Sundays are all about Stews……good home cooked food. Sundays are my chillout day and also my home comforts day, so there’s nothing better than a tasty Stew. This one was full of flavour, very spicy and full of protein too. I served it with some homemade crusty baguettes.
6 Sausages (to your own taste. I used Black pepper Beef sausages) you could use low fat sausages to make it even healthier.
1 Cal cooking Spray
1 red romano pepper (the long pointy ones), deseeded and cut into 1cm strips
1 clove garlic crushed
1 tbsp hot chilli powder – less if you don’t like it too spicy
1 tbsp hot smoked paprika
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
100ml chicken stock
200g cannellini beans, drained
200g red kidney beans, drained
6 spring onions, finely chopped
chopped parsley to garnish.
- Spray a non stick fry pan and heat on a medium heat.
- Gently fry the spring onions, pepper and garlic then add 3 tbsp water and cover. Cook on a simmer for about 5 minutes until soft.
- Meanwhile, gently brown sausages in a fry pan with spray oil.
- Once browned, remove and cut into 3 diagonally.
- Add chilli powder, paprika and worcester sauce into the pepper mix and stir, then add the passata, chicken stock, sausages and beans, bring up to a boil, then simmer for about 10-15 minutes uncovered.
- Serve in a soup bowl and garnish with parsley. Serve with some fresh crusty bread. Yummy!
If your anything like me……I Love peanut butter, so when I saw this recipe being executed on TV I just had to try it. I have adjusted the ingredients slightly to suit our tastes and I have to admit it’s bloody lovely! This will soon be a staple recipe in my household I think.
You can serve it with some rice for a dinner, or even just on a toasted open baguette (which we done) or even as a filling in a wrap for lunch, its very versatile.
Makes enough for 4 people
For the Chicken Thighs and marinade:-
500g chicken thighs cut into strips
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp cornflour
1 tbsp peanut oil
For the Sauce:-
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (good quality one)
80g peanut butter – crunchy
1 tsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp sichuan peppercorns – toasted and ground (you can use rainbow peppercorns too)
2 tbsp peanut oil
2 red chillies – chopped finely or 2 tsp dried chillies
4 spring onions – finely chopped
2 garlic cloves – crushed
1 inch root ginger, finely chopped
- For the marinade for chicken thighs – Mix the soy sauce, peanut oil and cornflour in a bowl, add the chicken and ensure coated evenly, allow to stand at room temperature for at least 1/2 hour.
- Meanwhile for the sauce, combine together balsamic vinegar, peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil and peppercorns until smooth.
- Heat a wok or large fry pan over a medium to high heat, add the peanut oil to heat through until pan is coated, then add in the chillies, ginger and garlic cook for about 1 minute.
- Add in the marinated chicken and cook until chicken is browned all over. Add in the spring onions and the sauce mixture coating all the chicken pieces, cook for a further 2 minutes.
- Serve with your choice of accompaniment.
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!
So Rio 2016 is upon us, to help celebrate I decided to try my hand at a Brazilian themed dinner. I was so pleased with my results, so tasty! Here you are, my recipes:-
Empanadas are little pockets of leftovers, I filled mine with Soffritto, Mince and Black beans filling.
Traditional Empanada dough is made a bit like an unsweetened tart crust: flour, salt (and any other seasonings), and butter are mixed to combine, then eggs and water are added until the dough comes together. However, I cheated for quickness and used shop bought ready rolled shortcrust pastry.
For the Soffritto:-
3 celery sticks
1 large white onion
1 tbsp olive oil
- Chop all the ingredients into very fine pieces (cubes).
- Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion, cook until translucent and slightly browned. Then add in the carrot and celery, reduce to a low heat and cook for approx 1 hour until its all browned. The flavour that comes from the vegetables is amazing and almost caramelised like.
- At this stage you can eat it on its own or add any other meats or flavourings.
For my filling for the Empanada’s I added to the Soffritto mix:-
200g Browned mince
200g Black beans
2 tbsp Chopped Chilli
1 tsp salt & pepper to season
When the filling is ready, you are now ready to make your Empanadas
- Roll out your pasty into circular shapes, I used a 4″ pastry cutter.
