Recipe for the Spice of life

Happy New Year Foodies. Hope you all a fantastic Christmas and are facing the New Year with a fistful of positive thoughts and a desire to eat healthier & save money.

Hopefully, the recipe I am going to give you below will not only help you to get creative with some vegetables, but it may also help you save money.

To the basic recipe, which is gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan, you can add whatever leftovers you may have.  You could add cooked chicken, beef, lamb, pork if you are meat lovers. For the Pesco-vegetarians among us you could add, fish, canned or fresh, or sea food.  Change the veg if you like and stir in a couple of table spoons of crunchy peanut butter to give a Satay like flavour. Variations are endless. TRY IT.

BASIC RECIPE. Serves 4.  GF/DF/V/Vegan.   Time taken 20mins + Cooking. Varies on Veg used & size of chunks.  ALLERGENS IN BOLD.

The video clip above gives yo a view of the different cooking stages.

2. Tbspns Olive Oil

2. Large Garlic Cloves, peeled  chopped

1 Large Red Onion, Peeled & finely sliced

2 Fresh Chillies, Finely Sliced. ( Seeds removed if you like less heat)

2cm Fresh Ginger, Peeled & finely chopped

2 Tbspns Tandoori Spice Mix

1 Tbspn Ground Coriander

2. Large Parsnips, Peeled & Cut into chunks

2. Med Pots, Peeled & Cut into chunks

1 Large Aubergine, Halved & Salted for 20 mins ( Removes the bitter juices)

400 ml Can Chickpeas, drained & rinsed

4, Leftover chopped soft Fresh Tomatoes or a Tin of Tomatoes

Seasoning

Chopped Coriander.

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Salting Aubergines

METHOD.

Heat the oil in a large pan on the hob over a medium heat.  Add the chilli, ginger & onion & fry for 5 mins. Add the potatoes & parsnips & sir fry for a further 5 mins.

Stir in the ground coriander & the Tandoori Spice & Stir Fry for a further 5mins. Add the tomatoes. Bring to the boil, partially cover & simmer until the veg are soft.

5 mins before the end of cooking, stir in the chopped garlic & the rinsed, salted aubergine, which has been cut into chunks & the Chickpeas.

Season to taste. Sprinkle on the chopped Coriander.

Serve with warm naan bread,  thick Greek yoghurt, sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds & lime pickle. Alternatively served with boiled rice or pearled spelt.

This dish is even better, reheated the next day & is equally delicious served cold as a lunch box salad.

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Happy Eating.

 

 

 

 

 

Waste not. Want not.

LEFT OVER TURKEY OR VEGETABLE SPICY STIR FRY.

This recipe is ideal for using up left overs from the Christmas table. Any left over meat will do.  If you prefer vegetarian leave out the meat & see suggestions below.

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A plump juicy bird.

Add left over meat at the end of the recipe

Serves 2.    Time taken Prep 20mins Cooking 10mins, Gluten & Dairy Free. Vegetarian if you replace the meat with, cooked pulses (chickpeas) or add chopped aubergine chunks (salted for 20mins & drained) with the onion.  ALLERGENS IN BOLD

INGREDIENTS.

Leftover Turkey, Pork etc sliced into thin strips.

1, Red Onion Peeled & Thinly sliced.

4, Celery Stalks, Thinly sliced.

1, small fresh chilli, finely chopped

1/2inch Fresh Ginger,finely chopped

1, Stalk of Lemon Grass, Outer removed & finely chopped.

1, Large Red Pepper, deseeded & cut into strips

2, cloves of smoked Garlic, peeled & crushed

1, tbspn Curry Powder

2, tbspns Sweet Chilli Jam. (Pot of What, Homemade in the Cotswolds is to die for www.potofwhat.co.uk )

1, Vegetable Stock Cube.

3, tbspns Unsalted Cashew Nuts

2, tbspns Flame raisins. (May contain sulphites)

METHOD.

1.  In a large wok heat 2tbspns Ground Nut or Rapeseed Oil.

2.  ( If you are omitting the meat stir fry the Aubergine)

3.  Lower the heat slightly add the lemongrass, ginger, chilli, celery & onion. Continue to stir fry for 2mins.

4.  Stir in the curry powder & crumbled stock cube, fry 1min. If using cooked leftovers add now.)

5.  Add the Chilli jam, smoked garlic, nuts, sultanas, & red pepper. Continue to stir fry for a further 2 mins until piping hot.

