All posts filed under: Winter

Winter Warming Chickpea and Coconut Water Curry, with Homemade Peshwari Nan

Winter Warming Chickpea and Coconut Water Curry, with Homemade Peshwari Nan At my birthday, someone brought round a carton of coconut water….and left in in my fridge. I wasn’t immediately sure what to do with it, however after tagging along to by boyfriends gig with Nell Bryden, a lovely New York singer/songwriter, I saw her gulping down litres of the stuff and assumed it was tasty! Yet on returning home the next day and the coconut water soaked my pallet, I was surprised how icky it actually was served straight. There was no way I would be able to finish the whole carton, I thought to myself. So whilst making curry in the evening, I came upon the idea of using it in place of regular water. It lends itself really well in this recipe, with the subtle coconut flavour and ever so slightly salty taste. Worth a go, but just use regular water if you haven’t been laden with a big old carton that you don’t know how to shift! ____________________________________________________________________________________  Serves 4 a …

Winter Pesto with Kale, Rocket, Walnuts and Cashews

Winter Pesto with Kale, Rocket, Walnuts and Cashews Homemade pesto is so fun and easy to make. It can practically be made with any leafy green, this time I have gone for a seasonal winter green, Kale. Walnuts and cashews make this pesto luxurious and the rich parmesan really cuts through more than in the shop bought variety. This recipe makes two jars worth and is packed full of super zinging vitamins needed at winter time. ____________________________________________________________________________________ 130g kale 70g rocket 75g parmesan or grana padano cheese 30g walnuts 30g cashews 3 cloves of garlic 100ml extra virgin olive oil 1 lemon, juice of salt & pepper to taste ____________________________________________________________________________________ Start my bringing a large pan of water to the boil and blanch the kale for 3-4 min until tender. Drain the kale and set aside. Wash the rocket and dry with a clean dish cloth. Using a food processor, wiz the cheese, nuts and garlic for a few seconds. Then add the kale and rocket. The rocket might not fit at first, but once …

Chai Cinnamon Buns

Chai Cinnamon Buns These buns are truly heavenly, especially when it is snowing outside! They are time consuming, but worth the effort on special occasions or at the weekends when you have extra time. With this recipe, I have merged two great taste experiences together, Canadian Cinnamon Buns and Indian Chai to form the perfect Chai Cinnamon Bun. After graduating from Art College, I traveled around India and Nepal with my friend Mary for 3 months. We saw wonderful things, from the snow peaked Himalaya, farmers washing their buffalo’s in the Ganges River to the glistening walls of the Taj Mahal, all along the trip drinking many cups of Chai. See more here and here Authentic Indian Chai is made using a wonderful blend of warming spices and sweet honey steeped in milk then boiled. In India it’s served in tiny cups sometimes made of clay that can be bought from street sellers for 5 rupees (penny’s!). After gulping down the tea, it’s customary to smash the little clay cups on the ground and walk on. …

Winter Beetroot Bolognese

Winter Beetroot Bolognese Its not the first time I declare my love of beetroot. Beetroot is a fantastic vegetable that you can do so many things with. It’s superb during late summer when first dug up, but is so good at keeping fresh right through to winter. It gets woodier, but it comes back to life when used in recipes like this Winter Beetroot Bolognese. You can add a meat substitute like quorn mince, or even a can of kidney beans for added fill, but its not strictly necessary as the beetroot and mushrooms give this dish a fantastic wholesome texture. ____________________________________________________________________________________ 1 large beetroot 2 medium or 1 large carrot 1 medium onion 3 cloves of garlic 1 tin organic tomatoes big handful or 9 button mushrooms 250g quorn mince (optional) 3tbsp red lentils 2 tsp hot paprika 2 tsp dried or fresh oregano 5 fresh basil leaves 1 tbsp red wine or red wine vinegar 1tbsp tomato purée half a tin of water salt and pepper to taste 250g spaghetti Parmesan and rocket …

Girl-Slaw with Homemade Pita Bread and Ginger Marinated Vegetable Kebab

Girl-Slaw with Homemade Pita Bread and Ginger Marinaded Vegetable Kebab If I had a signature dish, I think it would be Girl-Slaw as I’ve dubbed it. I make it regularly and I never tire of its vivid pink colour, its sweet taste and crunchy texture. It’s not exactly high brow but it is fantastic! I first encountered pink coleslaw eating at The Outsider in Edinburgh and have since then insisted my coleslaw, or rather Girl-Slaw, always be served Pink! Its great served as part of a BBQ or in your favourite baguette, or better yet in Homemade Pitta, get that recipe here. And it becomes much better if you make it a day in advance, so that the flavours really come together. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Girl-Slaw Serves 4 . ½ head of white cabbage 1 large beetroot 1 large carrot 1 small onion 1 handful of raisins ½ lemon, juice of 1 large tsp of your favourite mustard (mine is Dijon) 5 tbsp mayonnaise pepper to taste ____________________________________________________________________________________ Start by washing your veg. Then grate the beetroot …

Italian Kale & Tuscan Soup

  I recently received what I believed to be a Kale variety or at leased a dear cousin in my organic veg box delivery. I did my research and found that this dark green alien was indeed a kale, to be precise – Italian Kale, or as I discovered Dinosaur Kale! And you can see why. It is tough as old leather and bumpy like an alligators neck! And my first attempt at cooking it like regular kale did not prove delicious.. So I looked to its place of birth for divine intervention, and decided what better to pair it up with than Tuscan Bean Soup. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A big glug of olive oil 1 knob of butter 2 large onions, chopped 4 celery sticks, chopped 3 large carrots, chopped 3 garlic cloves, you guessed it – Chopped! Small bunch (4-5 sprigs) of thyme Small bunch of rosemary 1 tsp smoked paprika or sweet hungarian is nice to! 2 tins chopped tomatoes 1 litre organic vegetable stock 1 tin cannellini beans 1 tin flageolet beans 1 …

Winter Pomegranate Salad with Broad Beans and Feta

On a recent trip to Portugal I was thrilled to see these exotic fruits hanging heavy on little trees.They are “seasonal” in the northern hemisphere during winter and with their juicy gemstone kernels they really light up any dish in the dark months of winter. ________________________________________________________________________________ Serves 2, so just double it if you are expecting guests! 150g Bulgur Wheat Half a pack or 100g of Feta 2 Spring Onions or half of a Small regular Onion 1 Pomegranate A handful of new tender Broad Beans or Green beans A small bunch of Parsley Half a Lime, juice of Olive Oil to drizzle Wash and top n’ tail your beans of choice and cook until tender, but still with crunch, 3-4 min. Set aside to cool. Put your bulgur wheat in a bowl and cover with enough boiling water to just cover the grains. Set aside for 10 minutes and the bulgur will soften and absorb the water all on its own. Meanwhile chop the onions and parsley, and scoop out the pomegranate kernels and …