Are you trying to use up leftover Pumpkin from Halloween? I am…lol! Came up with this one pot curry dish, super tasty and very filling too.
You can of course change the pumpkin for butternut squash or sweet potato and it would work the same.
Makes 4-6 servings
500g chopped pumpkin
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 onion – diced
1 tsp dried garlic granules or 1 clove crushed
thumb size piece of ginger, diced
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 400g can of coconut milk
1 400g can chopped tomatoes
400ml vegetable stock
150g Bulgur wheat
2 large handfuls of Spinach
- Heat coconut oil in a large pan until melted.
- Add garlic and onion with seasoning and fry for a few minutes
- Add the rest of the spices with the ginger and tomato paste and stir
- Add the pumpkin and stir until coated with the spice mix
- Now add in the coconut milk, tomatoes, bulgur wheat and stock and stir, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for about 35-40 minutes
- Add the spinach, cook for a further minute and serve.
The bread is full of flavour, so delicious and easy to bake.
Makes 1 loaf
150g Plain Flour
150g Wholegrain Bread Flour
70g Scottish Oats
100g Dark Brown Sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
30g melted butter
- Preheat oven to 190 deg on convection bake.
- Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl
- Add in the wet ingredients to dry and mix together until combined. If the dough is too sticky and wet just add a little more flour but you don’t want it too dry.
- Shape into a circle and place on a floured baking tray, score a cross on top about 1/2″ thick and brush with some buttermilk.
- Bake in the oven for about 45-50 minutes until knife comes out clean, allow to cool and serve.
This was my first go at coloured pasta, I’ve seen loads of posts on instagram showing beautiful colour pasta shapes and needed to give it a go. It was a lot easier that I originally thought, although my filling shape needs to be improved. lol! Practise makes perfect as they say….lol.
I use my Kitchen Aid pasta roller for this but any handheld pasta roller or even a rolling pin will do.
The general rule of thumb when making pasta is:-
100g ‘OO’ Flour, 1 egg, pinch salt. (makes enough for 2 small portions)
If you need more simply double everything ie: 200g flour, 2 eggs etc, 400g flour, 4 eggs etc.
For the basic past dough:-
100g ‘OO’ Flour
Pinch of salt
For the Colouring:-
1 tsp Beetroot Powder (Red)
1 tsp Blue Pea Powder (Blue/Purple)
1 tsp Spinach Powder (Green)
You can of course use any colour you wish.
1 tsp nutmeg
handful chopped Dill or Spinach
40g Parmesan grated
- Make a well in the middle of your flour on a flat surface.
- Crack the egg into a jug, add the tsp of colouring and salt and whisk until blended, pour into the well of flour.
- Gently with a fork mix a little of the flour into the egg, once it starts to come together use your hands to bring together into a dough. If it is too dry just dip your fingers into water and add. You want the dough to be like a child’s play dough type texture.
- Once in a ball wrap in cling film and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
- Using the pasta roller, roll through on 1 twice, then fold the edges in, this is to try and keep the pasta sheet shape, then roll through on 1 again twice then 2,3,4,5 twice then a final roll on 6 then 7 just once. Sprinkle some semolina on a baking sheet and lay pasta down, this is to try and stop it from drying and sticking too much.
- Once all your sheets are ready, change cutter to tagliatelle. Choosing just 2 of the colours, pass through the cutter, then coat the strips in semolina to stop sticking together.
- Take each strip of colour and lay onto the final colour past sheet and press down, then put through the pasta roller to combine on setting 4, then 6 then 7 just once.
- Now you can decide on your shape, cut using pasta cutter.
- If filling, turn upside down 1 sheet and add dollops of your filling leaving enough space between, using a little water to edge the pasta (this allows the seal). Take the other pasta sheet and place on top and press around filling to seal ensuring no air bubbles. Freeze the filled pasta and then cook from frozen when required. (By freezing you ensure that the filling doesn’t leak when cooking)
I had some tagliatelle left over, so I just cooked in a little salt water for 2 minutes using my steam pot on my pasta setting, drained and mixed with the left over cheese mixture (quick little snack)
If you have any excess, allow to completely dry out by hanging (48 hours) then just bag or jar (ensuring covered with semolina to stop sticking).