NOTE: If you like a more moist dish, add a couple of tablespoons of boiling water.

Serve with wholegrain basmati rice, noodles, pearled spelt or as a filling for baked Sweet Potatoes.

Get creative cookies. Let me know how it goes, leave a comment or ask a question.

 

Get Stuffing.

The season to be jolly is rapidly approaching, so I thought in the run up to Christmas & throughout January I will share with you some of my recipes, hopefully to inspire you and also to help you #loveyourleftovers.

This week, its STUFFING. Three recipes to help you add a different way to “Stuff that bird”.

Always keep in mind that stuffing can be used in numerous ways.   Try stuffing different vegetables & baking them.  A good hearty stew, either with meat, poultry or vegetables can be turned into a flavoursome dish with the addition of some homemade stuffing balls, dropped into the pan 30 mins before the end of the cooking time. A healthier option to dumplings.

APRICOT & PISTACHIO STUFFING  *

50g Butter or Olive oil

1 Large Onion, peeled & finely chopped

2, Stalks Celery, Finely chopped

150g Dried Apricots, chopped

200g Breadcrumbs,

Grated rind & juice of 1 Orange

150g Pistachio Nuts, Shelled & chopped

Chopped, Fresh Parsley & Thyme

Chicken Stock or White wine.

Seasoning.

METHOD:

Heat the oil & better in a pan & fry onion & celery until golden.

Put the remaining ingredients in the pan & mix well until all ingredients are combined.

If you fell the mixture is to dry, add a little stock or white wine.

 

SWEET POTATO & LIVER STUFFING   *

1kg Sweet Potato, freshly cooked

50g Butter Softened

1 Large Onion, peeled & finely grated

Liver from the Turkey, chopped

2 Eggs, beaten

2 Tbspns Chopped fresh, Parsley

1 Tbspn Chopped fresh Sage

Sprinkle of Chilli Flakes, or more according to taste,

Seasoning

METHOD:

Mash the potatoes finely, add all remaining ingredients & mix well. Leave until cold before using.

 

SAVOURY RICE STUFFING.  *

1 Large Onion, peeled & chopped

1 Large Yellow Pepper, deseeded & finely chopped

100g Smoked bacon lardons

1 Tbspn Olive oil

2 Large Tomatoes, skinned & chopped

Finely chopped Basil & Oregano

200g boiled brown basmatti  Rice (cooked weight)

Seasoning to taste.

METHOD:

Heat the oil in a pan & slowly fry the onion, bacon & pepper until the onion is golden.

Remove from heat & stir in the rest of the ingredients until well combined.

Leave until cold before using.

*   Food Hygiene. Always remember when making stuffing in advance, to cover & store in the fridge until needed, especially those containing raw meat or rice.

 

 

Don’t fritter it Frittata it.

In today’s world none of us have money to fritter away, yet we frequently throw away food.

The media and supermarkets tempt us  with new products on a daily basis, prompting us to disregard the food already lurking in our fridges and buy yet another product. Fine for them, more money into their already swelling coffers, but not so good for us.

We are being lured into an ever increasing circle of wasting food, – our money – and in many cases eating unhealthy, processed food stuffs which contain little, or no nutritional value.

In the time it takes to open a packet and microwave a container you can whip up a nutritious Frittata and top it with what ever takes your fancy, or those leftovers from the fridge. Add some salad or veg and tuck in.

This recipe is equally good served both hot or cold. Good cut in wedges for a picnic or the kids lunchboxes, Place inside a chunk of Granary bread for a giant sandwiches.

The recipe below is for a basic Cheese and Tomato Frittata. (Pictured above)  But the method is the same for any of the suggested ingredients listed below.

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Cavolo Nero & Mozzarella Frittata

Serves 4-6       Gluten Free.   Time taken 20 mins.

Equipment:  Frying pan.   Pre-heated Grill.

INGREDIENTS:

Tbspn Olive or Rapeseed oil.

8 Large Free range eggs.   Beaten together.

Seasoning.

Leftover veg, meat, fish, olives, anchovies etc

Cheese or cheeses of your choice.

