Harissa Spice Beef Soup

A Bowl of Harissa Spice Beef Soup

A Moroccan inspired recipe and perfect for coming into the Winter months, it’s hearty, filling and warming. It is also a great batch cook recipe, make the soup up to 3 days ahead, cover and keep in the fridge. Freeze portions in food bags for up to 3 months. Add a splash of water when reheating.

Serves 4

300g Scottish Steak Mince (or any good quality beef mince)

1 Red Onion – chopped

1 Garlic Clove – crushed

400g Tin Tomatoes

1 tbsp Gram Masala

2 tsps Harissa Paste

1 litre Beef Stock

250g Puy Lentils (I used the pre cooked ones from Merchant Gourmet, my fav)

1 tbsp Dried Coriander

150g Spinach, chopped

1 tbsp Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

  1. Heat a little oil in a casserole dish on medium to high heat, add the mince with seasoning and brown, about 6-8 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook for a few minutes until softened. Add in the Gram Masala, Harissa Paste and stir, next add the tin tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes to reduce down slightly.
  3. Return the mince to the pot with the beef stock, bring to the boil then simmer and cook covered for about 30 minutes.
  4. Add the lentils, spinach and coriander to the pot and cook uncovered for 10 minutes.
  5. Serve into bowls.


Scottish Mince ‘n’ tatties

Mince ‘n’ Tatties

Mince ‘n’ Tatties (Mince & Potatoes) is a traditional Scottish dish and one that will never go away. Historically it was popular in school canteens because it was easy to make batches and feed lots of children. I grew up with mince ‘n’ tatties, at least once a week we would have this dish, whether it be at home, my grannies house or my Auntie’s it was a household meal that satisfied everyone every time.

There is no wrong or right way to make this, but does need to include minced beef and root vegetables such as onions & carrots. Here is my version and always a winner in my house. The only debate we always have is Brown Sauce or Tomato Sauce? Maybe you’ll make it and let me know…lol!

Best served with a buttered Scottish plain outsider slice too…….oh….this is a must! Or even a Scottish plain mince ‘n’ tattie piece (Sandwich)! Haven’t tried it….go on I dare you….you won’t look back…trust me!

Scottish Plain Bread

Serves 2

For the Mince

250g Scottish Steak Mince

1 onion – chopped

1 Carrot – chopped

Handful of garden peas (frozen is fine)

200ml Beef Stock

1 tbsp Beef Gravy granules

Salt & Black pepper

Splash of Worcestershire Sauce (optional)

For the Tatties

400g Potatoes (ones good for mash)

2 tbsp butter

  1. Heat a little oil in a pan on medium heat and brown the onions, then add the mince, season with plenty black pepper and salt to taste and brown.
  2. Add into the pot the carrots, peas and beef stock, mix and bring to the boil, then simmer gently for about 30 minutes.
  3. Next stir through the gravy granules to thicken the sauce, cook for a further 5 minutes. At this stage if using worcestershire sauce, then stir through.
  4. Meanwhile, cook potatoes in slightly salted water until soft, drain and mash with the butter.
  5. Serve.
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Go on, go back to your school days and use an ice cream scoop for yer tatties! In our households as kids and still to this day, we wouldn’t eat it like this…..oh no…..we would mix the tatties with the mince on the plate then cover in sauce….this is where the debate of Brown or Tomato sauce comes in…lol! Sometimes too we would make a piece with scottish plain bread and the mix of M&T’s in the middle…oh yum! You gotta try this. Proper home comfort food.


Lasagne

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I first saw this recipe on Pinch of Nom site, I got their first book and have preordered their second, its full of healthier option recipes that do not compromise on flavour. This Lasagne was both delicious and lower in calories.

