I’m enjoying my Moroccan spices at the moment, the flavour is fragrant, fiery, sweet, savory, and citrusy, it really gets your senses moving. Normally a traditional Moroccan meal would contain couscous but as I had some Bulgur Wheat to use up I decided on this. Bulgur is also a healthier and lower calorie choice too.
Makes 2 Servings
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
200g Scottish Beef Mince
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp ground ginger
250ml vegetable stock
30g Cashew nuts (slighty toasted and chopped)
80g Bulgur Wheat
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
Salt & pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a large fry pan and fry the onions until browned and softened
- Add in the beef mince and brown all over. Add in the spice mix and mix thoroughly.
- Add in the stock and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes or until the stock thickens/evaporates slightly.
- Meanwhile, make the Bulgur Wheat as per packet instructions. Once cooked add in the spinach and cover with a lid, allow the residual heat to wilt the spinach down, mix through. Add in the lemon zest and mint and mix.
- Season, serve and sprinkle the toasted cashews on top. Yummy!
Goes well with a little glass of Rioja.
We have had a rather wet weekend here in Cumbernauld, Glasgow, so nothing better than getting in the kitchen and baking! Wanting to carry on with the summer, I decided that we were going to have an indoors picnic. I’ve been wanting to try this recipe from Jamie Oliver for a while now so today was that day. It was absolutely delicious, so refreshing and light, perfect for my picnic.
250g unsalted butter at room temperature
250g Golden caster sugar + 4 tbsp for syrup
4 large eggs
275g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g poppy seeds
- Preheat the oven to 180 deg. Grease a 23cm cake tin and line bottom with greaseproof paper.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs in 1 at a time, mixing thoroughly before adding each one.
- Grate in the zest of 2 lemons then squeeze in the juice and combine.
- Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold gently until combined.
- Add in the milk and poppy seeds and mix through.
- Pour mixture into the cake tin and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
- Leave in the tin for 5 minutes then remove and place on a wire rack to cool.
- Meanwhile, slice very finely the other 2 lemons.
- Put 4 tbsps water and 4 tbsp caster sugar into a pan, add the lemons and heat gently on a medium to low heat for about 15 minutes or until the lemons are translucent and you have a lovely syrup.
- Spoon the syrup over the top of the cake and serve.
Oh WOW…….these are amazing, if you like all things lemony and fresh then this is the little cupcake for you.
I had a jar of Sicilian Lemon Curd to be used up so thought I;d try some little cupcakes. Yummy….Yummy! Perfect with an afternoon cuppa.
1 Cup of Cream – I used the double light cream (healthier option…lol)
1 cup of caster sugar
2 eggs – beaten
1 1/2 cup of self raising flour
1 Lemon – grated rind and juice
250g cream cheese
125g salted butter
grated rind and juice of 1/2 lemon
250g Icing Sugar – you may need more or less.
- Preheat you oven to 180 deg
- Put cream, caster sugar and eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.
- Grate the lemon rind into the bowl.
- Sift in the flour and whisk until batter is thick and smooth.
- Divide the mixture into your cup cases and bake for approx 15-20 minutes.
6. Allow cupcakes to cool slightly. Then taking a small teaspoon or knife dig some holes into the centre, not too big or too small. Then gently fill the holes with the lemon curd.
7. To make the buttercream:- Add the cream cheese, icing sugar, butter, rind and juice of 1/2 lemon into your mixing bowl and whisk until light and airy.
8. Add into a piping bag and pipe on top of your cupcakes covering the hole. To finish sprinkle some lemon rind on top.
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!
I had some puff pastry left in the fridge and some cream, so, yep you guessed it…..cream puffs! Add a hint of lemon for an Easter flavour and voila……..Lemon Puffs were born! So Tasty, so easy, so happy!
1/2 sheet of ready made Puff Pastry
100ml double cream
1 tsp vanilla essence
Juice of 1 lemon and Zest
- Preheat oven to 180 deg.
- Roll out Puff pastry as thin as you can without breaking.
- Using a knife cut into strip about 2 inch wide and the cut lengthways about 6 inch long. Place onto greaseproof paper on a baking tray. Sift some icing sugar over pastry and refrigerate for about 5 mins.
- Remove from fridge and bake for 10 mins or until golden brown and puffed up.
- Allow to cool.
- Meanwhile, to make cream, pour cream into a bowl, add icing sugar, vanilla essence and lemon juice and zest whisk until stiff and glossy.
- Using a spatula put cream into a piping bag and then pipe dollops onto half of the puff pastry and using the other puff pastries make a stack, sift some icing sugar over and finish of with remainder of cream. You can do any design you like.
I love this Combination of Greens, it’s great on it’s own or serve with some lovely fish or even chicken as a nice and healthy dinner.
4 pieces of asparagus
80g soya beans
2 rashers bacon (smoked)
2 Spring onions
olive oil 3 tbsp
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Zest of 1 lemon
- Bring a large pan of water to the boil, place the soya beans in and boil for 4 minutes. Add in the asparagus and cook for a further 2 minutes. Drain well.
- Meanwhile, place 1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan chop the bacon into 2cm strips and crisp up the bacon.
- Whisk the olive oil, lemon zest and balsamic vinegar together and season to taste.
- Place the asparagus and soya beans into a bowl, add in the bacon and spring onions.
- Slice the avocado and place on top, then drizzle the dressing mix over and serve. Yummy!!
From my previous post as you know I visited the Good Food Show in Glasgow last week and picked up this fab Bread Dipping oil. Well, I planned on having Salmon tonight for dinner and thought….Lemon and Salmon go, why not try marinading the salmon with this oil.
And here are my results………..absolutely delicious, much better than a squeeze of lemon. Just marinade for 1 hour then I steamed cooked in my Combi Microwave and it was truly deliciously delightful!!
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