Category Archives: Vegetables

Spinach And Edamame Curry With Feta

Don’t you just love the colour of this curry?

It started of life with the plan to make a spinach and paneer curry, one of my favourites but in a bid to fill the boys up and get even more green into them I added the edamame, otherwise known as soy beans, you can find them in the freezer of your local Asian supermarket.

If you can’t find edamame frozen peas would work well too, just add them at the end so they don’t get over cooked.

Serves 6.

Ingredients

380g baby spinach leaves

Thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

2 large garlic cloves, peeled

1 onion, peeled and quartered

30ml oil

1 dried red chilli

1x5cm cinnamon stick

5 black peppercorns

400g shelled edamame/soy beans

200mls cream

200g feta, drained and cut into chunks

Salt to taste

Method

Boil a kettle full of water.

Place the spinach in a colander and slowly pour the entire kettle of just boiled water over.

Set aside to cool.

Once cool, squeeze the liquid out of the spinach by hand.

With a stick blender, whizz the ginger, garlic, onion, 100mls water and one third of the spinach to a paste.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.

Once hot, add the chilli, cinnamon and peppercorns and fry for 1 minute.

Add the spinach and ginger paste and slowly simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.

Now whizz the remaining spinach with 175mls water and add this to the pan.

Simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the cream and edamame, simmer for 3 minutes and then add the feta, heat for around one minute and then serve.

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Smoked Haddock with Spinach

I recently got my hands on some beautiful smoked Haddock from Scotland. Any firm fish, smoked or not, works really well here.

Serves 6.

Ingredients

800g baby potatoes, cooked and halved

400g baby spinach leaves

A little freshly grated nutmeg.

50g shallots, peeled and finely sliced

500g fresh of smoked fish

150ml cream

150mls mascarpone

40g fresh chives

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade.

Place the spinach in a large colander, pour over a kettle full of just boiled water, set aside.

Butter the inside of an oven proof dish.

Once the spinach is cool enough to handle, squeeze out the water and chop roughly.

Place the potatoes in the bottom of the prepared dish.

Sprinkle over the chopped spinach and grate over a little nutmeg.

Top the spinach with the shallots and then place the fish on top, I break it up a little.

In a jug, combine the cream, mascarpone and chives, pour this over the fish.

Sprinkle over a few more chives and then bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the sauce has thickened a little

Breakfast Tacos With Harissa Potatoes And Corn

A seriously tasty breakfast taco, heaps of flavour and filling too!

Serves 2.

Ingredients

Oil

10 cooked baby potatoes, quartered

1/4 cup fresh corn

1 tablespoon Harissa paste

1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander

4 eggs

4 corn tortillas

Salt and pepper

Method

In a frying pan, heat the oil, add the quartered potatoes and fry for 5 minutes until they begin to colour a little.

Add the harrisa and corn to the pan and stir through with the potatoes, cook for 5 minutes.

Now, if you are using a big pan, move the potatoes and corn to the side and fry the eggs in the pan or oil another pan and fry the eggs.

Once the eggs are cooked, stir the coriander through the potato mixture, season well and divide between the tortillas, top with an egg and enjoy!

Cannellini Bean and Harissa Burgers

Getting three carnivorous teenage boys to eat vegetarian food can be a bit of a challenge but, I find with my boys if I serve it in a bun, all will be right in the world!

I spread Greek natural yogurt on the bottom of the roll, top with salad leaves, burger, more yogurt and then finely diced sun dried tomatoes and some fresh pepper.

Makes 8 burger patties.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons oil

100g finely diced onion

220g grated carrot

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tablespoons harrisa paste

80g fresh gluten free breadcrumbs

2 x 400g tins cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

2 limes, juiced

10g mint leaves

1 egg, beaten

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Salt and pepper

Method

Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onions, cook until soft.

Add the grated carrot and garlic to the pan and cook over a low heat for 8-10 minutes until the carrot is soft.

Add the harrisa paste to the pan and cook for one minute.

In a food processor, whizz the bread to make breadcrumbs, tip into a large bowl.

