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French Style Potato & Green Bean Salad

This sensational salad is an ideal light lunch or supper on its own or can be served as a side dish with a steak or salmon.  The flavours just burst out and it’s a lovely way to use up veggies at the end of the week…  Feel free to change ingredients – sweet potato can be used as well as zucchini or spinach…

Don’t be afraid to use anchovies – they are essential in the dressing as they add a fabulous tang to the whole salad…  The fresh herbs are so fresh and bright – this is a seriously good salad!

French Style Green Bean & Potato Salad

Ingredients:

6-8 baby potatoes

Salt and pepper

1 clove of garlic grated

1 tablespoon chopped anchovy

1 tablespoon chopped capers

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

4 tablespoons white wine vinegar

⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil

250 grams Green beans

4 large eggs

1 tablespoon thinly sliced chives

2 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley

2 tablespoons roughly chopped basil

6 to 8 anchovy fillets, optional, for garnish

Handful of rocket leaves, optional

Method:

Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil

Add the potatoes and cook at a brisk simmer until the potatoes are firm but easily pierced with a skewer

Remove and let cool slightly then slice in half – you can use larger potatoes and cut into thick slices

Top and tail the beans

Simmer in salted water until firm-tender, about 3 to 4 minutes, then cool under running water and pat dry.

Cook the eggs in a medium pot of water for about 8 minutes for a somewhat soft-centered yolk or 9 minutes for a firmer yolk.

Cool the eggs immediately in ice water, then crack and peel

Cut each egg in half and season lightly with salt and pepper.

In the meantime stir together the garlic, anchovy, capers, mustard and vinegar

Slowly whisk in the olive oil

Season to taste with salt and pepper

Whisk again before using if the dressing separates

Gently combine the beans and potatoes, using hands to toss, and pile onto a platter

Sprinkle with chives, parsley and basil and arrange the eggs over the top

Garnish with anchovy fillets and rocket leaves if desired.

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Chermoula

Chermoula is a marinade used in Algerian, Libyan, Moroccan and Tunisian cooking. It is usually used to flavour fish or seafood, but it can be used on other meats or vegetables.  I made this simple version as I had some preserved lemons in a jar I wanted to use up,  I also had some coriander and parsley, so what better than to blend it all together and make this delicious, tangy sauce.  We spread some on a divine fillet steak and it gave the meat a wonderful kick…

The amounts below give approximately 1/2 cup of sauce which will keep in the fridge for 7 days…

Chermoula

Ingredients:

1/2 preserved lemon

3 Tablespoon s of parsley

3 Tablespoons coriander

2 cloves garlic

½ teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon hot paprika

2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

2 Tablespoons of good olive oil

Method:

Put all the ingredients into a food processor (or Ninja) and pulse until it becomes a smooth sauce

Add a little extra olive oil if it’s too dry

Serve as a sauce on any meat or chicken

 

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Jamie’s Macaroni Cheese

I love Jamie Oliver recipes and always find them very easy to make.  He also offers a different twist on basic foods which I enjoy very much.  His Mac Cheese is one of these.  I made it exactly as he instructs except I used Panko crumbs instead of fresh breadcrumbs and longer pasta shapes.

Don’t be afraid of the 10 garlic cloves – they become lovely and nutty and not in the least bit strong.  The addition of tomatoes was also interesting and surprisingly tangy – will definitely make this one again…  Vegetarians can omit the Worcestershire Sauce as this contains anchovies…

Jamie's Mac Cheese

Ingredients:

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

45g butter

3 heaped tablespoons plain flour

10 cloves garlic, peeled and finely sliced

6 bay leaves

1 litre semi-skimmed milk

600g dried macaroni

8 tomatoes

150g Cheddar cheese, freshly grated

100g Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

a few sprigs fresh thyme,  leaves picked

2 splashes Worcestershire sauce, optional

1 grating nutmeg, optional

3 big handfuls fresh breadcrumbs

olive oil

Method:

Preheat your oven to 220ºC fan-forced

Get a large pan of salted water on the boil.

