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Spicy Baked Eggs

I dont know where we would be without eggs, we eat so many each week. They are our dessert island food. This recipe is perfect for the weekend, and works so well with a slice of crusty toast to dip while you enjoy the flavors. Spices, herbs, a delicious kick from the feta and eggs baked to perfection.

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Spicy Baked eggs with Pistachio and Yoghurt Dipping Sauce

Oven at 180C

Serves 4
1 white onion
1 tsp fennel seeds (pounded)
2 cloves garlic chopped and mashed
1 tsp smoky paprika
1 tsp chopped chilis in oil or more to taste
1 tin chopped tomatoes
100ml water
8 eggs
2oz chopped feta
1 tbsp chopped chives
Pepper to season according to taste

Dipping sauce
4 tbsp natural thick yoghurt
4 tbsp chopped pistachios
1 tbsp each chopped chives and flatleaf parsley

Mix everything and set aside until needed.

For the Baked eggs

Heat the oil over a medium heat, add the onion, fennel, garlic, paprika and chilli , stir well and cook until the onion is soft

Add the tin of tomatoes and the water, stir well to combine and cook over a medium heat until the sauce has slightly thickened

Divide the sauce across 4 oven proof dishes or 1 large enough to hold everything, make wells in the sauce and break in the eggs. Sprinkle the feta and push slightly into the sauce, season with pepper if using and bake in the oven for about 12 minutes until the white is opaque and cooked through.

Sprinkle over the chives and serve with the dipping sauce and some sourdough toast.

Spiced Lamb and Beans with punchpooran

Spiced Leg of Lamb with Potatoes Boulangere, Green Beans with Punchpooran

This is a very popular recipe in our house and one i love doing when we have people coming over. It is easy too, so I don’t have to be slaving away in the kitchen when people arrive.   This is family food at its best.-

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Serves 5-6

1 leg or shoulder of lamb

2 cloves of garlic peeled and roughly chopped

1 shallot roughly shopped

2 tbsp of garam masala spice mix

2-3 tbsp coconut or olive oil

8 medium white potatoes or a mix of white and sweet potatoes

400ml vegetable stock

2tsp fresh thyme chopped

 

Oven at 200C

Peel the potatoes and thinly slice

Layer the potatoes, seasoning well as you go in a roasting tin big enough to hold the leg of lamb. Sprinkle over the chopped thyme.

Splash the stock over the potatoes.

Add the oil garlic shallot and spices to a blender and blend to a rough paste.

Pierce the lamb and lay out on a board and spread the paste over both sides.

Season well with salt and pepper.

Lay the lamb on top of the potatoes and cover the pan with foil and roast for 20 mins per lb and 20 minutes over for medium.  After about an hour, remove the oil and press the potatoes down to ensure they are still in the stock. Replace the foil lid and continue to cook.

If you want to slow roast it then turn the oven down to 150C and roast for about 4-4/12 hours until the lamb is falling off the bone.

Remove the lamb to a warm plate, cover and let rest. Keep the potatoes warm in the oven while you prepare the beans below.

Green Beans with punchpooran

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This is a whole mixed spice blend of cumin fennel mustard nigella and fenugreek seeds. If you can’t get this, substitute with equal quantities (1/4 tsp) of each of the above.  It is delicious addition to the green beans.

500gr green beans, washed and trimmed

1 tbsp punchpooran

Zest and juice of ½ lemon

2 tbsp olive oil

Blanch the green beans for 3 minutes, plunge into ice cold water and drain then set aside.

Toast the punchpooran on a hot pan until the aromas release then tip into a bowl and let cool

Add the lemon zest, juice, olive oil and mix to combine

When ready to serve add 2 tbsp hot water to a frying pan and tip in the beans to reheat.

Add to your serving bowl and drizzle over the dressing

Tender Juicy Fauxtisserie Chicken

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You know that lovely rotisserie chicken which you can buy over the counter at some delis – well this is like this only it’s not brushed with load of fat every few minutes BUT you still get that lovely falling off the bone tender juice chicken that is so delicious. You could of course simply up the temperature to cook it a bit quicker but if you have the time, try it this way. Throw it in the oven and get out to the garden for some air!

