Lamb & Fennel Casserole

  This is one of the tastiest, simplest casseroles I have ever made. The photo was taken on the stove top before the lid went on! 500g lamb cubed (you could use any meat or tofu) 1 large fennel bulb 1 large brown onion 2 bay leaves 1 star anise 1 heaped teaspoon turmeric powder 1 heaped teaspoon ground black pepper 1 pinch all spice powder 1 pinch chilli 2 tablespoon coconut oil In a heavy based saucepan (with a secure lid) melt the coconut oil on a medium heat Fry the onion till translucent and starting to brown then … Continue reading Lamb & Fennel Casserole

Sticky Lamb Ribs

Lamb ribs were on sale last week and I have never cooked with them before. As I am on a lean budget at the moment, I grabbed some and thought I’d have a crack at a new recipe … Pre-heat the oven to 220oC 1 small brown onion 10 or so cherry tomatoes 2 garlic cloves 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 teaspoon chilli flakes 1 teaspoon fennel seeds 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 tablespoon fresh or dried thyme Juice of half a lemon Wizz all the ingredients in a blender till a smooth paste. Add more chilli to the sauce … Continue reading Sticky Lamb Ribs

First Sydney Curry Paste

After some grocery shopping today with Maxine, we realised that all the pre-made curry pastes in the supermarket have sugar in them, so I felt to make one up! 4 garlic cloves 1/2 large red onion – roughly chopped 2 teaspoons dried chilli 2 teaspoons turmeric 2 teaspoons cumin seeds or ground 2 teaspoons coriander seeds or ground 15 or so curry leaves 1 star anise 2 teaspoons of fresh chopped lemongrass 2 tablespoons of water Blend all of the above in a small blender till you have a fine paste. The twist on this recipe tale is that I … Continue reading First Sydney Curry Paste

Fennel Celery Mince & Guacamole!

This wholesome amazingness was whipped up in about 20 minutes and totally loved by Maxine and I for dinner tonight … you can use whatever mince you like or mash firm tofu for a hearty vegan option. Here’s the simplicity of the meal and you can create your own with whatever you have in the fridge – be bold and you will get more confident to explore your own yummy recipes. The only thing that always remains the same is the guacamole – I’ve been making it the same  my whole life and it’s scrumptious and as they say – … Continue reading Fennel Celery Mince & Guacamole!

Sarah’s Coconut Dahl

This is amazing – now I know I say that all the time (!) but this is delicious. Either blitz in food processor or finely chop one large brown onion and two fresh garlic cloves. In a saucepan melt two tablespoons of coconut oil and add the onion and garlic. Fry gently and slowly. The aim is to have it lightly browned and clear. Gently, gently. Add to that: 2 teaspoons of garam masala 1 teaspoon of turmeric A pinch of dried chilli flakes A teaspoon of ground black pepper 50g of creamed coconut – hard, 100% coconut that has … Continue reading Sarah’s Coconut Dahl

Sarah’s Scrumptious Sausage Casserole

Talk about an amazing meal on a budget. This gastronomic delight cost about £7 and just keeps on feeding me back the yumminess. In a large casserole dish lightly brown about half a kilo of whatever sausages you like – vegan or meat and always gluten free of course! I chop them into about one inch sections so they are bite sized (depending of course on the size of your mouth and how hungry you are at the time of chopping!). In this one, I used Merguez, which are a type of spicy lamb sausage which my local butcher makes. … Continue reading Sarah’s Scrumptious Sausage Casserole

Rick Stein’s Beef Rendang – but I’ve used Lamb!

Rick Stein is a bit of a hero of mine. I love the way he simplifies food and uses quality produce to create divine yumminess on a plate! I’ve tweaked it ever so slightly … no sugar or salt 🙂 Ingredients: 100g finely grated fresh coconut 4 fat lemon grass stalks, bruised 50g piece tamarind pulp 3 tbsp coconut oil 3 x 5cm cinnamon stick pieces 3 star anise 6 cloves 12 green cardamom pods, lightly bruised 1.5kg lamb rump, cut into 5cm chunks 800ml coconut milk 8 kaffir lime leaves Spice paste: 10 dried red chillies 225g brown onions … Continue reading Rick Stein’s Beef Rendang – but I’ve used Lamb!

Totally Awesome One Pan Brunch

This was created with what was in the fridge … Olive oil in a deep non-stick fry pan … Then gluten free lamb merguez sausages cut into pieces, finely sliced leek, red peppers chopped, a few cherry tomatoes, some herbs and turmeric. Cook till sausages are cooked through and leeks/peppers are soft. Add a handful of spinach and steam with the lid on for a few minutes. Create some ‘holes’ in the mixture and break in eggs.Cook till you like them – EAT with Love ♥ Swap out the sausages for fish or prawns or leave out altogether for a … Continue reading Totally Awesome One Pan Brunch

The C Word – Christmas – and the Spiral of Over Indulgence

Here’s my newest Huff Post blog with some goodies for Christmas dinner! So here we are again – same, same different year. The silly season where it is totally accepted that we gorge ourselves on all manner of food – whatever we want, and of course, get drunk at Christmas parties and eat bad canapés and dodgy party pies! Woop woop – what fun! And wow, here we go again down the battle ground of the supermarket aisles – fully loaded with special roasting potatoes, goose fat, sausages, turkeys, hams, creams, custards, puddings and sauces – flogging us all manner … Continue reading The C Word – Christmas – and the Spiral of Over Indulgence