Energy Balls

There are so many variations for great energy balls. The key is to blend the flavours and nutrients to suit your tastebuds. The basic recipe has only three ingredients and a good strong chocolate flavour. Add extra ingredients as you wish, but keep in mind you need the texture to be pliable to make into…

Delicious Seed Mixes

Pear Cafe Seed Mix Great for salads, eggs, soups, dhals, sandwiches, on cereal, on avocado. Especially good with egg mayo. Scale up or down and keep in a jar. Great source of copper, manganese, Vit E. Works out about 60 Cals per 10g. One teaspoon is about 6g. 2tbs Sesame Seeds 2tbs Sunflower Seeds 2tbs…

Katsu Curry

Japanese Curry – very different from an Indian curry. Katsu curry sauce is so very easy to  make, there is no need to buy packs of Golden Curry ever again – as nice as they are, the sauce is much nicer freshly made.  This saves you shopping, cash and and it even freezes well too. 1…

Mussels (with chorizo, tomato & sherry)

Every time I cook this it is slightly different.  My husband prefers the “unctuous” version as he puts it, meaning a richer, deeper tasting broth, rather than the lighter “summer version” which I make with fresh tomatoes.  Both are good as long as you get the lovely fresh mussels.  Here in Spain 1kg of fresh…

Squid with Chorizo and Sherry

Here we are in Southern Spain.   This recipe is so typical – using ingredients which seem to be common to so many local dishes.  Most authentic dishes in this region use local ingredients, so the sherry is from Jerez, the tomatoes, garlic, parsley and potatoes are all grown locally and no self respecting cook will…

Vietnamese Ginger Chicken

A.k.a.  Ga Rang Gang. /  Ga Kho Gung It has taken me a while to achieve this, the perfect recipe.  It’s easy to cook and has the authentic taste of the very best chicken and ginger dish I ate in Vietnam.  For the record it was a draw between was a small family restaurant in…

Thai Carrot and Lemongrass Soup

30 minutes | serves 2 | easy Ingredients oil 1 onion, roughly chopped 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped 1 lemongrass stalk, woody outer leaves removed and chopped 2cm ginger  chunk, grated 500g carrots, peeled and chopped 165 ml coconut milk (see alternatives below) 600ml vegetable stock lime 1, zested and juiced Method Heat a tbsp…

Bhajis (onion, or any veg)

Onion Bhaji recipe Just vary the ingredients to what you have. All you need are some veg(grated or finely sliced) and the gram flour, everything else is optional. Essentially, it’s possible to do this by sight. Grate the veg, sprinkle on the chickpea/gram flour, then add enough water that when stirred it all holds together…

Butternut & Wild Garlic Lasagne

This is a variation on a Jamie Oliver recipe from the Superfood book, which is sure to be fabulous (super squash lasagne, spinach, cottage cheese and seeds) . This humble creation is due to the  necessity to use up cupboard, fridge and freezer contents.  Serves 2 very hungry people as a main dish. 0.5  …

Quick flatbread (with wild garlic)

By far the quickest, easiest and tastiest version tested.  No yeast required and any flour will work.  Cook on a griddle pan, or in a hot oven.  Impossible to go wrong with this. Makes 2 large or 3 medium breads 250g flour 125ml water 25ml  olive oil large handful of wild garlic leaves, finely chopped…

Healthy “Nuts” (sirt recipe)

This in another healthy alternative fake recipe in my collection.  Swap roasted peanuts for a much lower calorie and healthy alternative.

Indian/Malay Cabbage

  INGREDIENTS: 1 tbs coconut oil (other oils are acceptable) 2 tsp brown mustard seeds 5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced Half /small onion finely diced. Half green chili, finely sliced (optional, but I like the random spice hit sometimes) 2 tsp ground turmeric 1 (small)Savoy cabbage, cored and thinly slicedl 1 tsp salt pinch ground…

Mediterranean Squid Salad

This is a Prue Leith Cookery School recipe : Pan fried squid, chickpea, tomato, olive and chilli salad.   Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 1kg squid, cleaned, scored and cut into bite sized pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil FOR THE SALAD 400g drained cooked/tinned chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 red onion, halved then finely sliced 2 red…

Sports drink

If you look on a bottle of one of these drinks you’ll see an ingredients list that looks very long and complex. But they actually only contain 3 key components: water to hydrate you, sugar for energy, and salt to replace electrolytes lost when you sweat. So to make your own homemade energy drink, all…

