Cheese, Tomato and Potato Pie

Cheese, Tomato and Potato Pie

Serves 2 Ingredients 2 baking potatoes 4 large tomatoes 300ml cheese sauce Cheese for grating Herbs for decoration Method Using a buttered baking dish, layer thinly sliced potatoes and thinly sliced tomatoes [skinned if preferred] Pour over cheese sauce Top with grated cheese Bake in oven for 30 mind or until potatoes are cooked – top will be golden brown Sprinkle with herbs photo credit: avlxyz via photopin...
Courgettes, tomatoes and mint

Courgettes, tomatoes and mint

This makes about 4 portions and can be served hot or cold. It will keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days too – or you could freeze. Goes well with meat or fish.  Use small green, yellow courgettes.  Scoop out seeds if the courgettes are large. Ingredients 700g courgettes 1 medium onion 2tbs olive oil 1 yellow pepper 1 clove garlic 4 large tomatoes 2tbs concentrated tomato paste 1tsp demerara sugar 1tbs red wine or balsamic vinegar Seasoning Handful of mint Method Trim and thinly slice courgettes and onion and cook in olive oil until softened. Deseed and thinly slice yellow pepper and stir in with crushed clove of garlic. Continue to cook over low heat. Cover tomatoes with boiling water and leave for 5 mins. Drain, slip off the skins, cut into quarters and remove the seeds. Add to the pan with tomato paste, sugar, vinegar and seasoning. Stir well and cook over low heat for 15 min or until thickened. Stir in handful of fresh mint. Enjoy     photo credit: Great British Chefs via photopin...
Healthy Snack Option: Sushi Are Full of Goodness

Healthy Snack Option: Sushi Are Full of Goodness

Taking all of the its basic ingredients into account, sushi certainly could be considered as a healthy snack option, as long as those who prepare it adhere to the traditional ingredients and preparation methods that were used by the Japanese for hundreds of years and not begin to deviate towards those adopted in the West in order to “commercialize” this basically nutritional dish. The basic ingredients of Sushi bring in a winning combination of healthy fats blended with h fiber and vitamins to make up an inherently healthy meal. There is no escaping the statistics that the Japanese are one of the healthiest nations on the planet with a life expectancy of 86 years for women and around 85 years for men, among the highest in the World. While all of that longevity cannot be totally credited to eating sushi it has to play a part. It is a known fact that the basic ingredients found in sushi are known n to reduce arterial clogging and reduce the risk of heart disease. Depending on which of the two varieties of Sushi, either “nigiri-zushi”, which is the oval shaped hand-formed variety or “maki-zushi” which is the rounded, rolled version cover in “nori” dried toasted seaweed. Despite the negative connotations of eating seaweed, Nori is fat free and particularly vitamin rich, containing ample quantities of vitamins A and B. The Shari rice recipe that is the basis for all sushi dishes is rich in fibers, as well as health inducing vitamins and minerals. In addition the vegetables commonly used in preparing sushi also contain an ample supply of vitamins and nutrients....
Baked Figs with Blue Cheese, Presunto and Honey

Baked Figs with Blue Cheese, Presunto and Honey

Serves 4 Ingredients 4 figs 60g blue cheese 4 strips of presunto/Parma ham 20 ml honey 2 chopped tomatoes 10 torn basil leaves 1 bag washed rocket 30 ml olive oil 15 ml balsamic vinegar Seasoning to taste Method Cut a cross in the top of the figs Stuff with blue cheese and wear with ham bake in oven at 200C until crispy Toss the tomatoes, rocket and basil together Season and dress with olive oil & vinegar Arrange the salad between 4 plates and top with fig drizzled with honey     photo credit: avlxyz via photo pin...

Fresh Bean Chilli

This serves two people but is easily doubled/trebled for more Serve with hot garlic or naan bread or rice Method Put 1 chopped onion into a medium pan with 1 crushed garlic and 2 tsp of oil Cook over low heat until just soft Add 225g small or halved baby potatoes and 1 small red pepper, reseeded and diced combine a 20g can of tomatoes,  1tbs each of tomato paste, sweet chilli sauce and brown sugar Add to the pan with 175g sliced runners or French beans Cover and cook until the beans are tender Season to taste and serve topped with Greek style natural yoghurt...

Kofte – Turkish meatballs

Kofte (Turkish meatballs) is one of my all-time favourite dishes. It is very popular in Turkey and often served as fast food. There are nearly 300 different kinds of kofte in Turkey. One of them is “Kadınbudu Kofte” which is translated as “Lady’s Thigh Meatballs” 🙂 It differs from rest of the meatballs because it has cooked rice in it. Kofta is especially popular among children. My mom used to cook grilled meatballs at least once a week when my brother and I were kids. She still makes them more delicious than me so sometimes I ask her to make kofte for me. Along the roadsides in Turkey, you’ll find restaurants that sell only kofte. The best place to eat kofte in Istanbul is Tarihi Sultanahmet Koftecisi. They serve kofte with pide (Turkish flat bread) and piyaz salad (which is made with white navy beans, onion, olive oil and vinegar). It is a very popular place among tourists and locals. Kofte is very easy to make and it is very tasty too. Here I’ll be giving you the recipe for the basic – straightforward kofte. Ingredients: * 450 grams (1 pound) minced meat (lamb or beef) * 1 medium sized white onion (chopped or grated) * 1 clove garlic, finely crushed * Dry breadcrumbs made from 1 slice of bread * 1 egg * Salt to taste * Pinch of ground cumin * Pinch of ground black pepper Put all ingredients in a large bowl, mix together with your hands until bound together. With wet hands, roll between your palms into walnut sized balls, then press to flatten slightly....