The weather was turning a bit colder this weekend & there is no better dish than a warm chilli to heat your soul. I decided to slow cook this time and it definitely paid off as the flavours were more intense and the sauce lovely and thick. Chilli is always good the second day too, so this can be made in advance. Some cooks swear by lots of different spices from mustard powder to even cinnamon & I’ve even heard of chocolate in chilli…..(not sure about than one…lol), this combination I found works for me.
Heat the oil in a casserole dish or large pan on medium to high heat & fry the onions with the garlic until softened. Add in the Red pepper and cook for a further few minutes until softened.
Add in the Beef mince, season and brown.
Add in the tomato puree, spices & mix through.
To the pot add the kidney beans and tin tomatoes & mix. Sprinkle over the beef oxo cube & the herbs, add in the water, bring to the boil, cover and simmer on a low heat for about 2-3 hours. If the sauce hasn’t thickened, remove lid and cook uncovered for about 10-15 minutes to help thicken sauce.
I Served with Taco’s, Grated Cheese and sprinkled some fresh spring onions on top…yum! Also nice served with rice and soured cream.
I am now back to work after a long furlough period due to this Covid19 pandemic. Being back at work means that I prefer quick and easy cooking meals for mid week dining. Last thing I want is to finish a long work day and stand cooking for an hour, who’s with me?
This dish takes just 15 minutes, so its a quick throw together in one pan kinda dish, but packs flavour and spice. Good on its own or can serve with some rice. I also used freshly picked Spinach from my new veggie beds (furlough project).
200g chopped tomatoes
80g chorizo – sliced or cut into bite size pieces
1 brown onion – chopped
1 yellow pepper – chopped
Handful of Spinach – chopped
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp garlic granules
1 tsp basil flakes or fresh leaves to serve if you have
Salt & pepper to taste
100g Wholemeal or Basmati Rice if serving. (cooked as per packet instructions)
Spray a pan with oil and heat on a medium to high heat
Brown onions in pan for a few minutes
Add in the pepper and chorizo with garlic and chilli flakes and cook for a few minutes
Add in the tin tomatoes and chickpeas, mix through, bring to the boil then cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
1 minute before serving, add in the spinach and basil flakes, mix through. Season
Oh yummy…….I had some left over Harissa Paste and some veggies in the fridge, and yes, you guessed it……Harissa Tray Bake it was. I have to say this was super tasty and also super healthy…..I even got my boyfriend to eat veggies, which believe me is no mean feat….lol!
Great as a main dish or a side dish. I decided a main dish and served with some of my homemade Chapati’s
Serves 2 (main dishes)
1 large sweet potato – cut into small chunks
1 large red onion – cut into wedges
2 Carrots – cut into small chunks
1 x red & 1 x yellow pepper – sliced thickly
1 Cauliflower – cut into small florets
2 Parsnips – cut into small chunks
1 x 400g tin chickpeas
1 x 200g tin tomatoes
2 large heaped tbsps of Rose Harissa Paste
1 tbsp oil
Salt & pepper to season
Place all vegetables into a food bag or bowl, then add the harissa paste and mix thoroughly to coat all the veggies. (this can be stored in fridge for later if need be)
Preheat oven to 200 deg and oil a baking tray.
Empty the vegetables (except asparagus) from the bag onto the baking tray and make sure they are spread evenly. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
Now add the chickpeas and the asparagus to the tray and bake for a further 15 minutes or until evenly browned all over.
In a microwave bowl add the chopped tin tomatoes with salt & pepper to season and warm thought for about 1-2 minutes.
Pour tomato sauce into a serving dish, empty the vegetables from the baking tray into the serving dish and mix through.
This dish is so yummy with a little kick. Perfect for Christmas dining as you can make as much as you need. I do love 1 pot meals.
Makes about 4 large portions or 8 smaller side portions.
1 x Butternut Squash – cubed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp chilli flakes
100g cooked chestnuts, quartered
½ small pack sage leaves, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
8 slices of pancetta – chopped
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
150g basmati & wild rice mix
300ml veg stock
Parmesan to serve
Heat oven to 200 deg.