Divine Dukkah

My attempt at recreating a beautiful dukkah served at a winery as part of a cold platter in the Coromandel region of New Zealand. It got us hooked on Dukkah. Have it on eggs, fish, crudités, baked cheese, avocado, chicken wings, bread or even bananas ! The basic ingredients 2 tbs sesame seeds 2 tbs…

Amazing Pea Purée

Amazing Pea Purée Amazing because it is so versatile, so easy so healthy and everyone loves it.    I have used it as a pasta sauce, a dip, topping for crostini or canapés,   a side salad and in a sandwich! 2 cups frozen peas 1-2 shallots (use spring onions, or red onions if preferred)…

Vietnamese Stuffed Squid

Serves four as a main course. Two tubes per person, as per the picture. This is quick, easy and very sophisticated ! Ingredients 600g.     Whole squid (10cm length). Cleaned and with skin still on. 1 tbsp     Shallots, minced/pounded 1tbsp      Spring onion, white part, very finely chopped 300g     …

Piri piri chicken

This is based on a Mark Hix recipe for griddling a spring chicken. I prefer to spatchcock a large chicken, baste it with the piri piri and roast it. Easy and one of our Favourite Sunday Specials. Reminds me of a portugese piri piri. Delicious! Serves 6 Ingredients 2.4kg chicken, spatchcocked. 5g dried red chilies…

Easy Arepas

INGREDIENTS 2 cups. Polenta/cornmeal/masarepa flour Pinch Salt 3 cups Boiling water 3 tbs. Oil METHOD Preheat oven to 200C. Mix together the cornmeal and salt. Pour in 2 1/2 cups of the boiling water and mix with a wooden spoon. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and set aside to rest for 5 to…

Healthy Hummos

I never have tahini in my cupboard anyway……this version uses natural yoghurt instead.  Saves on calories, doesn’t compromise on taste.   Ssshh….. don’t tell the purist or traditionalists.  Just try it. Have a look at the other variations below too.  Freezes really well. Roasted Red Pepper Hummos Serves 4 128 cals per portion 1 Red…

Spicy Lentil & Tomato Soup

Of all the spicy lentil soup recipes, this is my favourite. Low GI, 288 cals.  Freezes well. Easy. Serves 4 250g   Red Lentils 1tbs     Oil, vegetable 1          Onion, large, finely chopped 1          Garlic clove, finely chopped 1          Celery stick, finely…

Fake Pasta from courgettes

Low calorie, tasty and incredibly easy 2 medium courgettes per person Salt Lemon to taste I find this works really well as fake spaghetti/thin fake spaghetti if using a handheld juilenne tool. Also really great as lasagna sheets. Directions: 1. Cut the courgettes to preferred size/shape. 2. Salt the courgette generously in a colander and…

Simple Chilli Toffee Shards

Great for finishing off a dessert with panache! 150g. Caster sugar 0.5 tsp dried chilli flakes Line a small baking tray with parchment. In a pan, using only a low heat, melt the sugar with the chilli. Don’t stir but move the pan around to help melt evenly. When the colour is a golden brown…

Pineapple and Mint ice Lollies

Makes 8 1 x 1.5kg pineapple, peeled and chopped 220g caster sugar 250ml water 125ml lime juice (approximately 4 limes) 2 tbsp mint leaves, roughly torn 2 tsp finely grated lime zest 1 Place the pineapple, sugar, water and lime juice in a medium saucepan over a medium heat. Bring to the boil and cook,…

Rich Chinese best beef stock from an OXO!

This is great for a beef stock when cooking a noodle soup, Chinese or Vietnamese style and you have no beef bones. It took me straight back to a Chinese noodle soup man where we had breakfast every day in Bangkok. It should not work, but it does! 1lt Water 1 Oxo cube 1 Onion,…

Lowest calorie Thai Prawn Salad

Spicy loveliness, a Thai and Vietnamese mix. This serves one person, easy to upscale for more! A very filling 170 calories. For the salad 100g Prawns (cooked and peeled weight) 1 Carrot, peeled & sliced using a vegetable peeler Handful Fresh mint leaves Handful Fresh coriander leaves 4+ Romaine Leaves, cut into strips 1tbs Red…

Panzanella Perfection

Easy, healthy and prepare ahead recipe Serves four for main course lunch, easy to multiply for more portions. Good as a starter too. 1kg Tomatoes, ripe as possible. 2 Bread (thick slices of coarse white bread ie ciabatta, putliese). 2 Garlic cloves, crushed Salt and pepper 4tbs Extra Virgin Olive oil 3tbs Red Wine Vinegar…