Process the beans, lime juice, mint, egg, smoked paprika and cumin to a slightly lumpy paste.

Pour the paste into the bowl of breadcrumbs and add the carrot mixture.

Season and combine well.

Leave to rest in the fridge for one hour.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade.

Line two baking sheets with baking parchment.

Divide the burger mix into eight balls and form into patties.

Lay four patties onto each prepared tin.

Drizzle with a little oil and pop the trays into the oven.

Bake for 25 minutes until the outside is crisp.

Zesty Coleslaw


Another coleslaw recipe, this one is great with rich meat when you need something light and zesty as a side or as I’ve done with pulled pork tonight. It’s also nice and easy to prepare for a barbecue as you let it sit around after making to let all the flavours meld together.

Adjust the herbs to suit your tastes or what you have available.

Serves 6.

Ingredients

1/4 red cabbage, finely sliced

1 small red onion, finely sliced

140g snow pea sprouts, halved

2 tablespoons fresh chopped mint

1-2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill

3-4 tablespoons fresh chopped coriander, leaves and stalks

175mls sour cream

1 lime, juiced

Salt and pepper

Method

Combine the cabbage, onion, pea sprouts and fresh herbs in a bowl.

In a small bowl, whisk the sour cream, lime juice and seasoning.

Pour the sour cream dressing over the cabbage mixture and stir well.

Allow to sit for 15-30 minutes before serving.

Stir again just before serving.

Smashed Indian Potatoes

These are very moreish! 

What’s not to love really, spicy, crunchy potatoes are always a winner!

Although I’ve included boiling the potatoes in the recipe, leftover spuds from the day before will work just as well and don’t peel them! The skins help to hold them together.

If you have any leftovers, and I doubt that you will, keep them for breakfast, reheat the potatoes and pop a fried egg on top, absolute heaven!

Serves 6.

Ingredients 

1kg baby potatoes

30g ghee, butter or oil

1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon chilli flakes

1 teaspoon salt flakes

Method

Bring a large pan of salted water up to the boil. Add the potatoes and boil until cooked, mine took 15 minutes.

Drain the potatoes and leave them to cool.

Once they are cool enough to handle, gently squeeze the potatoes until they break in two in rough uneven pieces.

In a large frying pan, heat the ghee or oil over a high heat. Add the mustard, cumin, chilli and salt.

As soon as the mustard starts popping, around 30 seconds, add the squashed potatoes and stir through.

Reduce the heat to medium and fry until the potatoes are coloured and crispy.

Greek Meatballs

What’s not to love with these meatballs, sneaking veggies into the kids, they freeze really well for dinner another night, baked, not fried and dinner served in a pitta, flat bread or roll is always a winner in our house!

If you are in barbcueing season, lucky you! These cook well on a BBQ, squeeze them onto skewers to make your own kofta or flatten them to make delicious patties.

Makes 28-30 balls. Serves 6.

Ingredients

70g gluten free fresh breadcrumbs

500g minced lamb

280g baby spinach

3 garlic cloves, peeled

15g fresh parsley leaves

100g spring onions/scallions/green onions

Zest of 1 lemon

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Method

If you have time, make the meatball mix a few hours before cooking but if not just carry on!

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Centigrade, line a baking tray with baking parchment.

Cook the spinach until just wilted, I use the microwave. Allow to cool enough to handle it and then squeeze the water out of it.

Blitz the bread in a food processor. Tip into a large bowl.

Now add the cooked spinach, garlic, parsley and spring onions to the processor and blitz again, tip into the breadcrumbs.

Now grate the lemon over the spinach, add the lamb and season well.

Using your hands, combine all of the ingredients really really well.

Form into small walnut sized balls. Lay on the prepared baking tray.

Slide into the oven and turn the heat down to 200 degrees Centigrade.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until the outside has coloured and the meatballs are cooked through.

Serve with salad and fried haloumi in wraps, pittas or rolls or allow to cool, pour them into a zip lock bag and freeze for another day.