Picking up my goodie bag again from the Glasgow Food Assembly on Monday, I got some lovely fresh Courgettes (Zucchinni to those of you that are from America) and some Red Russian Kale, with thanks to Locavore in Glasgow, the RR Kale is more tender and has a sweater flavour than the more traditional varieties. So what to do with it all…..well here goes, a nice wee spicy treat.
Red Russian Kale.
Makes 2 Boats
2 x Courgettes – Sliced in half longways
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 chilli – chopped (red or green)
1 small piece of ginger – finely chopped or grated
1/2 tsp turmeric
about 8 strands of kale
small handful of peas and sweetcorn (I used frozen)
Juice of 1 Lemon
1/2 tsp corinader
1 tbsp coconut (dessicated or fresh chopped)
1 tbsp sesame seeds
- Firstly preheat oven to 200 deg.
- Lightly brush the courgettes with olive oil and place in a baking tin or tray, season with salt & pepper.
- Oven bake for approx 30 mins or until turning slightly browned. Once roasted remove with a spoon the seeds. This of course could be done before hand, but I plan on mixing it with my kale mixture.
- Meanwhile, heat some olive oil in a fry pan.
- Sizzle the cumin and mustard seeds for approx 1-2 mins.
- Then add in the chilli, ginger and turmeric fry for another 2 mins.
- Add in the kale, peas and sweetcorn with a tbsp of water, Cover the pan and cook for 4-5 mins or until the kale has wilted.
- Squeeze in the lemon juice, coriander, sesame seeds and coconut, toss everything together and heat through for another minute.
- If mixing the courgette seeds add in now and then serve the mixture into the courgette halves.
A Yummy side dish with a little spice, nice and healthy or even a small lunch.
Nothing like homemade Guacamole. Here is my classic recipe that never fails to impress.
2 tbsp finely chopped white onion
1 tbsp fresh chopped red chilli
1/2 tsp salt (Kosher)
Handful of chopped parsley
1 large avocado
- Finely chop the onion, very finely
- Add the salt, parsley and chilli and mix
- Mash up the avocado lightly so you still have some chunky bits and add to the mixture
- Cut the Lime in half and squeeze the juice into the mixture. Mix together and serve. Yum!
This recipe was inspired by fellow blogger Fae’s Twist & Tango, I have changed it slightly to suit what I had in my cupboard’s but all the same it was absolutely delicious, you can see the original recipe here from http://fae-magazine.com/2016/06/16/lentil-salad/.
50g Yellow Split peas
50g Green Lentils
2 tbsp Olive Oil (a good one)
1 lemon – juice off
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground rainbow peppercorns
1 medium apple, diced with skin – I used Golden Delicious
Handful of chopped Lovage (this is an erect, herbaceous, perennial plant growing to 1.8–2.5 m, the stems and leaves are shiny green to yellow-green and smell somewhat similar to celery when crushed.)
15g Almonds – chopped
- Firstly cook the lentils, bring about 500ml water to boil and boil for 10 mins then reduce to a simmer for about 20 mins.
- While lentils are cooking, prepare the dressing:- Olive oil, lemon juice, honey, ginger, salt, pepper mix together in a bowl.
- Once lentils are ready pour in dressing a mix through.
- Empty in with the apple, almonds and lovage and mix through.
- Serve in a dish and enjoy!
Oh WOW! that is all I can say about this delightful wee salad, especially the smoked fish! I purchased the smoked fish again at my local Food Assembly this week https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/7907 in Glasgow from a new Company called The Campsie Glen Smokehouse http://www.campsieglen.co.uk/ , The Seafood Charcutier!
They are a small family run business producing artisanal seafood products. Based in Kirkintilloch, Scotland. Charcuterie is defined as the art of curing, drying and smoking.
They have begun their range with 3 cures. After they rest the salmon, trout, and halibut in their Island, Highland, and Lowland Cures for 7 days, they dry out up to 25% of their moisture whilst smoking with their unique blend of selected kiln dried wood chips. The whole process is completed by hand carving the products into the packs you see below.
I made a small salad again with using fresh produce from Rhone Cottage http://www.rhonecottage.co.uk/ , here is my list.
Fresh Salad leaves – I used rocket
2 radishes – sliced
1/4 Avocado – sliced
4 small cherry tomatoes – halved
1 tbsp olive oil – for dressing
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar – for dressing
Few slices of Smoked Salmon and Smoked Halibut
Oh so Yummy! I have already ordered more!
Smoked Halibut Salad Smoked Salmon Salad
I came across this recipe from fellow blogger http://thehomemakerslife.com/ , I loved the sound of it and simply had to try, and I’m glad I did, lively dressing for any salad, very tasty.
Makes enough for about 4 servings
- 1 medium-sized ripe avocado
- 1/2 lime
- 1/3 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 clove of garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp ranch dressing
- 1 tsp fresh chives
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley
- 1 tbsp almond milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Put everything into a food processor and blitz together until a smooth like consistency.
- Serve over any salad of your choice. Yummy!
Just come back from my local Food Assembly and I picked up some lovely greens along with some colourful edible flowers, (thank you to Rhone Cottage http://www.rhonecottage.co.uk/ ) so eager to try them I quickly put together some leftovers from my fridge and created this lovely little summer salad. The weather was glorious outside and warm so no better time than to have a lovely refreshing salad.
Handful of mixed salad leaves, I had rocket, baby leaf, kalette leaf, pea shots and Red Chard
Handful baby tomatoes – cut in half
Handful of Cucumber – cut into chunks
5 slices of smoked streaky bacon
1 tbsp bruschetta sauce mix
Spring Salad Flowers
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- Put salad leaves, tomatoes and cucumber into a bowl and mix with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil vinaigarette.
- Fry the bacon until slightly crispy and drain off excess oil.
- Mix the bacon with the bruschetta mix and add to the salad.
- Place your spring salad flowers on top and serve. I also grated a little parmesan on top (optional)
This Monday I went to my local Food Assembly to pick up all of my lovely fresh meat, vegetables and eggs, I decided to try some of the Lemon Balm from Rhone Cottage, https://www.facebook.com/Rhone-Cottage-1532484203665299/ . Looking at what I could use it with I decided a lovely healthy tuna bean salad and the lemon balm leaves just added that lovely flavour of lemon, it was very fragrant and gave that extra zing.
Serves 2 Approx 350 calories per serving.
1 tin tuna
1 tin of black eyed beans
1/2 red onion – chopped finely
3 spring onions – chopped
1 yellow pepper – sliced and diced
Handful of fresh sweetcorn
Handful of fresh garden peas
1 tbsp red chilli pepper flakes (optional)
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp mayonnaise
small handful of lemon balm – chopped finely
- Heat through the black eyed beans, approx 4-5 mins on medium heat, remove and allow to cool.
- Meanwhile, mix everything else in a large mixing bowl making sure everything is coated.
- Add the black eyed beans, mix through and then serve with a sprinkle of the lemon balm on top. Yummy!