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 🙂

Cheesey chilli bake ðŸ”¥

This was super easy to make and is slimming world friendly!!!

I had some quorn chilli left over and some red peppers and spinach that needed using up along with some odds and ends of cheese that needed using up.
I roasted 3 peppers in the oven with olive oil ( fry light if you are slimming world)

Once they have cooled chop into large chunks and mix with 3 large handfuls of spinach.
Cook some savoury vegetable rice according to the packet instructions, I used some from Aldi which cost 25 p!!!
Layer pepper and spinach mix, rice, chilli and repeat!
Ending with a sprinkle of cheese and I added some chopped up fresh coriander on top.

When you are ready

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When you are ready to eat bake in the oven until piping hot and all the cheese has melted.
Perfect served with a Green salad.

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Vegetarian pork pie! ðŸ·

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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 🙂

Slimming world baked bean Lasagne

I was in two minds about this recipe but went ahead and made it anyway. It was so delicious it will become a regular in my home- a sure sign of a great recipe. My little boy demolished it too!

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What I did….
2 tins of baked beans
1 tin of tinned tomatoes
1 chopped up courgette
1 red pepper
I handful of chopped mushrooms
1 onion
1 handful of spinach
2 garlic cloves
Dried oregano
Fresh basil
Dried lasagne sheets
90g of grated low fat cheese

Fry onion and garlic in Frylight
Add courgette, mushroom, pepper and gook until soft.
Add chopped tomatoes add oregano and basil and spinach add both tins of beans and cook through.
Add layer of mixture and then a layer of lasagne sheets and repeat finish with a layer of the mixture add the grated cheese on top and a few torn basil leaves and cook for 40 mins with tin foil over.
Take the foil off for the last 5 mins and then serve this tasty lasagne with salad…..

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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!

Slimming world diet coke quorn recipe!

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Thought I would post about the ‘new’ vegetarian slimming world recipes I have been making but vegetarian versions.
Diet coke chicken is a popular ‘syn free’ dinner. I made this with quorn which is a ‘free food’ in the slimming world diet.
Here’s what I did….
1 packet of quorn chunks
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 large red onion sliced up
1 large red pepper chopped up
1 packet of button mushrooms
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of paprika
1 teaspoon of Brown HP sauce
1 can of diet coke
Fry light

Salt and pepper

Easy peasy to make! Fry the onion and garlic briefly. Add in the mushrooms pepper and Quorn cook until lightly browned.
Mix tomatoes, HP sauce and diet coke in a jug and mix together, using diet coke as an ingredient seems very strange I have to admit! The recipe actually is supposed to be Worcester sauce but as that is not vegetarian friendly I opted for HP sauce.
Then add to the quorn and pepper mixture add the paprika and cook until it reduces down add salt and pepper to taste.
I served this lovely sweet and sour barbecue tasting dish with boiled rice!
Lovely!

Vegetarian cottage pie

All of this cold weather calls for warming, hearty comfort food.
I have been making this same recipe for years and it never has any leftovers.
Everyone has their own version of a cottage pie. This simple recipe has to be my favourite that I would recommend that you make from my little blog it’s for my vegetable cottage pie.

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You need….
1 onion
4 sticks celery
1 plump parsnip
Carrots
Broccoli
Sprouts
(You can use any wintertime vegetable) the essential flavours I will not make it if I haven’t got parsnip or celery!
Red tub Bisto gravy powder
Mash potato
Cheese

What I do is ….
Fry an onion in olive oil
Add chopped celery, carrots, parsnip,sprouts, and cook until slightly soft.
Add boiled water and cook the vegetables for another 10 mins then add Bisto (in the red tub) yes I know but it tastes gorgeous in this dish 🙂
This will make a lovely thick gravy.

Spoon into a oven proof dish and then add loads of comforting mash.
Add lashings of cheese.

Cook in the oven covered with tin foil until golden on top.
In the last five minutes remove the tin foil to make the top golden and the cheese slightly crisp…..
Oh my!

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Soulful vegetarian food heaven…….