Thursday, 4 January 2018

Turkey Rogan Josh Curry

Another curry made with leftover turkey.  In this case it was a pack of minced turkey as we didn't buy a turkey this year.  It could be made with leftover roasts, mince or cubed meat. And I padded this out with a small butternut squash to feed a family of five.

I made a Rogan Josh curry paste off Jamie Oliver's website but was a little disappointed with the strength of flavour.  So if you can't be bothered to make a curry paste, just buy a commercial ready made one.

Serves 4-5

500g turkey mince
500g butternut squash, blitzed in a food processor to the size of the mince
1 onion, finely diced
1 carton of tomato puree
1/2 a carton of recently boiled water
1 tbsp sunflower oil

Jamie's Rogan Josh Paste 
2 cloves garlic
1 thumb-sized piece fresh root ginger
75 g jarred roasted peppers
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons groundnut oil
2 tablespoons tomato puree
1 fresh red chilli
1 small bunch fresh coriander
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
1 teaspoon black peppercorns

Start by making the curry paste.  I cut a few corners in Jamie's recipe, not roasting spices, using a fresh pepper rather than roasted peppers, and not using fresh coriander, and just whizzed it all up in a mini food processor.

Gently fry the onion in the sunflower oil until it starts to look clear, then add half the curry paste, stir and fry until it sizzles.  Add the meat, breaking up the mince if using.  Add the butternut squash and the rest of the ingredients and bring to the boil.  Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the butternut squash is soft.  Season to taste and serve with basmati rice.

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Curried Stir Fry Noodles

Tonight I experimented with Curried Noodles.  It was inspired by Jamie Oliver's Ham & Egg Curried Noodles in his new book 5 Ingredients, and Singapore Noodles. It was also a chance to use up some leftover Brussel sprouts, carrots, and turkey.  But this dish could easily be done with just carrot and cabbage, the meat could be left out, replaced with egg, and vegans could leave out both egg and meat.

Serves 4
4 nests of medium egg noodles
1 large handful leftover roast turkey, chicken, beef or pork
1 large carrot, grated
1 handful of Brussel sprouts, cabbage or leafy greens
1 small onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 cm root ginger
1 tbsp curry powder
4 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sunflower oil

Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the packet.  Once cooked, rinse in cold water and leave in a pan on cold water.

Thinly slice the Brussels, onion, garlic, grate the carrot, finely dice the ginger, and cube the meat if using.

Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan over a high heat.  Add the garlic and ginger, stir, then add the onion, stir again, then add the rest of the vegetables.  Keep stirring and then add the meat when the vegetables look like they have started to wilt a little.

Add the noodles to the wok straight from the pan, reserving the cooking water, and the curry powder. Add half a mug of cooking water and the soy sauce.  Mix thoroughly and heat through.  Serve immediately.
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Vegan Macaroni Cheese

Tried out this Vegan Mac n Cheese on the kids yesterday.  It wasn't a huge hit with them as they couldn't get past the word 'cheese' and the lack of cheese in it as they know it.  But Dad and I liked it. It's a heavy dish, just like Mac n Cheese.

Serves 6

500g macaroni
500g potato
1 large carrot
1 onion
2 large cloves of garlic
1 tbsp English Mustard
1 tsp sweet paprika
50ml olive oil
1 tbsp wine vinegar
Handful of breadcrumbs
1tsp dried sage or rosemary (optional)
150g cashews

The night before soak the cashews with just enough water to cover them.  If you forget this like I did, cover them in boiling water as soon as you remember.

Chop the vegetables into large chunks, counting how many pieces of each...

Boil the pasta according to the packet's instructions together with the chopped vegetables and garlic in it's skin. When the pasta is cooked fish out the garlic and leave to cool, whilst you count out all the vegetables into a food processor.  Drain the pasta, reserving a mug of the cooking water.  Return the pasta to the pan and stir through a tablespoon of olive oil.

Peel the garlic and add to the vegetables in the food processor, together with the cashews, soaking liquid, mustard, paprika, olive oil, vinegar, and some seasoning.  Blend until you have a loose porridge consistency, adding a little of the reserved water if you need it.

Stir the blended sauce through the pasta in the pan.  Pour out into a high sided baking dish.  Sprinkle over the breadcrumbs and herbs if using, drizzle over some olive oil and bake at 180C for 20-25 minutes until browned and bubbling.  If the breadcrumbs are not suitably crisped, place under a grill for a few minutes watching it carefully!