I had some pumpkin left after making my pumpkin soup recipe tonight so I decided to give pumpkin cupcakes a go. Yummy!
160g Plain Flour
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
250g grated pumpkin
100g Light Brown sugar
60g caster sugar
75ml olive oil
2 large eggs
For the buttercream icing:
75g of softened butter
250g icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
Orange food colouring
- Preheat oven to 190 deg and line a muffin tin with cupcake cases.
- Combine the flour, allspice, baking powder, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl
- Whisk together the grated pumpkin, sugar, olive oil and eggs in another bowl
- Pour the whisked mixture over the dry ingredients and stir using a spatula, until fully mixed
- Dollop a spoonful of batter evenly into each baking cup in the cupcake tray until the batter runs out. Place the tray into the hot oven and bake for 18 minutes, remove and allow to cool.
- Meanwhile make the buttercream, add the butter to a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and peaky
- Sieve the icing sugar to remove any lumps, then add a little at a time to the butter while whisking continually, until all the icing sugar has been added. If the mixture begins to become too thick, add the milk a teaspoon at a time to loosen it up until the desired texture has been reached, add in the vanilla essence and food colouring and mix until combined.
- Decant the buttercream into a piping bag and pipe into the cupcakes once cooled.
I used my original swiss roll recipe for this and just changed the colours and filling.
For the orange and black one I piped circles onto the baking sheet like a chequered board and then dragged a toothpick through the two colours to create the pattern.
The other was just strips of colours.
The chocolate orange filling was chocolate Whipped Cream frosting with orange juice & zest through.
120g whipping cream
100g powdered sugar
75 g cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 orange zested and juiced.
They do create a lovely bright addition to your halloween table.
It’s Halloween Season, my favourite time of the year, beautiful crisp air, colourful leaves on the trees, dark cosy nights, everything spooky and weird, and amazing food flavours around. To be honest this is my first time with Pumpkin, I’ve never cooked it before myself, I thought I would try steam cooking it for more flavour and making a creamy soup as it was a really cold day here today. Was delicious.
Makes 1 large portion
250g chopped pumpkin
30g sliced leek
30ml double cream
300ml vegetable stock
30g Bulgur Wheat
Salt & pepper to taste
- Place the pumpkin and leeks with 100ml of the stock into the bottom of the steam pot and cook on dynamic steam for 8 minutes
- Remove lid and pour in the rest of the stock and the cream, season with salt & pepper and blend with a hand blender until smooth.
- Add in the Bulgur Wheat to the creamed soup and cook on microwave 900w for 3 minutes
- Remove from microwave and serve with some toasted pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of olive oil.
- You can also add in some toasted croutons if you like.
I recently purchased the new High Protein Handbook No. 5 from Scott Baptie, and this little recipe was my first one I tried, I have to say it was super tasty and very nutritious too.
1 tsp coconut oil
2 Chicken Breasts – chopped into chunks
1 sweet potato – chopped into chunks
1 onion – chopped
1 tsp dried garlic granules
1 tsp ginger
1 red pepper, chopped into chunks
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp fish sauce
200ml coconut milk
1 tsp chilli powder
Salt & pepper to taste
- Melt the coconut oil in a pan, season the chicken and add to the pan to brown then removed with a slotted spoon.
- Add the onion, pepper, sweet potato, garlic and ginger and brown.
- Add the chicken back to the pan and add the fish sauce, paprika, curry powder, chilli and coconut milk, reduce to a low simmer and cook covered for about 1-2 hours.
- Remove lid, turn heat up slightly and allow to cook uncovered for about 20-30 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
- Serve on its own or with some steamed wholemeal rice.