Vegan Chilli

One of the things I love about this recipe is that it is so versatile. You can mix up the bean and vegetable content; ideal if you have some leftover ingredients that need using up. A meat-free, hearty comfort food; perfect with rice.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 large carrot
  • 3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 sweet pepper, chopped into small chunks
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 large cup mushrooms, slice into chunks
  • 100ml water
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2tsp ground allspice
  • 1tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • 1tsp dried oregano
  •  1/2 tsp cumin
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1tsp sugar (optional)

Method

  1. In a pan, put the olive oil, onion and garlic and fry on a medium heat until soft and lightly browned.
  2. Then add the carrot, sweet pepper, mushrooms and fry together for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the allspice, paprika, cayenne, oregano, a sprinkling of pepper and the beans and continue to cook and stir occasionally for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Pour in the chopped tomatoes and the juice and the water. Stir and leave to simmer for 20-25 minutes. If the chilli is quite dense in flavour then add the sugar to balance the flavour.

Best served hot.

 

 

 

Lemon and Herb Chicken

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 3 sage leaves
  • 2 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 1tsp garlic granules
  • 1tsp dried oregano
  • Salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 100ml white wine
  • 1tbsp plain flour
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp butter

Method

  1. In a bowl put the chicken, grate the zest of the lemon, oregano, garlic granules, pepper, a sprinkling of salt and mix. Then add a heaped tablespoon of plain flour and mix again. Cover with cling film and leave to marinate for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Pour the olive oil into a frying pan and fry the chicken on medium heat for 5-10 minutes, flipping occasionally until the meat has browned.
  3. Remove the chicken from the pan.
  4. Add the fresh garlic, sage, thyme, butter, wine and the juice of half a lemon and leave to cook for 2-3 minutes on medium-low heat.
  5. Put the chicken back in the pan and cover. Simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Flip the chicken every now and then and add a splash of water if the sauce looks too dry.

Best served hot and with some roast potatoes and salad.

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Castle Terrace Restaurant. Edinburgh

I was having a cheeky scroll through my @isaporidelmondo Instagram yesterday when I came across a message on the Castle Terrace Restaurant page. Unfortunately, they have had to make the decision to shut the restaurant due to the coronavirus.

I am not going to lie… I am gutted. Gutted.

The first time I visited Edinburgh was actually in 2017, that was when I dined at the Castle Terrace restaurant. Even though it was a while ago I still remember my experience there as if it were only a few days ago. I loved every single thing about it: the staff, the service and the food; just ticked all the right boxes. I remember having a Bloody Mary which, to this day, I can still taste- it was that good! Even the canapés just blew me away, there were three lined up in a row all with completely different flavours that just burst into life in your mouth; especially the green one which, if I remember correctly, has the flavour of a caesar salad. My favourite course was actually the first, Mackerel tartare, it just brings a massive smile to my face just thinking about it. Whenever I have spoken about Castle Terrace to friends, loved ones and colleagues I have never failed to mention that particular starter- a culinary memory that I will treasure forever. I managed to find some of my pictures from when I dined there and have fitted them at the end of this post; excuse the quality though, they are a bit old.

I am so sad as there are so many restaurants and outlets within the hospitality industry that have been massively impacted by this pandemic; it’s so awful and such a shame to see the collapse of some truly amazing establishments.

I am grateful to have had the pleasure to dine at Castle Terrace, a truly wonderful dining experience that I will never, ever forget. To the Chef and all the staff there, thank you and I wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

Carla x

 

Beef Stew

A beef stew that is packed with sweet and spicy flavours. An ideal comfort food that is rich and so simple to make.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1tbsp jerk seasoning
  • 400g diced beef
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 2tbsp soy sauce
  • 1tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 large shallot, chopped into strips
  • 1 fresh chilli, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 200ml water

Method:

  1. In a bowl, put the diced beef, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the jerk seasoning. Mix well, cover and leave to marinate for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Put 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan along with the shallot and garlic and fry on a medium heat until soft and lightly browned.
  3. Add the carrot and chilli and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Then add the cinnamon and allspice and fry for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add the beef and brown off the outside for about 4-6 minutes.
  6. In the bowl the beef was marinating in add the soy sauce and the sugar and give it a good mix; get any remaining jerk seasoning hanging around in there.
  7. Pour the soy mixture into the pan along with the water and give it a stir.
  8. Cover the pan and leaving it on a low heat to simmer for 50 minutes- 1 hour.

Best served hot and with basmati rice.

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Vegan Sweet Potato and Lentil Stew

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, spicy and creamy then this is the dish for you! A simple lunch meal that is perfect on it’s own if you fancy a lighter lunch, or enjoy it with a side salad or rice.

Serves 3

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and roughly chopped into chunks
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup/8oz red split lentils, rinsed
  • 1 chilli, chopped
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2tsp dried coriander
  • 1/4tsp turmeric
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1/4tsp ground cumin
  • 1 can (400ml) coconut milk
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. In a frying pan, pour in the oil, add the ginger, onion and garlic and fry on medium heat until soft and lightly browned.
  2. Add the turmeric, dried coriander, paprika and cumin and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Then add the carrot, tomato and chilli and fry for 4 minutes.
  4. Put in the potato and lentils and give it a quick stir; season with a sprinkling of salt.
  5. Pour in the coconut milk, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the potato is soft. (If the mixture becomes dry add a splash of water).

Best served hot.

 

 

Coconut Salmon

A refreshingly light, coconutty salmon dish that is flavourful and oh so simple to make. Perfect if you are feeling a lighter lunch as it is not too indulgent, pair with a side salad or some grilled vegetables.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 skinless salmon fillets
  • 1 shallot finley chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 tsp dried coriander
  • 2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 165ml coconut milk
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, peeled
  • 1tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 lime
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped (add more if you’d prefer more spice)

Method

  1. In a pan, pour the olive oil and fry the salmon on medium-low heat for a 2-3 minutes on each side.
  2. Remove the salmon from the pan.
  3. Add the shallot, dried coriander, garlic and ginger and fry on a medium heat until it starts to soften and brown.
  4. Add the chilli, tomato, mushroom, fish sauce and cook for 4-6 minutes.
  5. Pour in the coconut milk and give it a quick stir.
  6. Put the salmon back in the pan along with the juice of half a lime.
  7. Leave to simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the salmon is fully cooked.

Best served hot.