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Cardamom and Honey Roasted Winter Veg with Chicken

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This is a very simple recipe which uses your favourite winter vegetables warmed with cardamom and honey and served with a cooked chicken breast. We are all busy and this is easy to organise and cooks quickly in the oven.

Serves 6

6 chicken breasts

200gr each of carrots, parsnips, celeriac, sweet potato each or other root vegetables of choice.

4 cardamom pods lightly crushed

2 tbsp each of honey and oil

Coarse sea salt and pepper

Oven at 200C

Coat the vegetables in a little olive oil and roast at 200deg for 30 minutes, turning at least twice.

Season the chicken and sprinkle over a little oil of choice.

After 10 minutes, add the chicken breasts to another tray in the oven and cook for about 20 minutes until thoroughly cooked.

Mix the oil, honey and cardamom and pour over the veggies, stirring well to ensure evenly spread and continue cooking for a further 15 – 20 minutes until lovely and golden. Season liberally with salt and pepper and transfer to warm serving dish to serve with the cooked chicken.

Serve with some greek style yoghurt mixed with chopped mint and a crushed garlic clove.

 

 

Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

Any firm fish will work beautifully in this. Leave the fish marinade for up to an hour to let the flavors develop. If you don’t have tequila just leave it out, but it is worth it for the lovely smoky sweet flavor it imparts…. IMG_5508[13134]

Serves 4

4 fillets of fish of choice (Hake, Tuna, Swordfish, Cod, Salmon)

Juice of 1/2 lime

3 tbsp chopped coriander

30ml tequila

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp ground cumin

8 small corn taco shells

Mix all the marinade ingredients together, add the fish and leave to marinade in the fridge for 30 mins up to an hour. Remove from the marinade and cook under a hot grill until done, approx 8-10 minutes depending on thickness. Cut each fillet into 4 pieces. Heat your corntacos, fill with salad leaves, some sliced avocado, the fish, some of the yogurt topping and a squeeze of lime juice and enjoy.

Yoghurt Topping, mix 3 tbsp natural yogurt with zest and juice of half a lime

Mango Salsa; Chop 1 mango and mix with 1/2 red onion which has been finely chopped, and 2 tomatoes which have been de-seeded and chopped. Add a slug of coconut aminos over the mixture.

Turkey Kebabs with Satay Sauce

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I’m a bit tired of red meat lately so its been all veggie dishes or fish and poultry. This one is really easy and quick for a perfect mid week meal. Turkey is a great meat- high in protein and pretty lean fat wise. Try get it cooked just perfectly as nothing worse than dry meat- if then worst happens the satay sauce will help!

This makes much more satay than  you will need but it keeps in the fridge for a few weeks and is lovely with lots of things as a dipping sauce. A few large spoons of it into some warmed coconut milk makes a delicious sauce also if you want to make turkey meat balls and cook them in that for an alternative.

For the Turkey Kebabs
400gr turkey mince – seek out free range or organic if affordable
1 tsp chopped red chilli
2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
1 spring onion finely chopped
1 tsp salt
Zest and juice of 1/2 lime
1 tsp honey

Mix everything together well and divide into 4 portions
With wet hands pick up one portion and mold around a metal skewer until it is like a sausage shape and the skewer is in the middle
Into the fridge for a few minutes to chill
Line a flat tray with foil and place the skewers onto it and cook under a hot grill turning regularly until they are done – about 10 minutes in total but if you are unsure cut in and check there is no pink or use a meat thermometer.
Serve with some rice and some satay sauce for dipping.

Satay Sauce
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 small onion finely diced
1/2 red pepper cored and diced or 1/2 cooked red pepper from a jar
1 tsp each of ginger and garlic paste
150ml coconut milk
100ml water
4oz crunchy peanut butter
2fl oz sweet chilli sauce
2fl oz soy sauce
2 tbsp kecap manis (if you have it)
2oz toasted peanuts

Heat oil in a medium pot, add the garlic, onion, pepper and ginger.
Cook over a low heat  for about 5 minutes
Add coconut milk, peanut butter, soy, chilli sauce, and water.
Stir well to combined, Bring to the boil and then gently simmer for about 10 minutes until it has thickened and reduced a little.  Blend with an immersion blender if you like it smooth. Any extra will keep in the fridge.

Fish in Paper

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The goodness of fish is well known yet despite being an island nation we export a shocking amount of one of our best natural resources… Fish cooked in paper is a really simple way to cook a piece of fish, using what ever veggies available in the press, some seasoning, a glug of wine if you like and hey presto a stunning healthy meal in no time. The parcel holds in moisture to steam the food and this method results in great flavour. Brill, sea bass, bream, turbot, plaice, hake or salmon will all work great in this recipe, the only variation is the cooking time depending on the thickness of your fish. It’s full of healthy goodness, quick and easy to prepare,it’s reel fast food!

Serves 4
4 fillets about 170gr each, skinned and bones removed.
90gr each of carrots, white of leek, spring onion,mange tout,
1 red chilli deseeded and julienned
Large handful of basil leaves sliced
90gr butter
Squeeze of lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Wish, trim and julienne the vegetables
Melt 20gr of the butter on a medium heat and add the leek and carrot.
Season well , turn the heat down and cook until softened without colouring.
Add the mange tout and chilli and turn heat up a little and toss for about a minute.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Prepare paper parcels by cutting large circles about 20cm in-diameter
Fold in half to mark the diameter
Lay your fish just below the diameter, season well
Cover with 1/4 of the veggies, sprinkle the basil over, add a few pats of butter and a tablespoon of white wine if using.
Fold paper over and seal well by folding the edges in twice.
Repeat to make 4 parcels.
Place parcels on a baking tray making sure they don’t overlap, They can go into the fridge at this point if you are not ready to use otherwise into the oven for about 10-12 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.
Serve immediately onto hot plates and pass the scissors round to open the packs and savour the smell and flavour….

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Prawn & Peas Sambal Oelek Curry

Prawn and Peas hot and tasty! This is quick and easy recipe, great flavour, pretty hot I must admit but well balanced so it doesn’t feel like too much of an assault on the body.
If you can get Sambal Oelek (a chilli based paste) then use it, otherwise just finely chop some chillies with salt and a little oil.

Prawns are rich in zinc, iodine and protein and the greens are great too so tuck in and enjoy! 🙂

Serves 2

1 small onion finely chopped or 2 shallots
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp sambal oelek or 2 tsp red chilli paste
1 400gr can chopped tomatoes
Juice of half a lime
100gr each of blanched peas, mange tout and French beans
200gr tail on prawns (raw or cooked)
2 tsp palm sugar
2 tbsp chopped coriander
2 tbsp coconut cream
2 spring onions chopped
Heat oil to a medium heat and add shallot or onion, season and gently for about 5 minutes
Add the sambal oelek and cook it out for about 6 minutes
Tip in the can of tomatoes and stir and cook for 3 or 4 minutes
Add juice of half a lime and stir in 2 tbsp coconut cream
Tip in the blanched veggies and cook for a minutes or two
Then add  the prawns and continue to cook.
If using raw prawns cook for about 3-4 minutes, if cooked only about a minute is required.
Add chopped coriander and spring onion just before serving and then sprinkle over some more chopped coriander
Eat and enjoy – with rice if you need it but I find it delicious on its own.

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