Toss the squash with 1⁄2 tbsp of oil, chilli flakes and some seasoning on a large roasting tray. Roast for 15 mins, then add the shallots, garlic, chestnuts and nestle the sage and pancetta around the squash so that they touch the baking sheet.
Return to the oven for 10-15 mins until the pancetta and sage are crisp. Remove from the oven and set aside.
In the Steam pot place the Rice with the 300ml stock and steam for 20 mins on rice setting. Or you can use a pan on the hob, bring to boil the stock , add rice, cover, reduce to a simmer for about 20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
Remove steam pot and add the ingredients to rice and mix through to warm through.
After visiting a Thai restaurant a few weeks ago I was inspired to try my own version, so I decided on a Thai Massaman, absolutely delicious! (if I do say so myself..lol) I just love the freshness and spice at the same time. You could of course cook this with beef also, which would be nice. I decided on chicken as I had loads in my freezer to use up. So here goes:-
2 Chicken Breasts – cut into chunks
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red onion, diced
2cm piece of ginger, peeled and minced
1 stalk of lemongrass, finely chopped
1 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons massaman paste – I use a medium heat one.
1/2 block (100g) creamed coconut or 1/2 can coconut cream
1 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon tamarind paste
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Handful of peanuts
1/2 cup fresh or canned pineapple pieces (optional)
Heat up the oil in a fry pan and add the diced onions, with the ginger, lemongrass and garlic until browned and aromatic.
Add in the massaman paste and cook for about 1 minute
Put in the chicken and brown on all sides
Add in the rest of the ingredients, stock, coconut cream, sugar, soy sauce, cinnamon, and tamarind paste and mix. Gently bring to the boil and reduce to a low heat. Cover with a lid and slow cook for about 3 hours.
30 minutes before ready add in the pineapple (if using) and peanuts, stir.
If there is too much liquid just gently boil for about 10-15 minutes until it thickens or add in a tbsp of cornflour mix.
Before serving gently with 2 forks pull the chicken apart and mix through.
You can serve with rice but we went for my Chapati’s instead…..ideal for soaking up the sauce.
Having never tried a Poussin before (young chicken), I was intrigued when I saw one half price in my local market, so in my basket it went. Later, I’m now trying to decided how to cook and what seasoning to use, this moroccan spice was definitely a winner for me, not only flavoursome but deliciously succulent cooked in my rotisserie oven from Hotpoint.
1 Poussin (500g)
Stock if roasting in a pan.
1 level tbsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp black peppercorns – crushed
1 level tbsp paprika (I used smoked)
Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
Mix everything together in a bowl and spread over poussin, cover and marinate overnight in a fridge or for at least 4-6 hours.
If you have a rotisserie…..excellent….skewer and cook on medium level heat for about 45 mins. (Poussin was 500g). If not , preheat oven to 180deg fan, place in a roasting tin, add some stock, cover with foil and cook for 30 mins, remove foil then cook further for 15 mins.
Picking up my goodie bag again from the Glasgow Food Assembly on Monday, I got some lovely fresh Courgettes (Zucchinni to those of you that are from America) and some Red Russian Kale, with thanks to Locavore in Glasgow, the RR Kale is more tender and has a sweater flavour than the more traditional varieties. So what to do with it all…..well here goes, a nice wee spicy treat.
Red Russian Kale.
Makes 2 Boats
2 x Courgettes – Sliced in half longways
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 chilli – chopped (red or green)
1 small piece of ginger – finely chopped or grated
1/2 tsp turmeric
about 8 strands of kale
small handful of peas and sweetcorn (I used frozen)
Juice of 1 Lemon
1/2 tsp corinader
1 tbsp coconut (dessicated or fresh chopped)
1 tbsp sesame seeds
Firstly preheat oven to 200 deg.
Lightly brush the courgettes with olive oil and place in a baking tin or tray, season with salt & pepper.
Oven bake for approx 30 mins or until turning slightly browned. Once roasted remove with a spoon the seeds. This of course could be done before hand, but I plan on mixing it with my kale mixture.
