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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

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.

 

 

Halloumi Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

I love the flavour from the saltiness of this cheese and the great thing about it is that it has a very high heat tolerance so it works really well fried or baked. This makes a delicious lunch for these early days of autumn when there are still a few summer days hanging round. Chargrilled broccoli works well here in this salad but equally some courgette or aubergine would be great.

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Grilled Halloumi Salad
Serves 2
2 oz mixed nuts – I used pine nuts, walnuts pecans and hazlenuts would be great.
4 big handfuls prepared mixed salad mix
Small head of broccoli blanched and cooled
4oz Halloumi cut into about 1″ slices

Raspberry vinaigrette
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
pinch salt
Mix these ingredients together until emulsified and dress the salad with the vinaigrette.

Toast the nuts in a non-stick pan over a low heat, stirring frequently, for about 1 minute until golden – beware they burn really easily.
Heat griddle pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes
Oil the Halloumi and broccoli and place onto the griddle until the halloumi is getting browned on all sides and vegetables are getting nicely charred.
In the meantime, place salad leaves and pine nuts onto salad plate
Once Halloumi is browned evenly on all sides, add to salad.
Drizzle with Raspberry Vinaigrette and enjoy!

Raspberry Vinaigrette

Cauliflower Alla Primavera

 

Spring Vegetables full of colour make this dish a feast for the eyes and the taste-buds. Usually made with spaghetti but I fancied using some cauliflower instead just to keep it chock full of veggies. For the people in the house who don’t think they have been fed if there isn’t meat or fish then throw an oven baked salmon darne on top to keep them satisfied. I love this for all the goodness and flavour of the vegetables and its easy to prepare once you have your veg blanched.

Cauliflower Alla Primavera
Serves 3-4
1 head of cauliflower stalked and whizzed to ‘rice’
1 small head of broccoli cut into stalks and blanched and refreshed
1/2 courgette washed and cut into batons, blanched and refreshed
3 oz peas cooked and cooled
A handful of cherry tomatoes halved
1 oz toasted pine nuts
Herb oil to serve – see below
4 tbsp rape seed oil
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp dried oregano

Peel chop and mash the garlic.
Heat 3 tbsp oil and tip in the garlic and cook over a gentle heat until it softens then tip in the cauliflower and the oregano- keep it at a medium heat for about 10 minutes until it softens. Keep warm while you prepare the rest of the vegetables.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and tip in the broccoli and courgette , season and gently cook until it is warm – about 2 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and peas and cook for a further minute.
To serve, spoon some of the cauliflower rice into a bowl, spoon over a selection of the vegetables.
Sprinkle over the pine nuts and a few tbsp of herb oil.

Herb Oil (Perfect over salads, meat, quiches)
2 handfuls each of flat leaf parsley coriander and mint
Enough good olive oil to cover the herbs by at least an inch
Whizz in the blender and season with a drop of salt and a glug of apple cider vinegar.

 

Spice Roasted Butternut Squash

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It’s the time of year for long walks and food which warms the body and soul. I have switched from salads to roasted vegetables and love adding spices as seasonings. Root veggies are probably my favourite and stand up so well to some gentle spicing. I have taken a leaf from Rick Stein’s book and have been adding red onion to my vegetable tray just before bunging in the oven – they caramelise beautifully and add a delicious kick.

Spice Roasted Squash
Serves 4-6
Oven at 180C
2 Red onions sliced finely
2 tbsp Tomato puree
1 tbsp spice mix from here or your favourite bought spice mix
1 butternut squash peeled, deseeded and sliced

Add the onions to a bowl with the puree and mix well to rub it into the onion
Sprinkle over the spice mix and set aside while you peel and deseed the squash
Lay the squash slices on a flat baking tray and pour over 3 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil
Cover with the onion mix and roast in a hot oven for about 20 minutes until the squash is cooked through
Serve immediately.

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