Monthly Archives: January 2014

Haloumi Salad with Fennel, Fresh Peas and Roasted Seeds

Haloumi Salad

Fresh and cool, this is a lovely mid-week dinner for a hot summer’s day! Ingredients Fresh baby spinach (I used baby leaf lettuce too) Carrot, thin strips made with veggie peeler Fennel bulb, thin strips made with veggie peeler Fresh green peas, shelled Few tablespoons of seeds (pumpkin + sunflower) Method Toast seeds in a dry hot pan until sizzling and just turning golden. Remove from heat and cool. Heat a frying pan till very hot and add strips of

Quick and flavourful Chili Con Carne Meatballs with Lemony Bulgur Wheat

Chili Con Carne Meatballs in a rich smoky tomato sauce with Lemony Bulgur wheat

Fantastically delicious and easy and quick. Another score from Jamie Oliver’s show 15 minute meals. (http://jamieoliver.com)   Ingredients For bulgur wheat: 1 cup bulgur wheat 1 preserved lemon 1 cinnamon stick   For meatballs: 400 grams ground beef 3 grilled red peppers jarred 4 spring onions 1 tsp smoked paprika 700 grams tomato passata 1 bunch coriander fresh 1 tin (400g) red kidney beans 1 pinch cumin seeds 4 tbsp natural yoghurt 1 lime  salt and pepper  olive oil several grilled chillies for hotness Method Put 1 mug of bulgur wheat, 2 mugs of boiling water, the

Tagliatelle with Garlic, Lemon, Breadcrumbs, Herbs & Parmesan

A combination of a few similar recipes, I love the simplicity of preparing this meal, and the big punch of flavour it delivers! Perfect for Meat Free Mondays! Ingredients For the pasta 300g flour 3 eggs For the sauce good glug of olive oil tablespoon butter 4 cloves of garlic, crushed zest of 2 lemons, reserve lemons for garnish juice of 1 lemon 100g parmesan 1/2 cup toasted breadcrumbs Method  Mix the flour and egg in the bowl of your

Fish Baps (Burgers)

Fish fillet burgers, but yummy, not the crumbed crap out of a box- and yet surely, just as quick and easy to make! Ingredients Fresh rolls (make your own using my Crusty Olive Oil Bread recipe, just breaking the dough into 100g ball) 2 large White fish fillets, halved or quartered (to fit on a burger bun, taking into consideration some fish might shrink a bit) Enough flour to coat your fish on one side A pinch or two (depending

Simple Broccoli Soup

One of the only soups my kids would eat… weird, I know! It is very unpretentious, and is quick and very simple to make too. Ingredients 4 heads of Broccoli 2l of chicken or vegetable stock Salt and Pepper to Taste Cream (or Sour Cream if you prefer) Method Cut the washed florets of Broccoli into a large pot and cover with stock. Bring to a boil and simmer on medium heat until broccoli is soft. Drain some of the

Basic Crusty Olive Oil Bread

Our bread of choice – quick to assemble, delicious plain or spruced up with some seeds or herbs & spices. Ingredients 500g flour (I use about 3/4 white and 1/4 wholewheat, or any variation of these) 1 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast 2 tsp Salt 1 tsp Sugar 100ml Boiling water 200ml Tap water 2 Tbsp Olive Oil Method In your stand mixer, with dough hook attached (or you can do it with a wooden spoon in a mixing bowl) add

Lemon Tart in Rosemary Crust

Creamy Lemon Tart with Rosemary Crust

A zesty creamy lemon tart filling in a crisp rosemary crust. Ingredients For the crust 1 1/3 cup Spelt flour (or plain flour) 3 Tbsp Cane sugar 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped Pinch of salt 1/3 cup Cold butter, cubed 1-2 Tbsp ice water For the filling 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 1/2 cup cane sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon lemon zest Method Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Lightly butter a 9-inch tart pan and

Basic Pasta Salad

Simple and delicious. A perfect small lunch or dinner, or serve as an accompaniment to a meat or fish dish. Ingredients 500g Shell pasta, cooked al dente 2 Tomatoes, finely chopped 1/2 Telegraph Cucumber, finely chopped 3 Tbsp Black olives, pitted and chopped Bunch of Chives Handful Fresh Herbs such as Basil, Parsley, Marjoram and even a sprig or two of mint 100g Feta (I used creamy feta) Olive oil Wine vinegar Salt and Pepper Method Drain cooked pasta and

Eggs Benedict

Delicious airy English Muffins topped with Kassler Ham (or Champagne Ham) and a perfectly poached egg and everything generously drizzled with a rich velvety Hollandaise sauce… Mmmm! Ingredients English Muffin, lightly toasted Hollandaise sauce, freshly made Kassler ham or champagne ham Poached eggs Method Add a tablespoon of Hollandaise sauce to the centre of a plate and place on top the toasted English muffins (sliced) and add another tablespoon Hollandaise over them. Top with warmed slices of meat and poached

English Muffins

These little yeast-based buns are not to be confused with typical sweet or even savory muffins. They are more bread-like than cake-like and make a perfect teatime sandwich (lightly toasted). They are also the ultimate base for Eggs Benedict. Ingredients 225ml milk + 25ml water, warmed 2 tsp Yeast 1 tsp Sugar 450g Flour 1 tsp Salt Method Warm the milk and water until you can still comfortably put your pinkie finger in and pour into a little jug. Dissolve the

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