Serves 4
2 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp oregano
Zest of half a lemon
2tbsp fresh chopped thyme plus a few thyme sprigs (if you had lemon thyme, even better)
2 cloves garlic peeled chopped and mashed
1tbsp ground sea salt
50 ml oil
1 lemon cut in half
1 large chicken 2kg approx.
1lb baby potatoes

Oven at 150C for slow cooking
Oven at 200 for Regular Cook
Pound the fennel seeds, add the oregano garlic thyme together with the salt
Mix in half of the oil.
Dry the chicken with paper towels if it is a bit wet from the fridge
Rub the mixture all over the chicken.
Stuff one 1/2 of the lemon into the chicken.
Toss the remaining half, the thyme sprigs into your roasting dish
Place the chicken on top.
Clean the baby potatoes and cut the large ones in half, toss in the rest of the oil and season well then add to the roasting dish around the chicken.
Roast, basting the chicken and turning the potatoes every hour, until the chicken is dark golden brown, cooked through and potatoes are very tender about 3 hours. Alternatively you can up the temp and cook in about 1 and1/4 hour.

Check the chicken is done with a meat thermometer or by checking the juices run clear from thickest part of the chicken.
AMAZING!

Sumac and Lemon Spiced Lamb Chops with Chickpea Puree

sumac lamp chops

This spice mix works so well on the lamp chops and is perfect with the chickpea puree. It is a quick and easy meal for family and friends.

Serves 4

8 lamb chops
1/2 tsp sumac
1 tsp nigella seeds
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp cumin and coriander seeds
1 tbsp plain flour
3 tbsp oil separated
2 tbsp fresh mint chopped
2 tins chickpeas (reserve half tin liquid)
1 clove garlic peeled chopped and mashed
1 shallot finely chopped
2 tbsp of madeira (Optional)
1 small knob of butter

Dry toast the coriander and cumin seeds until fragrant. Tip into a mortar and pestle and grind.  Tip out into a flat dish, add the sumac, nigella, zest and plain flour and mix well.
Season your lamp chops and press each side into the spice mix and set aside for 30 minutes to develop the flavors.
Meanwhile , heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add the shallot and garlic and cook over a gentle heat until softened. Tip in the chickpeas and the reserved liquid and simmer for about 5 minutes over a gentle heat. Tip into a blender and blend well, adding the other tbsp of oil. Taste and season with salt and pepper as required. Tip into a pot and keep warm while you cook the chops.
Heat the oil and in batches, brown the chops well on both sides. IF you wish you can complete the cooking on the pan (medium is about 4-6 minutes depending on thickness) but I like to transfer to a hot oven to complete the cooking .
Deglaze the pan with 1 tbsp madeira, add lemon juice and 30ml water and a small knob of butter. Season and add the chopped mint.
Serve the chickpea mash with 2 chops and some of the pan sauce.

Easy and delicious!

Egg and Ham Galette

egg and ham galettes

 

If you are a pastry maker I really hope these will appeal to you as the are easy to make,  lovely and tasty – they make a great mid week meal or for lunch at work or school. My sisters recently reminded me that they aren’t all pastry makers so if that is the case for you I would say that there are lots of good quality short crust pastrys out there so go ahead and use that if you fancy making these… no one need know!

Egg and Ham Galettes with tomatoes

Serves 6

Pastry

200gr plain flour

100gr cold butter cubed

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp total of mixed chopped fresh herbs (Chives Oregano Thyme)

1 egg

3 tbsp water

Filling

60gr ham of choice – parma or serrano

60gr grated cheese – Manchego works great but simple cheddar will work too

6 small eggs

3 tbsp chopped chives

salt and pepper to taste

12 cherry tomatoes

Combine the flour, salt and herbs in a food processor. Add the cold butter and pulse until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Add the egg and 2 tbsp of the water and pulse. It it doesn/t come together add the rest of the water. Remove and gently knead to bring together into a ball, flatten and wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes. Roll out into a rectangle about 2mm thick and cut out into circles approx 6″ in diameter.

Place onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread the cheese, ham and cherry tomatoes onto the 6 circles. Bring the edges if the pastry up so it forms a basket, Make sure to bring it up by an inch as you want to ensure the egg doesn’t spill out of its basket. Crack the eggs one by one into a small ramekin (easier to pour into the pastry baskets).

Tip the egg into the pastry basket, season well, sprinkle over the chopped chives and bake in a preheated oven at 200C for about 15 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and the egg is done.  Serve as is with a lovely green salad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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