Meanwhile, heat some olive oil in a fry pan.
Sizzle the cumin and mustard seeds for approx 1-2 mins.
Then add in the chilli, ginger and turmeric fry for another 2 mins.
Add in the kale, peas and sweetcorn with a tbsp of water, Cover the pan and cook for 4-5 mins or until the kale has wilted.
Squeeze in the lemon juice, coriander, sesame seeds and coconut, toss everything together and heat through for another minute.
If mixing the courgette seeds add in now and then serve the mixture into the courgette halves.
A Yummy side dish with a little spice, nice and healthy or even a small lunch.
I have to say this is the first time I’ve tried Mutton, I picked it up at the Glasgow Food Assembly from Harris Meat Farm, https://harrisfarmmeats.scot/ , https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/7907 , went with a spiced Indian flavour and some yellow lentils and oh my……absolutely loved it, rich, spicy, fragrant and so delicate, I slow cooked the meat and it just flaked on my plate…..absolute taste sensation!
500g Diced Mutton
1 onion – chopped
50g Yellow Split peas
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tbsp Oil
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp garlic
1 Green Chilli – finely chopped
1 can chopped tomatoes 400g
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp Coriander
1 tsp Gram Masala
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Curry Powder
Handful of Kalette Leaves or Spinach
Firstly you want to marinade the mutton for around 1 hour, so in a bowl add 1/2 tsp Turmeric, 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder, 1/2 tsp Coriander, 1 tsp Gram Masala, 1 tsp Cumin, 1 tsp Curry Powder, add the mutton and rub through.
Meanwhile, Bring the 250ml water to the boil and add 1/2 tsp Turmeric then add in the yellow split peas, boil for about 10 mins then simmer for a further 15 mins or until the water is all soaked up. Spoon out onto a side plate for now.
In the same pan heat through the oil, gently fry the garlic, ginger, onion and green chillies for a few mins until onion has cooked through (slighty brown).
Then add in the mutton to the pan and brown all over.
Empty in the Tin Tomatoes, about 100ml water, put the yellow peas back into pan and sprinkle 1/2 tsp coriander in, bring to the boil, reduce to a very slow simmer and slow cook on hob covered for about 2.5hrs or until meat is tender.
A couple of minutes before serving, steam some Kalette leaves or Spinach and serve. Yummy!
I found that a Tempranillo based wine went really well, due to it’s Spicy, Herbal and Cherry flavour combinations. This however is up to your individual taste palates.
I recently visited Florida on holiday and found my taste buds loving Waffles and Maple Syrup, a classic combo in America! Inspired by different flavours I put a twist on this fab and tasty dish.
For the chicken:–
2 Chicken Breasts
1 egg – beaten
Couple of Dashes of Tabasco Sauce
Salt & Pepper
2 Toasted Waffles
1 tsp coriander
For the Sauce:–
1 tsp olive oil
1 small garlic clove – crushed
200ml chicken stock
2-3 tbsp Maple Syrup
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp Chilli flakes or powder
1 tsp coriander
Toast waffles and let cool, break into pieces and put into a food processor, blitz until you get fine breadcrumb pieces, lay baking sheet onto tray, pour waffle crumbs onto tray and bake in the oven for 4 mins at 180 deg.
2. Pat dry chicken pieces then season with salt and pepper. Beat egg with Tabasco sauce and pour into a flat dish, pour waffle crumbs into another flat dish and season with coriander. Take one piece of chicken breast at a time, first dipping in egg then into crumbs making sure they are fully covered. Lay back onto baking sheet.
3. Preheat oven to 180 deg and bake for approx 25-30 mins being careful not to over cook the crumb.
4. Meanwhile heat oil in a small pan and fry the garlic for about 1 min, then add chicken stock, vinegar, syrup, coriander and chilli, bring to the boil and allow to reduce by half (takes approx 5-7 mins). Put to the side to allow to thicken slightly.
5. Remove chicken from oven and serve with the spicy maple sauce……you can reheat the sauce in a microwave for 20 seconds if need to. Yum!