Chorizo & Black Bean Chilli

That’s right guys, I thought it is time for a mix up. Chicken and Chorizo… I mean, how many more of those are we going to see? Being in the kitchen is the place to get adventurous, try different flavour combinations and let your tastebuds run wild with deliciousness.

Ingredients:

  • I can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 112g chorizo
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano

Method:

  1. On medium heat fry the chorizo and garlic in the olive oil for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the black beans and fry for two minutes.
  3. Then, add all the seasonings and cook for a further couple of minutes
  4. Put in the tomatoes, the Worcestershire sauce, mix well and cover. Leave to cook for 15 minutes and then serve. Optional: if too spicy serve with a dollop of natural yogurt.

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Courgette, Halloumi & Tahini Salad

Autumn is just beginning which means courgettes are at their best. They’re often overlooked but this recipe gives them a leading role. Perfect for a quick and easy lunch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 courgette, sliced into rings
  • 115g halloumi, sliced into batons
  • Handful flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 50g fine bulgur wheat
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp dried mint
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ยฐC (fan) or grill at medium-high heat. Either using the same or two baking trays place the courgettes and halloumi into the oven or grill and leave for 10 minutes. Check after this time and flip both the courgette and halloumi. Cook for a further 5 minutes or so or until the courgette and halloumi are lightly- golden brown.
  2. Prepare the bulgur wheat according to the packet and set aside.
  3. Take a small bowl and mix the tahini and the tablespoon of water together thoroughly. Initially, it may look like it has separated but keep stirring and until they combine and the liquid thickens a little. Then add the lemon and do the same until fully incorporated.
  4. Pour in the olive oil, parsley, and mint into the bulgur wheat and mix.
  5. Take your dish of choice and start assembling all the components. Start with the bulgur at the bottom and then the courgette and halloumi, distributing both evening around the plate. Finally, drizzle over the tahini dressing and serve.

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Cauliflower & Fig Smoothie

Yes, thatโ€™s right guys cauliflower, you read that correctly. A unique combination of ingredients to get you started for the day. A slightly thicker consistency than most smoothies so it can also be used as the base for a breakfast bowl, just add a few more figs or some chopped banana or whatever you fancy really; mix it up as you like. A combination of both sweet, savoury and earthy flavours making this recipe like no other.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 4 soft figs
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 dsp peanut butter
  • 1 dsp golden syrup
  • 8-10 ice cubes

Method:

1. Using a blender or food processor blitz all ingredients until smooth. Serve in a glass or alternatively in a bowl if you prefer using the mixture as a breakfast bowl base.

Black Bean & Mushroom Barley

I can never understand why Pearl Barley doesn’t get as much love as other grains. Sure, it takes a bit longer to cook but its flavour is insane! It can hold its own against the earthy combo of the Black Beans and Mushrooms and the little kick at the end completes it perfectly. If you’ve never tried out Pearl Barley (or even if you have) then this is definitely worth a go!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (400g) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 5 closed cup mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 100g pearl barley, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion granules
  • 1 dsp Worcestershire sauce

Method:

  1. Start by frying the mushrooms for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally on medium heat.
  2. Then, pour in the olive oil and add the garlic and fry until the garlic starts to lightly brown.
  3. Add the black beans and the seasonings, mix and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pour in the syrup, Worcestershire sauce and stock, mix well, cover and drop the heat. Leave to cook for 40 minutes (stirring occasionally) or until the barley has softened but still has a bite to it.

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Courgette Gazpacho

A twist on the Spanish classic; only no tomatoes and a considerably greener looking chilled soup. A real refresher, filled with natural and healthy ingredients. In this recipe I decided to remove any bits in the blending process, however you can leave it the way it is and enjoy the earthier flavours and added texture. Additionally, if you keep the sieved bits in a separate bowl you could either boil up some potatoes or some pasta and use that as your base, mixed with some extra virgin olive oil; this way nothing goes to waste and you get all the nutrients from the ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 1 courgette
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 5-6 basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 400ml water
  • 1 spring onion
  • A handful of curly kale
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Extra Virgin olive oil

Method:

  1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth.
  2. Strain the mixture through a sieve and into a deep bowl or jug.
  3. Leave in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.
    Optional: upon serving drizzle over some extra olive oil and serve.

