold the mountain of cauliflower, add the butter and when it has melted add the leeks and soften for 5 mins.
Add the crushed garlic and cook for another few mins.
Add the stock, milks and cauliflower florets.
Season with salt and pepper.
Cook for around 10 mins or until the cauliflower is nice and soft.
(If you decide on using the double cream, add it now and stir through.)
Using a hand blender, whizz until nice and smooth and creamy.
Serve topped with the bacon croutons and truffle oil! Divine!!!

Traditional Griddle Pan Irish Soda Farls

TRADITIONAL GRIDDLE PAN IRISH SODA FARLS


With all the craziness during the week, I love to take the time to cook my family a nice lazy weekend breakfast.

I love a nice soda farl, whether part of a fry or even just with bacon. I have never made them before…well, this was a game changer!! Freshly made on a griddle pan brought it to a entire new level. The kids were hooked and it was gone in minutes!!
I doubled the quantities here but this will make enough for four.
250g Plain Flour

1/2 tsp Salt

1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

250ml Buttermilk

(If you want get buttermilk you can sour some milk by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice or white wine vinegar to 250ml milk – leave to stand for 5)
Preheat a really heavy flat griddle pan or a frying pan on medium to low heat.
In a bowl, tip in the flour and salt, sift in the Bicarbonate of soda.
Make a well in the middle and add the buttermilk.
Be warned it is a sticky wee number!!
Work quickly to mix it to form a dough, begin the knead on a well floured surface.
You can either form it into a large circle and cut into four or form four even sized balls and flatten to about 1.5cm thick.
Cook for about 6-8 mins each side, they should go nice and golden brown.
Remove the pan from the heat and leave them to cool in the pan for around 15 mins.
Totally addictive!!😋

Slow Cooker Lamb and Potato Curry

SLOW COOKER LAMB AND POTATO CURRY

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With kids back to school and lots of after school activities going on, a good one pot wonder that can be made ahead is golden! This a super tasty and mild curry!

800g Lean Lamb, fat removed and cubed
Coconut Oil
2 Onions, peeled and cut into wedges
2-3 Garlic Cloves, sliced
3 Celery Sticks, sliced
5cm Root Ginger, peeled and grated
2 Green Chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
4 Curry Leaves
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp Ground Coriander
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tbsp Tomato Purée
150 ml Water
200ml Coconut Milk
225g Tomatoes, chopped
500g New Potatoes, scrubbed and cut into small chunks
2 Carrots, peeled and sliced

In a frying pan, heat the oil, add the onions, garlic and celery and fry gently for 5 mins or until softened.

Add the ginger, chillies and curry leaves, cook for a further 3 mins stirring constantly.

Add the lamb, ensure it is well coated in the spices and lightly browned.

Stir in the tomato purée, water, coconut milk and tomatoes and stir well.

Add the potatoes and carrots, stir well.

At this point you could let it cool and put it in the fridge until ready for the slow cooker. I made it to this point the night before then put it in the slow cooker the next morning for dinner that evening.

When ready put in the slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours.

If you have no slow cooker, never fear, just use a large casserole, bring to the boil then transfer to the oven heated to 150c and cook for 3-4 hours or until tender.

Serve with Indian Breads for a lush hassle free midweek dinner.

Twice Cooked Duck with a Honey Glaze

Twice Cooked Duck with a Honey Glaze

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I decided to do this as a change for Sunday lunch. I have to say it was amazingly tasty and due to being cooked slowly in the liquid, the duck picks up all the flavour.

Serve with steamed rice and steamed pak choi and drizzle with the reduced liquid.

Serves 6

The Duck
6 Duck Legs
6 Garlic Cloves, crushed
5cm Ginger, sliced
1 1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice Powder
100ml Dark Soy Sauce
1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
1 tbsp Golden Caster Sugar
50 ml Shaoshing Rice Wine

The Glaze
1 tbsp Honey
1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice Powder

The day before you plan to eat, place all of the ingredients for the duck into pan and just cover with water. Bring to the boil, then turn down and simmer for 1 1/2 – 2 hours until really tender. These duck legs are ideal to cook in a slow cooker, for this method, four hours would be ideal.

Once it is done, remove the duck legs from the liquid. Cool, then chill in the fridge uncovered.

Chill the liquid in the fridge too.

The following day, remove all the fat from the liquid.

Pour 400ml of the liquid into a pan and simmer rapidly to reduce by 1/3 with a rich intense flavour. You could add some finely sliced red chilli to the liquid.

You can keep and freeze the remainder of the liquid for poaching meat or chicken.

When ready to cook, heat the oven to 200c for a fan oven.

In order to make the glaze, add the honey, five spice and 1 tbsp of the reduced stock. Place the legs on a baking tray, skin side up. Brush the glaze all over the duck legs and roast in the oven for 25 mins.

Serve in a nice bowl with the rice and pak choi.

Healthy Veggie Broth

VEGETABLE BROTH
After five weeks of being in Spain, eating and drinking lots of things I shouldn’t have!! Not to mention the kids eating far too many chips, the healthy eating routine begins.
The simplicity and flexible of this soup means it is accessible to any level of cooking. I tend to make stock from a whole small chicken or the remaining carcass from Sunday lunch. You could use thigh or leg bones, bought stock or even stock cubes. The stock is the basis for this soup so ensure it is full of flavour!

I also cool and chill my stock and then skim all the fat off it.

