nasi goreng

Like Gado Gado, this is another Indonesian street food recipe. It is a delicious mix of sweet and sour with a bit of crunch mixed with the creamy egg. Who’d have thought lime would go with a fried egg? Well it really does. You can soft poach the eggs if you prefer… It’s perfect Asian comfort food and its low budget and pretty healthy too. I love anything with a fried egg!

Serves 4.

Ingredients:
1 onion finely sliced
2 carrots thickly grated
½ a small cabbage shredded
½ cup of thawed frozen peas
4 minced cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of grated ginger
2 x 250 bags of cooked brown basmati rice
1 ½ tablespoons of fish sauce
1½ teaspoons of maple syrup
3 tablespoons of soya sauce
3 tablespoons of olive oil
4 eggs

To serve:
A few salad onions cut into fine slivers or finely chopped
Lime wedges
A handful of crispy fried onions ( available in tubs in supermarkets, check for gluten)
Chilli sauce (I think Sriracha is the best)
Some diced cucumber (optional)
A small bunch of Coriander finely chopped
A big bag of prawn crackers

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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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moroccan carrot salad

I love this recipe so much. I got it from the Moro cookbook and have tweaked it a little to make it easier. Every time I serve it everyone adores it and wants the recipe. The taste is sweetly delicious and very Moroccan because it’s really fresh and fragrant with the perfume of cumin and coriander. It’s great with meat, salads and couscous dishes or with my vegetable tajine. I don’t peel the carrots because I can’t be bothered and I assume most of the goodness and taste is in the skin and no one notices if you do or don’t.

Recipe

Serves 3 but you can double or triple the ingredients

Ingredients:
About 6 medium sized carrots
1 tsp ground cumin
1 minced garlic clove
juice of half a lemon
1 teaspoon maple syrup or sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
Small bunch of coriander

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winter slaw

This very colourful coleslaw is made without mayonnaise and with root vegetables, and it is a tribute to Ottolenghi’s slaw recipes. Although nice with Mayo it’s much fresher and healthier without and it tastes just as amazing. You can add other vegetables to it, what ever you have a preference for. It’s also great partnered with my nectarine salad, or any of my rice dishes. Super yum.

Recipe

Serves 2-4.

Ingredients:

1/2 small celeriac, julienned
1/2 small red cabbage, cored and thinly shredded, I use a mandolin
2 carrots thickly grated, I use a julienne peeler
1 beetroot thickly grated
1 lemon, zest and juice
4 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of vinegar
3 teaspoons of maple syrup
A bunch of parsley chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

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sweet glazed carrots

Carrots but not as you know them. These are subtlety sweet and particularly delicious. The roots of this recipe are French and Danish and that’s why they are so tasty. The French often serve their carrots like this and the chief chefs in our house when I was growing up were Danish. Once I’d cooked them this way as a side dish, I always cook them this way when I have carrots especially when I cook a roast. They are perfect at Thanksgiving and with the Christmas feast.
Recipe
Serves 6.
Ingredients:
1kg of carrots
30g of butter or a tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of maple syrup or sugar
1 big squeeze of lemon juice
A handful of finely chopped  parsley
Salt and pepper
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aloo gobi

This is my own version of the Leon Aloo Gobi. Even though it’s got a lot of ingredients, it’s worth making as a stand alone veggie dish. It’s perfect for a vegan or vegetarian dinner party served with basmati rice or a paratha. It has all the righ flavours and textures. Sweet and savoury and  very creamy. Everyone loves it, including die hard carnivores. It has been wheeled out for many a dinner party and vegetarian dinner à deux.

Recipe

Serves 3-4.

Ingredients:
1 medium onion finely chopped
2 carrots thickly sliced
2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
1 red chilli
2 thumb sized pieces of fresh ginger
5 cloves peeled garlic
1 heaped teaspoon madras curry powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon black onion seeds
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/2 a cauliflower broken into florets
1 x 400ml tin coconut milk
1 cup frozen peas (thawed)
Juice of half a lemon
A handful of sultanas
Finely chopped parsley or coriander
A handful of desiccated coconut (and some optional coconut chips to sprinkle on top)

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