Courgette Soup

It’s the last weekend in November and let’s be honest, December is going to be one busy month. There’s always so much going on this time of the year, I can’t lie, I’m struggling to find the time to do anything at the moment there’s just so much going on. A lot of rich and tasty food is going to be enjoyed next month so this is a lighter option to balance out all the heavier or more decadent meals that we are about to consume. A delicious winter warmer that contains a mild but flavourful kick of a little summin summin that’s not quite a curry but brings those packets of warm hearty flavours.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 courgette, cut into chunks
  • 2 small chilli’s, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium potato, cut into small chunks
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp medium curry powder
  • 1 can (400g) coconut milk
  • 1 inch piece ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lime juice

Method:

  1. In a pan, start by frying the garlic and ginger together in the oil for 1-2 minutes on medium heat.
  2. Add the courgette and potato and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring ocassionally.
  3. Season with the curry powder, salt and add the chilli and continue frying for a couple more minutes.
  4. Pour in the coconut milk, stir, cover and leave to cook for 10 minutes (or until the potatoes are cooked through.)
  5. Remove from the heat and blitz using a food processor or hand blender. Drizzle over the lime juice, mix and serve.

Enjoy 🙂

Mixed Mushroom Medley

Serves 2-3

I absolutely love mushrooms in all its shapes and forms, its delicious umami flavours that are meaty bring a delightful contrast to the sweetness that is the sauce. Just as tasty on its own or as a side dish to some roasted lamb or vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • 300g closed cup mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 2 Portobello mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 1/2 inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 1 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • Crushed black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Lyle’s golden syrup
  • 1/4 tsp lime juice

Method:

  1. On medium heat fry the mushrooms in the sesame oil for 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, golden syrup and a generous amount of crushed black pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour in the coconut milk and mix well.
  4. Leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes, the sauce will have reduced and thickened.
  5. Drizzle over the lime juice, mix again and serve.

Enjoy 🙂

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Serves 1-2

As if we are at the end of October! I feel like the time is just flying away at the moment and there are so many things to do. It’s so important that at busy times we remember to take some time to have some good, simple and honest food. I love this gem of a recipe, it’s so easy and so tasty. This is a deliciously sweet and warm plate of heaven to bring you some joy for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 butternut squash, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp Lyle’s golden syrup
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 dsp seed mix
  • Crushed black pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°
  2. Place the butternut squash on a baking tray and sprinkle over some smoked paprika. Drizzle over a tablespoon of olive oil and place in the oven. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until lightly charred and cooked through. (Mix the squash half way through cooking)
  3. Make the dressing by mixing all other remaining ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  4. Once the squash is cooked, place in the dish of choice and drizzle over the dressing. Sprinkle over the seed mix evenly and serve.

Leek & Cannellini Bean Soup

So this week’s recipe brings it all to the table: it’s quick, it’s easy, it’s delicious; all that you would want from a warm tasty meal. It’s meals like these where simple is the way to go. This time I pulsed the soup a couple of times with the hand blender instead of blitzing it fully; this way it makes the soup both creamy and has good bite and texture from the beans and leeks.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 can 400g cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 leek, finely sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 300ml vegetable stock
  • Salt & pepper

Method:

  1. Start by frying the leek and garlic in the oil on medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the beans and the seasonings and continue to cook for a couple more minutes.
  3. Pour in the vegetable stock and leave to cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Take off the heat and pulse 2-3 times using a hand blender; serve immediately.

Best served hot.

Potato, Green Bean & Tomato Stew

It’s stew time!

We are already over half way through the month and let’s be honest… if you haven’t already put on your heating it’s only a matter of time before you do. The days are getting shorter and it’s getting darker a lot earlier which just screams that the winter and the cold are on the way. I’ve found that with those chillier evenings a warmer and more heartier meal is the way to go. An easy one for a weekday if you’re back from work late or if you’re feeling minimal time in the kitchen. Hope you all enjoy 🙂

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 160g fine green beans, halved
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 400g can of chopped tomatoes in tomato juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp onion granules
  • 1/2 tsp garlic granules
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt & Pepper

Method:

  1. In a pan, put the potato and oil and gradually fry for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add all the seasonings and mix well.
  3. Add the tomatoes and cook for a couple of minutes.
  4. Put the beans in the pan, mix and cover. Leave to cook for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through.

Best served hot.

Baked Plums with Feta

An ideal autumn starter for two or a light lunch for one. Bringing a mouth watering balance of both sweet and savoury to your taste buds. The crisp and bitter lettuce and the soft plums provide a really tasty contrast; a treat if you have some friends over for dinner.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 4 plums, halved and deseeded
  • 80g feta, crumbled with a fork
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 6-8 little gem lettuce leaves
  • Crushed black pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°
  2. Place the plums on a baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes or until blistered and juicy.
  3. In the meantime, take the dish of your choices and distribute the lettuce evenly on the plate.
  4. Now make the dressing by getting a small bowl. Mix the thyme, olive oil and golden syrup thoroughly and keep to one side.
  5. Remove the plums and place on the plate, scatter over the feta, drizzle over the dressing and generously crush black pepper on top.

Best served immediately.

Gungo Pea & Red Pepper Salad

Just putting out there, this is one powerful salad. Full of raw pungent flavours that will awaken those taste buds. A delicious and easy way to get a healthy meal in you and it takes little to no time to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can gungo peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red sweet pepper, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cayenne pepper
  • 2 dsp maple syrup

Method:

  1. In a bowl, add all the ingredients together and mix thoroughly. Serve in the dish of your choice.

Enjoy 🙂

Refreshing Cucumber Salad

A refreshingly light salad, the perfect accompaniment to a heavy meat dish like a roast or a rich casserole.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cucumber, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp dried mint
  • Basil, small handful roughly chopped
  • Salt
  • Crushed black pepper

Method:

  1. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together, cover and leave for at least half an hour so all the flavours can come together.

Enjoy 🙂

Za’atar Houmous

Another staple in my pantry: Za’atar, a go to for delicious salads or just mixed with some olive oil and devoured with flat bread. This houmous is a scrumptious accompaniment to some grilled vegetables or meaty kebabs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas, including 1/2 the water in the can
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp za’atar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp tahini

Method:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth. Serve with a little drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of za’atar.

Enjoy 🙂

Aubergine and Pepper Salad

With the weather being so temperamental at the moment I feel a bit lost with what to prepare in the kitchen. It’s been raining like mad which makes me feel cool and cosy feeling the need for a warmer meal. On the other hand it’s just so humid so something really light just feels like the right way to go. I’ve concocted this cheeky little number which is really light and healthy, but also nice and warm as it’s served fresh from the grill.

Ingredients:

  • 1 aubergine, sliced
  • 1 sweet pointed red pepper, sliced
  • 1 tbsp Tahini
  • Lemon
  • 1 dsp pine nuts
  • Crushed black pepper
  • Salt

Method:

  1. Place the aubergine and pepper onto a baking tray. Season with salt and generously with the crushed black pepper.
  2. Drizzle over olive oil and grill on medium-high or 200 in an electric grill.
  3. Grill for 10 minutes, then flip the vegetables over and put back in the grill for an additional 10 minutes or remove the tray when the vegetables have charred and have softened.
  4. Place the aubergine and pepper on to the serving dish of choice. Drizzle over the tahini and lemon juice and scatter over the pine nuts and serve.

Enjoy 🙂