Garlic & chopped fresh herbs. Optional.

METHOD:

Heat a large frying pan with the oil, over a med/high heat.

Halve 4 Large soft tomatoes, fry lightly, cut side up.

When brown turn the tomatoes over fry for a further minute.

Pour the beaten, seasoned eggs over the tomatoes, scraping  and lifting the edges to allow the unset egg run underneath.

When set to your liking, remove from the heat, scatter with 175g of cheese & grill until melted.

If liked scatter with chopped raw garlic & fresh herbs. Serve either hot or cold

Until next time foodies. Happy, Healthy Eating.

 

Glutton for punishment.

Veg, vegetables, vegetarian
Courgettes, Courgettes, Courgettes

I know, you’ve spent all that back breaking time in the garden, tilling the soil, weeding and watering, proudly growing your own food and what do you end up with???

You glutton for punishment you. You end up with a glut!! Ok, those first pickings where a joy. Boasting to your friends over Sunday lunch served with your home grown veg, but after the fourth meal served with a side of courgettes you are begining to have had enough.

Let me see if I can help you with your problem. Below I have given you a couple of recipes and a few suggestions on what you can turn your excess of courgettes into.

COURGETTE & CARROT SALAD.  GF/ DF/ V   Serves 4-6 Allergens: Nuts

4, Large Courgettes, Very thinly sliced. ( Use a mandolin )

2, Large Carrots, Scrubbed and either thinly sliced or cut into match sticks.

8, tbspns Home made french dressing.

Combine the above together in a large serving bowl & allow to stand for a few hours.

When ready to serve add:

100g Pitted Black Olives

100g Pine nuts

Large hand full of fresh oregano, chopped

Sprinkle over:

100g Shaved Parmesan cheese.

Serve as a light lunch with crusty homemade granary bread, as a starter or as a side dish to accompany a meal.

If you have a fancy for some hot courgettes

Heat

1 tbspn Rapeseed oil in a wok

Add

4 Chunky sliced Courgettes

2, Cloves Garlic, Crushed

Handful of  Mint & Lemon Thyme finely chopped

Shake to coat the veg. Cover & cook over a medium heat, for 5 mins shaking occasionally

Serve sprinkled with lemon juice, chopped mint & lemon thyme & seasoning.

Other suggestions you may want to try:

Courgette & Feta Fritters

Courgette Soup.

Ratatoullie

Stuffed Courgettes

Courgette & Mushroom Fritatta

Courgette & Oregano Jelly. Lovely with Lamb

Well guys. That’s all for now, until next time when the subject of gluts will be tomatoes.

Food Waste Fodder.

Hi Foodies. Here’s some food for thought. Our food costs us our hard-earned cash. Why do we throw it away?  Hopefully through this series of blogs, I can give you some ideas to save money and provide you with some delicious, homemade healthy food made using leftover food.



SPICED SWEET POTATO & COCONUT SOUP.

Serves 4-6. Gluten free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Vegan. High Fibre, Part of your 5 a day.

INGREDIENTS.

3 tbspns Veg Oil.

1kg Sweet Potatoes. Peeled & Chopped

2. Carrots chopped

2. Onions. Peeled & chopped

3. Sticks Celery. Chopped

1. Chilli. Deseeded & chopped.

1. tspn Ground Cumin

2. tspns Ground Coriander

1 Tin of Tomatoes or Left over soft fresh tomatoes

1 Tin Coconut Milk

1 Ltr Vegetable Stock.

2 Cloves Garlic Chopped

Seasoning to taste & Fresh Coriander to Garnish

METHOD

In a large saucepan heat the oil over a medium heat. Add the onion, sweet potato, celery, and carrots. Cover with a lid and fry for 10 mins, stirring occasionally.

Add the ground spices & fry for a further 5 mins, stirring.

Add the Coconut Milk, Tomatoes, Garlic & Veg Stock. Bring to the boil, lower the heat, cover & simmer for 30.mins or until the veg is tender.

Using a stick blender, puree until smooth. Season to taste. Gently reheat & serve garnished with the fresh coriander.



If the soup is to thick it can be thinned by adding more stock. If you prefer a more chunky soup, puree less, leaving chunky bit in the soup.