Melt the butter in a large ovenproof saucepan over a low heat, then add the flour and turn the heat up to medium, stirring all the time, until you get a paste – this is your roux.

Add all the sliced garlic – don’t worry about the amount because each slice will caramelise like toffee in the roux.

Keep cooking and stirring until golden and the garlic is nice and sticky.

Add the bay leaves and slowly whisk in the milk a little at a time to ensure you get a nice smooth sauce.

Bring the mixture to the boil, then leave it on a low heat to simmer and tick away, stirring occasionally.

Add the pasta to the pan of boiling salted water and cook according to the packet instructions. Meanwhile, roughly chop the tomatoes on a board and season them well with salt and pepper.

Drain the pasta and add it immediately to the sauce.

Give it a good stir and take the pan off the heat. Stir in your grated cheeses, chopped tomatoes and thyme leaves.

A little Worcestershire sauce added now is nice, and so is a little grating or two of nutmeg.

Now work on the flavour – taste it and season it until it’s hitting the right spot. You want it to be slightly too wet because it will thicken up again in the oven, so add a splash of water if needed.

 

If you’ve made your sauce in an ovenproof casserole-type pan, leave everything in there; if not, transfer it to a deep earthenware dish. Bake it for 30 minutes in the oven, until golden, bubbling, crispy and delicious.

 

While it’s cooking, put your breadcrumbs and thyme into a pan with a few drizzles of olive oil over a medium heat.

Stir and toss the crumbs around until crunchy and golden all over. Remove from the heat and tip into a nice bowl.

Serve your macaroni cheese in the centre of the table, with your bowl of crispy breadcrumbs for sprinkling over, and a lovely green salad.

 

Bon Appetit!   🙂

Vietnamese Cold Rolls

These healthy scrumptious cold rice paper rolls are a must to try.  You can add anything you like to them and the vegetarian option is just as delicious.  The ingredients I used were what I had at hand…

All the ingredients can be readily bought at a supermarket.  The secret is having everything cook, sliced and chopped ready to go as you need to work quickly otherwise the rice-paper sheets can get sticky.

This was our first go at making these and I am sure we will improve with practice.  We made ten rolls and I stored the left overs in a box in the fridge making sure they weren’t touching as they can stick together.   They were just as nice for lunch so if you make too many you can store them…

Vietnamese Cold Rolls 2

Vietnamese Cold Rolls

Ingredients:

Round rice-paper sheets

Vermicelli or glass noodles cooked according to packet

Baby spinach

Fresh bean sprouts

Cucumber seeded and cut into batons

Cooked chicken

Cooked prawns

Fresh Mint

Fresh Coriander

Spring Onions finely sliced

Vietnamese Dipping Sauce or Hoi Sin Sauce

Crushed Peanuts for garnish

Method:

Have your ingredients prepared and ready to go

Fill a bowl with hot water from the tap

Dip each rice paper sheet into the water for a few seconds

Place of a clean tea-towel and start adding your filling –  working quickly

Start with some spinach leaves and coriander

Add a layer of chicken and a layer of cold cooked noodles

Finish off with bean-sprouts, prawns and mint

Roll up, tucking the sides in as you go

Experiment with the order of fillings, this makes the outside more interesting

Don’t overfill the rice paper roll. You will know you have over-filled it if it starts falling apart as you are rolling it.

Only use enough ingredients for three or four bites, maximum.

Serve with a Vietnamese Dipping sauce or Hoi Sin sauce topped with peanuts

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Easy Spaghetti Marinara

For those who think Spaghetti Marinara is a bit daunting to make this is for you…  This is the quickest way to put together this very impressive pasta dish.  With the availability of frozen prawn cutlets and scallops we always have the ingredients at hand to make a Marinara. The zest of the lemon gives this a lovely tang.   The white wine and oil make a lovely sauce and an additional ladle of pasta water gives a glossy sheen.  When the spaghetti is tossed though it soaks up the delicious juices… Always remember no seafood pasta has parmesan cheese on it!