If you are lucky to be using a whole chicken, strip all the meat off it and add to the soup towards the end of cooking the veggies.
For the veggies, you have various options from buying individual vegetables and chopping or if you are pressed for time as I was today….buy them pre chopped (M&S) and chuck them in!
I’ll give you the basics along with various options for tarting it up!
2.5 l of good Chicken Stock (Veg Stock if you want)

600g Fresh Chopped Soup Veg (celery, leeks, carrots, parsley)

100g Soup Mix (pearl barley, yellow split peas, green split peas, red split lentils)

Maldon Sea Salt and Black Pepper
Bring the stock up to the boil and add the soup mix. Simmer for 1/2 hour.
Tip in the chopped soup veg, give it a stir and season with plenty of salt and pepper. I tend to be generous with the salt for this soup.
Simmer gently for 45 mins.
Check the seasoning and serve.
Total health in a bowl!

#healthyfood #cleaneating #soup #lovefood #comfortfood #arestaurantinmykitchen

TRADITIONAL CORNISH PASTIES

CORNISH PASTIE 
Okay, it is not low fat and uber healthy, but it is full of wholesome ingredients and damn tasty! A firm favourite of my four year old, these were his special request for his birthday party.

This was actually my first time ever making these….I had to YouTube how to crimp them!!

This will make four large or eight smaller pasties
PASTRY

500g Strong Bread Flour

120g Vegetable Shortening or Suet

Large Pinch Salt

25g Margarine or Butter

175ml Water
Firstly add the flour to a baking bowl along with the suet or shortening.
Add the salt, margarine or butter and then all of the water.
Using a spoon combine the ingredients in the bowl. 
Now use your hands to really stick it all together, if need be add a tiny drip of water or two but this has to be a fairly dry dough so don’t worry about it looking too dry!
Now turn it out onto a dry surface, no need for flour as it is not a sticky dough.
Now knead and combine thoroughly as if you are kneading bread. Using the heel of your hand quickly knead it stretch it, roll into a ball and repeat. Keep this up for about five minutes, at this point it should become smooth and glossy as the shortening breaks down…it is a good arm workout!
When it is nice and smooth, wrap in cling film and put in the fridge for around 45 mins.
While the dough is resting make the filling.
THE FILLING 😋
350g Tenderised Rump Steak

350g Waxy Potatoes 

200g Swede

175g Onions

Maldonado Sea Salt and Black Pepper

Butter 
Peel the potato, swede and onion and cut into 1cm cubes.
Cut the beef into 1cm cubes.
Chuck all of these ingredients into a bowl, season with salt and pepper and mix well.
Put filling to one side until ready to use.
Preheat oven to 170cm and lightly grease a baking tray.
When the dough has rested and is ready, divide into either four or eight balls.
Using a rolling pin, shape into a disc for the large, roughly 25cm wide for the small ones, half of that.

Spoon 1/4 or 1/8 of the mixture into one half of each disc. Add a knob of butter to the top.
Fold the pastry over, join the edges and push with your fingers to seal.
Using a fork or your fingers, crimp the edges to ensure it is well sealed.
Put the pasties on a baking tray and brush the top with some egg mixture.
Bake on the middle shelf for 45 mins or until golden brown and if necessary increase the oven temperature a little.

#cornishpastie #comfortfood 

IRISH WHEATEN BREAD

TRADITIONAL IRISH WHEATEN BREAD




Freshly baked bread is a sheer luxury that is actually very easy to achieve. I love this traditional Irish Wheaten Bread because it has no sugar in it. I like bread to taste like bread not a cake. It is a personal preference thing, some like my Mum love the one with sugar in it, but it is not for me!
This bread is lush served warm with butter, so crispy on the outside and soft inside. Divine!!
Makes one 900g Loaf Tin
450g Wholemeal Flour

570ml Buttermilk

1 Heaped tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

1 Level tsp Salt

Handful of Oats
Preheat oven to 180c.
Grease a 900g loaf tin.
Mix the flour and bicarbonate of soda well.
Gradually mix in the buttermilk.
Pour the dough into the tin and ensure it is evenly spread.
Bake for 45-50 mins.
Remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.
Serve on its own with butter and jam or it is delish served with homemade soup!!

#irish #freshlybaked #freshbread #bakeoff

SPICED LAMB KEBABS

SHISH KEBABS

A barbecue is no excuse to be boring!! Introducing some super tasty barbecue treats makes it more exciting.
Prep these kebabs ahead and keep in the fridge until you are ready to cook! Don’t forget to soak some wooden skewers ahead of time for an hour (you can keep pre-soaked skewers in the freezer!)
Serves 6
500g Minced Lamb

2 tbsp Fresh Coriander, finely chopped

1 Large Onion, finely chopped

3 Garlic Cloves Crushed

2 Green Chilli’s de-seeded and chopped

1 tsp Cumin Powder

1/2 tsp Coriander Powder

1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper

1/2 tsp Turmeric

1/2 tsp Garamond Masala

2 tsp Grated Ginger

1 tsp Salt

Juice of 1/2 Lemon 

1/2 tbsp Oil

Mix together two teaspoons of lemon with the lamb mince.
In a food processor blend together the oil, garlic, ginger, chilli’s, pepper corns, cumin, coriander powder, lemon juice, turmeric and salt until it forms a paste.
Stir the paste and coriander together with the mince until it is thoroughly combined.
Make the meat into sausage shapes and thread the skewer through the middle.
Brush with oil and cook for 4-5 mins each side or until cooked through.
Serve with Greek yoghurt with some mint leaves stirred through. Lush!!