Alternatively. use less stock in the recipe to make a thick sauce, which you could use to add leftover, chicken or pork. Serve with rice, noodles or what ever takes your fancy.

Until next time foodies. #loveyourleftovers.

Soup Coconut & Sweet Pot

Food Waste. Paws for thought

Are you being driven Bananas?

Bananas

Food Waste. Love your Leftovers

Hi again Foodies. Does your fruit bowl often look like this?  Mangy looking bananas that no-one wants, or the half mouldy furry apples. What are you going to do with them? Throw them in the bin adding to the mountain of food we waste each year or make them into a delicious high fibre pud, which will have your family begging for more.

The recipe below is of my own creation, which I served in my cake shop last week. Served warm, straight from the oven topped with a scoop of my homemade rich custard Gelato it had the customers drooling & begging for the recipe. I told them if they followed this blog it would pop up one day. So, if you are out there reading this, here you are. Please leave me a comment below & let me know you have made it.

BANANA STREUSEL CAKE.

Makes 1 23 cm Cake.  Oven temp 375f .180C Gas Mk 5.

Vegetarian. Contains Gluten & Dairy.

INGREDIENTS.

3 Large ripe bananas, peeled

225g Self Raising Flour

1 level tsp Baking Powder

75g Castor Sugar

75g Butter, Chopped into pieces.

1 egg

150ml Set Plain Yoghurt.

1/2tspn Cinnamon

METHOD

Put flour, baking powder, cinnamon & sugar into a food processor, fitted with the knife blade. Pulse to mix. Add the butter & pulse until the mix looks like fine breadcrumbs.

Lightly beat together the egg & yoghurt, pour onto the mixture in the processor all at once along with the bananas. Pulse until the ingredients are well blended & form a smooth batter.

Pour into a lightly greased spring form cake tin, levelling the surface.

PREPARE THE TOPPING

Mix together 50g melted Butter, 50g Oats & 100g Soft Brown Sugar. Mix together with a fork, until crumbly & sprinkle over the top of the cake.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 35-40 mins until golden.

Cool in the tin for 5mins & serve.

Cake Banana Best

Enjoy baking foodies, until next time Love your Leftovers. Say No to food waste.



A Souper way to “Love your leftovers”

Everyone is now into “grow your own” but what do you do with that glut of tomatoes and the mint that is threatening to over take your herb garden.  What about that of a box of veg on the market stall that you can’t resist because it’s a bargain? The answer foodies, is make it into a delicious homemade soup, which can be served hot or on ice.

Soup is not just for winter, cold soups are very refreshing in the summer. Just imaging picnicing by a babbling brook with a glass of wine and a chilled thermos of Minted Tomato & Yoghurt soup served with home-made Parmesan crackers – made with that bit of leftover cheese – you where going to throw away.

MINTED TOMATO & YOGHURT SOUP.

Serves 4-6.  Gluten free, Vegetarian.

INGREDIENTS:  3. Tbspns Olive or Rapeseed Oil. 1.5 Kg Fresh Tomatoes, Skinned & Deseeded, 2 Tbspns Tomato Puree. 1 large Red Onion, chopped. 1 Large Carrot, diced, 3 Sticks Celery, chopped. 2 bay leaves. 1 Tspn Ground Cumin. 750ml  Vegetable Stock. 2 Tbspns Marsala Wine. 2 Cloves Smoked Garlic, chopped. Small tub of full fat natural yoghurt. Handful of fresh mint leaves. Seasoning to taste.



METHOD: Heat the oil in a large saucepan. add the onion, carrot & celery. Cover & cook over a medium heat for 10 mins stirring occasionally.

Add the Cumin & fry for 2 mins.  Stirring.

Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, bay leaves, vegetable stock, mint & Marsala. Cover & bring to the boil, turn down the heat & simmer for 30 mins or until the veg are tender.

Add the smoked garlic & using a blender stick, blitz until smooth,  stir in the yoghurt & season to taste.

Reheat, without boiling & serve hot garnished with extra mint leaves, or turn into a bowl, leave until cold & chill in the fridge. Serve in small bowls garnished with mint leaves & Parmesan Crackers & a shot glass of iced Vodka for extra pizzazz.!!!!

Until next time. Happy dining foodies

Burgers, its in the mix.