- Take a dessert spoonful of the filling and put onto pastry
- Wet you finger and wet the edges of the pastry, fold over the pastry into a half moon shape and seal with your finger or a fork.
- Place on a greaseproof paper baking tray and brush with either milk or egg wash.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 200 deg for 25 minutes.
Also check out my Brazilian Cheesy Bread here:- https://cookingwithluce.wordpress.com/2016/08/06/brazilian-cheesy-bread/
I picked up some amazing Kalettes from my local Food assembly in Glasgow this week, they were kindly supplied by Donald from Rhone Cottage, (http://www.rhonecottage.co.uk/) they grow their own seasonal produce using only sustainable practises and no artificial fertilisers are used.
I decided to try and stir fry them with some seafood, and the flavour was amazing. Kalettes are a bit like a brussel sprout and Kale in one, also classed as a superfood. Below are the Kalettes.
He also kindly gave me the Kalette Top to try and the leaves are very nice, flavoursome and hold their texture. Here is the Kalette Top.
150g – 200g each Portion of Prawns, Mussels and squid
Slice of smoked Salmon – chopped
60g Red rice – cooked as per packet
Chilli – chopped finely
Parsley – finely chopped
Handful of Kalettes
6 Kalette Leaves – cut in half
- Warm through seafood mix for few minutes.
- Add in the Kalettes and leaves with chilli and sprinkle with soy sauce. Cook for approx 2-3 mins.
- Once rice is cooked through add into mix and stir through.
- Top with smoked salmon and parsley.
Well I was Opting for a Spicy Weekend this weekend………………….(naughty…naughty!)……..and this polishes off my Sunday. Delicious and filling Soup with a bit of spice!
1 Sweet Potato
1 tsp ground coriander
4 spring onions
1 red chilli
1 tsp olive oil
Handful of tortilla chips (I used Doritos with a hint of lime)
15g fresh coriander
400g ripe tomatoes
2 gloves of garlic
1 can chickpeas (400g)
Feta cheese for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 200 deg. Wash and peel sweet potato, cut into 1cm cubes.
- Season potatoes with salt, pepper and ground coriander, drizzle with oil and bake for 30 mins.
- Meanwhile, chop the spring onions finely, slice the chilli and coriander, add to a pan with little oil and fry for about 2 mins.
- Crush into the pan the garlic, cut tomatoes into quarters then add in to pot.
- Tip in the chickpeas with juices and top up with 500ml of boiling water, bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 mins.
- After 20 mins, remove from heat and mash up the tomatoes. Add in the sweet potato and crush in the tortillas, mix through, season well and serve. Garnish with fresh coriander and feta if chosen. YUMMY!!!
I cheated a bit with the dahl and bought ready cooked lentils, if using from scratch it can take 2-3 hours of cooking.
For the Lentil Dahl
1 x packet of Green lentils (250g)
1 tsp ginger
1tsp olive oil
1 tbsp chilli
200g chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp Tamarind paste (or you could use Kasoori methi)
- Pour oil into a pan and heat, add in ginger, garlic and cook for 1 min.
- Add in the butter and let melt, add in the tamarind paste and chilli and mix through, then add in the lentils and chopped tomatoes. Mix through and heat for 4-5 mins. Ready to serve.
For the Masala Potato Curry
300 salad potatoes
1 tbsp olive oil
200 g chopped tomatoes
1 red chilli chopped
1tsp ground coriander
1 tbsp cumin
1 medium onion chopped
2 tbsp fresh coriander for garnish
- Wash and chop potatoes into 2cm cubes.
- heat oil in a pan, add in cumin. coriander and onion, cook for 5 mins.
- Add in the chilli and potatoes and season with salt and pepper
- Add 200ml of water, cover and cook for 8 mins
- add the chopped tomatoes and cook uncovered for 7 mins or until tender
- Ready to serve, then garnish with fresh coriander
If you don’t like it too spicy, use 1/2 chilli and 1tsp cumin instead.
Serve both with some Chapati….YUMMY!