 

Makes 4 portions

400g Scottish Mince

1 Carrot, chopped

1 Onion, chopped

1 Red Pepper, chopped

2 tbsp Tomato Paste

1 400g tin chopped tomatoes

2 Oxo cubes

1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

1 tbsp Mixed Italian Herbs

2 tsp Dried Garlic Granules

For the White Sauce

350g Natural Yoghurt Fat Free

1/2 tsp Mustard

120g Low Fat Cheddar

2 eggs

Lasagne Sheets – I made my own but you can buy ready made

 

  1. Heat pan with a little low fat spray oil. Fry onion, carrots, pepper and garlic for a few minutes until softened.
  2. Add the mince and brown.
  3. Add the Italian herbs and Worcestershire sauce and stir through
  4. Add in tomato paste, oxo cubes, tin tomatoes and 200ml water and mix through until combined.
  5. Put lid on and simmer for 30 minutes
  6. Spread a layer of the beef mixture into a deep oven dish and then layer the lasagne sheets, then another layer of beef mixture, then layer lasagne sheets until you reach near the top.
  7. To make the sauce, mix yogurt, mustard, eggs & salt to taste with the cheese in a bowl until combined. (leave a little of the cheese to sprinkle on top)                      20191124_162224
  8. Spread the sauce mixture over the lasagne dish and garnish with pepper and leftover cheese.
  9. I baked using my Lasagne setting on my oven, or you can bake in an oven at 190 deg for about 30-35 minutes until browned.

Yummy!

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Mince Beef Rogan Josh

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I’ve had an Indian Superfood Cookbook for ages but for some reason never actually attempted to make anything from it. So today was that day it got opened. I wish I had opened it up sooner, this dish was super tasty and full of good antioxidants. I served it with a chickpea chapati, made from my original Chapati recipe, I changed the plain flour for Gram Flour.

 

Serves 2

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp ground cardamom

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp salt

1 onion, sliced thinly

1 tsp garlic granules

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp gram masala

1 400g can chopped tomatoes

1 tbsp grated fresh ginger

2-3 chillies chopped or 1 tsp chilli flakes

250g scottish beef mince

225g can of chickpeas

Small handful of Fresh coriander to serve.

 

  1. Heat the oil in a large fry pan
  2. Add in the onions with the cardamom, cumin, garlic, ginger, salt, turmeric, gram masala & chillies. Cook until onions are slightly browned and softened.
  3. Add in half of the tin tomatoes and cook for about 10 minutes or until the excess juices have dried off.                                                                          20190713_172151
  4. Add in the mince, mix well and cook until mince has browned all over, about 5 minutes.                                                                                                  20190713_172746
  5. Add in the remaining tomatoes & chickpeas, bring to the boil, cover & simmer for about 30 minutes. If the consistancey is too thick just add a little water.
  6. Season with the fresh coriander and serve.

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Healthier option Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes is a traditional United States Dish and usually served on a Brioche Bun, but as I’m always looking for healthier options, this little alternative was simply superb and still very very tasty without the carb guilt. Thanks to PON again for another fab recipe.

 

Serves 2-4

1 onion finely chopped

2 garlic cloves finely chopped

1 green pepper, finely chopped

400g 5% fat scotch minced beef

1 tsp mustard powder

3 tbsp worcestershire sauce

3 tbsp tomato puree

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

120ml water

sea salt & rainbow pepper

1 red pepper cut lengthways

1 yellow pepper cut lengthways

40g reduced fat cheddar cheese

 

  1. Preheat oven to 200 deg.
  2. Spray a fry pan with a little oil and heat to medium heat.
  3. Add the onion, garlic & green pepper and cook until softened, about 5 minutes
  4. Add in the minced beef, turn up heat slightly and cook mince until browned            20190601_174356
  5. Then add in the mustard powder, worcestershire sauce, tomato puree, red wine vinegar and water, turn heat down and cook for about 5 minutes, season with salt & pepper                                                                                                    20190601_175209
  6. Divide the beef mixture between to pepper halves, scatter the cheese over and bake in oven for about 10 minutes.
  7. Serve. Yummy!

 


One Pot Mince, Bean & Pasta

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This is one of my go to comfort foods, its warm, tasty and filling, great for this season. Sometimes I change it about and play with the recipe but anyway I cook it, it’s delicious.

