Showing posts with label garlic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label garlic. Show all posts

Monday, June 4, 2012

Ginger and Carrot Soup Recipe

Ginger and Carrot Soup 
Scientifically speaking, eating one serve of carrots a day has been correlated to reduce the risk of heart attack and some types of cancer... add to this mix the addition of the five best cancer fighting spices... garlic, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and cayenne pepper and you have not only a healthy soup but also one of the sweetest soups that the whole family will love.
  • Soften some red onion in a little butter and add to this fresh minced garlic, fresh grated ginger and fresh grated turmeric... if you don't have fresh dried will suffice however do yourselves a favour and invest in the fresh herbs and spices when your doing your veggie shopping you'll wonder why you waited so long... true!
  • When softened add your diced carrots, a small amount of diced sweet potato for a thicker textured result, a teaspoon of cinnamon, a sprinkle of cayenne, a teaspoon of vegetable stock powder... stir and coat everything in the butter and yummy spices to start the cooking process for about 5 minutes... then finally add enough hot water to cover the amount of veg you have used as this will govern the amount of soup you will make...don't peel your carrots as the majority of their goodness lies in or just below the skin... wash only.
  • Soup is cooked in about 15 minutes once the carrots have softened and cooked through... puree with a stick blender and serve... 

...   delicious food   ... 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Vegetable Soup with Country Vegetable Soup Mix

Vegetable Soup
Purchase a packet of McKenzie's Country Vegetable Soup which contains a mix of yellow and green split peas, red lentils, barley and Haricot beans and spices mix from your supermarket (or you can make your own little mix of goodies about 200grams in total)... here are three versions below of using the one soup mix that are all simple and nourishing...

  1. It can be made up following the instructions on the pack and served as they are... in about 60 minutes.  
  2. The same pack can be made into a vegetable soup by adding diced veggies and cooking it in a slow cooker on low over the day 7-8 hours if you want to have a go at that method.
  3. Or by using the same packet blend of whole grains and adding fresh vegetables along with some browned chicken to end up with a "Chicken and Vegetable Soup".
Today I've used the packet of McKenzie's Country Vegetable soup mix and I have combined it with fresh diced vegetables and cooked it on the stove top as follows ...
Fresh diced vegetables of your choice

  • In a little olive oil soften an onion, half dozen sliced spring onions, a couple of stalks of celery and a couple cloves of crushed garlic until translucent.
  • Then add diced carrots, pumpkin, mushrooms and zucchini until they start to soften.
  • Finally add a tin of tomatoes, 1/2 cup of tomato puree, fresh herbs of thyme and parsley, the soup and spice mix and 2 litres of water... cover and simmer for about and hour until the barley is tender... Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Spiral Pasta with a simple Zucchini Sauce

Pasta with Zucchini Sauce
Spiral Pasta with a simple Zucchini Sauce
I love the simplicity of this dish both preparation and flavours... such a healthy option and so quick to make.
  • Cook 200 grams of spiral pasta while preparing the so so simple zucchini sauce.
  • In a large pan heat up plenty of olive oil and fry off 3 or 4 cloves of crushed garlic and a half dozen whole anchovies along with a large pinch of sea salt.
  • When the anchovies have softened sprinkle in some chilli flakes to suit your taste and lots of freshly cracked black pepper.
  • Finally add 2 large grated zucchini and a dash more olive oil to the sauce(I have also added about 100 grams of chopped pistachio nuts which is an option)and stir while cooking for another couple of minutes.
  • To serve this dish... toss the pasta through coating it in the sauce and plate it served with freshly chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese. Mine is topped with a few pistachio because they were added to my sauce.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Thai style Roast Pumpkin

Thai style Roast Pumpkin
Using the seed end of the butter nut pumpkin left over from tea last night ... cut this into wedges and remove the seeds leaving the skin on. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper and roast them standing up if possible until cooked and golden all over.

  • Make the dressing while this is happening. Into a saucepan place all of the following ingredients...1 clove of crushed garlic, 1tea spoon ground cumin, 2 table spoons sweet chili sauce, 4 table spoons rice wine vinegar, 1 table spoon brown sugar, 2 table spoons ketjap manis, 2 table spoons olive oil and 2 tea spoons sesame oil ... bring to the boil and simmer gentle for 2 minutes.
Toss the baked pumpkin and dressing together in a large bowl and let them cool to room temperature for about 30 minutes...serve sprinkled with any of the left dressing and roughly chopped coriander.

This twist on delicious roast pumpkin that you may not be able to resist will be served for tonight's tea of simple home made salmon patties (tomorrows recipe) and a two minute tossed salad... tasty finger food option for a party serve with a serviette.