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Curried Pumpkin Soup

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This soup brings together two of my favourite things, the comforting hug that soup gives and the glow that using up leftovers guarantees!

I recently found an opened jar of rogan josh curry paste and as we are still on a bit of a health kick I wanted to use it in a vegetarian dish and not the meat that I would usually use. Added to that I am still trying to sneak pulses into the boys without them noticing too much and liquidised soup hides a multitude of goodies!

Quantities wise this makes a BIG pot, 12-16 serves depending on portion sizes but don’t panic, this soup freezes a treat to allow you a meal off another day!

Ingredients

50mls oil

2 medium red onions, peeled and roughly chopped

4 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped

a thumb size piece of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

100g rogan josh curry paste

2kg pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and roughly chopped

400g potatoes, peeled and diced

2 litres vegetable or chicken stock

150g  uncooked red lentils, rinsed and drained

Method

In a BIG pot, I use a 6litre pot.

Heat the oil and add the onion, cook slowly until soft.

Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.

Spoon in the curry paste, stir well and cook for three minutes.

Add the pumpkin and potatoes, stir through and cook for one minute.

Pour in the stock and add the lentils  stir well, cover and bring up to the boil.

Turn the heat down and allow to simmer, covered for 30 minutes.

Check that the potatoes are cooked at this stage, if not pop the soup back on the heat.

I then use a stick blender to whizz the soup until smooth, taste and season with salt and pepper.

 

 

 

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Chipotle Chilli And Sundried Tomato Roast Chicken

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Only a week of school holidays to go so time to get back into sharing what I’ve been up to in the kitchen these last few weeks!

As many of you know, I’m a BIG fan of flattening whole chooks like this, it’s really quite easy with a pair of poultry shears or kitchen scissors, you just cut up each side of the spine, trim around the skin, flip the chook over and squash the breasts down with the palm of your hand. I then loosen as much of the skin as I can to then pour the marinade right in against the skin for maximum flavour and to give you some really juicy chicken.

Dont waste any pan juices or the bones either! I pop the removed spines under the chooks to roast at the same time and then once we are done, all of the bones and pan juices go into the pressure cooker to make an amazing smoky stock, great for tomato based soups or even dirty rice!

Serves 10-12.

Ingredients

2 x 1.6kg chickens, spines removed and flattened

2 chipotle chillies in Adobe sauce plus and extra tablespoon of sauce

10 Sundried tomato halves

4 garlic cloves

2 tablespoons smoked paprika

1 tablespoon dried oregano

100mls olive oil

salt and pepper

Method

Prepare the chicken first. once the spine has been removed, I use poultry shears, flatten the chicken breasts with the palm of you hand. Next, slide your fingers up under the skin over the breasts, legs and thighs, loosening it as you go.

In a processor, whizz up the chipotle chillies and sauce, Sundried tomatoes, garlic, smoked paprika, oregano, salt, pepper and oil.

Now, por the marinade into a piping bag or a food prep bag. Cut the corner off and use the bag to squeeze most of the marinade under the skin of the two chooks. Rub the remaining marinade over the outside over the skin while rubbing the marinade under the skin to make sure it goes into all of the nooks and crannies!

Allow the chicken to marinade for 4-24 hours if you have time.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade.

Lay the chooks in a roasting tin, breasts up.

Roast in the oven for 80 minutes, basting regularly until the skin is supe crisp and the meat cooked through.

Allow to rest for 20 minutes before serving to give you supe moist meat.

Quick and Easy Risotto

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Possibly the easiest risotto on the planet!

Made easier by using up whatever leftovers you have lying around and if you happen to have a jar of caramelised onions in the fridge, recipe in the blog, then use those to save on cooking up the onions, even easier!

For the stock I tend to use the pan juices and add water to them or a good powdered vegetable stock, there is no need to use up your home made stock from the bones of your roast.

To make this vegetarian, use leftover roast vegetables and think about adding some asparagus and peas at the same time as the roast veggies.

Leftovers freeze well in individual portion boxes in the freezer.

Serves 6.

Ingredients

100g butter or olive oil

2 large onions, diced

2 garlic cloves, sliced finely

300g mushrooms, sliced

240g arborio rice

700mls stock

120mls dry sherry or white wine

600g leftover ham, chicken, turkey, pork, roast vegetables

160g Parmesan, grated

40g chives

120mls cream

salt and pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade.

In a large oven proof pan or casserole, melt the butter over a medium heat and add the onions and garlic, cook until falling apart and caramelised.

Add the mushrooms and cook for 2 mins.

Add the rice and cook for 1 min, stirring thought the buttery onions and mushrooms.

Pour in the stock and sherry and place in the oven.

Bake for 20mins, remove and stir in the meat or roast veggies, cream,  half the cheese and two thirds of the chives, return to the oven for 5 mins.

Remove and serve sprinkled with the remaining cheese and chives.

Shepherd’s Pie

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This is where leftovers get elevated to another delicious dinner.

I have used the leftovers from the Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb with Rosemary and Garlic.

Once we had the roast lamb I stripped the meat and froze it, boiled water in the roasting pan to get all the gooey brown juice off the base and added this to the bones in a pressure cooker, cooked it under pressure for 30 mins, drained the stock and froze it to use with the lamb for this pie.

However, this tastes just as good using stock powder so feel free to save time and get the stock cubes out!

If you have any left over cooked vegetables these can go in to the pie too.

Today I topped the pie with sliced potatoes but to save time you can use left over mashed potatoes, the mash will soak up a little of the juice and will taste delicious.

If you choose to top with the sliced potatoes, you can peel them if you want to be fancy but I don’t, there’s never enough time!

Ingredients

50mls olive oil

2 onions, finely diced

3 carrots, finely diced

400-600g leftover roast lamb

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

600mls stock

80mls Worcestershire sauce, gluten free

80mls tomato ketchup

4 medium potatoes, finely sliced

100mls cream

salt and pepper

Method

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

Add the onions and carrot and slow cook until the onion is translucent.

Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Add the meat and cook over medium heat until the meat is beginning to get crispy bits all over as you stir it regularly.

Add the stock, Worcestershire sauce,tomato ketchup, salt and pepper,  mix well and leave to bubble until the sauce has reduced to a minimal amount.

Pour the meat mix into a casserole, set aside.

Bring a large pan of salted water and bring to the boil.

Add the potatoes, bring back up to the boil.

Boil for 3 mins, drain and refresh with cold water.

Layer the potatoes over the pie mix until they are all used.

Pour over the cream and season well.

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Centigrade.

Bake the pie for 45-50 mins until bubbling and golden brown.

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