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Bean Hotpot with a Spice Butter Topping

A delicious way to eat less meat the whole family will enjoy plus a versatile spice butter which will work with lots of dishes.

Lentil Hotpot

3 Bean Hot Pot with Spice Butter Topping
Serves 4
For the Hotpot
1 tbsp oil
1 medium white onion, diced
2 garlic cloves peeled, mashed and chopped
1 tin each of red kidney beans, lentils and black beans (or your favourite of choice)
1tsp each of smoked and hot paprika
400ml tomato passata
3 medium potatoes peeled and very thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
3tsp spice butter – below

Heat the olive oil in a pan, then add the onion and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes until the onion is soft and golden. Increase the heat, and then add the lentils and beans, cook for about 1 minute then add the passata, season well and bring to the boil then tip into an oven proof dish.
Cover with a layer of thinly sliced potatoes, season and add another layer until all your potatoes are used. Pat some of the spice butter on top and cook for 30 minutes in the oven until the potatoes are tender and golden brown. Serve with a sprinkle of chopped flatleaf parsley on top.

Spice Butter – This is delicious on any chili dish or stirred into the pan when you are cooking some vegetables or even a slice on the top of some meat or fish before you put it in the oven.
1 tbsp olive oil
2tsp ground cumin
1tsp chilli powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
1tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp tomato ketchup
1tsp Worcestershire sauce
100g butter or coconut oil, softened to room temperature

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and lightly fry the cumin, chilli powder and paprika for about a minute. Add a splash of water if needed, add to a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients; mix well and chill until needed. Store in the fridge covered when you aren’t using it.

Chickpeas and Squash

Chickpeas with Butternut Squash

A great vegetarian option and could be combined with rice instead of the squash for a variation on another night.

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1 butternut squash cut in half length ways
2 tins chickpeas drained
2tbsp rapeseed oil divided
1 medium white onion
1tbsp tomato puree
1tsp each nigella, cumin, coriander, turmeric, dried chilies
3 cardamom pods bruised to release their seeds
2 cloves of garlic peeled and mashed
4cm piece of ginger peeled and grated
1 tin coconut milk (you can use light if you like)
2 tbsp fresh herbs flat leaf parsley or coriander
A squeeze of lemon or lime

Oven at 180C
Sprinkle the squash with 1 tbsp of oil, season well and using a sharp knife, cut into it at intervals to ensure even cooking.
Bake for about 30 minutes until tender.
Meanwhile heat the oil over a medium heat, add the onion and cook until tender.
Add in the garlic, ginger and spices and cook for 5 minutes until the spices have lost that rawness.
If it seems to dry just add a splash of water.
Stir in the puree, the coconut milk and stir to combine.
Add the chickpeas and cook over a medium heat for about 10 minutes until the chickpeas are warm and the flavours are well developed.
Stir in 1 tbsp fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon juice to finish.
Serve with the roasted butternut squash or with rice on its own if you prefer.

Spiced Chicken & Sweet Potato Pancakes

Warming, Filling, Easy – whats not to love? If you are vegetarian then simply sub the chicken with some lovely beans into the sauce and use veg stock.
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Indian Spiced Chicken with Spinach and Sweet Potato Rotis
Serves 6
6 chicken breasts
2 white onions thinly sliced
4 cloves of garlic peeled and mashed
2” piece of ginger peeled chopped and mashed
2 tsp ground coriander, cumin, and turmeric
½ tsp curry powder of choice
500ml chicken stock
125g spinach leaves

Poach the chicken breasts in the stock and fork into pieces
Add some oil to a wide pan and add the onions and a drop of water and cook until translucent
Stir in the garlic, ginger and the spices, add another splash of water if needed
Cook for a few minutes
Add in the stock you cooked the chicken in plus the coconut milk and cook for about 10 minutes until the flavours are all developed
Just before you are ready to serve, add in the chicken and spinach leaves and cook for 5 minutes until the chicken is heated through. Serve with the Sweet Potato Rotis

Sweet Potato Rotis
1 large sweet potatoe peeled, cooked and cooled (about 400g)
2 red chilis de-seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp each of ground cumin coriander and ½ tsp turmeric
2 tbsp fresh coriander chopped
75g plain flour
15gr melted butter or coconut oil

Mash sweet potato and add the chilli. Spices, coriander and melted oil.
Gradually add the flour mixing until you have a soft dough
Divide into equal size pieces and roll out gently on a floured board
Heat a little oil and fry for a minute on both sides. Keep warm while you complete the rest.

Ginger Spiced Berry Crumble

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The simplest of desserts amped up with fresh ginger and some mixed spice. The perfect flavours for this time of year.

Serves 4
Oven at 180C

200g mixed berries – you can use frozen if you wish
1 thumb sized piece of fresh ginger grated
Zest of an orange or clementine and juice of half
150gr plain flour
100gr brown sugar
50gr oats
1tsp mixed spice
100g butter, cut into pieces cut into pieces
almonds

Add the ginger, orange zest and juice to the berries and divide across 4 ramekins
Tip the flour butter oats sugar and mixed spiceinto a food processor and blend until it resembles rough breadcrumbs
Divide across the 4 ramekins and top with the almonds
Bake at 180C for approximately 20 minutes until golden brown
Serve with a little whipped cream if you wish

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!

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