MEAT FREE MONDAY inspiration – Sweet potato and black bean Jerk curry… this has been one of my favourite dishes for many years. Very easy to make, but like all home cooked meals… patience is required as cooking slowly is the key to great flavour. Recipe available on BBC GoodFood.
This is a lovely quick recipe for a mid week snack or starter.
To make the nachos slice up wholemeal tortillas or wrap like you would slice a pizza and brush with a little oil and bake in the oven at 180c for about 10 minutes, but keep watch as they catch quickly.
For the salsa I chop lots of tomatoes and put in a bowl mix in a little (or a lot) of diced red onion, plenty of vinegar, teaspoon of tomato ketchup, half a teaspoon of tomato puree, dried coriander, fresh as well if you have it, salt, pepper, paprika to your taste. Mix it up and your ready to go… enjoy!
I love the smell of fresh basil, it’s always lovely having it on set when I’m shooting!
MEAT FREE MONDAY inspiration – smoothy bowl with granola and raspberries.
Today is Chinese New Year! I’ve been experimenting with making my own spring rolls and came up with this simple recipe.
Stir fry a bag of prepared stir fry vegetable mix with a sachet of Oyster sauce (or your favourite stir fry sauce) then spoon a portion of the mix onto one end of one sheet of filo pasty (the has been cut in half) and roll the veg up tucking in the ends half way through the rolling. Brush the end down with melted butter. Repeat with the rest of the mix, it should make about 6 medium sized spring rolls. Place them all on greaseproof paper on a baking tray, brush the tops with melted butter and bake at 180c for 20 mins. Serve with sweet chilli dipping sauce… yum!
Here’s a little inspiration for MEAT FREE MONDAY if you’re feeling a little under the weather like I am today.
Too sick to leave the house I raided the fridge for anything to put in a soup. Two small onions, two celery sticks, clove of garlic, a sweet potato and half a savoy cabbage. Boiled them in stock allow with two handfuls of lentils. I made some salt and pepper croutons and picked the coriander from my garden.
It tasted good and the distraction whilst making it made me feel a bit better.
This Meat Free Monday I’m embracing Blue Monday by getting involved in the new blue food craze using the powerful antioxidant Blue Spirulina (powder). It’s benefits include protein and Vits A, K1, K2 and B12, iron and Manganese, which makes it perfect for creating my vegan (coconut yogurt substitute) mermaid breakfast bowl!
T’was the weekend before Christmas, so technically I’m feet up and enjoying the holidays. However I couldn’t possibly have a Christmas with out my favourite holiday treat… the Christmas Yule Log. I love to make one of these every year and the version I make is so simple it’s just pure joy! Recipe below image.
Ingredients – shop bought Vanilla and Jam Swiss Roll, 2 100g bars of milk chocolate.
Method – Unwrap and place swiss roll on your christmas serving board, chop a large slice off the end of the swiss roll and place it on the side of the main roll. Melt all the chocolate in a Pyrex dish in the microwave or saucepan method. Once melted, decorate the swiss roll with the melted chocolate using a pallet knife to create a log-like texture. Dust with a little icing sugar and use Rosemary sprigs to look like trees. Simple but beautiful!
Feeling a little under the weather this weekend, so I’m taking it easy and keeping warm and cosy by staying in my pyjamas and cuddling up with my little cat (whilst drinking lots of coffee and reading books). Bliss!