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Bored with mash? Try this yummy option

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Cauliflower Puree

This is a nice change from Cauliflower Cheese or plain boiled cauliflower and has become a family favourite - in fact it has replaced mashed potatoes in the ‘favourites stakes’.

These quantities make 2 good servings

Half a head of a small cauliflower, separated into florets
2-3 tablespoons of cream (or plain, unflavoured yogurt if preferred)
1/4 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
Salt and ground white pepper

Cook the cauliflower in lightly salted boiling water until very tender, about 12-15 minutes.
Place the cauliflower, cream (or yogurt) and mustard in a liquidizer and process until smooth.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.

For a different taste, substitute ground Cumin for the Dijon mustard.

Tuna Steak with Lime, Sweet Peppers and Tomato

Monday, April 29th, 2013

This is a dish to exhibit the meatiness and sweet flavours of tuna. In this simple recipe, all the flavours compliment each other perfectly. There are some zingy sweet-sour notes played by the vinegar, lime and sugar.

4tbsp olive oil
4 shallots, finely chopped
1 red pepper and 1 yellow pepper, stem, ribs and seeds removed
1tbsp red wine vinegar
1 firm dark green lime, grated rind (no pith) and 2tsp juice
2tsp sugar
4 firm, ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tuna steaks, weighing about 175g each
about 16 basil leaves, torn up

Heat half the oil in a medium saucepan and soften the shallots in it for 5 minutes. Cut the peppers into 1cm dice, add to the pan and cook gently, covered, for 10 minutes. Add the vinegar, lime rind, lime juice and sugar. Cook a further 5 minutes, uncover and let the liquid evaporate. This should only take 1-2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook under the lid for a further 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and season lightly with salt. You can make this ahead up to this point.

Meanwhile, heat the grilling pan to very hot. Brush the steaks with some of the remaining oil, season with salt and pepper, and cook for a couple of minutes each side, depending on how thick they are. This would be sufficient for a thickness of 15mm. Tuna is much better cooked rare, like (beef) steak.

Have the sauce very hot and stir in the basil leaves. Place a tuna steak on each of 4 plates and pour the sauce around, finishing off with the remaining olive oil.

Perfect with salad or steamed greens.

Lemon Broccoli

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Heat 2 minced garlic cloves, 2 or 3 strips lemon zest and 3 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, 3 minutes. Meanwhile, cook 1 head broccoli florets and 1 sliced carrot in boiling salted water, 3 minutes. Drain and toss with the lemon oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, and salt and pepper.

Easy, Easy, Fishy Dinner

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Any kind of fish, wrap it in a foil parcel with a chopped up pepper, some mushrooms and any other veg you like, dash of olive oil and bung in some soy sauce and a tablespoon of Piri Piri spice or Tabasco . Bung it in the oven for 25 mins.

Spicy salmon and steamed veg, DONE!

Quick Chicken & Pepper Stir Fry with Quinoa

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Quick chicken and pepper stir fry

Green pepper x 1
Red onion(s) x 2
Red pepper x 1
Quinoa x 200 gram(s) (remember that this is a protein).
Yellow pepper x 1
Skinless chicken breast x 4 fillets
Cashews x 1 gram(s)
Sunflower oil x 1 tbsp
Soy sauce x 2 tspn
1. Cook the Quinoa according to the pack instructions.
2. While the Quinoa is cooking, heat the oil in a large pan or wok, and add the sliced onion and chicken, cooking for 5 min.
3. Add the remaining vegetables and cashew nuts to the pan and stir.
4. Add a little water and a dash of soy sauce to flavour.
5. Continue to stir until vegetables start to soften a little.
6. Drain the cooked quinoa and serve with the stir fry.


Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts
1/4 cup olive oil
2-4 cloves garlic - minced or chopped very finely
1 lemon - seeds removed, sliced thin
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F/ 190 degrees C.
Wash the Brussels sprouts, cut off the ends, and remove any discolored, outer leaves.
Cut smaller Brussels sprouts into halves and larger ones into quarters.
Place the Brussels sprouts into a large bowl and toss them with the olive oil and minced or finely chopped garlic.
Spread the Brussels sprouts onto a baking sheet and season with the salt and pepper.
Tuck the lemon slices in between the Brussels sprouts.
Bake for 40 minutes, or until the Brussels sprouts are cooked through, and begin to caramelize.

Adjust the amount of garlic, salt and pepper used in this recipe, according to personal taste.
For a slightly spicy version, toss in a bit of red pepper flakes, or a few shakes of hot pepper sauce, before placing the Brussels sprouts in the oven.


Thursday, March 28th, 2013


1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
l litre (4 cups) vegetable stock
300g 1.5 cups red lentils
1 can chopped tomatoes
fresh corianderand plain low-fat yogurt to serve (optional)


Put the onion, garlic and lentils in a pan. Sprinkle over the ground spices and stir to mix.
Pour over the hot stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and cook for a further 10-15 minutes, until the lentils have softened.
Blend the soup. If you wish, garnish with a swirl of yogurt and a scattering of fresh chopped corianderleaves on each bowl to serve.


Thursday, March 28th, 2013


1/4 lb red split lentils
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 courgette
1 carrot
1 red pepper
1 tblsp tomato puree
1 can plum totatoes
1 tsp dried basil
1 tspn dried oregano
1 1/2 pints vegetable stock
Fresh basil to garnish.

Preparation method:

Prep: 10 mins
1. Chop onion, crush garlic and cook gently in enough water to cover the bottom of your pan.
2. Chop the tinned tomatoes and add to the onion and garlic.
3. Thinly slice the courgette, carrot and red pepper and add to the pan.
4. Add the dried herbs, lentils and tomato puree and mix well.
5. Turn the heat up until bubbling and add the stock.
6. Simmer for 45 mins.
7. Garnish with some basil leaves
8. Season and serve!

Makes six servings.


Thursday, March 28th, 2013


1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced
1 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
1/4 cup orange juice
1/8 tsp nutmeg

Steam carrots and squash until tender, about 10-12 minutes. Transfer to a food processor. Add orange juice and nutmeg. Blend until smooth. Season with freshly ground pepper if desired.

This is a beauty to enhance any boring plate.

Roast Beets and Onions

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

6 beets, unpeeled
4 whole cloves of garlic, unpeeled
3 red onions, unpeeled
4 tablespoons olive oil

For the glaze;
Chicken stock
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Sprigs of thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 180C.
Roast the vegetables.
Put the oil in a roasting tray and add the beetroot, red onions, garlic, sprigs of thyme and stir it together making sure the vegetables are coated in the oil. Place in the oven and roast for 1 ½ hours until the beetroot is tender. Remove from the oven and peel and slice all the vegetables and place them to one side.
Make the glaze.
Place the roasting tray over a medium heat and add the chicken stock, the balsamic vinegar and 1 teaspoon of chopped thyme. Bring the mixture to the boil stirring constantly until the liquid has been reduced to a syrupy consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Finish the dish.
Arrange the beetroot, red onions and garlic on a warm serving dish and spoon over the glaze. Serve immediately.