The amount shown will feed two greedy people…

Spaghetti Marinara

Ingredients:

1 large clove of garlic grated

1 generous teaspoon of Sambal Oelek (or a long red chilli minced finely)

6 large raw prawns

6 raw scallops

Approx. 500g of firm white fish (such as Gummy Shark)

2 tablespoons of good olive oil

1 tablespoon White Wine

Grated rind of 1 lemon

Salt & pepper to taste

Finely chopped parsley

Handful of dried spaghetti

Method:

In a large pot, heat salted water until boiling briskly

Throw in spaghetti and cook until al dente

In the meantime heat a large pan and gently fry the garlic and chilli in olive oil

Cut the fish into bite sized pieces and gently fry for a few minutes or until almost cooked

Toss in the prawns & scallops and gently combine

Add the white wine and lemon rind and sauté until the seafood is cooked though

A spoonful or two of the pasta water can be added in to make the sauce glossy

Add in the fresh parsley

Drain the pasta well and add to the seafood mixture tossing gently until combined

Serve piping hot

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Fresh Tomato Salad

This ultra quick Tomato Salad takes only minutes to prepare and is perfect as a side with any sort of meat dish.  We eat ours with Kibbeh which is a lovely contrast in flavours.  Fresh and vibrant, you can also add ingredients like chilli flakes or capers to give it a zing…

Tomato Salad

Ingredients:

4 fresh Roma Tomatoes at room temperature

2 tablespoons freshly shredded basil

2 tablespoons of crumbled Persian feta

A drizzle of balsamic vinegar

1 drizzle of good Olive Oil

Salt & cracked pepper to taste

Method:

Thickly slice the tomatoes and arrange on a platter

Drizzle over the Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil

Season to taste with salt and cracked black pepper

Scatter over the fresh basil and crumbled feta

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Golden Cheesy Baked Vegetables

I recently saw a photo of a vegetable bake on a website and thought it looked so pretty I just had to make something similar.  The contrast in colours is lovely and the combination of vegetables is very tasty.

I found I had to stack the vegetables in halves as my tray was quite shallow but if you have a deeper tray stack them in rounds – it’s fiddly but worth the end result.

This is terrific as a side dish or just pile it onto toasted sourdough bread with a green salad for lunch…

Prior to going into the oven

Prior to going into the oven

Golden and bubbly read to eat...

Golden and bubbly read to eat…

Ingredients:

2 large onions, sliced

2 tomatoes, sliced

1 zucchini, sliced

1 small long eggplant, sliced

salt and pepper to taste

3 tablespoons olive oil

Pizza cheese or grated cheese, grated

100 grams fetta cheese crumbled

2 sprigs fresh thyme (optional)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180oC.

Arrange onions, tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant alternately in a baking dish.

Season with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle olive oil over the vegetables.

Cover the baking dish with aluminium foil and bake for 35 -40 minutes

Take out the baking dish from oven, remove aluminium foil and sprinkle the top with grated and crumbled cheeses.

Place under the griller for about 5 minutes until the top is golden and bubbling

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Linguine with Smoked Chicken, Zucchini, Mushrooms & Pesto

Already cooked in a little vacuum sealed packet smoked chicken is a terrific food to keep in the fridge – we put it on pizza, toss it through pasta and add it to creamy risotto.

This recipe is a lovely combination of flavours and only takes minutes to make.  Vegetarians can omit the chicken and add more mushrooms & zucchini.

The amounts below will feed 4 people…   Enjoy!

Linguine with Smoked Chicke Zucchini and Mushroom

Ingredients:

400g dried linguine pasta

Olive oil

1 smoked chicken breast fillet, thinly sliced

2 zucchini, trimmed, thinly sliced diagonally

2 garlic cloves, crushed

½ cup mushrooms finely sliced

3 generous tablespoons bought basil pesto

½ cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely torn

Good handful of coarsely grated parmesan

Method:

Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water following packet directions or until al dente.

