Saturday, 12 August 2017

MATTY'S FABULOUS MINTY FALAFEL



I have tried to make falafel's in the past but they always turned into a big mushy mess. I just never seemed to be able to get the consistency of the uncooked chickpea based mixture right so they just dissolved as soon as they hit the pan. Not so with the minty falafels I've managed to perfect here, they were spot on! Made with carrot, onion, cumin and mint, they are absolutely delightful and (if you have a food processor!) they are super simple to make. So much so you'll be whipping these middle eastern bad boys up all the time!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

FABULOUS GARLIC AND CORIANDER FLATBREAD



Baking bread can be quite a daunting and laborious task. All that kneading and proofing and then there is always the fear of your yeast failing so you end up with dodgy bread that's as tough as cardboard. This recipe for a delicious garlic and coriander flatbread removes all of these worries. You still need to rest the dough overnight but once you have then all you need to do is roll out your dough, pop it in the oven and finish with garlic butter for a delightfully thin and crispy accompaniment to many a meal.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

THE RETURN OF THE (NO) BUTTER (NO) CHICKEN CURRY



Everyone loves curry night! Getting a takeaway on a Friday is the ultimate in lazy weekend treats. I love creamy curries and my absolute favorite is a scrummy butter chicken. Dipping your naan bread into that yummy sauce, it's naughty but oh so nice! Butter chicken is not the best thing to have really if your trying to shed a few pounds though so it was great when we created this low calorie version a few years ago as it meant I could enjoy this coconut milk based version without any of the guilt. Hurrah!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

SUPER SWEET SPICED RED CABBAGE



When we bought a red cabbage last week I spent ages trying to find a fancy recipe to jazz it up but all I could find were Christmassy type recipes. Right now it's August but I thought you know what, let make it anyway because great flavour isn't concerned with what time of the year it is. This recipe braises the cabbage and an apple in a stock that is flavored with star anise and cloves for a bit of spice and golden syrup and sherry vinegar for a bit of sweetness. It's a marriage of flavors that really is super!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

BRILLIANT CHOCOLATE ORANGE BUNDT CAKE



I love a good old chocolate orange. In fact, I'd go as far as to say it's my favorite flavored chocolate and so to be able to transfer those flavors to a cake to me sounds like heaven. I totally did it with this gorgeous looking chocolate orange bundt cake. A delicious light and fluffy sponge smothered with a glossy chocolate icing all flavored with big juicy fresh orange juice and zest to give it that amazing classic chocolate orange flavour combination that not only tastes yummy but looks divine!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

CURIOUSLY DELICIOUS COURGETTE, LEMON AND PISTACHIO TRAY BAKE



Sometimes I see a foodie trend pop up regularly in magazines and on TV which I'm not really quite sure will work. Courgettes being used to make cakes was one of them. I just didn't like the sound of it at all but last weekend I bit the bullet and decided to give it a go as I had been quite curious about how it would taste. I'm so glad I did as it transpired that it would actually taste most delicious especially when flavored with ground pistachio and plenty of zingy lemon both in the cake and the lemon curd icing on top!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

THE RETURN OF THE CHILI, POTATO AND MUSTARD MEDLEY



With the arrival of my 500th blog post last week I thought it would be a great time to go right back to the start and revamp another old classic. With the evenings being warm recently, I decided to pull out an old summer favorite I posted back in May 2014, my chili and mustard potato medley. Essentially it's a potato salad but not a cheap and nasty one you'd get in a supermarket that's smothered in mayonnaise but a proper fresh one full of spicy, tangy flavors and textures that really turn it into something really special.