Category Archives: Vegan

Mexican Peanuts


With no added fat, these little peanuts pack a punch, especially if you add more cayenne. As these were made as a nibble for one of my youngest sons party they are less spicy to suit the younger taste buds!

Ingredients

375g raw peanuts

4 limes, juiced

1 teaspoons smoked paprika

1 teaspoons garlic powder

A pinch of cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground pepper

Method

Preheat your oven to 110 degrees centigrade. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

Pour the nuts onto the prepared tray and bake for 30 minutes.

While the nuts cook, mix the lime juice, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.

After the thirty minute bake, tip the nuts into the lime mix and tip back onto the tray with the baking parchment still on it.

Return to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Allow to cool before serving.

Sri Lankan Zucchini And Coconut Curry

This is one of those easy vegetarian curries that gives the impression that you have spent hours blending spices and cooking over a hot stove! 

Thanks to curry leaves and quick cooking zucchini/courgette you can have this on the table in around 20minutes. Just enough time to cook the rice.

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

30-50mls oil or ghee

2 teaspoons cumin seeds

1 dry chilli

15 curry leaves

1 shallot, halved and finely sliced

1 pinch turmeric power

650g zucchini/courgette if large, quartered and then cut into even chunks, around 1.5-2cm

270mls coconut milk

50mls water

Method

In a large frying pan with a lid, heat the oil or ghee.

Once hot, add the cumin seeds, chilli and curry leaves.

As soon as the leave start spluttering, add the shallot, turn the heat down and slowly cook the shallot until soft, 5-7 minutes.

Now add the turmeric, zucchini, coconut milk and water to the pan. Stir well and cover.

Bring up to the boil and simmer for 7-10 minutes, stirring frequently as the sauce thickens.

Once the zucchini is cooked your curry is ready.

Peach Salsa

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Summer is well and truly with us here in Western Australia.

With summer comes delicious stone fruits so I like to use peaches or nectarines in a salsa just to mix it up a little.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

3 yellow flesh peaches, stoned and diced

1/2 a jalapeno, deseeded and  finely diced

1 small shallot, peeled and  finely sliced

1/2 lime, juiced

a handful of fresh coriander

salt and pepper to taste

Method

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.

Let the salsa sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Stirfried Rice With Sweetcorn And Chipotle Chilli

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Admittedly, this sounds a bit odd but as a way of using up leftovers and giving them a new lease in life this is fantastic recipe.

I like to have this rice with Mexican themed food but it goes well with pretty much anything and I’ve happily eaten the rice on its own or with an egg for breakfast.

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

60mls olive oil

50mls water

1 clove garlic

2 chipotle chillies in adobe sauce, seeds removed

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon dried oregano

600g cooked and cooled rice

400g frozen sweetcorn, defrosted

60g fresh coriander, leaves and stalks roughly chopped

Method

Using a stick blender, whizz the oil, water, garlic, chipotle chillies and adobe sauce to form a thin paste.

Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat, pour the chipotle paste into the pan and cook over the medium heat until all of the water has evaporated.

Turn the heat up to high and add the rice, breaking up any lumps.

Stir the rice well so that it’s completely covered in the chipotle paste.

Add the sweetcorn to the pan and again stir well.

Now, stirring the rice occasionally, cook for 5 minutes, I like to let it form a crust on the base as it cooks as this adds lots of colour to the dish.

Stir through the coriander and serve.

 

 

Date And Vanilla Squares

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These have been in the boys lunch boxes this week and have been very popular as their sweet treat!

As a gluten, nut, egg and dairy free treat these are fab as they are no bake and all you need to do is whizz the ingredients and squish them into a prepared tin.

Ingredients

200g pitted dates

100g sultanas

50g shredded coconut

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons coconut oil

Method

Line a square 18cm tin with baking parchment.

In a food processor, process the dates and sultanas, followed by the coconut and finally the vanilla and coconut oil. Allow the mix to begin to come together while you process.

Tip the date mix into the prepared tin, top with another piece of baking parchment and using the back of a spoon, squish into the edges with the parchment between the spoon and dates.

Pop the tin into the fridge and cool for an hour before cutting into squares, wrap the portions in baking parchment and keep in the fridge.

 

Smoked Paprika And Cayenne Tortillas

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Shop bought corn tortillas here is Oz have a nasty habit of splitting and being rather similar to cardboard in texture so I now make my own.

I invested in a tortilla press a while ago and the boys happily work in the production line to make bigger batches of these. If you don’t have a press, don’t panic, a couple of heavy books will work a treat too!

This recipe makes 12 tortillas but I usually triple the recipe as the tortillas will last for a week in a sealed bag or a few months wrapped well in the freezer.

Ingredients

220g masa lista, Mexican corn flour

325mls warm water

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

a pinch of cayenne powder

a pinch of salt

Method

Weigh the flour, smoked paprika and cayenne into a large bowl.

Pour the water in and using your hands, mix to form a dough.

Knead gently and then divide into twelve portions and roll into balls.

Heat a frying pan over a high heat. Do not add oil.

Take a piece of baking parchment that will fit over the press, top with one of the dough balls and then top with another piece of parchment.

Pull down on the press to flatten the dough.

Once the pan is very hot, peel the parchment from the dough and place it in the pan.

Cook for 30 seconds and then flip, cook again for 60 seconds and then flip one last time and cook for 30 seconds.

Set aside, covered in a clean tea towel and continue cooking the remaining tortillas.

Serve warm.

Coriander Dressing

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This is one of those fab dressings that goes with so many things, we have it poured over roast chicken pieces, salads, barbecued meat and roast vegetables.

I delight in the fact that some of the vibrancy of the sauce comes from a sneaky handful of spinach leaves, what the boys don’t know won’t hurt them!

Ingredients

a large bunch of coriander, around 70g

1 cup firmly packed baby spinach

1 green chilli, deseeded

1 garlic clove, peeled and roughly chopped

juice of 1 lime

60-80mls olive oil

salt and pepper

 Method

In a food processor, whizz the coriander, spinach, chilli and garlic.

Pour in the lime juice and with the motor running pour in enough oil to get it to the consistency that you are after.