Leftover cauliflower and chickpea curry becomes a tasty Biriyani! 

Well you know that cauliflower and chickpea curry I made last week. Well I had plenty of leftovers!

So tonight’s dinner is a delicious Biriani, easy peasy to make.



Cook a mug of Basmati rice to instructions.

I warmed through the left over curry and added a courgette chopped up, some chopped coriander and a squeeze of lemon.

In an oven dish put a layer of rice then a the curry, finish with the remaining rice.

I scattered some coriander over the top and then warmed through in the oven until piping hot.

Served it with lemon wedges and poppadoms.



Cauliflower and chickpea curry.

Ta Da! Just like that! I have been inspired this evening to make a delicious curry. Those that know me know I have been desperate over the years to make great curries.
I have realised one thing, the less you fuss about curry to better they can be!

So this evening a gorgeous curry popped up on my blog reading list and I was pretty convinced I had the ingredients.
It was the fabulous blog…. plant poweruk.com check out their blog here and the inspiring recipe 🙂 cauliflower and coconut curry

Well much to my horror I hadn’t! Not one to give up half way through I made this….

Cauliflower, chickpea and spinach curry.

Really easy and fresh tasting! I served it with braised mushroom rice. A little bit of fusion!!!

So, I gently fried 1 onion, fresh ginger 1 green chilli pepper and 2 cloves of garlic.
I added 2 teaspoons of cumin and 1 teaspoon of chilli powder.
Only to realise I didn’t have any Coriander or Turmeric and I was out of coconut milk.
So I had only one choice which was to add some Curry powder!
Now, I have got quite fussy about curry powder and will only use best curry powder about!
Hating the fact that the delicious curry I was about to make might be in jeopardy was a bit of a worry (particularly as I am pregnant and fussy)
Anyway, add about a tablespoon of decent curry powder.
Add chunks of fresh cauliflower and tinned tomatoes and chick peas and as I didn’t have any coconut milk I added some ground almonds. Cook for a little while until the cauliflower is softening.
I added some salt and smashed up cardamon pods And a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and transferred to my slow cooker.
Cook and taste.
Add spinach at the very end and serve with rice!
Easy to make tasty curry 🙂

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Paprika Quorn recipe

This is a lovely family recipe!

Originally my mum used to make it with stewing steak. I use quorn chicken style pieces.
Such a quick and easy recipe, can be made in the slow cooker if you fancy.
The longer and slower it’s cooked the more flavoursome it is but equally scrummy if you are in a hurry to feed hungry tummies!
Slimming world friendly too!!!!

Fry 1 large onion until soft.
Throw in a packet of chicken style pieces until soft.
Add 2 teaspoons of Paprika and stir.
Open up 2 tins of chopped tomatoes and add about 6 bay leafs and 2 bouquet garnie.
Add a sprinkle of salt, sometimes I add a tiny amount of sugar.
I added a splash of water and then cook on low for about 45 mins to let those flavours mingle!!!

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Serve with long grain rice, and tuck into a bowl of comforting food 🙂

Vegetarian pork pie! 🐷

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As a vegetarian there are some particular foods I thought were unavailable to me again.
A good 'ole Pork pie was one such thing. Well that isn't the case at all…

I made this over two days.
Day 1
I made the Hot water pastry.
This is the reason my porky pie isn't vegan as it has been made with butter.
I will make it with Vegan margarine/ butter style as I read this works.
Also I will forget the egg wash.

I used 170 g of butter
2 1/2 full cups of flour.
100mls of hot water.

I softened the butter and added the hot water. Made sure the butter has melted and then added the flour.
Mixed it around and then formed a play doh consistency and put it in the fridge overnight, wrapped in cling film.

For the porky bit I used
2 slices of bread made into bread crumbs.
1 white onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped.
6 vegan sausages defrosted (I used Linda Mcartneys)
1 cup of Veggie mince.
3/4 packet of silken Tofu
1/2 tin of borlotti beans
2 tablespoons of fresh sage.
1 big spoon of Thyme
1/4 teaspoon of both nutmeg and allspice.
Black pepper and salt.

In a food processor mix the onion, garlic, tofu and sausages into a smooth paste.
Add the remainder of the ingredients except the breadcrumbs.
I mixed those in last in a bowl to make the mixture thicker.
And voila the pastry is ready to roll out and the vegan porky bit is ready to go into the middle!!!
Make little cases and lids! Stuff with the pork middle and then bake in the oven on 160 degrees for 30- 40 mins.

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I will be updating this entry with a photo of the end result in due course. I am afraid as I write this had forgotten about the ‘jelly’ in a regular pork pie but I intend to use Agar Agar to achieve this in my next attempt.

