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Quinoa with Salmon and a Sesame Soy Vinaigrette

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Quinoa bowl with Mixed Veg Baked Salmon and a Sesame & Soy vinaigrette

I think that Quinoa is a but ho-hum until you load it up with veg and a great dressing. It is a perfect receptacle for flavour though so load it up with lots of your favourites along with loads of chopped fresh herbs for a delicious full of goodness lunch or dinner

Serves 4
100gr quinoa, rinsed and cooked according to instructions (this means 100g before cooking)
100gr chopped mixed peppers
100gr mixed beans & peas, cooked al dente
3 spring onions finely chopped
2 large tbsp each of fresh mint and coriander
4 cooked salmon darns

Combine the quinoa with all the veg and stir well to combine.
Just before serving stir the fresh herbs into it.
Divide across 4 bowls, top with salmon and drizzle the dressing over to serve

Sesame & Soy Vinaigrette Dressing
This is a great dressing to thrown on any salad lentils or the like. If you like a good but of heat you can up the chili content.
20ml soy sauce or tamari
20ml sesame oil
20ml rice wine vinegar
1 clove of garlic roughly chopped
1cm piece of ginger roughly chopped
2cm piece of red chili deseeded if you wish – roughly chopped
1 tbsp fresh chopped mint
1 large tbsp honey
75ml extra virgin olive oil or your favourite good quality oil of choice
Pepper to taste
Blend everything taste and season with pepper as needed

Peach Spelt and Almond Breakfast Muffins

Must lower sugar than the usual fair and no melted butter or oil this time, just some delicious butter milk. I love these paired with a bowl of my favourite Greek Style yoghurt.

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Peach Spelt and Almond Muffins

3 peaches stoned and sliced
3 tbsp water (optional see below)
1tbsp brown sugar (Optional see below)
If the peaches are not ripe, then toss with the water and sugar and roast at 180C for 10-15 minutes until tender.
If the peaches are ripe omit the water and sugar and set aside until needed

1 cup self raising flour
1 cup wholemeal spelt flour
½ cup almond flour / ground almonds/ almond meal
80g coconut palm sugar or light brown sugar
3tbsp poppy seeds
1 tsp ground ginger
1tsp mixed spice
1tsp baking powder
25g sliced almonds
2 eggs topped up to 320ml with buttermilk

Put all the dry ingredients except for the sliced almonds into a mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the egg milk mixture.
Mix well until you have a smooth batter.
Add in 2/3’s of the peaches and mix well.
Pour into a well greased bun tin or paper muffin liners (makes about 10)
Cover with the rest of the sliced peaches
Bake for about 15 minutes if in the bun tin or about 20 mins if in muffin liners until a skewer comes out clean
Serve as is or with a delicious pot of yogurt of choice.

Spiced Lentils, Potatoes and Fish

Spiced Lentils Potatoes and Fish

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This is such an easy dish and you can omit the fish & chorizo if you would like a completely vegetarian meal. Gently spiced, crispy fish, the goodness of lentils, tomatoes and the spices –  a meal the whole family will like. This is spiced with Panch phoran which is a mix of fennel, fenugreek, coriander cumin and nigella. If you can not find this, make up your own using 1 tsp of each.

Serves 4

2 tbsp panch phoran spice mix

1 tsp each of sweet and smoky paprika

2 tbsp oil divided

1 medium onion sliced

50g chorizo sliced

1 tbsp tomato puree

250gr lentils of choice, soaked and drained

1 vegetable sock cube make up in 200ml hot water

½ tin chopped tomatoes

12 baby potatoes, cleaned chopped into 2cm slices parboiled

4 portions of fish of choice, pin-boned

2 tbsp fresh chopped coriander

Method

In a dry pan toast the panch phoran until it starts to release aromas

Tip into spice grinder ( or do by hand) and blend

Stir in the paprika

Heat the oil in a large deep pan or cooking pot and add the onion and chorizo and cook over a low heat until soft.

Tip in the spice mix and stir well and cook for a minute.

Add the tomato puree stir well to combine followed by the tinned tomatoes and lentils.

Cook for about 20 minutes until the lentils are nearly done, then add the potatoes, stir well to cover and complete the cooking about 5-8 minutes. Just as done, stir in 2 tbsp chopped coriander,

Meanwhile heat the oil and on a hot pan cook the fish until done.

Keep warm while you serve the lentils topped with a piece of fish.

 

 

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!

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