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!
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
A few salad onions cut into fine slivers or finely chopped
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
This trad Lebanese cauliflower salad, which Ralph made recently, is so delicious that I had to get the recipe from him and put it on the blog. It’s got the great combo of flavours from the sweetness of the pomegranate seeds popping in your mouth, to the tangy sesame nutty dressing. It’s crunchy and creamy and totally dairy free and vegan. You will also love it if you love roasted cauliflower. If only all healthy eating was this divine.
Serves 2-3 as a side.
1/4 cup of Tahini
Juice of 2 lemons
A handful pomegranate seeds
A handful of roasted pine nuts
2 tablespoons of olive oil
A sprig of chopped parsley
A few tablespoons of water
Salt and Pepper
I love peas and always have, and will always be excited if I know they are on the menu, and I try and find any excuse to put them in a recipe. I have wanted to make a pea bruschetta type scenario for ages, and now I have knocked one up for the blog. It’s a delicious mix of crunchy bread with the delicate pea mash and the flavours of the Parmesan and balsamic vinegar. Bloody delish and great as a canapé or starter or as a snack.
4 slices of sourdough bread
1/2 garlic clove
1 cup of defrosted frozen petit pois
2 tablespoons of good olive oil
Finely chopped parsley
A little dribble of balsamic vinegar
Zest of a lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
Sometimes it’s the simplest things that are the best things and like most people I have loved egg and chips ever since my foodie sister took me to a greasy spoon when we were teenagers. At home we were used to eating European food and this was the best kind of British food and a revelation on every level, and something my mum would never have cooked us, so it felt rather exotic. It’s still up there in my memory as one of the best meals I ever had in a restaurant. However, I thought I’d ramp up the flavours a notch and create a newer version using olive oil, truffle oil, parsley and Burford eggs. You can use coconut oil, and there is a taste free version now in health food stores. I’m just eating this now having photographed it for this post, and all I’m thinking is it’s so delicious I can’t wait for Ralph to try it, and it is a perfect date night dinner.
2 large potatoes (floury types work best, like Russet, Desiree, King Edward or Maris piper)
3 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil
Very finely chopped parsley (optional)
2 tablespoons of truffle oil (now available in supermarkets at around £3.50 a bottle which will last for ages) or truffle salt
1-2 eggs per person
Salt and pepper to taste
This is my second midnight
spaghetti (sometimes called spaghetti di mezzanotte) only I use linguine, but you can use spaghetti if you prefer. I got this version from The New York Times and because of its simplicity and because it’s not only a great store-cupboard standby, it’s also perfect when you can’t be bothered to cook yet another massive meal at Christmas or any time and fancy something easy, delicious and quick. It’s the chefs choice because they arrive home tired and want something easy to cook after a day of cooking, and the reason it’s really tasty is because it’s flavour bombed with a combo of anchovies, garlic, chilli and capers. I love it with Parmesan or without. It’s also perfect served with a crunchy green salad with my vinaigrette
or as a midnight
feast in a candle lit kitchen à deux after a party.
Serves 2 (you can double or triple the quantities).
250g of linguine or spaghetti
3-4 tablespoons of olive oil
4 anchovy fillets chopped
3 garlic cloves peeled and very thinly sliced
1 tablespoon of small capers chopped
¼-1/2 teaspoon of chilli flakes
A small bunch of parsley, finely chopped
Grated Parmesan (optional)
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.
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
Hurrah…it’s pear season. I think pears are fairly underrated, partly because they sit rock hard in fruit bowls and no one knows if and when they will ripen, and when they do ripen they start to become over ripe really quickly. Well now here’s an answer, so they don’t go to waste, I use them raw while they are still hard in salads or I roast them with vanilla, spices and honey and serve them as a dessert.
Most people opt for apples over pears but I kind of prefer pears. Like my pear salad, I sometimes like to use them as I would a vegetable and pay homage to the humble pear.
You can use soft or hard pears for this salad, either will do. Apart from tasting delicious, it also looks beautiful with the colour of the red cabbage.
1 firm pear cored and sliced into small frite sized sticks (I leave the skin on) the harder the pear the smaller the pieces should be
A sprig of parsley finely chopped
1 ½ teaspoons of maple syrup
¼ teaspoon of English mustard
1 lime, zest and juice
1 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup of sour cream (or coconut yogurt or dairy free yogurt)
½ a small red onion finely sliced
1 cup of finely shredded red cabbage