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Spinach and Chickpeas

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This is such a delicious tasty and filling dish perfect for Autumn. Easy and quick to prepare it is the perfect vegetarian meal if you aren’t a meat eater or pair with fish or chicken if you wish. I always keep frozen spinach in the freezer and it is perfect for this dish, you don’t even have to defrost, simply stir in for the last 5 minutes. This dish is a super meal with protein carbs and good fats and would be perfect for a large family gathering as you can easily double up and make ahead without adding the spinach, then simply reheat and add the spinach as below.

Spinach and Chickpeas

Serves 4 hungry or 6 as a side

1 white onion peeled and sliced
2 cloves of garlic peeled chopped and mashed
1 thumb size piece of ginger peeled and chopped finely
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp each of turmeric, ground cuimin and coriander
1 400ml tin coconut milk
2 medium tins of chickpeas drained and rinsed
200gr frozen spinach
2 tbsp oil
Salt to season

Heat the oil over a medium heat and add the onion until softened but not coloured
Add the ginger and garlic and cook out for about 5 minutes
Dont be afraid to add a splash of water if it looks too dry
Stir in the tomato puree and spices and cook for about 2 minutes
Then add the drained chickpeas and coconut milk, season well and cook for
about 10 minutes until the flavours are well developed.
Taste and be sure to add some more salt if you think it needs it.
Just before serving, add in the frozen spinach and stir through and cook for about 5 minutes.
If you have some fresh coriander, sprinkle this on top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chipotle Sweet Potato and Butter Bean Casserole

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This dish of chipotle beans and sweet potato make a delicious substantial meal, perfect for a mid week supper as is, or with a couple of eggs tucked into the dish as it finishes cooking amps it up for a very hungry gang. I love the smoky sweetness coupled by the heat which Chipotle brings to a dish and I usually have a jar of it on hand in the fridge.

Serves 2-3 people
1 large sweet potato (about 450gr) peeled and cubed
1 shallot sliced
1 clove garlic peeled mashed
2 tbsp rapeseed or coconut oil
1 tbsp tomato passata
1 tbsp chipotles in adobo or more if you like it with more heat
1 400gr tin butter beans, drained and rinsed
1 can whole tomatoes or 5 cherry tomatoes washed and halved
2-3 eggs if using (Turn oven on 180C if so)

Heat the oil over a medium heat in an oven proof frying pan.
Add the shallot and garlic and cook for a few minutes until both are softened.
Tip in the diced sweet potato, season well and toss to ensure it is covered with oil.
Put a lid on the pan or a sheet of greaseproof paper and cook over a low heat to soften for about 10 minutes.
Stir ever now and then to ensure it is not sticking.
Stir in the tomato passata and chipotle and ensure they both are well distributed, add the butter beans, stir gently to
mix together, followed by the can of tomatoes or cherry tomatoes if using and add a splash of water if it seems a bit dry.
At this point you can finish cooking on the hob for about 10 minutes more – check the sweet potatoes are tender. If you are adding the eggs, make 3 holes in the mix, add a little oil into each and crack the egg in. Season with some salt and pepper and into the
oven to cook the eggs – about 7 minutes to firm the white and leave the yolk a bit soft.
Sprinkle over some chopped fresh herbs and serve. This is delicious, filling and with the eggs makes a great brunch dish too.

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Pork Chops with Salsa Verde & Red Pepper Jelly

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I have been Cableless for the last 3 weeks having done a big tidy up and in the process lost my cable to connect camera to computer. Another big tidy of the original tidy didn’t result in me finding it although I did get my head nice and clear. I think I have said how I love a good clean, it’s a more productive form of meditation… Yes weird I know, I think it’s a girl thing.

Anyway this recipe has been dying to get out, It was such a simple dish to put together, really quick to prepare and as a bonus the pork chops have been really good value lately.
I was out for dinner during the week and as a coincidence, someone mentioned that they bought Tuna steaks for dinner and told their kids it was pork chops to make them eat them. So while tuna is a a bit more higher end than pork it occurred to me that this recipe would work equally well with any kind of meaty fish.

Pork Chops with Red Pepper Salsa Verde
4 Pork chops
2 tbsp chargrilled Red Pepper Jelly (From Harty’s – I got from viking direct)
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 small handful capers
6 anchovy fillets
2 large handfuls flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked
1 bunch fresh basil, leaves picked
1 handful fresh mint, leaves picked
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
8 tablespoons really good extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Chop the garlic, capers, anchovies and herbs and put them into a bowl. Add the mustard and vinegar, then slowly stir in the olive oil. Whisk in the red pepper jelly then check seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.
Marinade the pork chops in half the salsa verde for about 4 hours in the fridge.
Heat the oven to 180C
Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan until good and hot.
Take the chops out of the salse verde, scrape off the excess and place the chops in the pan.
Cook on a high heat until one nice and brown, about 3 minutes. Flip over and place the pan into the oven and finish cooking which will be about 7 to 10 minutes depending on thickness.
Serve with some more Salsa Verde, green salad and your choice of potato.