I intend to serve this with pickles and gherkins and and possibly a dollop of piccalilli !!! I can’t wait for lunch tomorrow.
Best bit of this is of course this is meat free happiness 🙂

Spanish Tortilla

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Spanish Tortilla! Such a simple recipe with so much history, to add onion or not? Huge arguments may have been had over time! Three main ingredients works for me Eggs, potato, onion! However to jizz mine up I sprinkled smoked paprika:)
Here is the recipe..,

Finely slice a few potatoes, fry them in fry light or olive oil depending if you are slimming over about 20 mins until the potatoes are soft. Chop up a large onion (preferably not a red onion or they don’t look right) and add them to the potatoes and when they start to get soft add a sprinkle of white pepper. I also have microwaved the potatoes sliced up for quickness instead!
Mix up as many eggs as you fancy but it has to be at least six! Add a splash of milk if you fancy.
Fry the potato and onion mix util you want to eat it!
Add it to the eggs which will now be beaten.
Yes I said add the potato mix to the eggs!
Leave it in a bowl for 10 mins to let them get to know each other….. And then ooh whammy shove it all in a frying pan!
Use a spatula!!!
Let the runny egg get cooked!
Get a plate, turn the tortilla over.
Make sure it is cooked!
ALWAYS use free range eggs!!!
Sprinkle with fresh parsley and smoked Paprika 😍
I love this served cold with green salad and pickles 🙂

Vegetarian slimming world scotch eggs

I have made myself a lovely slimming world vegetarian lunch. These scotch eggs are delicious and synfree on the slimming world diet. I feel like I am on a summer picnic as I tuck in!

What I did….
Boiled 3 eggs
Crumbled 4 uncooked Quorn sausages and mixed a beaten egg in and added smash mash potato powder until the consistency thickens.
Dipped the cooled egg in more beaten egg and moulded the sausage mixture around.
Final coating of smash and cook in the oven.
lovely with pickles, gherkins or piccalilli!

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Red eye fries recipe

Well if you are like me and love searching the web for a new recipe you know how it feels when you find one and think Ooh!!
I have seen pictures of this but not found the recipe, so I will bless the internet with my very own version 🙂
Mine is slimming world friendly and it will be all syn free on that eating plan. However, if I wasn’t on slimming world I would add lashings of full fat grated cheese!!
So here it is slimming world Red eye fries ……..mmmmmmm!!!

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What I did……..
Potatoes cut into chunky chip pieces.
Fry light spray
Cheddar cheese low fat
Mustard seeds
Red chilli pepper
Hot sauce
Egg

What I did was par boil the chipped potato for a few minutes and then let them cool.
Spray all over with fry light and cook until crisped, sprinkle over chopped chilli pepper at last 10 minutes of cooking.
Fry 2 eggs in fry light and remove chips from the oven and place the eggs over the chips on a plate.
Mix cheddar and mustard seeds together and sprinkle over the top of the eggs and chips.
Return the plate briefly back to the oven until the cheese has melted.
Serve with salad.
Sprinkle hot sauce over the top for an extra kick!

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Chips and egg meets cheesie chips with a spicy kick…. BOOM!

Vegetarian Toad and Roots in the hole

I usually make a roast dinner on a Sunday. I usually have a Family quorn roast for us although wonderspouse isn’t keen on it.
I had seen a lovely recipe for a toad in the hole except there was no toad only root veg.
The recipe is on Abel and cole
It was so easy to make and it was delicious!
I used parsnip,beetroot, swede, carrot, red onion and veggie sausages.

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Roasted them in the oven and then poured on the batter. I didn’t make enough batter so next time I will make more.
Cooked for a further 25 mins and then served it with lovely roast potatoes, sprouts and lovely gravy.

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Everyone had empty plates!

Side dishes.

Some of the food I cook is a little way out. Tonight’s offerings are a little like that. On the menu after eating out for the last two days are some lovely unusual side dishes!
First up is a fresh beetroot with Capers and Pumpkin seeds.

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Lovely how the sweet beetroot and salty capers compliment each other.

Next, is a wholemeal Pasta with feta and green and black olives with Green leaves.

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Next up is a Potato salad with Tomato, Red Onion in a minty, White wine vinegar Potion!

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That little mixture in the bowl is a mix of olive oil and red wine vinegar, ready to mix into the Potato mixture.

I sort of like these cold side dishes but it isn’t hot enough in the Uk for me to eat a cold meal. I am serving this up with a Marks and Spencer vegetarian Kiev! I might just also enjoy sautéed new potato in butter and white pepper, with the left over potatoes!
I love all these tasty mixtures and there will be plenty left for lunch. A lovely healthy change of feel good imaginative Food!