 

Makes for 2

400g Aberdeen Angus Scotch Mince

75g wholemeal pasta (I use spirals…but you can use any you choose)

1 red onion – finely chopped

1 tin (400g) tomatoes – use plum as there is more flavour

1 tin red kidney beans OR you can also use baked beans (drained)

1 tsp dried garlic

100ml beef stock

1 tbsp dried mixed herbs

Salt & pepper to season

Splash of tabasco sauce to taste (optional)

Fresh coriander to garnish (optional)

Grated cheese to garnish (optional)

 

  1. Gently heat up 1 tbsp oil in a deep pan and fry the mince until browned, add in the garlic, salt & pepper
  2. Add in the onion until browned
  3. Pour in the tomatoes, beans, stock and pasta and mix thoroughly, bring to the boil
  4. Sprinkle the mixed herbs and mix, reduce to a simmer, then cover and cook for approx 20 minutes.
  5. Remove lid, turn up heat slightly and cook until the sauce becomes thick, about 10-15 minutes.
  6. If you don’t have non stick pans, stir every 5 minutes or it will burn to the bottom.
  7. Serve with a sprinkle of coriander, a dash of tabasco sauce, handful of grated cheese or simply a slice of crusty bread…..it is entirely your choice.

Oh Yummy…..yummy!

And 1 pot to wash up………my kinda cooking!

 

 

 


Meatball Burger

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I am watching Jamie Olivers new 5 Ingredient Cook programme just now and every week I’m like….I really need to try that. So this week it was Meatball Burgers…just the name sounds amazing.

Its a friday night, you come home from work and want something quick, easy and filling but tasty too…..this is the go to recipe. It was so tasty and so quick and easy to cook. The sauce that you can dip your burger in just made it….yum!

 

Makes approx 14 meatballs

500g Aberdeen Angus Mince

Pesto with basil

1 tin Plum tomatoes

1 ball mozzarella

Rolls – make sure they are crusty, if you use soft rolls they will fall apart.

 

  1. Mix the mince and 2 tbsp pesto together in a bowl and season
  2. Preheat a fry pan with a little oil, spoon with a dessert spoon some of the mixture into your hands and mould into a ball. (best to have wet hands when doing this)
  3. Place into fry pan and cook for about 10 mins turning to brown all over.
  4. Empty the plum tomatoes into the pan and season with salt & pepper.
  5. At the same time slice the mozzarella and place 1 slice over the top of each meatball, cook for about 2 minutes or until the mozzarella starts to melt.
  6. Spread 1/2 tbsp pest onto each roll
  7. Place about 3 meatballs onto each roll
  8. Dish out the sauce either into a bowl on on your plate. Devour!

 

 


Classic Lasagne

My first try at making my own lasagne and it was delicious, there are so many different ways to making a lasagne but I decided to start it would be the classic, as you can never really go wrong with the good old recipes.

My new oven actually has a Lasagne setting which took away my thinking of what the correct temperature, humidity and cooking elements to be used. I am impressed, a perfectly baked lasagne. (ok some may say a bit too browned on top, but my partner likes it that way…lol).

Makes for 2-3

250g minced beef

1 red onion – finely chopped

1 clove of garlic – crushed

1 tbsp olive oil for fry

1 red pepper – diced

1 tbsp flour

250g tomatoes, skinned and chopped (to skin, score tomatoes and place in a pot of boiling water for about 10 mins, the skin will then easily peel away) or you could use chopped tin tomatoes.

2 tbsp tomato puree

100ml beef stock

100ml white wine

2 tsp dried oregano

Salt & pepper

Lasagne sheets – I used wholewheat

For the sauce

25g butter

25g flour

250ml milk

150g grated cheddar cheese

 

Method:-

  1. Gently fry the onion and garlic in a pan with the oil for a few mins until brown.
  2. Add the mince and cook through
  3. Add the chopped pepper and cook for a few mins
  4. Add the tomatoes, stock, wine, tomato puree and oregano, season well, mix through and simmer for 30 mins uncovered. If still too wet, add some flour to help thicken or increase heat and boil for a couple of mins. 20170522_175815
  5. Meanwhile to make the cheese sauce, add the butter, milk and flour to a pan and gently heat through stirring continuously until it starts to bubble, then add 100g of the grated cheese and mix through for about 2 mins. 20170522_175840
  6. Place some of the meat in a lasagne dish, then cover with some lasagne sheets, then pour over some of the cheese sauce, continue to layer until you finish with the sauce. I got 2 layers. Sprinkle with the remainder of the cheese.
  7. Set your oven to 170 deg fan and cook for approx 35-40 mins if you haven’t got a lasagne setting.
  8. Serve. Oh yummy!