Autumn Walks and a delicious casserole

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Autumn is officially here and it has turned a little bit chilly. One of life’s simple pleasures is a bowl of delicious stew after a family walk. Such an easy option for feeding a hungry family on cold days. Easy to make too, all you need is some good quality ingredients and let time do its thing.

I made this stew at the weekend and included some delicious courgette tarts which I put into the bottom of the bowl to serve the stew on on. ‘You’re very fancy’ was my sisters response, ‘no ordinary bowl of stew in this house’. In truth, I wanted to road test whether you can make the stew a bit more refined for when I have some friends round…. Not that I told her she wasn’t ordinarily worth the effort.

Slow Cooked Lamb Casserole
Oven at 160C
Serves 6
3 lbs lamb shoulder trimmed to 2” chunks or 2 shoulders of lamb boned and trimmed.
(This recipe works equally well with beef or pork)

4 tbsp Rapeseed oil
5 carrots peeled and evenly chopped
3 Shallots peeled and sliced.
1 bouquet garni of thyme, rosemary and bay
13 fl oz good quality meat stock
110ml red wine
3 handfuls Flat leaf parsley chopped finely for serving.

In a heavy pan, heat the oil over high heat until smoking and add your seasoned meat in batches.
Sear until caramelised on all sides.
Remove from the pan and set aside.
Tip out the excess oil, deglaze with a few glugs of wine and pour the deglazed liquid onto the meat.
Turn the heat down to medium, add some more rapeseed oil and add the shallots and carrots, season well and cook for 5 minutes or so until the shallots are slightly translucent.
Add the wine, bring up to a bubble and then cook until it has reduced by about half.
Return the meat to the pot and add the stock.
Ensure you have enough liquid to cover the meat – if not, add more stock.
Bring to the boil and transfer to preheated oven for about 1.5 hours – 2 hours.
Keep cooking until the meat is meltingly tender.
Check it from time to time and remove any grease which rises to the top of the cooking pot.
I usually strain the cooking liquid into a separate pot and cook at a bubble until the sauce is reduced to a nice consistency.
Just before serving, return the sauce to the pot with the meat and bring meat up to hot temperature and serve with delicious creamy mash on the side.

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Turkish eggs

A weekend away in London with a visit to Providores sparked my obsession with these eggs, I picked the brains of a work colleague from Turkey which helped me hone this recipe even more. Apparently there is an old Anatolyian recipe for eggs with Turkish yoghurt, which would never be served with Sourdough toast but believe me it’s all the more yummy with it. The chilli butter has a wonderful nutty undertone with the heat and flavour of the chilli flakes and paprika. A sprinkle of flat leaf parsley and you are good to go. Believe me when I say that this is a really unexpected delicious way to have eggs, after all who would expect that eggs on yoghurt could be so nice but trust me this is really worth trying. My other half calls it a protein blast of deliciousness.

Turkish Eggs

per person
4 tbsp Glenisk Greek yoghurt
1 small garlic clove, crushed and mashed
1 tsp olive oil
2 large eggs
25g butter
½ tsp hot paprika
large pinch chilli flakes
2 tbsp flat leaf parsley finely chopped
A squeeze of lemon juice
Sourdough bread, sliced and griddled

Crush the garlic clove and add them into yogurt with the olive oil and lemon juice. Whisk gently until it is mixed. Season and tip into the serving bowl.
Melt butter in a saucepan, spoon off the foam until you are left with the clear liquid, bring to a high heat then add paprika and chilli flakes to season.
Remove from heat when it sizzles.
In a deep pot, bring water to boil. Add salt and a tbsp of vinegar into the water.
Crack one egg into a small cup and lower the cup into gently simmering water and then gently twist it and turn the egg into boiling water.
Repeat the same for the remaining egg but allow the first one to settle a bit before adding the second egg and don’t add it on top of the first egg.
Cook each egg for about 3-4 minutes until the outer layer becomes opaque and the yolk is still a bit soft, but not too runny.
When you are ready to serve, remove the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon, drain and place them atop the yogurt in each plate. Spoon over the melted butter sauce over the eggs and yogurt and drizzle
any remaining over the sourdough slices. Sprinkle over the parsley and serve immediately.

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