New Year, New Recipes, New ideas, New ways of thinking and so on………..yes we all do it in January and this one was no different. I am trying to look for new ways to add health benefit spices to my food, so thought I would start with Turmeric, a spice rice with anti-inflammatory effects, powerful antioxidants which protect our body from free radicals, know to improve brain function, lower your risk of heart disease, prevent cancer, it even has anti-ageing benefits (I so on this one…lol). So why not?
This little dish was so tasty, I will definitely be having it more.
Makes 2 portions
2 tsps turmeric
Salt & pepper
6 cherry tomatoes – cut into quarters
2 tsps parsley (dried or fresh) – I used dried
- Heat oil in a fry pan on medium heat
- Gently heat through tomatoes until slightly soft
- Whisk up eggs and pour into pan, add turmeric, parsley and salt & pepper, allow to sit for a minute then gently mix through until you have a scrambled egg consistency. Serve immediately.
Breakfast at the weekends are my favourite……..long lazy mornings, the smell of fresh coffee, listening to some morning relaxing music on the radio, (oh I sound old…I should say Spotify!….lol!) a good homemade filling breakfast that sets you up for the day……sound perfect? It’s even more perfect when you have a gadget that simply works everytime, and only 1 pan to ever wash up….now that sounds perfect….does it not?
I’ve made hash browns before using a fry pan on hob, but thought I’d try on my crisper plate and wow, so easy, cooked to perfection, no oil used so therefore its healthier, no turning over and non stick………I’ve said it before but I love this little plate.
2 Potatoes – I used Maris Pipers with skin on, all the flavour is in the skin – don’t peel
Salt & pepper
Knob of Butter
Choice of spices or herbs (I used Turmeric for this one, 2 tsp) I’ve also made it with crushed red peppers for some spice and also a little curried powder.
- Wash potatoes then grate using the large holes on a grater
- Preheat the crisper plate on dynamic crisp for 3 minutes, remove from oven and put knob of butter in to melt.
- Sprinkle the potatoes over the plate, leaving small gaps (like a spiders web), this allows the steam to escape and the potatoes to crisp up nicely
- Season with Salt & pepper & your spices or herbs
- Bake on dynamic crisp setting for 6 minutes
- Remove from oven and crack 2 eggs on top of potatoes, put back in and bake for 1m30sec for runny and 2m for hard egg.
- When you slide it off of the plate it should all stick together like a web.
After coming down with the cold over the holidays, I was on a mission not only to eat healthier but to use food as a natural healer, so that means more antioxidants and vegetables. Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 onion – chopped
salt & pepper to season
1 pint of vegetable broth
1/2 can of coconut milk
2 tbsp fresh chopped coriander
- Pre-heat you oven to 230 deg C.
- Chop up the cauliflower into small florets/cubes, add in the chopped garlic and oil into a bowl and mix through until all combined.
- Place the cauliflower onto a baking tray and bake for about 25 mins.
- Heat a tbsp oil in a pan and gently fry the onion, add the veg stock and bring to the boil, add in the cauliflower then cover and simmer for about 15 mins.
- Add in the coconut milk and stir through, using a hand blender, blend until smooth.
- Cook your rice separately then once ready add to the soup and mix through.
- Serve in a bowl and garnish with coriander.
This was really tasty and so healthy and filling.
Yet again I amaze myself with an absolutely delicious curry, another one for my favourites list. So healthy too and filling.
2 Chicken Breasts
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp gram masala
1 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
1 chopped onion
1 chopped chilli
2 tsp ginger
1 yellow and 1 red pepper – diced
1 tsp garlic powder or 1 fresh clove
250ml beef stock
1 cup lentils
200ml coconut milk
salt & pepper
- Put spices into a tub, turmeric, gram masala, cumin, salt, pepper, cloves and garlic. Dice the chicken and rub in the spice mix to coat.
- Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan and add the chicken to brown.
- Add in the chilli, onion and peppers and cook for a few minutes.
- Pour in the beef stock and lentils bring to boil then simmer and cook for about 1.5 hrs.
- Pour in the coconut milk and simmer further for another 1.5 hrs. If too watery, remove lid and simmer uncovered until sauce has thickened (about 15 mins).
- Serve and top with some fresh parsley. Yum!
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.
Always wondered what the cauliflower rice would be like and as I’m trying to eat healthier, I said why not give it a go. I have to say it is quite bland on its own, so I jazzed it up a bit.
Makes 2 servings
1 packet of Cauliflower Rice
1/2 tin of tomatoes
1 tin of tuna in spring water (or any you like)
1/2 cup of sweetcorn
1 tbsp soya sauce
1 tsp turmeric powder (classed as a superfood)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chilli powder
chopped parsley to serve
- Heat some spray oil in a large wok. Add in the cauli rice then flavour with the turmeric, cumin, chilli and soya sauce, stir to combine.
- Then add in the tuna, sweetcorn and tin tomatoes, stir to combine through and gently heat for about 4 mins.
- Serve with some fresh parsley. Yummy! and Healthy!
I have to say this is the first time I’ve tried Mutton, I picked it up at the Glasgow Food Assembly from Harris Meat Farm, https://harrisfarmmeats.scot/ , https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/7907 , went with a spiced Indian flavour and some yellow lentils and oh my……absolutely loved it, rich, spicy, fragrant and so delicate, I slow cooked the meat and it just flaked on my plate…..absolute taste sensation!
500g Diced Mutton
1 onion – chopped
50g Yellow Split peas
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tbsp Oil
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp garlic
1 Green Chilli – finely chopped
1 can chopped tomatoes 400g
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp Coriander
1 tsp Gram Masala
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Curry Powder
Handful of Kalette Leaves or Spinach
- Firstly you want to marinade the mutton for around 1 hour, so in a bowl add 1/2 tsp Turmeric, 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder, 1/2 tsp Coriander, 1 tsp Gram Masala, 1 tsp Cumin, 1 tsp Curry Powder, add the mutton and rub through.
- Meanwhile, Bring the 250ml water to the boil and add 1/2 tsp Turmeric then add in the yellow split peas, boil for about 10 mins then simmer for a further 15 mins or until the water is all soaked up. Spoon out onto a side plate for now.
- In the same pan heat through the oil, gently fry the garlic, ginger, onion and green chillies for a few mins until onion has cooked through (slighty brown).
- Then add in the mutton to the pan and brown all over.
- Empty in the Tin Tomatoes, about 100ml water, put the yellow peas back into pan and sprinkle 1/2 tsp coriander in, bring to the boil, reduce to a very slow simmer and slow cook on hob covered for about 2.5hrs or until meat is tender.
- A couple of minutes before serving, steam some Kalette leaves or Spinach and serve. Yummy!
I found that a Tempranillo based wine went really well, due to it’s Spicy, Herbal and Cherry flavour combinations. This however is up to your individual taste palates.