Serve with a green salad.

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Turmeric Chai Latte Cappuccino

I'm not ready to give up coffee (ever!).

So made myself a 'healthy' turmeric masala chai style latte cappuccino.

Warm half a mug of milk in the microwave for 1 minute, add a pinch of turmeric, cinnamon, cardamon + honey to sweeten. Top up with an espresso made from fresh ground coffee.

Can also be made with soya milk, and decaff coffee grounds.  But what's the point.

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Moroccan Squash & Lentil Soup or Stew

I’m in a bit of a Moroccan mood this week.

Following my tagine on Monday, I looked up more Moroccan recipes and made myself this Pumpkin & Lentil soup.  It could easily be made with butternut squash, or sweet potato. And, using less liquid it could also be a stew served over couscous or Bulgar wheat.

Serves 4

1 small pumpkin, half a butternut squash or 1 large sweet potato
100g red lentils
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 stick celery
1 small carrot
1 onion
1 large clove of garlic
1tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/8th tsp hot chilli flakes
1 tsp red wine vinegar
2 vegetable stock cube
1 litre just boiled water

Finely dice all the vegetables.

Fry the onion, celery, carrot, and pumpkin gently until the onion begins to soften slightly.  Add the tomato paste, garlic, and cumin seeds and fry for a minute more before adding the rest of the ingredients.

Bring to the boil then cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring from time to time making sure nothing is catching on the bottom of the pan.  The soup is ready when the vegetables and lentils are soft.
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Thursday, 16 November 2017

My Dad's Pickled Onion Recipe

My father died in May this year.

Leafing through my printed out seasonal recipes I came across a splattered print out of this recipe.  I will never delete this email, or any others he sent me.


To:         Leesa
From:    Dad
Date:     26 October 2010, 02.58
Subject: Pickled Onions

It's about quarter past two, can't sleep, so I thought I'd have an Ovaltine and give you my recipe--

Peel the onions, I prefer to use smallish ones about 1" (2.5cm) in diameter or small shallots.  Don't get bigger ones and cut them.  Place in a metal or enamel bowl and sprinkle with sea salt. (If you use ceramic bowl, the strong salt plays havoc with the glaze). Cover, shake when you pass by to ensure the thick brine always spreads over the onions and leave for 24 hours.

Drain onions and place in jars without washing. To ascertain the amount of malt vinegar you'll need, fill up the jars and pour off into a pan and bring up to the boil. Turn off.

Make up a package of pickling spice for each jar. You'll need 4" squares of some gauze-like thinnish permeable cloth (as I told Chris, my secret is to use unwashed Y-fronts....) and I suggest the easiest and best way is to get proprietary pickling spice, I always crush it. Otherwise you'll need to crush coriander, black pepper corns, mustard seed, small dry hot chillis, ginger, allspice. Put about a dessertspoonful of spice in each cloth square and tie up into packages. Add to the warm vinegar,simmer very gently for about 10 mins. Put a package of spice in each jar of onions and pour over the spiced vinegar.

Screw on the caps, but put a layer of cling film to protect the lids from the vinegar.

Leave for at least 3 months and that's it.

Ah well, I've finished my Ovaltine - let's see if can get some sleep....zzzzz  nite nite!!

Luv to you all and some (but not a lot) of sympathy for him..........


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Vegan & Vegetarian Squash or Sweet Potato & Chickpea Tagine

I planned to make this dish with butternut squash, but discovered I did not have the one I thought we had.  So made it with sweet potato instead.  The kids were initially wary, but announced it smelt good as it was served up, and were surprisingly okay.

Serves 5 (or a greedy 4)

1 large onion, finely chopped
1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
1 large sweet potato or half a medium sized butternut squash, grated or cubed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp honey
400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 tin boiling water
1 tin chickpeas
2 vegetable stock cubes
2 tsp dried mint

Fry the onion in the oil in a casserole dish for about 5 minutes over a medium heat until it starts to colour.  Add the garlic, cinnamon, cumin and ginger and continue frying for another couple of minutes.  Add the rest of the ingredients and heat until boiling. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes until the squash or sweet potato is meltingly soft.

Serve with couscous or bulghur wheat.

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