vegetable tajine with harissa

This tajine has all the flavours of a tasty Moroccan dish.  It’s perfect for a warming supper or dinner party now it’s colder.  It has that lovely combo of savoury and sweet because it’s got delicious spices and dried apricots in it. It’s super easy as it’s sll baked in the oven and needs little attention. Perfect if you are busy. I serve it with saffron couscous, garlicky yogurt (Alpro have just started doing a sugar free plain yogurt) and my Moroccan orange salad, recipe in the index, and it’s a big hit with vegetarians and non vegetarians.

Serves 4.

Ingredients:
4-5 carrots sliced lengthways
4-5 shallots peeled
1 aubergine cubed
100g unsulphured dried apricots, chopped
4-5 baby courgettes or two large ones cut into spears
250 ml vegetable stock
1 big pinch of saffron fronds
A tin of chick peas and the water they come in
4 tablespoons of olive oil
A few bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon each of ground ginger, turmeric, chilli flakes and smoked paprika
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon of Harissa
A small handful of chopped parsley (optional)

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spanish style clams

I have taken the flavours of a classic Spanish clam stew and rejigged it so it tastes great even though there is no meat in it. Normally it would have Chorizo in it, so I used smoked paprika which is the flavor of Chorizo instead and it tastes just as good. It’s a really easy recipe and great for a date night. Also, the frozen Clams were a bargain £3.59 for 500g in the freezer section of Waitrose. I always buy a few boxes and keep them in the freezer just in case.

Serves 2.

Ingredients:
1 medium onion, finely sliced
Pinch of hot smoked paprika
Pinch of saffron threads
500g of clams (thawed if using frozen)
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
A bunch of parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon sherry
2 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 slices of sourdough bread (optional)

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moroccan orange salad

I had this salad as a starter in a Moroccan restaurant in Paris and I have made it ever since. It’s divine and reminds me of that restaurant I think was called the Star. I went there twice with my boyfriend with a ten year gap between visits and when we told them that we loved it there and had come back ten years later they were very blasé and not interested, however the food was fantastic still. This salad is great as a dessert too. It’s perfumey with orange flower water so you feel transported to an exotic place in Morocco, at least I do, and it’s pretty healthy. So give it a try….

 

Recipe

Serves 2-3.

Ingredients:
2 large naval oranges skin and pith cut off and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon of orange flower water
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
A few sprigs of coriander, finely chopped
Icing sugar, for dusting

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gado gado

This salad is inspired by the street food in Indonesia and this is my take on it. It’s a brilliant combo of crunchy and soft and sweet and sour, in fact I think it tastes pretty mind blowing. But, so it doesn’t end up looking like the contents of the bottom of a dustbin when you plate it up, it’s best to layer it with the sauce at the bottom. You can use other vegetables like cucumber or blanched carrot sticks or blanched cabbage, and fried tofu or tempeh too.
All work well, it’s up to you, it’s really great for using up vegetables in the fridge.

Recipe

Serves 2-3.

Ingredients:
About 6 radishes cut in half lengthwise
6 small new potatoes
4 eggs
200g of fine beans (topped and tailed)
100g bean sprouts
4 big tablespoons of crispy fried onions (from supermarket)
A big handful of prawn crackers (optional)

The sauce
1 clove of chopped garlic
3 tablespoons maple syrup
5 tablespoons of peanut butter
Juice of 2 limes
chilli sauce to taste (optional)
2 teaspoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon of soya sauce
1 tablespoon of tamarind paste

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pad thai

This version of Pad Thai is a delicious warm noodley stir fry salad. Perfect on a summer evening. You can add cooked prawns or chicken to this recipe, if you want to, it’s totally versatile, but stands alone as an outstanding vegan recipe. I love that it’s a tangy mixture of flavours and it’s a variety of textures. It was a great hit at dinner with my vegetarian boy pals (it can be made with white noodles too).

Serves 2.

Ingredients:
300g of flat brown rice noodles or brown rice tagliatelle or fettuccini
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 minced cloves of garlic
200g of smoked tofu or plain firm tofu cut in to smallish pieces
4 tablespoons of soya sauce (gluten free if appropriate )
2 tablespoons peanut butter
Juice of one lime and another cut into wedges
3 tablespoons of maple syrup
Chilli sauce to taste
3 finely chopped salad onions
½ red chilli very finely sliced
Handful of chopped peanuts to garnish
A sprig of chopped coriander

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fresh nectarine salad

This salad is simple and sweetly delicious and I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before. I really love salads that are using just one main ingredient. It’s the zen way. Also I have always secretly put vinaigrette on my fruit salad when it’s just for me. So this recipe, which could also use peaches, hits the sweet and savoury thing on the head, if you like that sort of thing. I love the sweetness of the nectarine with the zingy dressing. It’s particularly lovely with my winter slaw. A friend of mine makes it all the time…she’s completely hooked on it.

Recipe

Serves 2.

Ingredients:
4 nectarines or peaches, peeled and cut into segments or just cut in half and remove the stone and chuck in a bowl with the skin on, rustic style
A small sprig of mint chopped very finely
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon maple syrup
A little pepper and salt

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