Everyone loves a Burger, but for the vegetarian & gluten-free among us they are a definite NO. NO. Well guys, with the recipe below you can use up your leftovers & whip up a tasty burger tonight which will be part of your healthy eat plan and your 10 a day. What more can you want.

Cauliflower & Cannellini Bean Burgers

Serves 4. Prep time: 20 mins + chilling.    Gluten-free. Vegetarian. Low Fat. High Fibre.

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 a small cooked Cauliflower

400g Tin of Cannellini Beans. (Well drained)

2 Medium Cooked New Potatoes (Diced)

100g Cheddar Cheese ( grated )

1/4tspn Grated Nutmeg

2 Cloves Smoked Garlic (Crushed)

Salt & Black Pepper

Rapeseed or Olive Oil for frying.

1 Egg (Beaten) for coating

Polenta for coating.

wa-burgers-mix

METHOD:

Place the cauliflower in a food processor & pulse until smooth. Add the potatoes, cheese, garlic, nutmeg & seasoning. Pulse lightly until the mixture binds, but still has some texture. Turn out onto a chopping board, shape into a fat sausage & cut into 4 equal burgers. Put onto a plate, cover with cling film & chill for 30 mins.

Place the beaten egg in a saucer & the Polenta in another saucer. Dip the burgers first in the egg & then coat with the Polentta. Cove & chill again for 30 mins.

Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan & fry over a medium heat for 10 mins, turning frequently, until golden.

Serve with Rocket & Pea shoot salad, Sprinkled with Parmesan Cheese OR, in my next blog you can make my Ratatouille which is also Gluten-free & Vegetarian.

Happy cooking.

Recipe & Photographs by Jan Steele 2017 all rights reserved.

Its a wrap. Wrap up your leftovers.

I love a wrap, they are very useful things, which lend themselves to a quick healthy meal, depending, what you put in them, of course. Wraps can be both sweet or savoury, hot or cold, personally I like mine, cooked on a Panini toaster, or in a dry, non stick frying pan.

Wraps are available in white, wholemeal, white & wheat ?! and multi seeded, my favourite, they also come flavoured with an assortment of different herbs & spices. You can also make your own, which I sometimes do using a mixture of Spelt & Multi grain flour. I tend not to add any flavourings as they can then be used with either sweet or savoury fillings.

Which ever variety you choose, always go for the best quality, as the cheaper brands tend to be rather tough & when toasted have the consistency of cardboard.

In the photo above, I used leftover Pork from last Sunday’s roast, thinly sliced green pepper, chopped spring onion & smoked garlic as the filling. I spread Sweet Chilli Chutney, from the marvellous Pot of What range of chutney’s & pickles over the wrap, popped the filling in the middle & folded the wrap, to completely enclose the filling.

wrap-unrolled

Quickly toasted & served with a beansprout, carrot & apple salad drizzled with fresh lime juice & Sesame oil, The wrap made a substantial, healthy supper dish, which was ready in minutes, had quite a ring of a non greasy pancake roll about it.

Right cookies, get creative & make some for yourself. There are a few suggestions below, but really, your fridge holds the ingredients.

SAVOURY:

Leftover roast lamb, Feta cheese & mint, spread with tomato chutney.

Cooked sausage, grated Cheddar cheese & chopped onion, spread with mustard & mayo.

Olives, sun dried tomatoes & roasted peppers, spread with herby cream cheese.

Tuna, sweetcorn & grated cheese, spread with Mayo.

Leftover roast beef, cooked beetroot & garlic, spread with horseradish & soured cream

Serve with a salad & a dip of your choice.

SWEET:

Sliced Banana, Blueberries &  a sprinkle of Lime Juice, spread with cream cheese.

Sliced Banana, Pecan nuts & chopped chocolate, spread with Nutella.

Sliced Peaches, raspberries, Spread with honey.

Crushed meringues, stale cake crumbs, strawberries, spread with lemon curd.

Chopped dates, grated Orange rind & chopped nuts, spread with cream cheese.

Give the sweet wraps a dusting of icing sugar & serve with Fromage Frais, Greek Yoghurt or to be very decadent Clotted Cream.

Have fun creating your own personal favourites. Maybe they could be a quick alternative to Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Who knows?