Kimchi Quinoa StirFry (GF, DF)

Kimchi Quinoa StirFry (GF, DF)

Kimchi Quinoa Stirfry

I saw this in Bon Appetite and it just sang to me! A recipe with tamari, sesame oil, kimchi and Quinoa, some of my all time favourite ingredients! It’s an easy recipe and has a double helping of protein with the egg and Quinoa.

Kimchi is great for your digestion, as it is fermented, another wisdom passed down through generations

I use normal Kimchi for me and mama’s extra spicy Kimchi for Mr B

Happy Spring!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Kimchi, plus 3 tbsp. of juice from the jar
  • 4 scallions/spring onions
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 cups Quinoa
  • 2 tsp. tamari
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. white sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1 tsp. black sesame seeds

Method

  • Squeeze kimchi over a small bowl to catch the juices. Top up if you need more to make it up to the 3 tbsp.
  • Chop the kimchi, set aside
  • Cut dark green tops of the onions and thinly slice, set aside
  • Thinly slice the white and pale green parts and set aside
  • Heat the coconut oil in a large non-stick frying pan
  • Crack the eggs into the pan and fry until the white is solid and the egg is crispy around the middle, c. 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate
  • Add the carrot and cook until soft, c. 2 minutes
  • Add the green and white parts of the onions and kimchi and cook until golden, c. 3 minutes
  • Add grains, tamari, sesame oil and the kimchi juice, cook until well mixed
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper

To serve, top with the egg and black and white sesame seeds

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Spinach Paneer (GF)

Spinach Paneer (GF)

Spinach Paneer

The word Paneer is of Persian origin and is used to refer to any type of cheese. Paneer is normally homemade by Indian families, boiling whole milk and adding some lemon juice. My Grandma tried several attempts to make Paneer using Soya Milk and Almond Milk, but it didn’t work, so this is a vegetarian recipe using full fat dairy paneer and is dedicated to my brother

My brother loves Paneer and will eat it, in pretty much any form. This paneer dish is packed with amazing healing spices and antioxidants from the spinach and thus is a complete meal full of your veggies and protein. I hope you love it, a much as I love you, Mr D!

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. cayenne
  • ½ tsp. salt (to taste)
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 12 ounces paneer
  • 16 ounces spinach
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 chilli (deseeded)
  • ½ tsp. garam masala
  • 2 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder

Method

  • In a bowl mix the turmeric, cayenne and salt and paneer, make sure the pieces are well covered
  • Heat half the oil and pan fry until at least golden on a couple of each side, set aside
  • Steam the spinach in a little broth, let cool and blend
  • Add the remaining oil to the pan, add the onions, tomato, chilli, ginger and garlic and cook until the onions are soft and starting to caramelize
  • Add the garam masala, cumin, coriander continue to cook until the spices are well incorporated, c. 5 minutes
  • Add the spinach, combine and cook for another 5 minutes
  • Add the paneer and continue to cook, make sure well combined and try not break the paneer pieces as you mix
  • Serve hot with rice or roti

Healthy Pop Tarts (GF, DF)

Healthy Pop Tarts (GF)

Pop Tart

Who would have ever thought you could make such a thing as a healthy pop tart?? It sounds like a contradiction in terms

The pop tart for those of you who don’t know was introduced to the world in 1964 by Kellogg as a pre-baked toaster convenience food and soon became popular as a kids breakfast. It is made out of two layers of pastry and has a sweet filling inside. The basic pop tart without frosting has approximately 16g sugar and 200 calories

The reason I know anything about Pop Tarts at all is due to Mr B, who recently admitted to me that when he is stressed at work he goes to the vending machine and liberates a pop tart. This surprised me, as Mr B is a firm believer in clean eating, and generally sticks to that during the week

I therefore decide to seek out the ultimate treat for him. A pop tart that he could eat, that would be healthy and clean but taste just as good. This recipe is adapted from Lexiscleankitchen.com and doesn’t disappoint. It has Pataya, blueberries, chia and almonds as the main ingredients and so has plenty of antioxidants. It is sweet, but the sugars are natural. The biggest difference is that unlike the shop bought version, it wont outlast a nuclear incident, but given how quickly Mr B ate them, that was rather unlikely anyway!

Ingredients

For the tart

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 large egg

Homemade Chia Jam

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds

For the glaze

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. cashew milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. pataya powder

Method

  • To make the dough, combine all the ingredients in a blender and leave to chill in the fridge (very important)
  • To make the jam, put all the ingredients in a deep pot and cook on a low heat until broken down, be careful not to burn
  • Turn off an let cool
  • Combine the glaze ingredients and set aside
  • Between two pieces of parchment, gently roll out the dough and cut out rectangles using a sharp knife
  • Place half the rectangles on parchment paper, place a teaspoon of the jam in-between, wet the edges and press down with a fork to close
  • Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill and preheat the oven
  • Once the oven is hot, bake the tarts for 12-15, until golden brown. Let cool
  • Once cooled use a pastry brush to add the glaze
  • I added the pataya later after brushing first so that I had two different colours and used the glaze as a drizzle

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Cheese Rolls (GF, V)

Cheese Rolls (GF, V)

Cheese Rolls

This is a classic grandma dish, which until recently we had thought was made up for us, until I started finding different versions of the recipe on the internet

It is an Indian version of grilled cheese and can be made in many different ways, depending on your family’s palate

It can be fried or baked and made with different types of bread or cheese. My favourite adaptation is gluten free or rye bread with vegan cheese, but my grandma made it with a classic white loaf and cheddar

Mr B loved these as I added some extra chillies in the mixture for him. He ate an entire portion of 6 in one go, which is the equivalent of half a loaf of bread. I wouldn’t advise this, but it proves that the old recipes are the best!