Enjoy โ˜บ๏ธ

San Marzano Orzo

Firstly, I just wanted to apologise to those who receive e-mail updates of my posts. This morning it certainly seemed like I was extra keen to post this recipe and share it with you all, unfortunately, there was a minor technical glitch and it was released a little earlier than expected.

This weeks recipe really showcases the beauty and importance of using good quality tomatoes. San Marzano tomatoes come from the same family as the plum tomato, I find that these particular tomatoes are slightly sweeter and have a a thicker skin adding extra texture to this dish. Additionally, I have used chicken stock as I personally find that it makes the dish taste more rich and adds a little deepness. However, if you are vegetarian or vegan or just fancy a ‘non meat’ meal do switch it up for an alternative vegetable stock; it will be just as delicious.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 100g orzo
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 7-8 San Marzano tomatoes, cut into eighths
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
  • Pinch of salt
  • Ground black pepper

Method:

  1. Start by frying the garlic in the oil for 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
  2. Add the tomatoes, fry for a couple of minutes, add the tomato puree and fry for a further minute; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Put in the the orzo and fry with the other ingredients for 50-60 seconds.
  4. Pour in the stock, mix again and bring to a gentle boil. Finally, drop the heat to medium- low and leave to simmer for 10-12 minutes, the liquid will have reduced and the orzo is al dente.

Can be served both hot and cold.

Enjoy โ˜บ๏ธ

Baked Peach Salad

Who said that fruit can only be eaten in a sweet setting? The baked peaches in this salad go amazingly well with the salty feta and peppery rocket. An easy lunch or something to bring along to a picnic if you’re in the mood for something different.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 4 peaches, stone removed and quartered
  • 120g feta, crumbled
  • 1 handful rocket
  • 70g fennel, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • Salt

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160 ยฐC (fan), gas mark 4.
  2. Place the peach pieces on a baking tray and place in the oven; bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Using a small bowl, mix the olive oil, golden syrup and season with a pinch of salt and leave to one side.
  4. Then build the salad starting with the rocket, spread the leaves making a green base.
  5. Distribute the fennel evenly along with the feta. Add the peach quarters and drizzle over the syrup dressing and serve.

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Black Olive Dip

Itโ€™s another warm weekend here in London. Keeping food light, healthy and not too heavy is the way to go.

Ingredients:

  • 12 pitted black olives
  • 2 tbsp natural Greek yogurt
  • 215g butter beans, drained
  • 1 tsp water
  • 3 basil leaves
  • 1 dsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method:

1. Using a food processor, blitz all ingredients together until smooth. Serve with some dried oregano a drizzle of olive oil and a few olives.

Enjoy โ˜บ๏ธ

Baked Aubergine with Halloumi & Tomato

There’s nothing better than veggies that are in season! The colour, the taste and texture wakes up your senses and wonders how something can look and taste so good. This recipe celebrates two incredible ingredients that are in season at the mo – aubergine and tomato. Roasting the aubergine whole brings the flavours out best – the insides slowly steaming in its own juices. If you aren’t lucky enough to have your own tomato vines at home, I would: 1) 100% recommend you try next year and 2) go out of your way to buy the freshest and best ones you can get your hands on. Paired with the salty Halloumi this dish is quintessential summer; you will not be disappointed!

Ingredients:

  • 1 aubergine
  • 170g halloumi, patted dry with a kitchen towel and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 100ml water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 sweet on the vine tomatoes
  • 1 dsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 dried oregano
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
  • Chilli flakes (optional)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 or Gas Mark 6.
  2. Using a knife, pierce several holes in the aubergine. Place on a baking tray in the centre of the oven and leave to cook for 40-45 minutes or until tender. Once cooked remove from the oven, scoop out the tender aubergine and discard the skin and leave to one side.
  3. In a frying pan, start by cooking the garlic in the olive oil for a couple minutes on medium heat.
  4. Add the tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the juices start to release.
  5. Add all the seasonings and the tomato puree and cook for a minute, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add in the shredded aubergine and mix well.
  7. Pour in the water, mix and leave to simmer for 10-12 minutes or until the liquid has reduced and thickened.
  8. Using a separate pan, fry the halloumi on both sides until lightly browned- golden.
  9. Upon serving, add the lemon to the aubergine mix and stir. Then assemble your dish with the halloumi on top and a sprinkling of chilli flakes (optional).

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