You can do a vegetarian version by replacing beef stock and mince with veg stock and vegetables of your choice. You could even do a chicken lasagne with chicken stock. The options are endless.

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Empanadas with Soffritto Filling

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So Rio 2016 is upon us, to help celebrate I decided to try my hand at a Brazilian themed dinner. I was so pleased with my results, so tasty! Here you are, my recipes:-

Empanadas are little pockets of leftovers, I filled mine with Soffritto, Mince and Black beans filling.

Traditional Empanada dough is made a bit like an unsweetened tart crust: flour, salt (and any other seasonings), and butter are mixed to combine, then eggs and water are added until the dough comes together. However, I cheated for quickness and used shop bought ready rolled shortcrust pastry.

For the Soffritto:-

1 carrot

3 celery sticks

1 large white onion

1 tbsp olive oil

  1. Chop all the ingredients into very fine pieces (cubes).
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion, cook until translucent and slightly browned. Then add in the carrot and celery, reduce to a low heat and cook for approx 1 hour until its all browned. The flavour that comes from the vegetables is amazing and almost caramelised like.
  3. At this stage you can eat it on its own or add any other meats or flavourings.

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For my filling for the Empanada’s I added to the Soffritto mix:-

200g Browned mince

200g Black beans

2 tbsp Chopped Chilli

1 tsp salt & pepper to season

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When the filling is ready, you are now ready to make your Empanadas

  1. Roll out your pasty into circular shapes, I used a 4″ pastry cutter.
  2. Take a dessert spoonful of the filling and put onto pastry
  3. Wet you finger and wet the edges of the pastry, fold over the pastry into a half moon shape and seal with your finger or a fork.
  4. Place on a greaseproof paper baking tray and brush with either milk or egg wash.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 deg for 25 minutes.

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Also check out my Brazilian Cheesy Bread here:- https://theweecaledoniancook.com/2016/08/06/brazilian-cheesy-bread/

 

 

 


Goat Mince curry

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I bought some Goat Mince from Harris Meat Farm at the Glasgow Food Assembly this week, dying to try something different. I got a curry recipe from my mother in law and gave it a go. A definite meat on my shopping list going forward, the flavour was intense and went really well with his recipe. A must if you haven’t tried Goat yet. I think I will try the bigger chunks of meat or even a leg and slow cook next time.

Serves 3-4

400g Goat Mince

75g fat-free natural yogurt

2 tsp mild chilli powder

2 tsp ground coriander

2 tsp ground cumin

4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

2 tsp peeled and finely grated ginger

½ tsp tumeric

1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped

2 tbsp tomato purée

Salt

Low calorie cooking spray

4 green cardamom pods, lightly crushed

5cm cinnamon stick

4 cloves

½ tsp grated nutmeg

2 tbsp freshly chopped mint leaves

4 tbsp freshly chopped coriander leaves

1.    Place the yogurt, chilli, ground coriander, cumin, garlic, ginger and tumeric in a small bowl and mix.

2.    Brown mince in some olive oil in a large pan, then fry the onions, place over a medium heat and stir until the mixture begins to sizzle. Add the yoghurt mixture, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the goat releases its juices.

3.    Increase the heat to medium and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sauce has reduced to a paste-like consistency. Add the tomato purée and 350ml of boiling water, season with salt, cover and leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes.

4.    Spray a small frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a low heat. Add the bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves and allow to sizzle for 40-45 seconds. Pour the contents of this pan over the meat along with the nutmeg, stir to mix, cover tightly and cook gently for another 12-15 minutes or until the meat is tender. Remove from the heat and stir in the fresh mint and coriander before serving.

Yummy!

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