Drain and return to the pan.

Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.

Gently heat the olive oil and add the zucchini and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini is tender.

Add the mushrooms and cook for a further few minutes

Add the chicken and cook for a couple of minutes to heat through.

Add the pesto and basil leaves to the chicken, zucchini and mushroom mixture and combine gently

Add the drained pasta and toss to combine all ingredients

Serve piping hot and top with the parmesan to serve

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Easy Indian Style Roast Chicken

Cauliflowers are plentiful and cheap this time of the year and when combined with that wonderful legume the chickpea and some sweet red onions, creates a delicious healthy base for a chicken dish that can be put together in minutes and thrown in the oven.  I marinated the chicken thighs overnight but 4 hours is enough if you are pushed for time.  You can also use Chicken Marylands but we prefer thighs (we’re a bit lazy about bones)…Indian Baked ChickenServe with a dollop of Greek Yoghurt on top and some fresh coriander and mint leaves – yum!Indian Style Roasted Chicken

Ingredients:

1/2 cup tandoori paste

1/2 cup Greek yoghurt

6 chicken thighs (no skin)

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

2 red onions cut into wedges

400g can chickpeas, drained, rinsed

Olive oil

½ cup slivered or flaked almonds

Coriander leaves

torn mint leaves

Method:

Combine paste and yoghurt in a ceramic bowl.

Add chicken and toss to coat.

Chill, covered, for 4 hours or overnight if you have time.

Preheat oven to 220C or 200C fan-force

Place cauliflower, onion and chickpeas on a large baking tray.

Drizzle with oil and season.

Toss to coat and arrange in a single layer.

Top with chicken

Roast for 20 minutes.

Sprinkle with almonds.

Roast for another 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through

Serve sprinkled with herbs and a dollop of Greek yoghurt

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Pork Tacos with Black Beans & Green Salad

Tacos are a wonderful meal any time of the year and this Jamie Oliver recipe is delicious.  I have tweaked it a little bit  – I use pork fillet instead of pork belly as I find the latter too fatty for our taste and I didn’t have cumin seeds but found the powder was just as good.

This dish takes only as long as the pork takes to cook so is very quick and can be on the table in a matter of minutes.  The addition of grated apple in the salad is also a winner and adds a lovely surprise burst of flavour to the entire dish!

Enjoy…

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Ingredients:

2 pork fillets

1 heaped teaspoon fennel seeds

1 heaped teaspoon sweet smoked paprika

olive oil

 

1 teaspoon cumin powder

spring onions

cloves of garlic grated

1 x 400 g tin of black beans

 

1 fresh red or green chilli

Baby spinach leaves

½ a bunch fresh coriander

1 ripe avocado

6 baby roma tomatoes

1 pink lady apple

soy sauce

extra virgin olive oil

1 lime

 

Sirracha chilli sauce

4 tablespoons Greek style yoghurt

hard taco shells

Method:

Cut the pork into 1cm dice and fry in a large frying pan with the fennel seeds, paprika, salt and pepper, and stir regularly

Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the cumin seeds into a medium frying pan

Trim, slice and add the spring onions, add garlic then stir in the beans and their juices, and simmer

Finely slice the chilli and most of the top leafy half of the coriander, then halve, destone, peel and chop the avocado

Cut tomatoes in half

Toss with the spinach leaves and pile all this on a platter, coarsely grating or matchsticking the apple on top

Ripple a little chilli sauce through the yoghurt in a small bowl

Stir, mush and season the beans to taste so they resemble refried beans

Drizzle the salad with a little soy sauce, the extra virgin olive oil and lime juice, then toss together Drain the fat from the pork pan, then serve everything straight away, with a pile of taco shells and all the other elements, sprinkled with the remaining coriander leaves

Bon Appetit!   🙂

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