Foolproof oven baked Pilau/Pilaf

For 8 people Try the Mushroom Pilau or Salmon Pilau variations Both delicious! 500g basmati rice 100g butter 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 large sprig fresh thyme 2 bay leaves 2 cinnamon sticks 8 cardamom pods, split open 3 cloves 4-6 thinly pared strips lemon zest 1l boiling chicken stock or water Preheat the…

Exciting Salad Dressings

Wasabi Dressing 1tsp. Wasabi paste 8tsp. Soy sauce 4tsp. Lemon Juice 8tbs. Mayo Mix with a spoon. Miso Traditional Dressing 60ml miso paste 2 tbs soy sauce 2 tbs rice vinegar 2 tbs sesame oil 1 am piece fresh ginger, finely grated/blended Mix together, serves one portion (on noodles/ salad) Miso and Lime dressing 4…

Spicy Indian green tomatoes

Serves 2 as a main course, or 4 as a side dish. Fantastic with mackerel for a twist on the usual Indian curries. Great as a vegetarian main meal or as a side with a curry. Try cold as a salad too!  So versatile and great for using up all those green tomatoes if the…

Easiest Peruvian Ceviche

For two people, I use the following. Easy to upscale. Play with chilli amounts if spicy is your thing. Tilapia fillets or other firm white fish ( two fillets, weighing about 250g in total). Cubed 2 garlic cloves, chopped pinch salt pinch black pepper 2 teaspoons fresh coriander. Chopped 1/4 habanero chilli pepper, seeded and…

Thai Chicken Drumsticks

Serves 8 Two small drumsticks each as part of a meal. Ingredients 8. peppercorns, white or pink 1tsp coriander seeds 5. garlic cloves, roughly chopped 1. shallot, roughly chopped1 1. stem lemongrass roughly chopped 2cm. piece of galangal, roughly chopped (use slightly if using less ginger)i 2. medium red chillies, chopped 1. kaffir lime leaf,…

Quick and Easy Pickled Carrots

Try as a side dish with Indian or Japanese dishes. Also good with rice or salads. 2 Carrots – peeled & thinly sliced on a diagonal/julienne style 1 tbsp Salt – table or cooking salt 75ml. Cider vinegar – or white wine vinegar or rice vinegar 15g Sugar – caster is preferred Optional : add a…

Moroccan Tomato & Chickpea Salad

  Quick lunch, low GI, low fat and very very tasty Serves 4 1 red onion, finely sliced 2 cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained 4 tomatoes, chopped 4 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp olive oil Handful of fresh herbs, chopped (ie basil, mint, coriander) Large pinch of paprika Large pinch of cumin (ground) Salt…

Really Easy Miso Chicken

This mix is enough for 4 large chicken breasts, 12 boneless thighs or 4 spatchcock quails, 6 cod fillets etc etc 150g sweet white miso paste 2 tbsp mirin 1 tbsp English mustard 2 tbsp caster sugar 1 tbsp lemon juice Mix the ingredients and marinate for at least 1 hour. Bake in the oven…

Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Crispy Pancakes)

This pancake mix makes about a pint, which in turn makes  4 large pancakes or 8 small ones. For the pancakes 150g rice flour 1½ tsp ground turmeric 300ml coconut milk, or half coconut half water 1 spring onion, thinly sliced a pinch of sea salt a pinch of sugar For frying 4 tbsp vegetable…

Easy Peasy Fat Free Tea Loaf

Today Soak 300-350g of raisins in 350ml cold tea, overnight My version : 300g raisins and 20g dried orange peel. Standard version : use mixed dried fruit Tomorrow Turn the oven on to preheat at 170 In a large bowl, put in the following and mix it up with a big spoon a) 270g self…

Balsamic Syrup dressing

This great on salads, cold meats, parmesan, tomatoes, asparagus. But also really lovely on strawberries or ice cream. So versatile! So easy! So addictive! 250 ml balsamic vinegar 4 tablespoons brown sugar   Simply heat both ingredients to a gentle boil and maintain stirring occasionally until reduced by half. About 8-10 mins should do it….

Lemon Curd

Easy peasy Lemon Squeezy! My favourite ingredient  ~. great for ice cream, cakes, tarts, stirred in yoghurt, mixed with meringue and more…. Makes just over 1ltr. Ingredients grated zest and juice 4 large juicy lemons 4 large eggs 350 g golden caster sugar 225 g unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into small lumps 1…

Wild Garlic Ideas

Storing and Cooking with Wild Garlic Can be eaten raw or cooked, (leaves and flowers) but cooking reduces the flavour so use more. If cooking, use right at the end – wilted is better than boiled!   Wild garlic is anti-fungal, anti bacterial, good for circulation and good for the immune system, so eat as…