Potato Curry with Sesame Seeds
I really like this simple to make potato side dish. Be warned if you’re coming over to my place for dinner in the next little while you’ll be eating potatoes. Winter and potatoes go together very well as far as I’m concerned.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Total cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4 as a side dish
4 large potatoes
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon chopped fresh chili
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons lemon juice
salt and pepper
1. Boil, steam or microwave the potatoes until tender. Cool, peel and chop. Heat the oil in a large heavy-based pan over medium heat. Cook the cumin, coriander and mustard seeds for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
2. Add the sesame seeds; cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring until golden. Add the turmeric, chilies, potatoes, lemon rind and juice. Stir until well combined and heated through. Season to taste, with salt and pepper.
From The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook, Murdock books
Spiced Apple and Almond Cake (Vegan)
For Bex, it’s always nice when a dinner guest asks for the recipe.
Makes 12 Servings
4 cups peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped Golden Delicious apples (about 4 medium).
1 ¾ cups sugar
½ teaspoon chopped dried lemon peel
½ cup canola or other mild vegetable oil
½ cup cup red currant jam, at room temperature
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped blanched almonds
Icing sugar (optional)
Preheat the oven to 175C (350F). Grease a 13 by 9 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, combine the apples, sugar, and lemon peel; let stand for 15 minutes.
Add the oil, jam, vanilla extract, and almond extract to the apple mixture; stir until the jam is well dissolved.
In another large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Gradually stir into the apple mixture. Add the almonds, stirring well to combine. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes.
Let the cake cool n the pan on a wire rack. When completely cooled, sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Cut into squares and serve.
The completely cooled cake can be covered with foil and stored at room temperature for up to two days.
From The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein
Degustation breakfast two
Thomas and I are still continuing our weekend degustation breakfasts.
The highlight of last weekends was without doubt the mini-pancake with maple syrup, boysenberry puree and whipped cream. Small plates of food are so cute.
Complete breakfast menu:
2. Sliced apple and cheese
3. Mini-big-breakfast – scrambled egg with roasted potato, mushroom and half a cherry tomato
4. The extra roast potato with sour cream
5. Mini-pancake with maple syrup, boysenberry puree and whipped cream
Anyone know of cafes offering degustation breakfasts?
What to eat. What not to eat
An amusing article about being a vegetarian and omnivore-herbivore relations.
Meatless Like Me
I may be a vegetarian, but I still love the smell of bacon.
By Taylor Clark
I’ve been experimenting with portion sizes and eating lots of whole foods. This weekend I made Thomas a five course meal for breakfast with under 350 calories. It was fun having lots of little things to eat.
2. Cumin gouda cheese with plum tomato
3. Manuka smoked salmon with cream cheese on wholemeal bread
4. Hard-boiled egg
5. Apple and pear salad with yoghurt and walnuts
I was quite surprised to come across Kiwi berries in the supermarket. Have these been around for a while?
Unsurprisingly the are very similar to kiwi fruit. The differences are that you can fit all of one all in your mouth at once, there is no fur and it has a slightly more berries texture. Firm outer layer which when you bite through you get a burst of kiwifruit goodness. I think I prefer them.
The New Toasted Sandwich
So, as part of setting up our new kitchen I bought a nice combination sandwich press/griller. It makes a good toasted sandwich and I’m very happy with it… but it hasn’t been used as much as I expected because I stumbled upon an even better way to make them using the oven griller.
This recipe for a tuna toasted sandwich is an example of the technique. It can easily be modified for any fillings you like although I recommend keeping the tapenade no matter what else you change!
Ingredients (per sandwich)
- Turkish bread (ideally not the Quality Baker brand – it’s very dense)
- 1/2 small can of lemon-pepper tuna, drained
- About 1/2 tbsp tapenade (recommend Genoese brand)
- About 1tbsp basil pesto (recommend Genoese brand)
- Half a tomato, thinly sliced
- Small amount of grated mozzarella cheese
- Handful of lettuce
1. Turn on your oven’s griller (I think this is the broiler in US-speak)
2. Cut the bread into sandwich sized sections
3. Carefully slice the bread to separate the top and bottom
4. Lightly toast the outer sides of the bread (careful, it doesn’t take long)
5. Spread pesto on bottom piece of bread
6. Spread tapenade on the top piece
7. Put the tomatoes on the bottom
8. Spread the tuna on top of the tomato
9. Put the cheese on top of the tapenade
10. Place back under the grill (again, it doesn’t take long)
11. Remove from the grill (to assist you with getting it just right, I carefully cooked the one in the picture one a little bit too much)
12. Put the lettuce on
13. Put the sandwich together and eat
Got a random vegetable in your pantry that you’re not sure what to do with?
http://vegetables.co.nz/ may come in handy as it has a search for recipes by vegetable option.
(I saw a hot air balloon with the URL flying past and just had to check it out, I’m going to give a few of the recipes a try. Pity about the slogan – “Be inspired”. It makes me want to throw carrots at them.)
For the past while I’ve been fixated on adding olives, feta and pesto to nearly all my savoury meals. Everything tastes better with olives/feta/pesto right? Well, yes and no. After realizing that my last three meals had included all these ingredients I decided it was time to branch out again.
So, I present to you pizza without the OFP combination.
The base spread is tomato salsa with left over Guacamole, topped with chargrilled capsicum, red onion, chillies, cheddar and mozzarella.
A delicious combo. I didn’t miss OFP one bit.
For general pizza making instruction view:
Broccoli or Mushroom Simple Pizza
For other yummy pizza toppings view:
Zucchini and Onion Pizza.
Potato and Leek Pizza
Peach, Banana & Mint Smoothie
I love going to the gym as gym means that when I get home it’s time for smoothies! (yes, really everything is about food).
This is the smoothie of the hour. I think it’s the mint leaves and dash of lemon which give this smoothie the edge.
Put the following in your blender.
- A ripe banana
- Two ripe peaches (stones removed of course!)
- Dash of lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons of yogurt
- A couple of small mint leaves finely cut
Then add milk. For two people I add milk till the total of ingredients in the blender is 750mls.
I’m currently not going to the gym as I broke my finger. Damn. I’ll probably make the smoothie again soon anyway though I’ll need to get Thomas to do the chopping for me.