I am still doing research on this, but it looks like the Turkish dish, Sigara Borek, which has a similar filling but is made with phyllo pastry not bread, influenced these. I’d love to hear from anyone who knows different, as I haven’t been able to track down the exact Indian lineage

Ingredients

  • 6 slices gluten free bread
  • 1 cup grated vegan cheese
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tbsp. coriander, chopped
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to brush or fry if you prefer

Method

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cheese, onion, coriander and spices
  • Take the bread slices and cut the edges off, roll them flat with a rolling pin, roll as thin as possible
  • Brush the edges with water
  • Place some of the cheese mixture in the middle of the bread, roll and press the edges to seal
  • Brush the rolls with oil and bake
  • Or heat an inch of oil in a deep pan and fry until golden brown
  • Drain and place on kitchen towel
  • Serve hot, chutney optional

Goan Ambotik – A hot, sour, spicy prawn coconut curry (GF, DF)

Goan Ambotik – A hot, sour, spicy prawn coconut curry (GF, DF)

Prawn Ambotik

Ambot means sour and tik means spicy. This dish is also known for it’s fiery quality, but has a cooling coconut element to it. So the trick to this dish is balance.

“Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create’.

I personally find it easier to create balance in food than in life, but i fully accept that it is a journey and something to work towards, just as with any good cooking technique

This dish comes from the south of India and this recipe is adapted from Maunika Gowardhan.com. It can be made with pomfret, mackerel or sardines. You can make the sauce in a big batch and use it for multiple dishes, or even just eat it as a soup or with rice.

Mr B enjoyed this and noted it as being an addictive and beautiful bouquet of flavours, to which I promptly fainted. When I recovered he said, he had read that comment in one of my food & wine magazines, and was waiting for the right moment, which happened to be now. This day will be marked as the day; Mr B became an official foodie!

Ingredients

  • 10-12 king prawns, deveined, shells off apart from the tails
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 100g white onion, finely chopped
  • 70g tomatoes, chopped
  • 400ml water
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. tamarind paste

For the paste

  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 4 cloves
  • 8 dried Kashmiri chilies
  • 150g grated coconut
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • ½ ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 60ml apple cider vinegar
  • 150ml water

Method

  • Add the prawns to a bowl with the turmeric and salt
  • In a frying pan add the cumin and coriander seeds to a dry pan and roast for 5 minutes or until they change colour
  • Add the dried spices to a blender with the dried chillies and cloves
  • Blitz to a fine powder. To this add the coconut, garlic, ginger and vinegar. Blend with the water until a smooth paste is formed
  • In a heavy bottomed pan, heat the oil over a medium flame and cook the onions till translucent
  • Add in the tomatoes and continue to fry for a few minutes till softened
  • Add in the paste you made and cook through for 6-8 minutes
  • Add the water and season to taste along with the sugar
  • Simmer for 2/3 minutes on a low heat and add the prawns, cook for another three minutes with the heat on low
  • Add the tamarind paste and stir
  • Serve hot, with rice of a Tikki

Stuffed Naan Bread

Stuffed Naan Bread

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This recipe is adapted from The Guardian, which does a, ‘how to make the perfect’ series, taking tips from the best chefs and working out the pros and cons.

I adapted this recipe to add in the goat’s cheese and salted honey glaze, as a riff on the Indian Accent blue cheese naan, which was so good we could have eaten it on a loop.

This was my first attempt at a naan, but Mr B, said that it was love at first bite!

A quick shout out to the honey I used in this. An artisanal Brooklyn brand, ‘Bees Knees Salted Honey’ by Bushwick Kitchen, check it out on line or in the shops.

Ingredients

  • 5 tsp. fast action yeast
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 150ml warm water
  • 300g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 5 tsp. sheep yogurt
  • 2 tsp. melted butter to brush
  • 50g soft goats cheese
  • Salted honey

Method

  • Put the yeast, sugar and two tablespoons of warm water in a bowl and stir well. Leave until it begins to froth
  • Put the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine
  • Stir the yogurt into the yeast mixture, then make a well in the middle of the flour and pour it in, plus the melted butter
  • Mix, then gradually stir in the water to make a soft, sticky mixture that is just firm enough to call a dough, but not at all dry
  • Tip out on a lightly floured surface and knead for approximately 5 minutes until smooth and a little less sticky, then put in a lightly oiled bowl and turn coat
  • Cover and leave in a draught free place until doubled in size (90-120 minutes)
  • Tip the dough back out on to a lightly floured surface and knock the air out, then divide into 8 balls
  • Meanwhile heat a dry pan for five minutes and put the oven on low
  • Flatten one of the balls and roll into a flat circle, place the cheese in the middle and fold over, flatten out again
  • Place in the hot pan and when it starts to bubble flip over. When browned on each side take off the pan and brush with salted honey
  • Put in the oven to keep warm and cook through

Vegan Jerky

Vegan Jerky

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Mushrooms are powerful sources of antioxidants and phytochemicals, best harnessed through eating a mix of raw and cooked mushrooms. This is a great version to use as a snack or put on a pizza or salad

I decided to make these after seeing vegan jerky in the supermarket being sold for 12.99. With two Portobello mushrooms from $3, I thought it was worth the saving!

These are made with an easy marinade and quick dehydration, so very little cooking or effort for such a versatile dish

Mr B likes the smoky umami taste and said he preferred the texture to the meat version

Ingredients

  • 2 Portobello mushrooms, cut into ¾ inch strips

Marinade

  • 3 tbsp. tamari
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • 3 drops liquid smoke
  • Black pepper to taste

Method

  • Soak the mushrooms in the marinade for a minimum of 4 hours. I left them to soak and absorb the marinade over night
  • Dehydrate at 115f for 6 hours in a dehydrator or oven until mushrooms are dried but not chewy

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